Master in Vehicle Engineering

General

Program Description

Vehicle Engineering is a broad area of engineering science driven by an ever-increasing degree of mobility in the world. Transport, however, must face the challenge of minimizing its environmental impact, requiring new, innovative solutions and capable engineers. This is a field that will continually demand specialists in order to make the transition to sustainable road and rail transport in the future. The master’s program in Vehicle Engineering explores both Automotive and Railway Engineering.

Vehicle Engineering at KTH

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The master's program in Vehicle Engineering deals with vehicle design, functions, requirements and the evaluation of different types of road and rail vehicles. Vehicle dynamics properties and the interaction with the road/track as well as active systems for safety, monitoring and comfort are important topics within the program. The vehicles as part of transport systems and the interaction with society are also dealt with within the program.

The program includes two specializations: Road Vehicles and Rail Vehicles. The Road Vehicle specialization includes all road vehicles with the main focus on cars, trucks, and buses. In the Rail Vehicle specialization, the system aspect is very important, as the different parts of a railway system – vehicle, track, electrification and signaling – all strongly influence each other.

The program is based on lectures, assignments, simulations, and experiments. The first year of the program focuses on providing a common base in vehicle engineering and includes some common compulsory courses for all students as well as compulsory courses for each specialization. In addition to the compulsory courses, students have the opportunity to choose a number of conditionally elective courses in order to create their own profile, for example, related to vehicle design, functional design, structural design, and control theory as well as transport systems.

The second-year consists mainly of elective courses, a common project course and the final master’s degree project which can either be undertaken at a university or, more commonly, a company. The student is encouraged to actively search for a suitable project in industry, and KTH will provide assistance and suitable points of contact.

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 master's program in Vehicle Engineering provides an excellent basis for pursuing a career in the global automotive and rail vehicle industry, at consulting companies, transportation authorities, fleet operators as well as at universities and institutes active in this field. Vehicle engineering is a research-intensive area in which graduates from the program work with for instance design, development, calculation, and testing of vehicles, vehicle components, and active vehicle systems, whereas other areas of work are for example related to systems analysis as well as energy and environmental assessments of vehicles and transport systems. The co-operation between the Swedish vehicle industry and the Department of Vehicle and Aeronautical Engineering is very close, and there are several major ongoing research programs in which KTH, key manufacturers and the transport administration are involved. Graduates from the program can be found at companies such as Volvo Cars, Scania, Volvo Group Trucks Technology, Bombardier transportation, NEVS, CEVT, Daimler, BMW, Williams, Altran, Semcon, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit, TÜV Süd, Öhlins, Continental, Bosch and many more.

Students

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

Marina Fernandez Carnota, Spain: "What I like most about KTH is that the classes are conducted in a very practical way, and this includes not only studying for the exam and using the books but also learning by doing in most subjects."

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 Vehicle Engineering are:

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Industry, innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities

Within the master’s program in Vehicle Engineering, you will gain knowledge that will allow you to participate in solving the challenges facing vehicles and transport systems of the future in relation to, for example, sustainable development goals such as good health and well-being, industry, innovation and infrastructure, and sustainable cities and communities. You will learn about the role of vehicles in transport systems and in society, their subsystems, structures and functions, how to design, construct and evaluate their characteristics for different transport tasks, and how these affect factors such as safety, economy, energy efficiency and environmental aspects.

New, innovative technical solutions and knowledgeable engineers are needed to enable a transition to sustainable road and rail transport. As a vehicle engineer, you will be able to work within global companies on, for instance, design, development, environmental aspects, calculation, testing and assessment of vehicles and transport systems, with sustainability representing an important part of the work. With your acquired vehicle engineering knowledge, you will be able to contribute to the development of environmentally friendly, resource-efficient, smart and safe vehicles and mobility solutions, which are essential components of an integrated transport system for a sustainable society.

Courses

The two-year master's program in Vehicle 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

Conditionally elective courses

  • Road- and Railway Track Engineering (AF2901) 7.5 credits
  • Transport Data Collection and Analysis (AH2170) 7.5 credits
  • Traffic Engineering and Management (AH2171) 7.5 credits
  • Traffic Simulation Modelling and Applications (AH2174) 7.5 credits
  • Urban Modeling and Decision Support (AH2307) 7.5 credits
  • Control Theory and Practice, Advanced Course (EL2520) 7.5 credits
  • Model Predictive Control (EL2700) 7.5 credits
  • Dynamics and Motion Control (MF2007) 9.0 credits
  • Mechatronics basic Course (MF2030) 6.0 credits
  • Robust Mechatronics (MF2043) 6.0 credits
  • Engineering Acoustics (SD2111) 6.0 credits
  • Experimental Structure Dynamics, Project Course (SD2150) 9.0 credits
  • Flow Acoustics (SD2155) 6.0 credits
  • Vehicle Acoustics and Vibration (SD2190) 6.0 credits
  • Applied Vehicle Dynamics Control (SD2231) 7.5 credits
  • Lightweight Structures and FEM (SD2411) 8.0 credits
  • Structural Optimisation and Sandwich Design (SD2416) 6.0 credits
  • Computational Road Vehicle Aerodynamics (SD2625) 3.0 credits
  • Vehicle Aerodynamics (SG2211) 6.0 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics (SG2214) 7.5 credits

Automotive track

Mandatory courses

  • Hybrid Vehicle Drives (EJ2410) 7.5 credits
  • Internal Combustion Engines 1 (MF2047) 6.0 credits
  • Vehicle System Technology (SD2221) 8.0 credits
  • Vehicle Components (SD2222) 8.0 credits
  • Ground Vehicle Dynamics, Basic Course (SD2225) 11.0 credits

Railway track

Mandatory courses

  • Electric Traction (EJ2400) 6.0 credits
  • Vehicle System Technology (SD2221) 8.0 credits
  • Rail Vehicle Technology (SD2307) 7.5 credits
  • Rail Vehicle Dynamics (SD2313) 8.0 credits

Year 2

Conditionally elective courses

  • Road- and Railway Track Engineering (AF2901) 7.5 credits
  • Transport Data Collection and Analysis (AH2170) 7.5 credits
  • Traffic Engineering and Management (AH2171) 7.5 credits
  • Traffic Simulation Modelling and Applications (AH2174) 7.5 credits
  • Urban Modeling and Decision Support (AH2307) 7.5 credits
  • Model Predictive Control (EL2700) 7.5 credits
  • Mechatronics basic Course (MF2030) 6.0 credits
  • Robust Mechatronics (MF2043) 6.0 credits
  • Engineering Acoustics (SD2111) 6.0 credits
  • Vehicle Acoustics and Vibration (SD2190) 6.0 credits
  • Vehicle Dynamics Project Course Part 2 (SD2230) 7.5 credits
  • Applied Vehicle Dynamics Control (SD2231) 7.5 credits
  • Lightweight Structures and FEM (SD2411) 8.0 credits
  • Structural Optimisation and Sandwich Design (SD2416) 6.0 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics (SG2214) 7.5 credits

Automotive track

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits
  • Hybrid Vehicle Drives (EJ2410) 7.5 credits
  • Internal Combustion Engines 1 (MF2047) 6.0 credits
  • Vehicle Dynamics Project Course Part 1 (SD2229) 7.5 credits

Railway track

Mandatory courses

  • Railway Signalling System (AH2029) 7.5 credits
  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits
  • Vehicle Dynamics Project Course Part 1 (SD2229) 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 Vehicle 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 Vehicle 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 Vehicle Engineering.

Last updated Apr 2020

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