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ME211X Degree Project in Industrial Economics and Management, Second Cycle 30.0 credits

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The main part of the course consists of independently carrying out a scientifically based investigation assignment, resulting in a written thesis. To ensure relevant, interesting and well-founded results, the work is based on knowledge of the topic and it develops new knowledge by means of scientific theories and methods. A good degree project requires interplay between theory, method and empiricism, requiring the student to move metaphorically and literally between the employer's world and the academic world.

As a support, the department offers continuous supervision and a series of seminars throughout the degree project. The continuous discussions of the degree project, in individual talks with supervisors and in seminars, is a very important part of the course.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the chosen topic's disciplinary foundation and proven experience, advanced insight into current research and development, as well as in-depth knowledge of methodology
  2. holistically, critically and systematically search, collect and integrate knowledge, and identify one´s need for further knowledge
  3. identify, analyse, assess and handle complex phenomena, issues and situations, even with limited information
  4. plan and with adequate methods carry out advanced tasks within given time frames, and to evaluate this work
  5. develop and evaluate products, processes, systems, methods or technical solutions, taking into consideration human conditions and needs, and the society's aim for economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development
  6. orally and in writing in dialogue with different groups clearly present and discuss the conclusions and the underlying arguments
  7. make judgements considering relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects
  8. demonstrate the skills required to participate in research and development work, or to work independently in other advanced activities

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The specific prerequisites for a degree project of 30 credits at advanced level are:   
all courses from the syllabus years 1-3, or courses required for issuing a Bachelor's degree, and at least 60 credits of courses at the advanced level must be completed. The courses at the advanced level must include courses in the MSc in engineering programme that are relevant to the degree project as well as a course in scientific theory and research methodology. 

In addition to the above, the following are required:

  • Courses corresponding to at least 40 credits, of which at least 30 credits at advanced level, in the subject Industrial Economics completed.
  • Course ME2003 or ME2004 Research Methods in Industrial Engineering and Management completed.
  • Demonstration of sufficiently deep knowledge of the chosen problem area for the degree project.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • XUPP - Exam, 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.

Compulsory attendance at some activities

Other requirements for final grade

KTH's established criteria to pass degree project apply.

Passed master thesis.

Passed defence of own thesis.

Passed opposition of other thesis.

Active particiaption in seminars.

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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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.

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 ME211X

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study

Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Mandatory for TINEM2 and TIEMM2 students aiming for both a master degree and an engineering degree.

TINEM2 and TIEMM2 students aiming for a master degree only need to choose ME210X.

TINEM2 and TIEMM2 students enrolled before fall 2015 may choose ME200X which uses grade scale A-F (both for students aiming for a master degree only and for students aiming for both a master degree and an engineering degree).