Implementation of the education
Degree Progr. in Computer Engineering (TIDAA), Study programme for batch Autumn 11
Last edit: 15/02/2013
Structure of the education
The courses in the programme are ranked in accordance with a seven grade scale; A–E, F and FX.
The academic year is typically divided into 4 periods of study, usually entailing the simultaneous study of two courses in each period. The tutelage and examination format vary from course to course. The programme commonly contains a number of lectures, which provide an introduction to conceptions and theories. Practical exercises and lab sessions strengthen understanding of the theoretical connections.
Project work in line with a realistic economic model plays an essential role in the study programme. This is an exercise in applying engineering skills and knowledge in group work, where the tasks relate to real-world activity.
The study programme comprises non-optional courses during the first two years. To maintain a sense of coherence within the study programme, emphasis is placed on coordination between courses and continuity from one academic year to the next.
During the third year, the student chooses alternative courses within the programme; it is possible to choose courses to a value of 15 credits, provided that these are relevant to the study programme.
At the end of the study programme, the student will undertake a degree project. This is often carried out with an employer; outside of the university.
For detailed information of the timetable for the academic year, visit the Student web: http://www.kth.se/student/schema/1.1007
During the study programme, the opportunity is given to participate in optional courses carrying a value of around 15 credits, provided that they are relevant to the programme.
During the third year of study, one of three different specializations is chosen.
• Software and System Development
• Computer Networking and Internet Services
• Software Development for Technical Systems
The final year of the programme comprises two non-optional courses, optional courses under three different specializations and one degree project.
• Non-optional courses (15 credits) including Web-based Information Systems and Communication Systems.
• Optional courses (30 credits) under three different specializations (see below). It is also possible to combine courses from the three different specializations.
• Degree project (15 credits)
The specialization Software and System Development is primarily concerned with methods for developing business-critical systems for the internet, for example, advanced web systems for e-commerce or Electronic Medical Records systems in the Health Care sector. Development of client software, with web interface or for pocket computers and mobile phones, is also covered. The courses cover server-based systems, software engineering, interaction design, mobile applications etc.
The specialization Computer Networking and Internet Services concerns network administration and design, network security and development of systems and services for web-based communication. Practical application of network technology, which is included in the first years of study, is continued in the 3rd year. The optional courses cover network security, wireless communication etc.
The specialization Software development for technical systems concerns program development for technical systems with real-time requirements, e.g., small embedded systems with wireless communication. The courses cover real-time systems, programs and operating systems for mobile telephones and other portable appliances, wireless sensor networks etc.
The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in Appendix 1: Course list
Courses in the first and the second cycle are graded on a scale from A to F. A-E are passing grades, A is the highest grade. The grades pass (P) and fail (F) are used for courses under certain circumstances.
Conditions for participation in the programme
Students shall apply via "Mina sidor" (personalised webpage): between 1–15 November if applying for the Spring term and between 1–15 May if applying for the Autumn term. The study application is the basis for term registration; with it you may register for courses, obtain results and apply for study aid through CSN.
Choice of courses
Leading up to the Autumn and Spring terms in the 3rd year of study, the student shall choose courses under the specializations which the programme offers.
Begin a higher year of study
For studies in the second year of the programme, a minimum of 37.5 credits from year one of the programme of study is required in order to be enrolled in year two. If a student does not fulfil these requirements he/she needs to fill in an individual study plan, following consultation with the Study Advisor.
For studies in the third year of the programme, a minimum of 90 credits from years one and two of the programme of study is required in order to be enrolled in year three. If a student does not fulfil these requirements he/she needs to fill in an individual study plan, following consultation with the Study Advisor
Students who do not qualify for promotion to the next year must contact the Study Advisor.
Every student shall, at the first scheduled lecture or class, sign a course register. If a student registers for a course and later decides not to complete it, they must inform the course tutor or study programme administrator of this as soon as possible.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that required competencies from previous courses are achieved before starting the next. Information on required competencies can be found in the respective syllabus, in the "Kurs- och programkalalogen" (Course and programme catalogue) on the Student web: http://www.kth.se/student/kurser/
"Study leave" implies that the student has not participated in education for at least one term. Approved study leave gives the student the right to return to education at the agreed point in time. During the approved study leave, the student may re-sit examinations and participate in examinations for courses already underway. Application for approved study leave must be submitted to the Study Advisor. Following approved study leave, if the student intends to resume studies, they must submit a study application. If the student, following approved study leave, has not submitted a study application or applied for an extension of the approved study leave, they are registered as having discontinued their education.
Further information about approved study leave can be found at:
Recognition of previous academic studies
Students have the right to transfer credits from other colleges/universities within Sweden or which are based abroad. The course/courses must however be of such nature that they are relevant to the study programme. Credit transfer of a whole course must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate and Masters´ studies. Approval of credit transfer for part of a course can be given by an examiner.
Further information about credit transfers can be found at:
Students of the School of Technology and Health (STH) have the possibility to take one year of study abroad, at one of the institutions with which KTH collaborates, without having to pay the tuition fees which are ordinarily incurred for studies abroad. Studies can be taken abroad in the third year of the programme. It is also possible to do the Master's thesis abroad.
Information on studies abroad is given by the international coordinators at the student office who can also provide information on application periods. Studies abroad can, following assessment, be approved as part of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering programme. The student travelling abroad shall establish a Learning Agreement with the university which implies prior permission for studies abroad. The courses are typically delivered in the language of the country/region in which you are studying. For students accepted on to exchange programmes in German, French, Spanish and Italian speaking countries, preparatory language courses are available before the usual start of term.
Part of the programme entails a degree project carrying a value of 15 credits. This equates to around 10 weeks of full-time studies. See also: " Riktlinjer för examensarbeten " (Guidelines for degree projects), School of Technology and Health.
The degree project:
- May only be undertaken once 120 credits are obtained and final grades are achieved in relevant courses which affect the content of the degree project.
- May be undertaken once the assignment has been approved by the examiner.
- Is based on knowledge gained during studies and shall normally be undertaken during term 6.
- Shall constitute proof of independent work comprising theoretical and/ or experimental elements with accompanying written report and verbal presentation.
- The instructor is chosen by the examiner.
Further information about KTH's common goals for Bachelors of Science (engineering) can be found at:
To take the Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Degree programme in Computer Engineering, the student must have passed all of the courses in his or her syllabus. The Syllabus is comprised of the non-optional courses, the optional courses that the student has elected to undertake, and the degree project. The syllabus shall contain at least 180 credits.
Courses which, content-wise, overlap other courses in the programme may not be counted towards the 180 higher education credits which comprise the degree
In order to receive the degree, the student must apply for it on a special form. KTH´s local regulations can be found here: http://intra.kth.se/regelverk/utbildning-forskning/grundutbildning/examina/lokala-foreskrifter-for-examina-pa-grundniva-och-avancerad-niva-lokal-examensordning-1.27227?l=en_UK