Last edit: 16/11/2020
Approved: 12/01/2021

Structure of the education

Academic year

Every academic year consists of two semesters which are 20 weeks each. Each semester is divided into two study periods.

Structure of the programme

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. 

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, both specialisations involve courses within the applied subjects relating to engineering science and technology. The different specialisations are described in more detail in appendix 2.

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

The programme consists of compulsory and optional courses. The compulsory courses are defined for each year in course lists. The goals, entrance qualifications, content and course requirements for each course can be found in the official course syllabuses.

The forms of teaching and examination vary between courses. These are indicated in each official course syllabus.

The optional courses can be chosen from KTH's range of offered courses. Credits from courses at other universities/higher education institutions can also be transferred if the qualification requirements are met.

The following limitations apply to optional courses:

  • Optional courses may not be taken in year 1

  • An optional course may not correspond to a significant extent to an existing programme course or an already credited course

  • Higher education preparatory courses may not be counted as optional courses

  • Optional courses may be chosen but should be relevant to the professional role of engineer

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. For studies at a higher study year there are specific admission requirements for the courses. Admission requirements are specified in the course syllabus.

Degree project

Degree Project, First Cycle
The programme includes a degree project which is a course of 15 credits and is performed in the spring semester year 3. The degree project may begin when special admission requirements for the course are fulfilled.


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 must include at least 180 credits including the degree project(15 credits). 

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.

Optional courses will contribute to the degree programme objectives of Mechanical Engineering and the professional role.

  • Title of professional qualifications at first cycle
    Bachelor of Science in Engineering