Last edit: 15/10/2020
Approved: 15/10/2020

Structure of the education

Structure of the education

The study years for KTH’s undergraduate programme is divided into four periods. For more information:

The study programme is organized around courses in the mathematical, technical scientific and technical application subjects.  The lectures in, and the use, of complementing personal and professional abilities meaningful for a Master of Science in Engineering, for example, communication, ethics, company and society aspects, are integrated into the courses.

To make the study programme complete, collaboration between different subjects within every study year as well as between the study years themselves, is emphasized.  This means that the courses are being  coordinated through common schedules, project work and hand-in assignments.

The study programme’s plan consists partly of the compulsory courses in study (years 1-3) and partly of a specialisation from study (years 4-5) which ends with a degree project, second cycle, of 30 credits.

The lectures in study years 1-2, and portions of study year 3, are the same for everyone studying in the programme.  Before the end of the bachelor studies, the student chooses a master´s program within the frame of the program.
The master´s program which leads to a degree of Master of Science in Vehicle engineering are listed below


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

In the study programme, there are compulsory, conditionally eligible and optional courses.  The compulsory courses are defined in the teaching and time schedule for every study year and specialisation.  The different courses’ objectives, prerequisites, content and examination specifications are found in the respective course plans.

The space for optional courses within the Vehicle Engineering programme is first allocated in study year 3.  Only with exception can optional courses be allowed before study year 3.

Optional courses can be chosen from KTHs course options for Master of Science in Engineering’s programmes.  Even courses from other universities can be approved.

For optional courses, the following restrictions apply:

  • Optional courses can not be taken in study year 1
  • Only with exception can optional courses be taken in study year 2
  • The number of credits which can be chosen per semester can be limited.
  • Optional courses cannot overlap study programme-specific courses to a meaningful extent.
  • Higher education preparation courses may not be counted as optional courses
  • Courses on lower levels within a subject than available study programme courses may not count as optional courses.

In year 4 and 5 differs the optional courses depending on the master´s program requirements

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.

Since the grading systems differ very much between different countries, the grades are not translated from exchange studies abroad.

Degree project, first and second cycle, have grading scale pass (P) and fail (F).

Conditions for participation in the programme

Participation requires admission to courses within the programme and course registration. Course registration is done via the personal menu at

Course Selection
Application to  courses

The application of courses

  • May 1-15 for the Autumn semester
  • November 1- 15 for the Spring semester

at KTH´s application for courses within study programme by

Course registration

Students admitted to an educational programme at KTH must register for the courses they intend to study. Course registration is required for the examination and means that the student is active.

Conditions for further studies

For students starting their education from the autumn semester 2018, previous promotion requirements have been replaced with special admission requirements to each course. Admission requirements are specified in the course syllabus. 

For studies at advanced level, master level:

  • At least 165 credits from years 1-3 must be completed ( 60 credits from year 1 and 50 credits from year 2)
  • The  degree project, 15 must be completed
  • In addition special requirements for different master´s program 

Applying to the advanced level within the Civilengineering programme:
Application is done in the spring semester of study year 3, May 1 - 15. There is also a possibility to apply to a general master with an individual package of courses. Contact the student education office, the student counseling, for more information.

Master´s programmes leading to a degree in Master of Science in engineering but with different application procedure
The following programs leading to a degree in Master of Science in engineering but have different application procedure. The programs have limited places, different prerequirements an different application dates. More information om KTH´s web

  • Computer Simulation for Science and Engineering
  • Maritime Engineering
  • Energy Innovation: only track Nuclear Energy (NUEY)
  • Dual Master in Aerospace Engineering (KTH/Bologna)
  • Railway Engineering

Application for Individual Course Package
Within the program in Civil Engineering there is a possibility to combine courses at advanced level to an individual course package. Please notice the different options within the different master´s program.
Forms are available here:

In the application, the student must formulate the idea of the individual course package and define the courses to be included. For the degree project, a preliminary approval must be obtained from the examiner at the appropriate institution. At least 30 credits at advanced level must be within the same main field of study as the thesis.
The application will be submitted to the program office at the School of Engineering Sciences during the same period as the master's thesis will be made (1-15 May). Decisions of the application will be approved by the programme director 

Recognition of previous academic studies

The recognition of previous academic studies is an important element to facilitate the mobility within the country and between countries, for the higher education’s internationalization work and for life-long learning.

