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(The old systems engineering master thesis with grading A-F is called SF289X)
Master Thesis projects in Systems Engineering
The goal of the master thesis project in systems engineering
is to provide an occasion for practicing systems thinking
and quantitative systems engineering methods on practical
problems, and to practice how to
present their work in both writing and orally.
If you want to apply for a master thesis project in systems engineering
you should contact
You should supply a short written description
of the planned project.
Fill out the following form (to the best of your ability)
If your application is accepted, then you will be given an
examiner at the division.
When you have an examiner you should send an application
to the faculty (fakultetsnämnd) to get their
permission to do the master thesis project.
(This is normally done through the student councellor,
The formal requirements can be found at
(unfortunately only available in swedish)
Above this, it is required that a sufficient level of specialization
in the subject has been achieved, which normally means
that the basic courses in the systems track of the Aerospace
master thesis program have been passed.
Thus, you have to have passed the following courses:
- One of the following two basic optimization courses:
Control Theory, advanced course
Furthermore, a specialization that amounts to passing at least
one of the following four courses:
Applied Linear Optimization
Applied Nonlinear Optimization
Mathematical Systems Theory
Geometrical Control Theory
Choice of Project
It is up to the student to choose the project.
The Project is usually performed at a company, but it
can also be performed at a foreign university or in some cases
at out department.
Master thesis projects are announced by companies on their
homepages and on sites like KTH Degree Project Portal.
It is also possible formulate your own project and
contact a suitable company about it.
Sometimes, we get contacted about projects, and then
we publish them on our home page or on the billboard
at Lindstedtsvägen 25.
A number of contact persons at companies is available
below under a separate headline.
Before the project starts, you, your examiner, and the supervisor at
the company, should agree on a working plan that describes the assignment,
the goal of the project, and a time plan.
In particular, a time limit for the project should be set.
The thesis project is started with a pre-study part where you are
specialized on a subject that is relevant for the particular project.
It is not a new course that you should take, it is usually a selection
of scientific articles and/or selected parts of a book.
Suitable litterature is selected/approved by the examiner and supervisor.
The pre-study part is normally "examined" by a presentation at the division,
where you explain the studied material, describe how it applies to
your project, and respond to questions from those present.
The thesis project should demonstrate that you have the ability to
implement your knowledge and can handle the assignment in an indepent way.
This does not mean that you do not ask people about their advice about the
project. It it recommended that you agree with your supervisor about
regular meetings, where you can lift questions that have been accumulated
since the last meeting, and that you make sure you are
proceeding along the proposed project plan.
There should also be regular contacts with the examiner, maybe twice a month,
where he is informed about the progress, and sometimes more detailed
discussions should be arranged.
It is important that you document what you are doing in parallell and
continuously with the project work, and do not wait with the report writing
to the end.
Usually the report writing takes longer time than expected, and when you start
writing you formalize the work and often you will discover a lot about
the project in the writing process.
(It has happened that errors have been found in late report writing that
forces a lot of work to be redone.)
Every student should write their own master thesis report.
The report can be written in english or swedish.
In some cases, other languages could be possible, but then it has to be approved
by the examiner.
Final Oral Presentation
In addition to the written report, the master thesis should be presented
orally at a seminar at the department.
It is also common that an oral presentation is given at the department.
If you have questions regarding these issues, contact
Finished master thesis projects
Here you can find
finished master thesis projects
Present master thesis projects
Here we will publish information about any thesis projects that
we received from companies.
Please contact us if you want to inform about available diploma work
LW Engineering Software
Transport Science group - GaPSLabs KTH
Here you can find contact persons for
master thesis projects.
A password is required which can be recieved by contacting
Optimeringslära och systemteori, KTH
Per Enqvist, e-post