Last edit: 01/12/2020
Approved: 14/01/2021

Structure of the education

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.

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.

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.


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.

Grading scale is found in the course syllabus

Conditions for participation in the programme

Participation requires admission to courses within the programme and course registration.

For further studies, special admission requirements for the course are to be fulfilled. Special admission requirements are listed in the respective course syllabus.

International profile
For studies in year 2 with an international profile

  • at least 45 credits according to the course list of the programme syllabus from year 1. This is to be achieved by the end of the re-examination period in August.
  • 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.

For studies in year 3 with an international profile

  • at least 90 credits according to the course list of the programme syllabus from year 1 and 2. This is to be achieved by the end of the re-examination period in August.
  • the student must be proficient in either Spanish, German or French equivalent to level B1.
  • fulfil any requirements of the host university and be formally accepted as an exchange student there.

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

  • 1 - 15 May for autumn semesters

  • 1 - 15 November for spring semesters

If the student does not apply via, 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 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

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 by the students within the Degree Programme according to instructions from the KTH admissions office.

Admission requirements for Master programmes

According to the KTH Admission regulations 2018 (Dnr. V-2017-1014)
"In order to be eligible for advanced level studies within the integrated Master of Science programmes at KTH, you are required to complete 150 credits from year one through three. Of these, 110 credits must be from the year 1 and 2 curriculum. In addition to these credits, the bachelor thesis needs to be completed before Master’s level studies commence."

Degree project

Degree Project, First Cycle

Within the degree programme a degree project, first cycle, which comprises 15 credits, is included. The degree project course can be commenced when the special admission requirements listed in the course syllabus are met.

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 the final part of the education.

In order to fulfill specific admission requirements  for a Degree Project, second cycle, 30 credits, all courses in study year 1-3, first cycle, or courses required for the award of a Bachelors’s degree, and courses corresponding to at least 60 credits, second cycle, must be completed. The courses at the second cycle, shall include courses in the programme relevant to the degree project, as well as courses in science theory and research methodology.


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

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

Title of general qualification at first cycle
Bachelor of Science (180 credits)
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Title of professional qualifications at second cycle
Master of Science in Engineering