KTH Royal Institute of Technology
KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Swedish: Kungliga Tekniska högskolan), abbreviated KTH, is a public research university in Stockholm, Sweden. KTH conducts research and education within engineering and technology and is Sweden's largest technical university. Currently, KTH consists of five schools with five campuses in and around Stockholm.
KTH was established in 1827 as Teknologiska Institutet (Institute of Technology), and had its roots in the Mekaniska skolan (School of Mechanics) that was established in 1798 in Stockholm. But the origin of KTH dates back to the predecessor to Mekaniska skolan, the Laboratorium Mechanicum, which was established in 1697 by Swedish scientist and innovator Christopher Polhem. Laboratorium Mechanicum combined education technology, a laboratory and exhibition space for innovations.
Why choose KTH?
KTH Royal Institute of Technology is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden and ranks among the top ten in Europe. The campus is an arena for bringing highly talented students, teachers and researchers together to share perspectives from around the globe.
A leading technical university - KTH is the premier technical university in Sweden. Current results from different university rankings can be found here KTH and ranking
High-quality research - KTH is the largest technical research university in the country and leading in areas such as energy, materials science, ICT, medical and biomedical technology and transport. KTH hosts a number of national research centres and is an active partner in the EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Digital, EIT Raw Materials, EIT Health and EIT Urban Mobility.
An international environment - KTH provides an excellent international research environment where English is the primary working language. A large proportion of PhD-level enrolment is composed of international students. In fact, one objective of the KTH master's programmes is to recruit outstanding international students to PhD positions. After completing their doctoral education at KTH, many graduates go on to international careers.
Great working conditions - Doctoral students at KTH are normally employed by the university and receive a monthly salary. Being an employee means that you enjoy access to the Swedish social security system including, for instance, health care and parental-leave insurance. Moreover, with your academic supervisor, you will create an individual study plan to structure your studies and guide your progress, ensuring that studies are personalized for your interests and experience.
Student influence - The education and study environment at KTH is strongly influenced by the students, who are represented on all boards and in all committees where decisions are made about doctoral education. The student union, THS, has a PhD chapter dedicated to continuous improvement of the quality of the doctoral education and working conditions for doctoral students.
Location - KTH is located in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, which provides all the amenities of a large city in terms of culture, business, history and good public transport. Stockholm is surrounded by plenty of green areas and water, and is known for its great natural beauty. KTH Campus is near the city centre and adjacent to a large national park, allowing plenty of sport and recreational activities. Sweden is one of the safest countries in the world and nearly 90% of its population speaks English.
Ranking / Awards
KTH is the highest-ranked technical university in Sweden. It is ranked top 100 in the world among all universities in the 2020 QS World University Rankings. In the 2020 QS World University Rankings by General Subject KTH ranked 30 within engineering and technology. In the equivalent, Specific Subject ranking KTH placed top 30 in Architecture and Built Environment, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.
In the Times Higher Education World University Impact Rankings 2019 KTH ranked as number 7 among universities globally
KTH Great Prize is a prize annually awarded by KTH. The distributed amount was SEK 1,200,000 in 2019.
The prize is awarded to:
- A person who invented significant innovative applications of scientific knowledge in practical areas,
- A person who, through scientific research, found particularly valuable principles or methods useful for applications
- A person who, through artistic efforts, has exercised a powerful influence on the soul and life of people.
The recipient of the award must also be a Swedish citizen. Usually, the prize is awarded to a single prize winner, but it has happened that two or three prize winners have shared the prize.
- Type of Accommodation: On Campus,Off Campus
- Royal Institute of Technology, 100 44 Stockholm
KTH Campus is located in central Stockholm and encompasses as large areas as Gamla Stan.
KTH Kista is located north of central Stockholm in one of the world's most important clusters for information and communication technology. Kista has a solid history of wireless communication technology and is now home to over a thousand companies in the ICT industry.
The business that KTH conducts here is undergoing major expansion with new education and a new research organization in the field of sustainable production.
Flemingsberg is also one of Northern Europe's most important places in technology and health - both in terms of research and industrial activities.
KTH Solna is situated north of Stockholm and is an important national hub for research within various life science disciplines.