Guidelines for degree projects

Here are some general guidelines which deal with privacy, copyright, compensation etc.

Formulation of an assignment

In order for an assignment to be suitable for a degree project, it must fit the student’s subject profile and provide the student with an opportunity to work independently and apply theoretical knowledge. Because a degree project must have the right academic level, the advertisement is regarded as a proposal which must be discussed and planned together with the student and the academic supervisor who subsequently approves it. After that, a planning report has to be formulated and approved by the organisation’s supervisor and by KTH’s supervisor. It represents an agreement between you and KTH.

Different educational programmes have different requirements for degree projects. The supervisor at KTH can describe what the requirements are for the programme in question.

Common features of a degree project are literature searching, construction work, programming, computations and experimental work. The results, in the form of a written report, usually include solutions to problems which may include drawings, procedure descriptions, computer programs, or perhaps a method of measurement.

Please describe the operations upon which the framing of the question is based. Also include an English translation of the title, alternatively write the entire advertisement in English for the convenience of our international students.


The thesis is supervised by someone from KTH and a person from the organisation. It is the organisation’s supervisor who is responsible for ensuring that the student has access to the correct technical skills (people, literature, etc.) and resources (equipment, machinery, materials, work space, computers etc.) at the company. The final approval of the completed degree project rests with the examiner at KTH.

Compensation and copyright

A degree project and internship forms a part of your studies and such being the case, there is no requirement that you must receive compensation. However, it is not unusual that the student receives some form of compensation/bonus when the degree project is finished. It is customary to pay expenses for travel, materials etc. and to provide a work station.

If an agreement is reached to pay the student compensation, it is an agreement between you and the student.

If the employer enters into an employment agreement with the student, the organisation has the right to any inventions that result from the work. The student is then entitled to reasonable compensation. If the student him/herself has proposed or owns the degree project assignment, the student has the right to the results, inventions, computer programs etc. that are the outcome of the project, including the right to its use, unless otherwise agreed between you.

If you have any questions about intellectual property rights, please contact KTH Innovation by sending your question here or by mailing

The principle of public access to official documents and confidentiality

The degree project is submitted in the form of a written report which is presented at a seminar which is open to anyone wanting to participate. The report is a public document. A special presentation is often made for the company. Certain minor aspects of the report that are not crucial to the decision regarding graduation may be classified and added as a separate appendix.

A confidentiality agreement, if needed, may be drawn up between you and the student. This should be notified before the degree project begins.


KTH is not responsible for costs outside of KTH related to the degree project or for personal injury, damage to property, financial or other damages, whether direct or indirect, which the student may have caused the organisation, or which may arise as a result of the degree project.

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Last changed: Oct 18, 2012