Last edit: 15/09/2020
Approved: 15/09/2020

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. Two specialisations are offered within the programme; Industrial Engineering and Production and Innovation and Design.

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

Participation requires admission to courses within the programme and course registration. Course registration is done via the personal menu 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.

Degree project

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

The degree project is the final part of the education. In order to fulfill specific admission requirements for a Degree Project, first cycle, courses corresponding to at least 135 credits within the study programme must be completed.

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,