Last edit: 14/12/2018
Approved: 14/12/2018

Structure of the education

Programme arrangement

Academic years, semesters and study periods are found in the KTH regulatory framework,

If necessary, instruction may be provided outside the parameters of the academic year.
Refer to the composition of academic years in the KTH regulatory framework,

Structure of the programme

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 part of the course consists of lectures which introduce students to concepts and theories. Exercises and laboratory work reinforce the understanding of the theoretical relationships. Engaging in project work according to an industry model plays a vital role in the programme. This provides group training in addressing reality-based tasks in an engineering way.

The programme consists of compulsory courses for the first two years, including a specialization preparatory bundle of courses. To create a unified whole, the programme emphasises cooperation between courses, both in a specific year and between years. Three specialisations are offered within the programme; Industrial Engineering and Production, Innovation and Design, and Robotics and Mechatronics and Security and Management of Advanced systems.

The programme is concluded in the final semester with a degree project, which is often carried out with an employer outside the school.

Year 1

An introductory course provides the student with perspectives on engineering and the engineer's role as well as the basics of project methodology, group dynamics and presentation techniques. Basic courses in mathematics, engineering materials, manufacturing process, programming, mechanics, and CAD represent the core basic courses pertaining to the first year.

Year 2

During the second year, all specialisations involve courses within the applied subjects relating to engineering science and technology. The specialisations begin during the year. The different specialisations are described in more detail in appendix 2. During the year a specialization preparatory bundle of courses is chosen.

Year 3

During the third year, specialisation-specific courses are given, including 15 credits optional courses.

The programme concludes 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

Course application registration

Course registration is done by the student via personal login at

A prerequisite for participating in the studies is that, each autumn and spring, the student applies for courses prior to the coming semester. Course application is done via between 1 and 15 November, and 1 and 15 May, respectively.

If the student does not apply via, the application is only considered subject to availability.
In addition, the student must complete their semester and course registration in conjunction with each course start via personal login at

Choice of specialisation is made prior to semester 4 in accordance with KTH instructions.

For studies in year 2:

At least 45 credits from year 1 should be completed by the end of the examination period in August, according to the course list of the programme syllabus. Students who do not fulfil this requirements must establish an individual study plan together with the study advisor.

For studies in year 3:

At least 90 credits from years 1 and 2 should be completed by the end of the examination period in August, according to the course list of the programme syllabus. Students who do not fulfil this requirements must establish an individual study plan together with the study advisor.
For degree projects, see the separate heading.

Individual study plan
A student who is lagging behind in their studies and does not meet the above requirements must, in consultation with the study advisor for the programme, establish an individual study plan for the continuing studies.
An individual study plan may mean that the student cannot be guaranteed full-time studies.
See the KTH regulatory framework:

Recognition of previous academic studies

Students on the Mechanical Engineering Programme have the opportunity to apply to be given credit for results from a course or courses at another higher education institution/university within or outside the country.
As the grading systems differ widely between countries, grades from exchange studies are not translated to the KTH grading scale.
The entire KTH policy for credit transfer is included in the KTH regulatory framework,

Studies abroad

Students on the Mechanical Engineering Programme have the opportunity to study abroad through agreements KTH has with universities within and outside the EU. Exchange studies normally cannot be pursued during the first or second year. It is also possible to do the degree project abroad.

For the application deadline, see 

Degree project

Year 3 of the programme includes a degree project which is a course of 15 credits.

Regarding the degree project:

  • It may not be commenced until 120 credits have been obtained and when a final grade has been received in relevant courses which concern the content of the degree project
  • It may be commenced after the examiner has approved the assignment
  • It is based on the knowledge obtained during the study period and is usually carried out in semester 6
  • It shall constitute proof of an independent piece of work comprising theoretical and/or experimental activity with an accompanying written report and oral presentation
  • Supervisors are appointed by the examiner

KTH's rules for degree projects are found in the KTH regulatory framework,


The student must personally apply for a certificate. Applications are made by logging on to where “Applications for degrees” is found under the heading “Programme”.

Optional introductory courses and preparatory courses cannot be included as part of the degree.
Courses whose content is similar to one or more other courses within the programme cannot be counted as part of the 180 credits that form the basis for the degree.

To obtain a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering, requires a passing grade in all courses included in the student's study plan. The study plan consists of the compulsory courses, the elective courses that the student has followed and the degree project. The study plan must include at least 180 credits.

Application for a certificate is done according to KTH instructions, see

KTH's local Degree Ordinance is found in the KTH regulatory framework,