Last edit: 20/10/2011
Approved: 24/02/2012

Vehicle engineering is concerned with air and water vehicles, ground and rail automobiles and systems where these are components.  The Master of Science in Engineering programme in Vehicle Engineering aims to provide the students with knowledge, abilities, and attitudes which are demanded in order to be able to participate in the development of vehicles and systems – from idea formulation, construction, and implementation, to operation and maintenance.  The programme also prepares the student for work within other parts of society where knowledge within applied mechanics or system technology is useful, as well as for research programmes. 

The Vehicle Engineering programme’s vision is to provide a Master of Science in Engineering program which emphasizes fundamental knowledge in the context of Conceiving – Designing –Implementing – Operating complex technical systems and new products.

The Vehicle Engineering programme’s fundamental idea is to provide an education which:

  • integrates abilities in disciplinary mathematics, natural science, technical science and technology with general engineering abilities
  • consists of a number of projects which include the elements of design, manufacturing and testing
  • is supported by active and experience-based learning methods
  • actively supports the teachers’ development of their engineering experience.
  • takes place in common lecture halls, as well as, labs and workshops
  • is developed through the constant improvement philosophy

Specialisation of Objective Descriptions

The following general programme objectives apply to the specialisations:The student will:

  • be able to use and design tools or models for analysis and testing from the foundations which are acquired through studying natural scientific and technical subjects
  • in an engineering-related manner, train problem solving with the opportunity to use creative methods
  • practice placing oneself in new subject areas and obtaining information about technology and methods
  • have awareness about the main features in the current development and research within the chosen specialisation area.
  • Practice planning, leading and participating in development work.  This includes identifying, analyzing, and specifying a product, a system or a process which will answer a specific need.  It also consists of economic planning, follow-up and appraisal and using computer-based utilities
  • Develop one’s own ability to communicate and work on a team.  Be able to present results in a clear and correct manner both orally and in writing, in Swedish as well as English
  • Understand and have respect for the meaning of how technology affects people and society with regards to the limited supply of energy and materials

 All information about the degree requirements for the Master of Science in Engineering degree, student Bachelor’s Degree, and respective masters degrees can be found in KTHs local degree ordinance.

Knowledge and understanding

A Master of Science in Engineering in the Vehicle Engineering programme should:

  • have the ability to independently apply math and basic natural science within his/her own technical area
  • be able to masterfully and independently apply basic principles within a broad technically scientific area
  • within his/her own technical area, be able to practice a creative and critical work ethic in order to formulate and research problems with modern methods and tools, within a certain areas.
  • be able to analyze technical problems from a system perspective with an overview of technical systems and their life cycles, from idea/need to specification, development, manufacturing, operation and termination

Skills and abilities

A Master of Science in Engineering in the Vehicle Engineering programme should:

  • have understanding that engineering-related problems are often complex, can be incompletely defined, and sometimes contain conflicting conditions
  • show insight in that problem solutions start with need and function, with regards to business related conditions, the technology’s influence on the environment and technology’s role in society.
  • show ability in an engineering-related context to be able to communicate, orally and in writing with different target groups in Swedish and English and to be able to discuss the conclusions and the knowledge and arguments which provide the foundation for these conclusions.
  • through practice and reflection, develop the ability to work effectively in a group
  • be able to identify conflicts between different ethical points-of-view within the profession
  • be able to follow and use the scientific developments within the technical area and have the awareness of the main features in current development and research within the technical area

Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint

A Master of Science in Engineering in the Vehicle Engineering programme should:

  • understand and respect the meaning of how technology affects humans and society with regards taken to the limited supply of energy and materials
  • be able to show insight for the possibilities and limitations of technology, its roll in society and humans responsibility for how it is used

The above ensures that the Master of Science in Engineering programme agrees with societies demands, which are expressed in the Higher Education Act and the Higher Education Ordinance.