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MF2091 Research Project in Engineering Design 15.0 credits

This course prepares you for your upcoming work as an engineer who aims to work in a research environment, either in an academic or industrial context.

It provides you with the experiences and professional skills needed to apply scientific research methods when working on an engineering research project. It also gives you knowledge and skills in planning, participating and leading research work.

Through a close cooperation with a research group at KTH, you are expected to work on a research project, while learning to get organized within the team.

The research work is conducted in one of the three themes of Engineering Design: Machine Design, Mechatronics or Internal Combustion Engines.

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For course offering

Spring 2023 HK programme students

Application code


Headings with content from the Course syllabus MF2091 (Autumn 2016–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

In this course apply knowledge from the studies on KTH in project work with research focus through a close cooperation with a research team at KTH. The research is directed towards one of three themes of Industrial product development: Machine Design, Mechatronics or Combustion Engine Technology.

By working as a member of a team you will learn to organise, handle, lead and become a participant of a technical and complex research project. This includes that you should be able to define your own project, make your own decisions and take initiative to ensure that the project is completed on time and in accordance with the project plan.

As a part of the research, you need to carry out a literature study to obtain new knowledge that is relevant to the research project.

The result of the work will have to be presented both orally and in different forms of written documentation.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the students should be able to:

* Organise, lead and become a part of a technical and complex research project.

* Develop and follow a project plan including handling of possible deviations.

* Evaluate and apply scientific research methods that are relevant to the research project.

* Apply knowledge and skills from earlier courses and learn to acquire new knowledge and skills on request.

* Identify and learn knowledge that is relevant to the research project and summarise them in a literature study.

* Report the results in a coherent and well structured written report and an oral presentation

* Identify the most relevant publication forum (conference, magazine, workshop, etc) for the research project and formulate the project results in an appropriate research publication.

* Independently identify and formulate additional research issues that can be in focus for a temporary and individual future project (for example a full-time degree project).

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

You are qualified for studies in 1st year of a Master programme and have passed the following courses (or the equivalent):

* MF2070 and

for TIPUM track IPUA:

* EL1000 or EL1120

* MF1017 or MF1016

* MF2047

* SD2125

for TIPUM track IPUB:

* MF2024

* MF2010

* MF2058

for TIPUM track IPUC:

* MF2030

* MF2042

* MF2043

Recommended prerequisites

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Course material and literature are available online.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO2 - Project, 10.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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