Last edit: 03/02/2012
Approved: 15/03/2012

Structure of the education

Academic year, semesters and study periods are described in KTH's regulatory framework,

 Structure of the education

The academic year is normally divided into 4 study periods, and normally two courses are read in parallel during each study period. Teaching and examination forms vary from course to course. Normally, a part of the course consists of lectures that provide an introduction to concepts and theories. Practical assignments and laboratory sessions reinforce the understanding of the theoretical relationships. Project work according to models from the industry has an essential role in the education. Here, training is given to work in groups with reality-based assignments with an engineering approach.

The education consists of compulsory courses during the first two years. In order to create wholeness in the education, cooperation between the courses is emphasised, both within each year and between the years. Two specialisations are offered in the programme, Industrial Economics and Production and Innovation and Design.

The education is completed during the final semester with a degree project that is usually carried out with employers outside of school.

Year 1

The first year is common to the specialisations of the programme, apart from one course.

An introductory course in project methodology provides the basis for project work, which is an essential part of all education. Mathematics, Programming, Computer-based Design Tools, Materials and Production, and

Solid Mechanics with Statics constitute the core of basic courses belonging to the first year. Two of the first year courses are mainly carried out as project courses. The courses that separate the specialisations in year 1 are Industrial Design with Colour and Craft I, which is given for Innovation and Design, and Economics and Management, which is given for Industrial Economics and Production. The economics course is given in year 2 for Innovation and Design.

Year 2

In the second year, the specialisations in the study fields begin. These are described more comprehensively in appendix 2. Four courses are common to both specialisations. They are Applied Mathematics, Environmental Science and Work Science, Electrical and Control Engineering and Competence and Development.

Year 3

During the third year, alternative courses are given (elective within the specialisation) and opportunity exists to freely choose other courses comprising 15 HE credits, provided that these have relevance for the educational objectives of the programme. These choices give the opportunity to create an education with an individual profile.

The education is completed with a degree project.


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

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


 A precondition for participating in the studies is that the student each spring and autumn must enrol for the coming semester. This is done according to KTH's instructions.

With the enrolment, the technology student has reported the intention to study and participate in the education. After that, it is possible for the student to:

  • register for the semester
  • register for courses
  • get results reported
  • have the possibility to receive student aid from CSN

Course application


Course applications within the programme are made by the student before each semester according to KTH's instructions.

Conditions for promotion

 For studies in year 2:

At least 45 HE credits from school year 1 should be completed by the examination period in August. Students who do not fulfil this requirement should establish an individual study plan in consultation with a study adviser.

For studies in year 3:

At least 90 HE credits from year 1 and 2 completed by the examination period in August. Students who do not fulfil this requirement should establish an individual study plan in consultation with a study adviser.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Students may apply to include credit results from course/courses at other higher education institution/university within or outside of the country. Application can be found on KTHs website.

KTH's policy for inclusion can be found in full in KTH's regulatory framework,

Studies abroad

Students at the Mechanical Engineering Programme have the opportunity to study abroad through the agreements KTH has with universities within and outside of the EU. Exchange studies may normally not be done during the first or second year. It is also possible to carry out the degree project abroad.

Application deadline for studying abroad is around the 15th of January.

Degree project

The degree project comprises 15 HE credits.

The following applies for the degree project:

  • It may be started, at the earliest, after having achieved 120 HE credits, and when final grades exist in relevant courses that concern the contents of the degree project
  • It may be started after that the assignment has been approved by the examiner
  • It is based on the knowledge that has been acquired during the education and should normally be carried out during semester 6
  • It should constitute proof of an independent work comprising theoretical and/or experimental work with accompanying report writing and oral presentation
  • The supervisor is appointed by the examiner

KTH's rules for degree projects can be found in KTH's regulatory framework,


To complete a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering, passing grades in all courses that are included in the student's study plan are required. The study plan consists of the compulsory courses, the elective courses that the student has opted for and the degree project. The study plan should comprise at least 180 HE credits.

KTH's local degree ordinance can be found in KTH's regulatory framework.