The master’s program in Aerospace Engineering fosters skilled engineers for work in the international aerospace sector. The job market is, however, not at all limited to that specific sector. Graduates from the program will gain solid theoretical skills in aerospace modeling, analysis, and design, as well as a general ability to approach and solve complex engineering tasks and a habit of working in teams.

Aerospace Engineering at KTH

The master’s program in Aerospace Engineering offers students a broad, challenging and internationally acknowledged education. It provides skills for aerospace modeling and design, for solving complex engineering tasks, for collaboration with others on projects, and for communicating results and findings in a professional manner. The program at KTH is highly international with contacts and students from all over the world. The program director, Christer Fuglesang, is an astronaut and a KTH alumnus.

During the first term, all students take one fundamental mandatory course in each of four tracks: Aeronautics, Space, Lightweight Structures and Systems Engineering. In addition, there is one course that is mandatory for all master’s students at KTH: Theory and Methodology of Science. Towards the end of the first term, students choose one of the four available tracks. Each track has a few mandatory courses, but most are elective. A set of recommended courses are also provided, but students chose elective courses based on their own interests and wish to advance. There are also many possibilities to combine courses between the tracks. The first term contains one basic course in each track, which enhances basic skills and offers an introduction to various aspects of aerospace engineering. The specialization tracks start the second term of the first year and all offer different mandatory and recommended elective courses.

The final term is spent on a five-month degree project where students get the opportunity to work in-depth with a larger problem. The project is performed either in the industry or at a university, in Sweden or abroad. The degree project is presented at a seminar where the conducted work and results are presented and discussed.

Aeronautics

The Aeronautics track focuses on modeling, analysis, and design of aircraft. Students in the track will learn how to design and estimate the performance of an aircraft, compute its aerodynamic properties, simulate its motion in flight, and analyze how the aerodynamic and structural properties influence stability and control. The track is characterized by a strong interaction between theory and practice. Students will, for example, plan, perform and evaluate wind tunnel tests during their education.

Space

Space technology plays a key role in modern society, enabling telecommunication and navigation services, weather forecasting, Earth observation and much more. The space track focuses on applications related to rocket and satellite technology, with particular emphasis on propulsion, trajectory analysis, spacecraft dynamics, and systems perspective. The space environment and its impact on the design and instrumentation of satellites is another central theme in education. Wider perspective is offered by courses in human spacecraft, space research and space application The space track can conveniently be combined with (parts of) the other tracks in the program to create an attractive competence profile.

Lightweight Structures

The Lightweight Structures track focuses on the analysis and development of lightweight materials and structures for more efficient mechanical solutions and products. Functionality per weight is a simple but highly relevant measure of efficiency since reduced weight can enable improved performance, more cost-effective production and reduce material consumption and environmental impact. The track has the main emphasis on fiber composites, including non-metallic materials and sandwich structures, since such materials are often used in applications with extreme requirements. Students following the track develop knowledge and skills in analysis, design, optimization, materials, manufacturing, and testing of lightweight materials and structures.

Systems Engineering

Aircraft, trains, and satellites are examples of complex systems that have to be designed with reliable control systems and efficient maintenance plans to be competitive in today's global market. Upon graduation, you will be able to develop mathematical models of systems in order to analyze and optimize their performance. Control theory has a crucial role in the design of space missions as well as for the robustness and performance of modern aircraft.

This is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The program is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences (at KTH).

Career

The employment market for aerospace engineers in Europe is strong and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future. Airbus is the main European aerospace company, employing about 130,000 people, but a large share of the work is performed at various subcontractors all over Europe and worldwide. Students taking the Aeronautics track are particularly attractive to companies working in aerodynamics and aeronautics.

The space sector is dynamic and evolving, with major projects such as navigation satellite projects and challenging scientific missions. The European space industry employs about 40,000 people. As a space engineer, you can, for example, work with development, testing and the operation of satellites, launchers, sounding rockets or other space systems.

