Implementation of the education

Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering (CMAST), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2017

Last edit: 09/07/2019
Approved: 09/07/2019

Structure of the education

Programme arrangement

Academic year

The academic year comprises 40 weeks and is divided into four periods. If necessary, instruction may be provided outside the parameters of the academic year. 

The division of the academic year is presented on the KTH student web, http://www.kth.se

The Industrial Technology and Sustainability Degree Programme is mainly located in Södertälje. Certain parts of the programme may take place at another KTH campus.

Years 1-3, studies at first cycle

  1. The programme consists of compulsory courses in years 1-3 in the first cycle (G).

The programme is organised around courses in applied subjects relating to mathematics, engineering science and technology. The teaching and use of professional skills and abilities of great importance to a certified engineer, for example, corporate and societal aspects, communication and sustainable development, are integrated into the courses.

To create a unified whole, the programme emphasises cooperation between different subjects, both within a specific year and between years. This is achieved through courses being coordinated on the schedule, via joint degree projects and written assignments.

The programme is designed so that the student, after three years, has the opportunity to obtain a technical Degree of Bachelor: This is to increase mobility and make it easier for the student to continue their studies at KTH or another university in Sweden or abroad.

The first 3 years conclude with a degree project for a Degree of Bachelor worth 15 credits within a chosen technical field. After successfully completing 180 credits, the student can apply for a technical Degree of Bachelor. If the qualification requirements are met, a Degree of Bachelor of Science is obtained.

Mathematical natural science courses

This block contains basic courses in mathematics and natural science and is chiefly located in year 1 and year 2.

Technology courses

For the Mechanical Engineering Degree Programme,this block includes basic engineering science courses within the field of mechanical engineering, such as solid mechanics, thermodynamics and engineering design.  This block is begun in year 1 and concluded in year 3.

For the Industrial Technology and Sustainability Degree Programme,this block includes basic engineering science courses within manufacturing process, maintenance techniques, logistics and work science. This block is begun in year 1 and concluded in year 3.

Years 4-5 Studies at second cycle

The Master's programmes consist mainly of advanced courses and a degree project within one and the same engineering science discipline.

Students on the Mechanical Engineering Programme can choose from a range of Master's programmes with programme syllabuses established in advance. There is no restriction on the number of places for students on the Mechanical Engineering Programme.

Elective Master's programmes that lead to a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering are found under the heading “Scope and content of the programme” above.

Courses

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

The programme consists of compulsory, conditionally elective, recommended and optional courses. The compulsory and conditionally elective courses are defined for each year in course lists. The goals, entrance qualifications, content and course requirements for each course can be found in the official course syllabuses.

The forms of teaching and examination vary between courses. These are indicated in each official course syllabus.

The optional courses can be chosen from KTH's range of offered courses. Credits from courses at other universities/higher education institutions can also be transferred if the qualification requirements are met.

The following limitations apply to optional courses:

  • Optional courses may not be taken in year 1.

  • The number of credits that may be chosen per semester is limited to 35.

  • An optional course may not correspond to a significant extent to an existing programme course or an already credited course

  • Higher education preparatory courses may not be counted as optional courses

  • Optional courses may be chosen but should be relevant to the professional role of engineer

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.

A seven-grade criterion-referenced grading scale A-F is used for courses at KTH as final grades for courses at first and second cycle. A–E are grades corresponding to a pass, with A being the highest grade. The grades pass (P) and fail (F) are used as final grades when there are special reasons.

The grade F and Fx can be given for sections in a course. Fx implies a time-limited possibility of supplementing the work to achieve a grade of E

Conditions for participation in the programme

Semester registration
At the beginning of the semester, the student must submit a compulsory semester registration via their personal login at www.kth.se

Semester registration is required to take new courses and for credits awarded to be reported, and for any payments of student aid to be made by CSN.

Application for courses on the programme

Prior to each semester, the student must apply for all courses the student intends to take.
Course applications are made via www.antagning.se

  • 1 - 15 May for autumn semesters

  • 1 - 15 November for spring semesters

If the student does not apply via www.antagning.se, the application is only considered subject to availability.

The student can obtain information on how to apply from the school's office of student affairs.

Course registration

Course registration requires that the student is admitted to the course. At course start, the student must register on the course to which they have been admitted. Course registration must be done individually, either via the student's personal login at www.kth.se or according to instructions from the school offering the course.
A person who has registered on a course, but has subsequently decided not to proceed with the course, must inform the school offering the course as soon as possible or, within three weeks, remove the course registration via the personal login at www.kth.se

Choice of Master's programme

Prior to year 4/ Master's programme year 1, second cycle, the student chooses a Master's programme within the framework of their Degree Programme.

Choice of Master's programme is made during the period 1-15 May.

Choice of Master's programme is made by the students within the Degree Programme according to instructions from the KTH admissions office. In addition to the general conditions for participation in the teaching of studies in year 4, second cycle, there are special entry requirements for each Master's programme. The assessment of the conditions and special entry requirements is performed by the admissions office.

Conditions for participation in the instruction

For studies in the next year, there are certain moving-up/performance requirements according to the programme's course list. Students who do not fulfil these requirements must establish an individual study plan together with the study advisor.

