Last edit: 10/12/2014
Approved: 10/12/2014

Structure of the education

Academic year, terms, and study periods can be found in the KTH Regulations,

Study years 1-3, studies in the first-cycle

The study programme consists of the mandatory courses in years 1-3 in the first-cycle (G), and a specialisation in the second-cycle (A) in years 4 and 5, which concludes with 30 credits on a degree project.

The programme is organised around courses in the mathematical, technically scientific and technical application subjects. The education in and usage of professional skills and abilities of significant importance for a Master of Science in Engineering, for example: communication, ethics, entrepreneurship, sustainable development, company- and societal aspects, are integrated into the courses.

In order to make the programme comprehensive, collaboration is emphasized between the different subjects and throughout the entire programme. The courses are scheduled and coordinated insuch a way that this is reached through common project work and hand-in assignments, etc.

The students study together throughout year 1 and 2 and parts of year 3. Before the conclusion of the firstcycle, the student must choose a specialisation area. Within the chosen specialisation, the student will study a limited area of applied product design and realization.

The programme is structured in a way that a student can choose to get a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering. This makes it possible for students to continue their studies abroad or at other universities in Sweden.

Mathematically natural science courses

Most of the courses in basic mathematical and natural science are in the first year. The remainder are in the second year.

Technical courses

Throughout years 1-3, the student will study basic technical scientific courses in the technical area of product design and realization.

The first three years conclude with 15 credits of specialization/degree project work for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering in the chosen technical area. After completing 180 credits, the student can apply for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering if the degree requirements are fulfilled.

Study years 4-5, specialisation in the second cycle

The specialisation area consists mainly of advanced courses and degree project work within one specific technical scientific area. Students in the Product Design and Realization program can choose between a large selection of specialisations with predetermined study plans. The student is guaranteed a place in any specialisation they choose.

Except for the previously mentioned work-related skills and abilities, knowledge about entrepreneurship is integrated into the courses during years 4 and 5.

The Master of Science in Engineering’s knowledge about the environment and sustainable development is deepened and solidified due to the integration of these subjects in the programme’s courses with special aspects: for example, life-cycle analysis, environmental effects and choice of material, which is respective for the chosen technical specialisations.

A reason for the specialization is that the student has the possibility of making many contacts with the department and a research group where the degree project work will be done.

A student that has started a first-cycle study programme in another technical scientific area can conclude with a specialisation in a different technical area. Approval courses for such a specialisation must be taken with the approval of the administrative office of the programme.

Available specialisation areas for Design and Product Realization:

Integrated Product Design

Industrial Production

Industrial Product Development


Industrial Management

Naval Architecture

Sustainable Energy Engineering

Sustainable Technology

Technical Mechanics

Vehicle Engineering


The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in Appendix 1: Course list

Grading system

Courses in the first and the second cycle are graded on a scale from A to F. A-E are passing grades, A is the highest grade. The grades pass (P) and fail (F) are used for courses under certain circumstances.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Term Enrolment and Course Application

A prerequisite to be allowed to participate in the studies is that the student verfies enrollment for courses the coming term every spring and fall. This is done via between the 1st and 15th of November and the 1st and 15th of May.

By verifying his/her enrolment, the student has Selection of Master programmes


For studying in year 2:

A minimum of 45 credits from year 1 must be completed by the end of the exam period in August. Students who don’t fulfill this requirement must devise an individual study plan with a guidance counselor.

For studying in year 3:

A minimum of 90 credits from years 1 and 2 must be completed by the end of the exam period in August. Students who don’t fulfill this requirement must devise an individual study plan with a guidance counselor.

For studying in year 4:

A minimum of 150 credits from years 1-3 must be completed by the end of the exam period in August. Within these 150 credits, a degree project worth 15 credits and a minimum of 110 credits from compulsory courses from years 1 and 2 must be completed. Students who don’t fulfill this requirement must devise an individual study plan with a guidance counselor.

For studying in year 5:

A minimum of 195 credits from years 1, 2, 3 and 4 of which at least 45 credits from year 4 must be completed by the end of the exam period in August. Students who don’t fulfill this requirement must devise an individual study plan with a guidance counselor.


Prior to year 4 (Master’s level), students choose a Masters program within the context of their Master of Science in Engineering program. This is done during May 1-15. Selection of master is directed by the admissions office within the department of student services at KTH. In addition to the general requirements for studies in year 4, specific admission requirements apply for every Master’s program. Judgments of these requirements are reviewed by the department of Student Services at KTH.

Recognition of previous academic studies

The student has the possibility to apply to receive credit for results from previous studies at another university within the country or abroad. The form is available on KTH’s website.

KTH’s policy for receiving credits from previous academic studies is available in the KTH Regulations,

Studies abroad

Students in the Program have the possibility to study abroad through the contracts KTH has with universities within EU and outside. Exchange studies can not be done in the first or second year. It is also possible to do the degree project work abroad.

The application deadline for studies abroad is around December 15th.

Degree project

A Degree project on the Bachelor level consisting of 15 credits and a Degree project of 30 credits are a requirement for the program.

In order for a student to begin the degree project on the Bachelor level a mimimum of 120 credits must be met. Plus the general requirements for studies within the 3rd year must be met.

Students are required to have a minimum of 240 credits before beginning the Final Project.

KTH’s rules for the degree project are available in the KTH-Regulations,


In order to graduate as a Master of Science  in Engineering, Degree Program in  Design and Product Realization, the student must be approved in every course that is included in the student’s study plan. The study plan must consist of 300 credits including 30 credits of degree project work.

Reference to the local degree policy is available in the KTH Regulations.

Appendix 1 Lists of courses and specialisations.

Appendix 2 Description of specialisations.