Last edit: 01/10/2019
Approved: 01/10/2019

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


For a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering the student shall demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to work autonomously as a graduate engineer.

Knowledge and understanding

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

  • demonstrate knowledge of the disciplinary foundation of and proven experience in his or her chosen field of technology as well as insight into current research and development work, and
  • demonstrate both broad knowledge of his or her chosen field of technology, including knowledge of mathematics and the natural sciences, as well as a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field.

Skills and abilities

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

  • demonstrate the ability to identify, formulate and deal with complex issues autonomously and critically and with a holistic approach and also to participate in research and development work and so contribute to the formation of knowledge
  • demonstrate the ability to create, analyse and critically evaluate various technological solutions
  • demonstrate the ability to plan and use appropriate methods to undertake advanced tasks within predetermined parameters
  • demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge critically and systematically as well as the ability to model, simulate, predict and evaluate sequences of events even with limited information
  • demonstrate the ability to develop and design products, processes and systems while taking into account the circumstances and needs of individuals and the targets for economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development set by the community
  • demonstrate the capacity for teamwork and collaboration with various constellations, and
  • demonstrate the ability to clearly present his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in speech and writing to different audiences in both national and international contexts.

Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint

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

  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical aspects as well as awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of technology, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, including both social and economic aspects and also environmental and occupational health and safety considerations, and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and undertake ongoing development of his or her skills.

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.

Independent project (degree project)

A requirement for the award of a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering is completion by the student of an independent project (degree project) for at least 30 credits.

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 at KTH Regulations at the website