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MG2100 Scientific Methodology for Production Engineering 7.5 credits

Engineering is not mere application of rules, design principles or theories. Companies need engineers that are able to discover, analyze and solve relevant problems applying sound methodologies along with the right tools. In order to do so, engineers must be able to create reliable and valid knowledge through a sound research process. This course aims at teaching the student how to design, perform and document personal research work. The activities are tailored on industrial and production engineering students which can use the knowledge and skills acquired hereby, for their final thesis project.

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

Target group

Only for TPRMM

Part of programme

Master's Programme, Production Engineering and Management, åk 1, Mandatory


P3 (3.0 hp), P4 (4.5 hp)


14 Jan 2025
2 Jun 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students


Antonio Maffei,


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MG2100 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Scientific theories
Problem formulation and delimitations
Experiments, models and validation methods
Research ethics
Production engineering as a science
Scientific papers and peer review

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course with a passing grade the student should be able to:

  • define and discuss the nature of the research in relation to the two main domains: scientific methodology and engineering design, outlining their importance and use in the context of production engineering
  • present and discuss the evolution of thoughts from several aspects of the scientific domain such as definition, nature and progress of knowledge
  • analyse a scientific text and review the research question, the method and the conclusions
  • structure, carry out and document a research endeavour
  • discuss the origin of the scientific method as result of the evolution of the human approach to the main philosophical problems, emphasizing the sociological and economic problems
  • gather information and elaborate a strategy to qualify and defend an opinion on a controversial topic, and analyse and summarize the following debate

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admitted to the Master's programme (two-year) in Production Engineering (TPRMM) or the track Integrated Production Engineering in the Master's programme (two-year) in Industrial Engineering and Management (TIEMM IPIB)

Recommended prerequisites

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Can be downloaded from the LMS by registered course participants

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


  • LIT1 - Analysis of a scientific text, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Active participiation in seminars, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Debate Exercise, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, 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

Master thesis project in production engineering and management


Antonio Maffei,