Last edit: 05/12/2013
Approved: 05/12/2013

Structure of the education

The academic year at KTH is divided into four periods. Each period lasts approximately seven weeks with at least 33 days of study. Each period is followed by an examination period. In addition to the four regular exam periods, there are three additional re-examination periods: after Christmas, after May and immediately preceding the first study period of the academic year. The academic year has duration of 40 weeks. Teaching activities may, if necessary, be scheduled outside the academic year.

The first two periods in the first year of the programme are mainly dedicated to the compulsory courses within each track: Fluid Mechanics, Solid Mechanics or Sound and Vibration. The third and fourth periods mainly contain elective courses within or outside the chosen track. The second year mainly consists of elective courses and the final degree project.


The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in Appendix 1: Course list

The programme is course-based and the course part corresponds to 90 ECTS (the thesis is 30 ECTS). Each track starts with basic courses, which must be selected if equivalent courses are not included in the student’s Bachelor’s degree. The basic courses for each track are listed in Appendix 1. The compulsory courses correspond to between 21.5 and 37.5 ECTS depending on track. This leaves between 52.5 and 68.5 ECTS for elective courses. The first part of the elective courses must be on the advanced level and selected from the list of courses in Appendix 1. Together with the compulsory courses, the first part of the elective courses shall add up to at least 70 ECTS. The choice of elective courses from the list in Appendix 1 is not completely free, because each track has a pool of four to six courses and at least one of these recommended courses must be selected. The remaining second part of the elective courses, at most 20 ECTS, does not need to be selected from the course list in Appendix 1, but an elective course may not be similar to a course already completed in a previous degree.

The list of compulsory and elective courses is given in appendix 1.

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

No later than November 15 and May 15 each academic year, respectively, the students are required to make a study registration and course selection for the coming term. At least 45 ECTS have to be completed during the first academic year, including the re-examination period in August, in order for the student to be promoted to the second year of the programme. After being registered to the programme, each student shall select one of the three tracks: Fluid Mechanics, Solid Mechanics or Sound and Vibration. Change of track is not recommended after September 15 in the first period of the first term. Courses are selected through and you may not have more than 127 ECTS in your transcript of records at the time of graduation.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Under certain circumstances, and in agreement with the director of the selected track, credits for previous studies can be received according to the local policy of KTH:

Studies abroad

Under special circumstances and after approval by the programmedirector, compulsory and elective courses may be taken at other universities. For this, a Learning Agreement must be created and signed by the programme director before you start your studies abroad. For example, the Sound and Vibration track is currently participating in the NINA cooperation with Chalmers and NTNU providing the possibility for students to take elective courses at the other participating universities.

Degree project

Students admitted to the programme are required to perform an independent study in the form of a thesis project corresponding to 30 university credits. To begin the thesis project, a student must have completed at least 60 university credits of the total course work.  The purpose of the thesis project is that the student should demonstrate the ability to perform independent project work, using and developing the skills obtained from the courses in the programme. The thesis project can either be performed at a university or, more commonly, at a company. The student must actively search for a suitable thesis project in industry; however KTH will provide some assistance with information on suitable points of contact. The thesis project will be graded on a scale from A to F, where A-E are passing grades and A is the highest grade.

More information on the KTH policy on the degree project can be found at


Students who fulfill all the requirements of the programme will be awarded the Degree of Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics (two years). Students must apply for the degree and also show proof of their basic degree (Bachelor or similar). Complete information on the degree requirements can found at the local degree policy of KTH: