Last edit: 10/11/2017
Approved: 10/11/2017

Structure of the education

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 several courses are read 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 to the group and 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, interaction between the courses both within each grade as between grades is emphasized. Under the programme two specializations are given, industrial engineering and production as well as Innovation and design.

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 the 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.

Year 2

During the second year all specializations read courses in scientific and technical implementing subjects. During the year specialization starts. Guidelines are described in more detail in annex 2.

Year 3

During the third year specialization specific courses are given, some of those are conditionally optional courses. It is possible to choose different courses, provided these are relevant to the programme's objectives and must be approved by the program director.

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

Courses and registration

In the fall semester registration occurs during enrollment. Course registration is made through the "personal menu" at
A prerequisite for participation in the study is that the students each fall and spring make a registration for courses for the upcoming semester. Course registration is done via between the 1 and 15 November and 1 and 15 May.
In addition, the students do a semester and course registration in connection with each semester through the "personal menu" at
Process of selection of specialization is done prior to semester 4, according to KTH´s instructions.

For year 2:

At least 45 credits from year 1 must be completed through exam period in August. Students who do not meet this requirement shall, in consultation with the study counsellor set up an individual study plan.

For studies in year 3:

At least 90 credits from year 1 and 2 must be completed through the exam period in August. Students who do not meet this requirement shall, in consultation with the study counsellor set up an individual study plan.
For thesis, see separate title.

Recognition of previous academic studies

A Student of mechanical engineering program have the opportunity to apply for credit results from the course/courses at another College/University within or outside the country.
KTH's policy for recognition is available in its entirety in regulations,  

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, se

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,