The lightweight design calls for a systems approach to the choice of materials, manufacturing processes and product solutions. Students taking the Lightweight Structures track are thus prepared for a future in the development of new products or applications where more sustainable air transportation likely will be a key societal issue for the coming decades. There is a constant need for skilled structural engineers within aerospace, naval and automotive engineering, as well as in other businesses working with more niched manufacturing or innovative design solutions.

Today, Systems Engineering is increasingly important in areas like the aerospace sector, the automotive industry, and communications systems. A systems engineer could work with the design of the control of the damping in an aircraft’s landing gear, how to find the least costly spare parts management system for an air fleet, or in analyzing the reliability of a radar system. A systems engineer is attractive to a large number of industries in various fields.

A master’s degree in the aerospace field from KTH is a mark of quality and opens a wide range of career opportunities in industry and research, as well as within areas outside the aerospace sector.

Students

Find out what students from the program think about their time at KTH.

Siwat Suewatanakul, Thailand: "KTH values diversity and group collaboration. Students are divided into multi-cultural teams that are based on skills and proficiency."

Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools to move society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programs. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's program in Aerospace Engineering are:

  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities

The aerospace sector has always been driven by high efficiency, low weight and state-of-the-art usage of new materials and technology. There are considerable and continuous developmental work and effort both in small details and at the systems level. For commercial aircraft, there has also always been a heavy emphasis on lowering fuel consumption and thereby emissions and CO2 production.

With increased traveling in recent years, the aerospace sector has become the focus of a lot of debates about CO2 emissions and air pollution. A lot of positive progress has been made in fossil-free fuels and initiatives in the direction of electrified flight are being developed. These are interesting times, with most people agreeing that flying as we know it today cannot increase without serious environmental implications. At the same time, there are no indications of our flying habits diminishing – or that they are likely to do so in the future. On the contrary, one of the more likely applications for electrified flight is for short distance travels where we do not currently fly. The air-travel business and modern society thus face great challenges for the future, which makes education in aerospace engineering more relevant and interesting than ever. Transition into sustainable flying is key to maintain the current level of mobility in the world, and as an aerospace engineer, you can contribute to the task of global development in that direction.

Satellites are crucial for a sustainable world, but millions of non-operational satellites or parts of satellites are orbiting the Earth in the low Earth orbit. Because space debris endangers operational satellites, active space debris removal missions are planned to prevent its uncontrolled growth. Liquid fuels for satellite propulsion have previously been not only extremely toxic but also expensive to handle safely. Now, the Swedish space industry has developed "green" fuels with performance characteristics similar to those of the toxic fuels. Until recently, launch vehicles have mostly been expendable but, after the retirement of the space shuttle, new reusable launch vehicles have been developed by private space companies enabling cheaper access to space. The guidelines and rules on sustainable space activities are being updated to reduce risks and to ensure access to space for future generations.

Courses

The two-year master's program in Aerospace Engineering consists of three terms of courses and one final term dedicated to the master's degree project. Each term consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits. Depending on which track you choose, you will study different courses. The courses presented on this page apply to studies starting in autumn 2020.

Year 1

Mandatory courses for all tracks, year 1

  • Theory and Methodology of Science (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2030) 4.5 credits
  • Lightweight Structures and FEM (SD2411) 8.0 credits
  • Fundamentals of Flight (SD2601) 7.5 credits
  • Fundamentals of Spaceflight (SD2900) 7.5 credits
  • Systems Engineering (SF2863) 7.5 credits

Aeronautics track

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2030) 4.5 credits
  • Flight Mechanics (SD2805) 9.0 credits

Optional courses

  • Control Theory and Practice, Advanced Course (EL2520) 7.5 credits
  • Human Spaceflight (SD2905) 7.5 credits
  • Spacecraft Dynamics (SD2910) 9.0 credits
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (SG2212) 7.5 credits
  • Compressible Flow (SG2215) 7.5 credits

Lightweight Structures track

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2030) 4.5 credits
  • Fibre Composites - Analysis and Design (SD2413) 6.0 credits
  • Fiber Composites - Materials and Manufacturing (SD2414) 6.0 credits

Optional courses

  • Lightweight Design (SD2432) 20.0 credits
  • Fracture Mechanics (SE2139) 6.0 credits

Space track

Year 1

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2030) 4.5 credits
  • Spacecraft Dynamics (SD2910) 9.0 credits
  • System Integration for Space Technology, Part 1 (SD2920) 3.0 credits

Optional courses

  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) (AH2923) 7.5 credits
  • Control Theory and Practice, Advanced Course (EL2520) 7.5 credits
  • Rocket Propulsion (MJ2246) 6.0 credits
  • Flight Mechanics (SD2805) 9.0 credits
  • Human Spaceflight (SD2905) 7.5 credits
  • Compressible Flow (SG2215) 7.5 credits
  • Introductory Astronomy for Engineers (SH1003) 7.5 credits

Systems Engineering track

Mandatory courses

  • Control Theory and Practice, Advanced Course (EL2520) 7.5 credits
  • Applied Nonlinear Optimization (SF2822) 7.5 credits

Optional courses

  • Hybrid and Embedded Control Systems (EL2450) 7.5 credits
  • Human Spaceflight (SD2905) 7.5 credits
  • Geometric Control Theory (SF2842) 7.5 credits

Year 2

Aeronautics track

Mandatory courses

  • Aeroelasticity (SD2810) 9.0 credits

Optional courses

  • Management of Projects (EH2720) 7.5 credits
  • Jet Propulsion Engines, General Course (MJ2241) 6.0 credits

Lightweight Structures track

Mandatory courses

  • Process Modelling for Composite Manufacturing (SD2415) 6.0 credits
  • Structural Optimisation and Sandwich Design (SD2416) 6.0 credits

Optional courses

  • Management of Projects (EH2720) 7.5 credits
  • Biomechanics and Neuronics (HL2035) 7.5 credits
  • Lightweight Design (SD2432) 20.0 credits
  • Aeroelasticity (SD2810) 9.0 credits

Space track

Mandatory courses

  • Space Physics (EF2240) 6.0 credits
  • Space Environment and Spacecraft Engineering (EF2260) 6.0 credits
  • System Integration for Space Technology, Part 2 (SD2925) 3.0 credits

Optional courses

  • Remote Sensing Technology (AG1321) 7.5 credits
  • Plasma Physics (EF2200) 6.0 credits
  • Space Physics II (EF2245) 7.5 credits
  • Management of Projects (EH2720) 7.5 credits
  • Nonlinear Control (EL2620) 7.5 credits

Systems Engineering track

Mandatory courses

  • Degree Project in Systems Engineering, Second Cycle (SF281X) 30.0 credits
  • Optimal Control Theory (SF2852) 7.5 credits

Optional courses

  • Management of Projects (EH2720) 7.5 credits
  • Nonlinear Control (EL2620) 7.5 credits
  • Modeling of Dynamical Systems (EL2820) 7.5 credits
  • Mathematical Systems Theory (SF2832) 7.5 credits
  • Applied Systems Engineering (SF2866) 7.5 credits

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programs, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English proficiency

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
    TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
  • TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
  • IELTS Academic: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
  • The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)

Specific requirements for the master's program in Aerospace Engineering

A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, corresponding to 180 ECTS credits, with courses in

  • Mathematics and programming: must include (i) differential and integral calculus in several variables, (ii) linear algebra, (iii) numerical analysis), (iv) ordinary and partial differential equations and integral transforms, (v) basic control theory, (vi) mathematical statistics, and (vii) basics of programming in a higher programming language equivalent to at least 25 ECTS credits in total.
  • Applied mechanics: must include (i) rigid body mechanics, (ii) solid mechanics, (iii) fluid mechanics and (iv) thermodynamics, equivalent to at least 20 ECTS credits in total.

Application documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents

Specific documents for the master's program in Aerospace Engineering

  • Summary sheet *

*In order for your application to be considered complete, you need to fill out the online summary sheet. If you do not include a summary sheet, this will negatively affect your evaluation score. Be sure to fill out all of the required information before you submit the form. Please note that the summary sheet is the only specific document required when applying to the master's program in Aerospace Engineering.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 21, 2019
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Jan 15, 2020
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