Requirements for moving up from year 1 to year 2:

  • At least 45 credits from year 1

according to the course list of the programme syllabus for the Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering. This is to be achieved by the end of the re-examination period in August.

For studies in year 2 with an international specialisation (Mechanical Engineering Degree Programme only)

In addition to the requirements for studies in year 2, the student must be proficient in either Spanish, German or French equivalent to level A1 and demonstrated through a compulsory placement test taken prior to the choice of courses.

When applying for an exchange semester, refer to the KTH regulatory framework for exchange studies www.kth.se.

Requirements for moving up from year 2 to year 3:

  • At least 90 credits from year 1 and 2, of which

  • at least 50 credits are from year 1,

according to the course list of the programme syllabus for the Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering. This is to be achieved by the end of the re-examination period in August. 

For studies in year 3 with an international specialisation (only the Mechanical Engineering Degree Programme)

In addition to the requirements for studies in year 3, the student must be proficient in either Spanish, German or French equivalent to level B1.

Students must also fulfil any requirements of the host university and be formally accepted as an exchange student there.

Requirements for moving up from year 3 to year 4/year 1 of the Master's Programme:

  • At least 150 credits from years 1-3, of which

  • at least 110 credits are from years 1-2, and

  • a passed Bachelor's degree project (15 credits),

according to the course list of the programme syllabus for the two different Degree Programmes: Mechanical Engineering; and Industrial Technology and Sustainability. This is to be achieved by the end of the re-examination period in August.

Requirements for moving up from year 4 to year 5/year 1 to year 2 of the Master's Programme:

In addition to what is required for moving up to year 4/year 1 of the Master's Programme,

  • at least 45 credits* from year 4/year 1 of the Master's Programme must be completed by the end of the re-examination period in August,

according to the course list of the programme syllabus for the two different Degree Programmes: Mechanical Engineering; and Industrial Technology and Sustainability.

* In addition to compulsory courses, optional courses that are included in the degree may also be counted.

Individual study plan

Students who do not meet the above requirements should, in consultation with the programme's study advisor, establish an individual study plan for the continuing studies.

An individual study plan may mean that the student cannot be guaranteed full-time studies.
See the KTH regulatory framework: www.kth.se

Recognition of previous academic studies

Students have the opportunity to apply to be given credit for results from a course or courses at another higher education institution/university within or outside the country.

As the grading systems differ between countries and universities, grades are not translated to the KTH grading scale during credit transfer.

An application is made by submitting a form to the school's office of student affairs.

The entire KTH policy for credit transfer is included in the KTH regulatory framework.www.kth.se

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 normally 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

Degree Project, First Cycle
The Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering includes a degree project for a Degree of Bachelor of Science which comprises 15 credits. The degree project will be conducted during the spring term in study year 3.

In order to be eligible for the degree project, the following requirements are reported in Ladok before the degree project starts

  • Promoted to grade 3.
  • At least 120 credits of the program's mandatory courses.
  • Specific requirements for the degree project course

In order to enable the approval of the exam in good time before the degree project begins in period 3, there is the possibility of meeting an alternative qualification requirement for degree projects that start spring term 2020. For this alternative eligibility, the following requirements are reported in Ladok at the latest, December 1, 2019

  • Promoted to grade 3.
  • At least 105 credits of the program's mandatory courses.
  • Specific requirements for the degree project course

KTH's General Regulations for Degree Projects, first cycle, 15 credits for a Degree of Bachelor of Science 180 credits, are in KTH's regulations. www.kth.se

Degree project, Second Cycle

The Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering includes a degree project for a Degree in Master of Science in Engineering, which comprises 30 credits. The degree project is usually done during the spring term in study year 5. To begin the degree project is required

  • At least 240 credits completed courses that may be included in the Degree in Master of Science in Engineering.
  • Maximum 2 unfinished courses (mandatory and conditionally elective) from study year 1 - 3
  • The requirement for studies in study year 5 are met.

KTH's General Regulations for Degree Projects, second cycle, 30 credits for a Degree in Master of Science in Engineering 300 credits, are in KTH's regulations. www.kth.se

Degree

In order to complete a Degree inMaster of Science in Engineering, Degree Program Mechanical Engineering,requires an approved grade in all courses included in the  students study plan based on the degree programme. The study plan shall comprise 300 credits, which includes a degree project, first cycle comprising 15 credits and a degree project, second cycle comprising 30 credits.

Optional introductory courses and preparatory courses cannot be included as part of the degree.

Courses whose content is similar to one or more other courses within the programme cannot be counted as part of the 300 credits that form the basis for the degree.

Optional courses will contribute to the degree programme objectives of mechanical engineering and the professional role.

Application for a degree certificate
The student must personally apply for a certificate.Applications are made via a personal login at www.kth.se.

The student has the possibility of applying for the following three degree:

Title of general qualification at first cycle
Bachelor of Science (180 credits)
Teknologie kandidatexamen

Title of professional qualifications at second cycle
Master of Science in Engineering
Civilingenjörsexamen

Title of general qualification at second cycle
Master of Science (120 credits)
Teknologie masterexamen

Refer to the KTH guidelines (KTH regulatory framework), local directions for higher education qualifications at first and second cycle, the local Degree Ordinance
http://intra.kth.se/regelverk