Last edit: 19/12/2019
Approved: 19/12/2019

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 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.

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.

The grades pass (P) and fail (F) are used for thesis works.

Conditions for participation in the programme

For students starting their education from the autumn semester 2018 previous promotion requirements have been replaced with special admission requirements to each course.

Course application

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

Course registration

Students admitted to an educational programme at KTH must register for the courses they intend to study. Course registration is required for the examination and means that the student is active.

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

Students have the opportunity to spend one semester at one of KTH’s partner universities abroad.

For more information and recommendation on the appropriate semester for exchange studies refer to the International coordinator.

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. The project work may begin when special admission requirements for the course are fulfilled.

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 Aerospace 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