Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Engineering Design, 120 credits (TIPUM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2012

Last edit: 06/02/2014
Approved: 06/02/2014

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 have the possibility to apply for recognition of previous academic studies from course(s) at another higher education institution or university, both national and international.

KTH’s entire policy for recognition of previous academic studies can be found in KTH’s guidelines,

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 degree project consists of 30 higher education credits on the second level.

A student must have completed at least 60 higher education credits, including obligatory courses for the chosen master’s programme, before he/she can start his/her degree project.

The degree project work is graded according the seven-level grading system, A-F.

KTH’s rules for the degree project for Master’s degrees with tracks can be found in KTH’s guidelines,


In order to earn Degree of Master of Science (Two Years), passing grades in all courses which are included in the student’s study plan are required.  The study plan must comprise 120 higher education credits which include a degree project consisting of 30 higher education credits, on the second level.

The student must apply for the degree and show his/her Bachelor  Degree (or corresponding).

KTH’s local degree ordinance can be found at