The master’s programme in Aerospace Engineering offers students a broad, challenging and internationally acknowledged education. It provides skills for aerospace modelling and design, for solving complex engineering tasks, for collaboration with others on projects, and for communicating results and findings in a professional manner. The programme at KTH is highly international with contacts and students from all over the world. The programme director, Christer Fuglesang, is an astronaut and a KTH alumnus.
The programme is branched into four tracks: Aeronautics, Space, Lightweight Structures and Systems Engineering, from which the student chooses towards the end of the first term. Each track has a few compulsory courses, but most are optional. A set of recommended courses are also provided, but students chose optional 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. A course in theory and methodology in science is also included. The specialisation tracks start the second term and all offer different compulsory 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.
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.
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 analysing 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.
AFTER GRADUATION: After graduation, you can become anything, really, and providing a list here would be limiting rather than illustrative. You will for certain be an engineer and as such you can become a scientist or a CEO, a stress analyst or a project manager, a technical support specialist, a salesperson or an astronaut, all depending on the opportunities and decisions that you make.
Track - Aeronautics
The aeronautics track focuses on modelling, analysis and design of aircraft. The overall objectives are that students should learn to design and estimate the performance of an aircraft, compute its aerodynamic properties, simulate its motion in flight, and analyse how the aerodynamic and structural properties influence stability and control.
Track - Space
Space technology plays a key role in modern society, enabling telecommunication and navigation services, weather forecasting, Earth observation and much more.
Track - Lightweight Structures
The Lightweight Structures track focuses on analysis and development of lightweight materials and structures for more efficient mechanical solutions and products.
Track - 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.
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To be considered eligible for the programme you must fulfil both the general and specific admission requirements. The general admission requirements are the same for all programmes at KTH while the programme specific requirements vary between the programmes.
A Bachelor's degree corresponding to 180 ECTS, or equivalent, from an aeronautical, mechanical engineering, or similar programme with sufficient theoretical depth and good academic results. Course work must include multivariable calculus, linear algebra, numerical analysis, ordinary differential equations, rigid body mechanics, solid mechanics, and fluid mechanics.
Every year a limited number of KTH Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence. Recipients of the KTH Scholarship will have their tuition fee waived for the first and the second year, provided that the study results during the first year are satisfactory.
Applications for the KTH Scholarship for studies beginning in autumn will be open December 1 - January 15.
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