Programme objectives

Master's Programme, Aerospace Engineering, 120 credits (TAEEM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2019

Last edit: 17/10/2018
Approved: 17/10/2018

The main objective of the programme is to educate skilled engineers for the European aerospace industry and research institutions. The programme is mainly enrolling (but not exclusively) Swedish students and students from European universities with which KTH has exchange agreements. Many different KTH departments contribute to the education with leading expertise in their respective areas of research. The Department of Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering coordinates the programme and contributes with about half of the courses.

To qualify for the degree of Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering the student shall be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis and proven experience of aerospace engineering and deeper insight into current research and development work;

  • demonstrate deeper methodological knowledge and understanding in some areas of aerospace engineering, particularly in the chosen area of specialization (aeronautics, lightweight structures, space or systems engineering).

Skills and abilities

  • demonstrate ability to, from a holistic perspective, critically, independently and creatively identify, formulate and deal with complex issues and situations in aerospace engineering;

  • demonstrate ability to plan and carry out advanced engineering tasks and critically evaluate various technical solutions for aerospace vehicles and other complex technical systems;

  • demonstrate ability to plan, perform and evaluate basic experimental testing in order to investigate the validity of a theoretical model

  • demonstrate the skills required to participate in research and development work or to work independently in other advanced contexts so as to contribute to the development of knowledge;

  • demonstrate ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge; 

  • demonstrate ability to model, simulate, predict and evaluate the technical characteristics of aerospace vehicles and other related systems, even on the basis of limited information

  • demonstrate ability to design aerospace vehicles and other technical systems and related processes taking into account people’s situations and needs, and the society’s objectives for economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development;

  • demonstrate ability to engage and contribute in teamwork and cooperation in groups of varying composition;

  • demonstrate ability to clearly present and discuss engineering conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind them, in dialogue with different groups, orally and in writing, in national and international contexts;

Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint

  • demonstrate ability to make sound judgements in the design and assessment of aerospace vehicles and other technical systems, taking into account relevant scientific, social, ethical, economic and environmental aspects;

  • demonstrate awareness of and insight in the potential and limitations of technology and science, its role in society and people’s responsibility for how it is used;

  • demonstrate ability to identify their need for further knowledge and to take responsibility for continuously upgrading personal knowledge and capabilities.