MF216X Degree Project in Integrated Product Development, Second Cycle 30.0 credits

Examensarbete inom integrerad produktutveckling, avancerad nivå

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

    P, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P3 (15.0 credits), P4 (15.0 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Course responsible

    Jenny Janhager Stier <>

  • Teacher

    Jenny Janhager Stier <>

  • Target group


Intended learning outcomes

From the of KTH's established aims for degree project for engineering degree the student should be able to:

1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific foundation and best practices for the chosen subject, as well as an advanced understanding in current research and development, and advanced knowledge on methods.

2. demonstrate the ability to search for, gather and integrate knowledge and identify their need for additional knowledge, all with a holistic, critical and systematic work approach

3. demonstrate the ability to identify, analyse, assess and handle complex phenomena, issues and situations also with limited information

4. demonstrate the ability to plan and with adequate methods carry out qualified assignments within given time frames and to evaluate this work

5. demonstrate the ability to develop and evaluate products, processes, systems, methods or technical solutions with respect to people's circumstances and needs, as well as society's goals in term of economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development

6. Demonstrate the ability, both orally and in writing, in dialogue with different groups, to clearly account for and discuss their conclusion and the knowledge and arguments on which these are based

7. demonstrate the ability to make assessments considering relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects

8. show such skills that is required to participate in research and development or to work independently in other qualified activities

Subject-specific aims

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

- critically, independently and creatively identify, formulate and handle complex issues in integrated product development

- demonstrate advanced method knowledge

- plan and with adequate methods carry out and to evaluate the work

- acquire relevant scientific literature

- position and evaluate one's own work in a wider scientific perspective

Course main content

In the degree project, the student is expected to demonstrate his ability to independently solve an engineering task by using a wide range of skills. The subject for the degree project can vary but it should relate to technology or technical development and have a clear contribution to product development or innovation. Provided that the degree project satisfies the requirements above, as decided by the course coordinator or examiner, and provided that qualified supervision is provided throughout the degree project, the student can choose to carry out the degree project either at an academic department, within an industrial company, or at a consulting firm, in Sweden or abroad.


Requirements established by the engineering programme, for starting a degree project. These requirements are found in the programme syllabus.



  • XUPP - Thesis Project, 30.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

The criteria to pass degree project for engineering degree established by KTH are:

The literature study is well executed. Current research and development relevant to the work is presented in a clear manner. The selected method is well justified, based on science or proven experience and evaluated against other methods. Relevant knowledge from previous courses is adequately used.

The thesis task is handled autonomously and systematically, based on critical analysis and synthesis of relevant literature. The work demonstrates a holistic view. Relevant databases and search tools are used. The need for further knowledge is discussed.

Relevant complex phenomena, issues and situations are identified in the degree project. The work clearly shows that these are well managed and analysed, even if available information is limited. Adequate judgements related to the research questions and results are implemented.

The project plan was followed. An advanced project is carried out within the agreed time and with the methodology agreed upon. Any changes to the plan or the have been agreed, between student and supervisor. Resources and limitations in the study are clearly presented.

The chosen strategy is motivated and implemented so that developed and evaluated products, processes, methods, systems or technical solutions, are adapted to human needs and conditions. Consideration to relevant social aims is shown in such a way that the ability of future generations to meet their needs is not jeopardised.

The report is well organized and well-written, in a coherent language. The discussion on the conclusions is well motivated. The citations are relevant, phrased in the student's own wording, and well integrated. The oral presentation and the review, as well as the communication during the work, demonstrate the ability to present and sensitively discuss the work and its conclusions with different parties, such as employers, supervisors, teachers, researchers and students.

The degree project demonstrates judgement abilities, for example to explain, justify, criticize and recommend. Relevant topic-specific assessments based on science or proven experience have been made in the degree project. The degree project reflects on social and ethical aspects, unless this is shown to be irrelevant.

The student familiarizes him/herself with the task and demonstrates the ability to be a part of the working environment where the study was performed. The student demonstrates an ability to test, evaluate and also reject ideas and solutions in the discussions on the task. The student shows initiative and is open for supervision and criticism. The degree project is carried out largely independently.

Offered by

ITM/Machine Design


Jenny Janhager Stier, 08-790 74 79,


Sofia Ritzén <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2015.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2015.