Last edit: 13/12/2013
Approved: 13/12/2013

Structure of the education

Study year 1-3
The programme plan for the degree programme, in Biotechnology consists of compulsory courses in biotechnology, mathematics and chemistry during study year 1-2. Study year 3 contains applied biotechnology courses and a degree project, first level, for a degree of bachelor of science.

Study year 4-5
During study year 4 and 5 the programme continues with courses at advanced level within a Master´s programme, recommended of the degree programme in Biotechnology.

The programme is designed in such a manner that the student after three years of studies can obtain a degree of bachelor of science. The student can then continue his/her studies at the Biotechnology programme, continue his/her studies at another programme at KTH or another university in Sweden or abroad or start his/her work career. 

Academic year
The KTH academic year is 40 weeks, divided into four periods.  The study periods correspond to about seven weeks.  Each study period is followed by an examination period. 

For details about the structure of the academic year see 

http://www.kth.se/student/schema/1.1007?l=en_UK

Courses

The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in Appendix 1: Course list

The programme consists of compulsory, conditionally elective and optional courses.  The compulsory courses are defined for every study year in the teaching and time schedule. The different courses goals, prerequisites, contents and examination requirements can be found in the respective course plans.

Only under certain circumstances can optional courses be taken earlier than year three.

Optional courses can be chosen from KTH’s course selection for Master of Science in Engineering programmes. Even courses from other universities/higher education institutions can be recognized for credit, if the degree requirements are fulfilled. 

For optional courses, the following restrictions apply:

  • Optional courses can not be taken in study year 1
  • Only under certain circumstances can optional courses be taken earlier than in study year three.
  • The number of higher education credits which can be taken per term can be limited.

Grading system

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

Enrolment notification and term registration
Before every term, a term enrolment must be submitted via the study advisor at the programme office for Biotechnology, BIO students office.

Your enrolment notification constitutes the foundation for the office’s planning and that you are registered for the programme. 
Term registration is required in order for you study results to be registered and for CSN to distribute student aid.

Temporary Postponement
Temporary postponement means that the student does not participate in the programme during at least one study period. If temporary postponement is approved, the student has the right to return to the studies at a pre-determined point in time. During the temporary postponement, the student is able to complete and participate in examinations in incomplete courses.

Notification of temporary postponement is done on a form which is submitted to the students office which processes it. When the student intends to resume the studies, it is necessary for the student to submit a separate notification.

Course Selection
Application to courses
The student is responsible from study year 1 and on to apply to compulsory, conditionally elective and optional courses which are included in the programme which he/she is studying. Application for admission to courses will be made at:

  • 1th-15th of May for the fall term
  • 1th-15th of November for the spring term.

Students will be informed about how an application for admission to courses shall be done by the students office.
Applications which are submitted after the deadline are only taken into consideration with regards to space considerations.  Before course selection of language courses, a test must be taken to determine the appropriate level study.

Course registration
Registration of a course requires that the course has been selected in Ladok.  The course selection is done whether via the course selection routine on the web, or via the BIO students office.  Registration of a course is done by the course’s department.

The student must, at the first scheduled lecture, register him/herself in the course. Course registration in both compulsory and optional courses must be done individually (at the department). If the student registers a course and then decides to not continue with the course, then the student must notify the corresponding department as soon as possible.

Conditions for being promoted to the next level
The following promotion requirements apply in order to participate in the next level of the education.

Requirements for promotion from study year 1 to study year 2:
A total of at least 45 higher education credits from study year 1  to be completed.

Requirements for promotion from study year 2 to study year 3:
A total of at least 90 higher education credits from study years 1 and 2 must be completed at least 50 higher education credits from study year 1.

Requirements for promotion from study year 3 to study year 1 at a Masters Programme:
A total of at least 150 higher education credits from study years  1-3 must be completed, and at least 110 higher education credits from study year 1-2, and a degree project, first level.

Requirements for promotion from study year 1 at a Masters Programme to study year 2:
In addition to what applies for promotion to grade 4, at least 45 higher education credits from study year 4 must be completed.

Students who have not fulfilled the above requirements must consult with their study advisor to construct an individual study plan for the continuation of studies. 

Choice of Masters Program
Study year 3, the students applies for a Masters programme he/she intends to follow during the last 2 study years.

For more information about the Masters programme given within the degree programme, in Biotechnology, see descriptions in appendix 2, and programme plans for the masters programme.

Admission for Masters programme
Before the fall term starts, year 2014, the student must have achived following to start a Masters programme.

  • Requirements for promotion from grade 3 to grade 4, Masters programme:
    A total of at least 150 higher education credits from study years  1-3 must be completed, and at least 110 higher education credits from study year 1-2, and a degree project, first level, for a degree of bachelor of science.

Students who have not fulfilled the above requirements must consult with their study advisor to construct an individual study plan for the continuation of studies. 

Recognition of previous academic studies

Students have the opportunity to apply for recognition of their results from the course or courses at another college / university within or outside the country. The form is available on the KTH website.
The application for accreditation submitted to the study advisor at the BIO students office.  

The complete KTH policy for recognition of previous academic studies is found in the KTH-handbook. 

http://intra.kth.se/regelverk/utbildning-forskning/grundutbildning/prestationer/policy-for-tillgodoraknande-av-hogskoleutbildning-inklusive-bedomning-av-reell-kompetens-1.27200?l=en_UK

Overlap
Courses that in contents overlap with another or other courses in the programme cannot be counted within the framework of the 300 higher education credits, which is the basis for the degree. 

Studies abroad

Students at the Degree programme, in Biotechnology have the opportunity to study one or two semesters abroad through agreements KTH has with universities within and outside the EU. Exchange studies is appropriate in the fourth or fifth grade. It is also possible to make the thesis abroad.

For more information contact the international coordinator at BIO students office.

Degree project

Degree project, first level
In the programme a project work is done in grades 3, a thesis for a Degree of Bacheleor of Science which is a course of 15 higher education credits.

Admission to start a degree project, first level, at least 120 higher education credits, of which the course BB1100 Biochemistry is one, must be completed.

It is recommended that the following courses is completed before thesis work begins:
BB1110 Gene Technology and Molecular Biology
BB1120 Cultivation Technology
BB1130 Analysis and Purification of Biomolecules

KTH comprehensive rules and guidelines for thesis 15 higher education credits for Degree of Bachelor of Science 180 higher education credits, and grading of the thesis is in the KTH-Study Handbook.

http://intra.kth.se/regelverk/utbildning-forskning/grundutbildning/examensarbete/1.27211

Degree project, advanced level
In the programme a project work is done, a thesis for the Degree of Master of Science in Engineering/Master of Science (120 credits) which is a course of 30 higher education credits.

KTH comprehensive rules and guidelines for thesis 30 higher education credits for Degree of Master of Science in Engineering, Degree Programme in Biotechnology 300 higher education credits, and grading of the thesis is in the KTH-Study Handbook.

http://intra.kth.se/regelverk/utbildning-forskning/grundutbildning/examensarbete/overgripande-regler-och-riktlinjer-for-examensarbete-30-hogskolepoang-for-masterexamen-120-hogskolepoang-samt-betygssattning-av-examensarbete-1.27212?l=en_UK

Degree project at advanced level for the Degree of Master of Science in Engineering, Biotechnology, can be completed in exam working topics:
Biotechnology.

Other degree project topics may be considered upon application. For more information, contact the study advisor at the BIO students office.

It is the responsibility of the student to find a suitable project task.

Degree

Application for graduation
Students have the opportunity to apply for the following degrees: Degree of Bachelor of Science and Degree of Master of Science in Engineering, Degree Programme in Biotechnology. Students are also able to request for Master of Science (120 credits) of the requirements of this qualification is met.

Instructions for application for examination is made available on the KTH student web.

Conditions for the Degree of Bachelor of Science 180 higher education credits 
The Degree of Bachelor of Science is received if the student applies for graduation after the completion of the grade 3 and fulfills the national degree requirements and complete all courses within the program corresponding to 180 higher education credits, of which 

  • mathematical-natural scientific courses of at least 25 higher education credits,
  • at least 90 higher education credits (including 15 higher education credits of degree project work) with the gradual deepening of the main field of education.

Degree Name
Teknologie kandidatexamen
Degree of Bachelor of Science
 

Conditions for the Degree of Master of Science in Engineering 300 higher education credits 
The Master of Science in Engineering degree is received after completing the programme. The programme is formed so that the student fulfills the national degree requirements and has completed courses corresponding to 300 higher education credits, of which

  • mathematical-natural scientific courses of at least 45 higher education credits , and, in addition, at least 180 higher education credits (including 30 higher education credits of degree project work) in the subjects central to the technical area
  • at least 90 higher education credits in the second level, whereof at least 60 higher education credits (including 30 higher education credits of degree project work) in the subjects central to the technical area. At least 15 higher education credits in subjects central to Biotechnology. For more information please see the programme syllabus for the Masters programmes available for Biotechnology students; TIMBM, TMBIM, TMMMM and TMVTM.

Degree Name
Civilingenjörsexamen
Degree of Master of Science in Engineering, Degree Programme in Biotechnology

Conditions for Degree of Master of Science (Two Years) 300 higher education credits.
Degree of Master of Science (Two Years) is received after completing the programme. The programme is formed so that the student fulfills the national degree requirements and has completed courses corresponding to 120 higher education credits, of which

  • at least 90 higher education credits in the second level, whereof at least 60 higher education credits (including 30 higher education credits of degree project work) in the subjects central to the technical area 

Degree Name
Master of Science (120 credits)
Teknologie masterexamen

Reference to KTH guidelines (KTH-Handbook)
Local degree ordinance for degrees at first level and advanced level.

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