Last edit: 04/03/2013
Approved: 06/03/2013

Structure of the education

Academic year, semesters and study periods are described in KTH's regulatory framework,
Reference to semester division in KTH's regulatory framework,

Structure of the education

The academic year is normally divided into 4 study periods and normally two or three courses are read in parallel. The 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. After that, 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. Three specialisations are offered in the programme, Industrial Economics and Production, Innovation and Design, and Robotics and Mechatronics.

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 three first semesters are common to the specialisations of the programme, apart from one course.

An introductory course gives the student a perspective on technology and the engineering role, and bases in project methodology, group dynamics and presentation technique. Basic courses in mathematics, materials science, production technology, mechanics, solid mechanics and CAD constitute the core of basic courses belonging to the first year. In two of the first year courses, projects constitute a large part and are in line with their respective specialisation. A specialisation-specific course is given at the end of semester 2 to give confirmation that the education “is right for me”.

Year 2

During the second year, all specialisations read industrial economics, programming, construction technology, energy technology, electrical and control engineering, and sustainable development. During the year, the specialisations in the study fields begin. The specialisations are described more comprehensively in appendix 2.

Year 3

During the third year, courses specific to the specialisation are given, some of which are conditionally optional courses (elective within the specialisation). It is possible to choose other courses, provided that these have relevance for the education 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 autumn and spring must enrol for the coming semester. This is done according to KTH's instructions.

With the enrolment, the 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.

For studies in year 2:

At least 45 HE credits from 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 KTH's 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,