Last edit: 27/02/2012
Approved: 15/03/2012

Structure of the education

The programme structure is designed to provide opportunities both for students taking the 5-year Civilingenjörs degree (programmes Design and Product Realization, Mechanical Engineering and Vehicle Engineering), and / or for those wishing to take a 2-year Masters degree in Engineering Design.


The Academic year, semesters and study periods are described in the KTH Regulations at:

The overall programme provides a common training package, which is both good preparation for engineering research and also provides a solid core for the three tracks – Internal Combustion Engines, Machine Design and Mechatronics.

The program ends with a thesis, 30 credits at advanced level, during the fourth semester.


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

In order for a student to advance to the second academic year of the programme, they must have completed at least 45 credits during the first academic year (up until the last re-examination period before the second academic year begins). 

Students who do not meet this requirement should arrange to meet with the counsellor at the ITM School Education Office to establish an individual study plan.

Course enrolment

Registration to all courses within the programme should be made during the preceeding semester, in accordance with the KTH central guidelines.

Choice of Track

The choice of Track within the programme should be specified in the covering letter accompanying each student’s application. Applicants should be aware that each Track may have core courses that require prerequisite knowledge, which may involve adaptation courses (see Appendix 1).

Recognition of previous academic studies

Students can apply to transfer credits from courses they have passed at another college or university (national or international).

KTH’s policy for credit transfer can be found in full in the KTH Regulations at:

Studies abroad

With the examiner’s approval, the work for the final thesis report can be performed abroad. 

It is also possible to study abroad for single semesters at universities that offer similar courses.


Degree project

The Master thesis project comprises 30 credits at advanced level.

A student must have done at least 60 credits, including the required courses for their selected program before they can apply to begin work for their master thesis.

Master thesis work is graded according to the seven goal-related grades A-E, Fx, F (described above).

The rules for the Master thesis report can be found in greater depth in the KTH Regulations at:


In order to be awarded the Degree of Master of Science (Two Years) students must achieve at least the passing grade in all of the courses specified in their curriculum (study plan). The study plan consists of 120 credits including a thesis of 30 credits, at the advanced level.

The student must apply for graduation and show proof of their Bachelors degree (or equivalent).

Information regarding KTH qualifications can be found at: