Last edit: 24/10/2017
Approved: 24/10/2017

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 adds up to 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 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)

The course Fundamentals of Spaceflight includes 3 credits of Theory and Methodology of Science.


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


Flight Mechanics

Aircraft aerodynamics



Space Physics

Space Environment and Spacecraft Engineering Spacecraft Dynamics

Systems Integration for Space Technology, Part 1 and 2

Lightweight Structures:

Fibre Composites – Materials and Manufacturing Fibre Composites – Analysis and Design Process 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.

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 degree project.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Course application

As a student at KTH programmes you have to apply for semester courses. The application is done via

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

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

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

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.


In order to earn Degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (120 credits), passing grades in all courses which are included in the student’s study plan are required.  The study plan must comprise 120 higher education credits which include a degree project consisting of 30 higher education credits, in the second cycle.

KTH’s local degree ordinance can be found at KTH's website,

Application for degree certificate

Students shall apply for a degree through the web service by logging into your Personal menu/Applications for degrees at