Last edit: 30/11/2017
Approved: 30/11/2017

Structure of the education

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; "student at kth/timetables" at www.kth.se.

First cycle
The first three years consists of courses aiming at giving a broad basis of knowledge and skills for an engineer within the field of Biotechnology. The Study programme contains courses in Biotechnology, in Chemistry, in Mathematics, Engineering skills but it also inlcudes two elective courses, where it is possible to either broaden the scope of studies, or go in depth. The first three years includes also two independent projects and a concluding bachelors level diploma work in Biotechnology.

Recommended free elective courses; BB1000 Programming in Python , KD1270 Organic Chemistry, Basic Concepts and Practice 2, KE1185 Chemical Engineering Systems, SF1626 Calculus in Several Variable or language courses.

After completion of 180 credits the student may apply for the Degree of Bachelor of Science if he/she fulfils the national degree requirements.

Second cycle
Second cycle courses are given intend to give professional skills. During study year 4 and 5 one of these master programme are studied;

Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Macromolecular Materials, Molecular Science and Engineering.

Master selection is done 1-15 May.

Courses

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

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

Semester registration
The student must regsiter to the semester via the personal menu. Semester registration is required in order for you study results to be registered and for CSN to distribute student aid.

Course Selection
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.

with student kth.se account via universityadmissions.se

Course registration
Registration for a course is done on the web via "personal menu". Registration to a course requires acceptance to the course in LADOK.

 If the student registers for a course and then decides to not continue, the student must report this 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 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 credits from study years 1 and 2 must be completed at least 50 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 credits from study years  1-3 must be completed, and at least 110 credits from study year 1-2, and a degree project, first level.
The course KD1270 Organic Chemistry, basic concepts and practice 2 is recommneded to be taken as one of the free electives courses if the student will study the master programme Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology TIMBM or the master program Molecular Science and Engineering TMVTM.

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

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 student office.  

The complete KTH policy for recognition of previous academic studies is found in the KTH regulations at www.kth.se

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 study year 1 and 2 in second cycle. It is also possible to make the thesis abroad.

For more information see; "student at kth/during a program/study abroad" at www.kth.se or contact the international coordinator at 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 Bachelor of Science which is a course of 15 credits.

To start the degree project, first level, at least 120 credits, must be completed. For further infformation se the syllabus of the degree project.

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 credits. To being working on the thesis, the student must have completed at least 240 higher education credits in the programme.

For further information see; "KTH comprehensive rules and guidelines for thesis 30 credits" at www.kth.se

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.

Application for graduation Students are requested to apply for the degree through the web service by logging into Personal menu/Application for degrees. For further information see www.kth.se

Conditions for the Degree of Bachelor of Science 180 credits 
The Degree of Bachelor of Science is received if the student applies for graduation after the completion of the grade 3 and fulfils the national degree requirements and completed all courses within the program corresponding to 180 credits.

Degree Name
Teknologie kandidatexamen
Degree of Bachelor of Science
 

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

  • mathematical-natural scientific courses of at least 45 credits , and, in addition, at least 180 credits (including 30 credits of degree project work) in the subjects central to the technical area
  • at least 90 credits in the second cycle, whereof at least 60 credits (including 30 credits of degree project work) in the subjects central to the technical area.To obtain Degree of Master of Science in Engineering, courses equivalent to at least 15 credits within Biotechnology, the subject central to the technical area, at advanced level, must be read.

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

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

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

Within the master's programs, the mandatory, recommended, and the conditinally elective courses must correspond to at least 105 credits. The remaining number of credits up to 120, the student can choose freely, but those should be relevant for the profession as an engineer. 

Degree Name
Degree of Master of Science (120 credits)
Teknologie masterexamen

The introductory courses may not be included in the Degree.
Reference to KTH guidelines (KTHs regulations), local degree ordinance for degrees at first cycle and advanced cycle.

For further information see; "Local regulation for qualifications at first and second cycle" at www.kth.se