Last edit: 21/12/2017
Approved: 22/01/2018

Structure of the education

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, Innovation and design. Two more are not currently active.

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.

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


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,