Last edit: 09/04/2014
Approved: 09/04/2014

Structure of the education

Educational approach

Academic year, semester and study periods are retrieved from the regulations,
Referring to the academic subdivision regulations,

Structure of education

The academic year is divided into 4 study periods and normally read several courses in parallel. Teaching and examination forms vary from course to course. Normally a part of the course consists of lectures that provides an initial contact with the concepts and theories. Exercises and laboratory work reinforces the understanding of the theoretical relationships. Project works according to the model from the business community has a vital role in education. It provides training for the group to address reality based tasks in an engineering way.

The training consists of compulsory courses for the first two years. To create a module in the training, the interaction between the courses both within each grade as between grades, is emphasized. Under the programme there are four specializations given, Industrial engineering and production, Innovation and design, Robotics and Mechatronics, safety and management of complex systems.

The training is completed during the last semester with a thesis which is usually implemented with clients outside the school.

Year 1

An introductory course provides student perspectives on technology and engineering role as well as the basics of project methodology, group dynamics and presentation techniques. Basic courses in mathematics, materials science, industrial engineering, programming, mechanics, and CAD is the core of basic courses pertaining to the first year. In two of the first-year courses are project a great deal which can be tilted against each thrust.

Year 2

During the second year all specializations read courses in the scientific and technical implementing subjects. Specializations begins during year 2. Specialization guidelines are described in more detail in annex 2.

Year 3

The third year is targeting specific courses, some of which are conditionally optional courses (selectable within the specialization). It is possible to choose other courses, provided these are relevant to the programme's objectives. These elections will give the possibility to create an education with individual profile.

The training ends with a thesis.


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 prerequisite to be allowed to participate in the studies is that the student verfies enrollment for courses the coming term every spring and fall. This is done via between the 1st and 15th of November and the 1st and 15th of May. In addition, the students do a semester and course registration in connection with each semester through the "personal menu" at

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.

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, see

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,