AK202X Degree Project in Risk and Safety, Second Cycle 30.0 credits

Examensarbete inom risk och säkerhet, avancerad nivå

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The knowledge field risk and safety includes analyses of environment and health risks, reliability, vulnerability and safety in technical and social systems. Such analyses are intended to provide a foundation for decisions about risk preventive and security-promoting measures. The research within this field draws on use of knowledge from the different technology- and scientific, medical, social- and behavioural science fields that can contribute to assess risk and safety. The choice of method is strongly depending on the type of risk and safety issues that are treated. Statistical methods have a central role in many cases but in other cases, other methods can be the more suitable. The subject-specific skills consist of assessing such a basis in a collected way that gives a justified and true image for the decision. Within the subject area, studies of risk perception and risk communication and of the social processes where risk and safety issues have been treated are also included.

The degree project is carried out individually or jointly by two students. In the latter case the individual contributions shall be clearly separable.

The subject of the degree project can be suggested by the student, teachers or some outside client. The student designs a work plan. When the work plan is approved, at the latest, a supervisor is appointed whom the student should be able to continuously consult during the work.

Intended learning outcomes *

After passing the course examination work, the student should be able to

1. show knowledge of the disciplinary foundation of the chosen subject area and best practice, advanced understanding in current research and development and advanced method knowledge

2. Demonstrate ability to holistically, critically and systematically search, collect and integrate knowledge, and identify one´s need for further knowledge.

3. Demonstrate ability to identify, analyse, assess, and handle complex phenomena, issues and situations, even with limited information.

4. Demonstrate ability to plan and with adequate methods carry out advanced tasks within given time frames, and evaluate this work.

5. Demonstrate ability to clearly present and discuss conclusions and the underlying arguments with other groups both orally and in writing.

6. show the ability to make judgements considering relevant scientific, social, and ethical aspects

7. show such skills that are required to participate in research and development or to work independently in other qualified activities.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Engineering degree 300 credits:

All courses from years 1-3, or courses required for Bachelor degree; and at least 60 credits in second cycle courses, including a course in the philosophy of science and research methodology.

Master's degree 120 credits:

A main part of the studies, at least 60 credits, of which 30 credits with specialisation, should be completed before the degree project may be started for second-cycle studies within the main field of study.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • XUPP - Examination, 30.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Presented and defended essay.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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John Cantwell

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AK202X

Offered by


Main field of study *

Built Environment

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.