Last edit: 10/03/2011
Approved: 11/03/2011

Structure of the education

Study years, terms, and study periods are described in KTH’s guidelines,

Structure of the education

The programme starts with a common course package which provides a solid foundation for the three tracs: Power Production, Energy Usage, and Solar Energy -  which are given primarily during term 2.  The third term comprises continuation studies within the energy area with a research-preparing perspective.  The programme is concluded with a degree project during term 4.


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

Term enrolment

A condition in order to participate in the studies is that the student, each spring and autumn must enrol for the coming term.  This is done through “Mina sidor”, between the 1st and 15th of November and the 1st and 15th of May, respectively.

By completing term enrolment, the students have confirmed their intention to study and participate in the programme.  Only after that may the student be able to:

  • Register for the term
  • Register for courses
  • Get results reported

Course selection
The student select courses before each term according to KTH’s central guidelines

Selection of track

Choice of track is done in the form of enrolment to the respective courses before the start of term 2.  There is no limitation on the number of places available in the specialisation.

Conditions for participation in the courses

For studies in study year 2:

At least 45 higher education credits must be completed from study year 1 by the end of the examination period in August.  Students who have not fulfilled this requirement must, in collaboration with a study adviser, create an individual study plan.  The main intent with the individual study plan is that the student will complete the remaining elements during the next coming study year.  In the study plan, the remaining elements should be included as well as suitable courses from the next study year.  Special consideration should be given to the courses’ prerequisites.

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

There exists a number of possibilities to study abroad within the programme, for example between study year 1 and 2 or during the degree project.  Certain exchanges can occur with the help of scholarships, for example Minor Field Studies.

Degree project

KTH’s rules for the degree project can be found in KTH’s guidelines,  Generally, a large portion of the studies must be completed before the degree project can be started.


In order to earn Degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (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, in the second cycle.

KTH’s local degree ordinance can be found at