Last edit: 17/11/2021
Approved: 17/11/2021

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.

* Information about Master's programmes that lead to a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering, are found under the heading “Extent and content of the programme”.


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.

Choosing an international profile
During the spring term in year 1, choices are made for an international profile, ie of the languages French, Spanish or German

Special admission requirements for  international profile

For studies in year 2

  • 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

  • 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.
  • fulfill any requirements of the host university and be formally accepted as an exchange student there.

Choice of Master's programme

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

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 2019-01-01 (Dnr. V-2018-0961)
"In order to be eligible for advanced level studies within the integrated Master of Science programmes at KTH, you are required to complete 165 credits from year one through three. Of these, 110 credits must be from the year 1 and 2 curriculum. In addition to these credits, a Degree Project, first cycle needs to be completed before Master’s level studies commence. Additional special admission requirements exist and appear in the respective programme curriculum "

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
Within the degree programme a degree project, second cycle, which comprises 30 credits, is included. The degree project course forms the final part of the degree programme in mechanical engineering. The degree project course can be commenced when the special admission requirements listed in the course syllabus are met.


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

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.