KTH will have an open manner of recognition of previous academic studies.  Recognition will, therefore, be a possibility if the exact programme does not exist at KTH, or the contents in, for example, course plans do not exactly correspond to KTH’s.  The requirements which KTH normally sets on the study programme’s level and quality will be taken into consideration when recognizing previous academic studies.

A student at KTH studying at another university within an exchange agreement has the right to receive an advanced notification about recognition of previous studies.  Such a notification can, for example, be given through a study plan which must be established and signed by the program director at KTH.

The student at KTH has the right to receive a trial recognition of previous academic studies.  Even a student who is not a student at KTH, but has academic education and aimes to complete it, must, submit the application and get a preliminary decision (advanced notification) about the recognition of previous academic studies.

Even degree project work can be exeptionally be recognized.  

Decision about recognition of courses can be appealed through the Board of Appeals for higher education.  The appeal must be submitted to KTH at the latest within three weeks from the day the applicant was notified of the decision.

In order to apply for recognition of previous academic studies, the applicant must normally be able to document that he/she has graduated in courses (corresponding) with at least passing results.  The study performance is graded by the university where the exam was taken.

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Studies abroad

Students in the Vehicle Engineering programme have the unique possibility to study as exchange students at first-class university all over the world.  Exchange studies means that the student take courses at another university  where KTH KTH has an agreement. 

Applying for exchange studies is done ones a year.There is a possibility to choose to study one semester, one year, or two years (double degree) abroad.  

For more information please contact the international coordinators for more information:

More information about exchange studies could be found here:

Degree project

Degree project, First cycle, 15 credits (bachelor)
In the spring semester of year 3 the student must complete a first degree degree project in vehicle engineering amounting to 15 credits, corresponding to one semester of half-time studies. The project work may begin when special admission requirements for the course are fulfilled.

Degree project, Second cycle, 30 credits (master)
A degree project work which corresponds to 30 credits corresponding to one semester full-time studies is also included in the study programme.

  • The degree project work is normally carried out within a subject central to the programme’s technical area.
  • The degree project work may begin when the assignment is approved by the examiner of the chosen department and is submitted to the programme office
  • The degree project work may begin when special admission requirements for the course are fulfilled.

  • The examiner is responsible for the student to have sufficient prerequisites for the chosen assignment.
  • The degree project work is based on the knowledge which is acquired during the entire study time and will normally be done during the tenth semester within the chosen specialisation.  If the student desires to do degree project work within another specialization area, it must be approved by the programme director
  • The degree project work should show that the student is capable to independently apply his/her acquired knowledge during the study time and therefore is done at the end of the programme; therefore, the start of the degree project is, at the earliest, during semester 9 within the chosen specialisation.
  • The degree project work must provide proof of an independent, engineering-related work consisting of theoretical and/or experimental activity with a corresponding report.
  • The degree project work can include other elements, for example, seminars, information searching, student teaching, opposition or other elements which the examiner or supervisor deems suitable.
  • The degree project work is carried out individually or together with another student.  In the later case, the examiner will ensure that every student’s workload corresponds to the requirements for an individual degree project work.
  • The supervisor for the degree project is appointed by the examiner

More information

The application form for degree project
is submitted signed by the student, the school administration and the examinator. For degree project details and regulations are given from ecah department.


The Master of Science in Engineering degree is received after the completion of the study programme.  The  student with must fulfill the national and local degree requirements and has completed courses corresponding to 300 credits subject to the following.

  • The mathematical-natural scientific subjects of at least 45 credits, and moreover, at least 180 credits (including 30 credits of degree project, second cycle, work) in the subject central to the technical area.
  • At least 90 credits in the second cycle, where at least 60 credits (including 30 credits of degree project work) in the subjects central to the technical area.

The student must have complementing technical knowledge in accordance with the national degree ordinance and the study programme’s local objectives.

The name of the degree is: “Degree of Master of Science in Engineering”. 

Degree Application 

The student has the possibility to apply for three different degrees, degree of Bachelor in Technology, Degree of Master of Science in Engineering, and Master’s Degree in Engineering. The application for the degree is found at the personal meny at – log in with the KTH-id.

KTH Regulations at the website: