Growing demands on functionality, sustainability and innovation continuously increase the complexity of product development. Students in the master’s programme in Engineering Design obtain essential technical and organisational skills for the successful development and engineering of a wide range of technical products. The programme consists of two tracks offering specialised expertise in key areas of engineering design: Machine Design and Mechatronics.
Engineering Design at KTH
The master’s programme in Engineering Design provides tools, models and methodologies for the design of mechanical products and the design of industrial systems. Applicants to the programme choose one of two specified programme tracks: 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 specialisation, culminating in the advanced project courses that tackle real-life industrial challenges and/or research problems in close cooperation with industrial companies. Throughout the programme, 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, optimise 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.
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.
This is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Industrial Engineering and Management (at KTH).
Machine design, systems engineering, machine elements, mechatronics, embedded systems.
The master’s programme 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 programme are found at Scania, ÅF, ABB, Saab, Bombardier, Atlas Copco, Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Cars, Electrolux, and smaller medical engineering and consulting companies. The programme also opens the way for a possible career in academia, as many graduates go on to doctoral studies.
Product developer, design engineer, technical consultant, researcher.
"The best aspect of my programme is that it is primarily based on practical learning through assignments and projects in which I get to apply all the knowledge I have acquired from the courses."
Ioannis from Greece
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 programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Engineering Design are:
7 Affordable and Clean Energy
9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
12 Responsible Consumption and Production
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 programme 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 programme 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 for in 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 programme.
Faculty and research
The KTH Department of Machine Design coordinates the programme and contributes with a majority of the courses. The research at the department is largely directed towards supporting the transition to a more sustainable society. Two units at the department are mainly involved in this master programme, the Systems and Component Design unit, and the Mechatronics and Embedded Control System unit.
To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English, and meet the programme-specific requirements.
A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.
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/IELTS UKVI: 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)
The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognized English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions.
Specific requirements for the master's programme 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 programme track.
For the Mechatronics track, documented knowledge in the following track-specific courses, or equivalent, is required:
Programming and Computer Science
Electrical Engineering: analogue and digital technology, electric motors and fundamental microprocessor technology
Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme-specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:
Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
Proof of English proficiency
A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents
Specific documents for the master's programme 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)