Last edit: 28/04/2008
Approved: 28/04/2008

Structure of the education

The academic year at KTH is divided into four periods. Each period lasts approximately seven weeks with at least 33 days of study. Each period is followed by an exam period consisting of two extra days and at least 5 exam days. In addition to the four regular exam periods, there are three additional re-examination periods: after Christmas, after May and immediately preceding the first study period of the academic year. The academic year lasts for a duration of 40 weeks. Teaching activities may, if necessary, be scheduled outside the academic year.

The first year in the programme is mainly dedicated to the compulsory courses in the basic curriculum. However, some courses in the specializations are also given in the first year, in order to harmonize the master programme and the final part of the five-year engineering education at KTH. The second year mainly consists of elective courses and the final degree project, although it depends on the chosen specialization.


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

The basic curriculum corresponds to approximately 45 university credits. In each specialization, there is an additional set of three compulsory courses, corresponding to approximately 20 university credits. This leaves approximately 25 university credits for optional (elective) courses. The optional courses should be on the advanced level, and preferably be related to aerospace engineering.

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.

Conditions for participation in the programme

No later than November 15 and May 15 each academic year, respectively, the students are required to make a study registration and course selection for the coming term. At least 40 university credits have to be completed during the first academic year (including the re-examination period in August) in order for the student to be promoted to the second year of the programme.

Students have to make a decision about the specialization in the very beginning of the programme. In particular, this holds for the systems branch of which some courses are given already in the first period. The programme director will inform about the different options during the reception at KTH.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Under certain circumstances, and in agreement with the programme director, credits for previous studies can be received according to the local policy of KTH, see

Degree project

Students admitted to the programme are required to perform an independent study in the form of a thesis project corresponding to 30 university credits. To begin the thesis project, a student must have completed at least 65 university credits of the total course work and at least two of the three compulsory courses in the specialization.

The purpose of the thesis project is that the student should demonstrate the ability to perform independent project work, using and developing the skills obtained from the courses in the programme. The thesis project can either be performed at a university or, more commonly, at a company in the aerospace sector with suitable infrastructure to provide sufficient supervision and resources for the project. The student must actively search for a suitable thesis project in industry; however KTH will provide some assistance with information on suitable points of contact. Exchange students are recommended to find a thesis project in their country of permanent residence or in the country where they intend to start their professional careers.

More information on the KTH policy on the degree project can be found at


Students who fulfill all the requirements will be awarded a Degree of Master of Science (two years). Students must apply for the degree and also show proof of their basic degree (Bachelor's or similar) and paid student union fee.

Complete information on the degree requirements can be found in the local degree policy of KTH, see