Last edit: 16/10/2015
Approved: 16/10/2015

Structure of the education

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 five 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.

In order to give a broad and interesting introduction to the field, the first semester consists of one introductory course in each major discipline (aeronautics, space, lightweight structures and systems engineering, respectively). The second semester offers a number of more advanced courses, that depends on the chosen specialization. Finally, the second year mainly consists of elective courses and the final degree project, second cycle, 30 university credits.


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

The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in Appendix 1. The basic curriculum corresponds to approximately 35 university credits. In each track, there is an additional set of two, three or four compulsory courses, corresponding to approximately 25 university credits. This leaves approximately 30 university credits for optional (elective) courses. The optional courses should be on the advanced level, and preferably be related to aerospace engineering.

Appendix 1 - Lists of courses

Basic Curriculum

The basic curriculum consists of a set of courses to enhance basic skills and give an introduction to the different specialisations/tracks. The following courses are compulsory and form the basic curriculum:

Lightweight Structures and FEM

Fundamentals of Flight

Fundamentals of Spaceflight

Systems Engineering

Theory and Methodology of Science (Natural and Technological Science)

In each track, there is an additional set of compulsory courses according to:


Flight Mechanics



Space Physics

Space Environment and Spacecraft Engineering

Spacecraft Dynamics

Systems Integration for Space Technology

Lightweight Structures

Fibre Composites – Materials and Manufacturing

Fibre Composites – Analysis and Design

Process Modelling for Composite Manufacturing

Structural Optimization and Sandwich Design

Systems Engineering

Applied Linear Optimization

Optimal Control Theory

Control Theory and Practice, Advanced Course

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

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 semester. At least 45 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.

Course application
As a student at KTH programmes you have to apply for semester courses. The application is done via and by all programme students. For more information on how to apply, see the PDF document at the KTH website:

Semester registration
Everyone admitted to an educational programme at KTH must register for the semesters they intend to study. Semester registration is a prerequisite and is required for the registration and reporting of results on courses. You can carry out a web registration at the same time as the semester starts, provided that you have fulfilled requirements for the coming semester.

Recognition of previous academic studies

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

Studies abroad

After approval by the programme director, part of the studies may be carried out abroad (including the Master’s degree project). The condition is that the parts of the programme carried out abroad should fit in with the educational programme.

Degree project

Degree project

Students admitted to the programme are required to perform an independent study in the form of a degree project corresponding to 30 university credits, second cycle. To begin the degree project, a student must have completed at least 60 university credits of the total course work and at least two of the three compulsory courses in the specialization.

The purpose of the degree 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 degree 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 degree project; however KTH will provide some assistance with information on suitable points of contact. Exchange students are recommended to find a degree 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).

Application for degree certificate

Students shall apply for a degree through the web service by logging into your Personal menu/Applications for degrees. You will have access to your personal menu by logging into KTH's website and click on the link “Programme” in the topmenu and then on “Application for degrees”.

Complete information on the degree requirements can found at the local regulation for qualifications at first- and second cycle: