Master in Engineering Design


Program Description

Growing demands on functionality, sustainability, and innovation continuously increase the complexity of product development. Students in the master’s program in Engineering Design obtain essential technical and organizational skills for the successful development and engineering of a wide range of technical products. The program consists of three tracks offering specialized expertise in key areas of engineering design: Machine Design, Mechatronics, and Combustion Engineering.

Engineering Design at KTH

The master’s program in Engineering Design provides tools, models and methodologies for the design of mechanical products and for the design of industrial systems. Applicants to the program choose one of three specified program tracks: Combustion Engineering, Machine Design or Mechatronics.

The first term starts with a set of courses that provide an introduction to various aspects of engineering design and enhance basic skills within the chosen track. For the second and third term, the courses deepen the specialization, culminating in the advanced project courses that tackle real-life industrial challenges and/or research problems in close cooperation with industrial companies. Throughout the program, traditional lectures, as well as exercises, seminars, assignments and laboratory experiments, are learning tools in the courses.

Your degree will conclude with an individual degree project, on which you work closely with the local industry or a KTH research group.

Machine Design track

Students on the Machine Design track learn how to create, select, dimension, optimize and verify cost-effective technical quality products. This is done with efficient aid and support from industrially relevant and state-of-the-art tools and methods. The track focuses on the development and engineering of innovative technical systems and high-performing components and relies on a holistic design approach as well as on specialist knowledge.

Mechatronics track

The use of electronics and software to enhance mechanical products is here to stay, and its complexity is growing rapidly. The functionality and performance of traditional mechanical systems are often dependent on mechatronics – the synergistic integration of mechanical, electrical, control and software engineering.

A challenge facing many engineers today is the sheer scale of information exchange and communication required in product development projects. This particularly affects Mechatronics engineers, since their work requires not only reliance on their multidisciplinary knowledge and skills, but also an increasingly broad awareness when interacting with design teams across other disciplines. Students on the Mechatronic track gain the skills needed to handle these challenges.

Combustion Engineering track

Students in the Combustion Engineering track will learn how to develop internal combustion engines in the context of increasingly strict emissions legislation. The track focuses on sustainability issues and emphasizes engine performance, including fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions. Thermodynamics, supercharging, combustion, emission formation, and emission control are addressed.

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 Industrial Engineering and Management (at KTH).


The master’s program in Engineering Design gives you the competence and ability to identify complex engineering and technical problems and to solve those using modern methods and tools. You will be well prepared to work in product development, engineering design or research within leading companies or academia. Some key industries and sectors for graduates involve vehicles (road, rail, air, off-road), industrial automation (robotics, processes, electronics, tools), and medical engineering (aids for the disabled, life-support systems, simulators). Graduates from the program are found at Scania, ÅF, ABB, Saab, Bombardier, Atlas Copco, Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Cars, Electrolux, and smaller medical engineering and consulting companies. The program also opens the way for a possible career in academia, as many graduates go on to doctoral studies.


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

Anirudh N Kulkarni, India: "At KTH, you get to learn by working on actual real-life scenarios and equipment, which allows you to experiment sufficiently and gain the experience required to work in the industry. Studying at KTH offers a very international experience.

Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving 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 Engineering Design are:

  • Affordable and Clean Energy: There is a shift to focusing on developing methods and products that can harness natural power sources such as the sun, wind and ocean waves. Studies in this master's program will give the student an understanding of the subject and the ability to be part of a development team working for future clean energy generation.
  • Industry, innovation, and infrastructure: Innovation is essential in order to build a new complementary infrastructure for future sustainable transportation to meet both the needs of industry and the daily needs of ordinary people. This study program will give the student an understanding of the subject and the ability to deal with these issues after graduation.
  • Responsible consumption and production: One important issue we have to face in the future is that resources are limited and alternative sustainable production and consumption is essential. After completing this study program, the student will have an understanding of the subject and the ability to design and manufacture products with a high level of recyclability and reuse, thus having higher sustainability.

These goals will be addressed both as embedded activities and project tasks, as well as separate courses in the program.


The two-year master's program in Engineering Design 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.

Combustion Engineering track

Year 1

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits
  • Mechatronics basic Course (MF2030) 6.0 credits
  • Internal Combustion Engines 1 (MF2047) 6.0 credits
  • Signals and Mechanical Systems (SD2125) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Hybrid Vehicle Drives (EJ2410) 7.5 credits
  • Environmental Catalysis (KE2051) 7.5 credits
  • Team Leadership and Human Resource Management (ME2063) 6.0 credits
  • Dynamics and Motion Control (MF2007) 9.0 credits
  • Component Design (MF2010) 6.0 credits
  • Tribology (MF2018) 6.0 credits
  • CAD 3D-modelling and Visualization (MF2019) 6.0 credits
  • Robust Mechatronics (MF2043) 6.0 credits
  • Embedded Systems for Mechatronics (MF2103) 9.0 credits
  • Turbomachinery (MJ2429) 6.0 credits
  • Thermal Turbomachinery (MJ2430) 6.0 credits
  • Vehicle Components (SD2222) 8.0 credits
  • Ground Vehicle Dynamics, Basic Course (SD2225) 11.0 credits
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (SG2212) 7.5 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics (SG2214) 7.5 credits
  • Compressible Flow (SG2215) 7.5 credits
  • Turbulence (SG2218) 7.5 credits
  • Advanced Compressible Flows (SG2219) 7.5 credits
  • Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (SG2224) 5.0 credits

Optional courses

  • Automatic Control, General Course (EL1000) 6.0 credits
  • Automatic Control, General Course (EL1010) 6.0 credits
  • Modeling of Dynamical Systems (EL2820) 7.5 credits
  • Model-Based Product Development II (MF1025) 6.0 credits
  • Model-Based Product Development I (MF1026) 9.0 credits
  • Heat Transfer (MJ1401) 6.0 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics, Basic Course (SG1217) 6.0 credits

Year 2

Mandatory courses

  • Internal Combustion Engines Advanced Course (MF2066) 18.0 credits
  • Degree Project in Internal Combustion Engineering, Second Cycle (MF225X) 30.0 credits

Machine Design track

Year 1

Mandatory courses

  • Component Design (MF2010) 6.0 credits
  • Systems Engineering (MF2011) 9.0 credits
  • Tribology (MF2018) 6.0 credits
  • Robust and Probabilistic Design (MF2024) 6.0 credits
  • Modell-Based Design, Adaption Course (MF2054) 3.0 credits
  • Machine Dynamics (MF2068) 6.0 credits
  • Machine Design Advanced Course Part I (MF2076) 9.0 credits
  • Machine Design (MF2101) 6.0 credits

Year 2

Mandatory courses

  • Research Methodology in Machine Design (MF2072) 6.0 credits
  • Machine Design Advanced Course Part II (MF2077) 12.0 credits
  • Degree Project in Machine Design, Second Cycle (MF223X) 30.0 credits

Mechatronics track

Year 1

Mandatory courses

  • Dynamics and Motion Control (MF2007) 9.0 credits
  • Mechatronics basic Course (MF2030) 6.0 credits
  • Robust Mechatronics (MF2043) 6.0 credits
  • Mechatronics, Advanced Course Spring Semester (MF2058) 9.0 credits
  • Programming in C for Embedded Systems (MF2095) 3.0 credits
  • Embedded Systems for Mechatronics (MF2103) 9.0 credits

Year 2

Mandatory courses

  • Mechatronics, Advanced Course, Fall semester (MF2059) 15.0 credits
  • Research Methodology in Mechatronics (MF2071) 4.5 credits
  • Degree Project in Mechatronics, Second Cycle (MF224X) 30.0 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 Engineering Design

A Bachelor’s degree, corresponding to 180 ECTS credits, in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent, with sufficient theoretical depth and good academic results.

For the application to be considered, the applicants must specify their choice of a program track. Documented knowledge in the following track-specific courses, or equivalent, is required:

For the Mechatronics track, courses in

  • Programming and Computer Science
  • Automatic Control
  • Electrical Engineering: analog and digital technology, electric motors and fundamental microprocessor technology

For the Internal Combustion Engines track, courses in

  • Thermodynamics (6 ECTS)
  • Automatic Control (6 ECTS)
  • Electrical Engineering (6 ECTS)

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 Engineering Design

  • Applicant summary (to be filled in electronically and uploaded with the rest of the supporting documents)
  • Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Letters of recommendation (at least 2 letters)
Last updated Apr 2020

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