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

First cycle
The first three years consists of compulsory courses in natural sciences to provide fundamental konwledge an skills. The Study programme contains courses in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Engineering skills but it also inlcudes two conditionally elective courses. The cycle also contains two independent projects and a diploma at the level of Bachelor of Science,in Biotechnology.

Conditionally 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 and economy courses.

Second cycle
During the second cycle, study year 4 and 5, one of the following master programmes are studied;

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

The Master selection is done 1-15 May.


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 account via

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 must 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, of which 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 conditionally 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

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 shall prefentially be conducted durig the second cycle. It is also possible to make the final degree project abroad.

For more information see; "student at kth/during a program/study abroad" at or contact the international coordinator at students office.

Degree project

Degree project, first level
The diploma work done in grade 3 is a thesis for a Degree of Bachelor of Science conducted in a course of 15 credits.

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

Degree project, advanced level
In the programme a final diploma work is done, i.e. a thesis for the Degree of Master of Science in Engineering/Master of Science (120 credits) corresponding to 30 credits. To commence the final degree project, 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


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

Conditions for the Degree of Master of Science in Engineering 300 credits 
The Master of Science in Engineering degree is received after completing all the courses at the first and second cycles of education at the degree programme in biotechnology according to the programme specifications.

Students taking the master programs Macromolecular Materials or Molecular Science and Engineering, should have at least 15 credits of biotechnology courses at advanced level.

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

It is possible to apply for the following degrees: Degree of Master of Science in Engineering; Degree Programme in Biotechnology, Degree of Bachelor of Science and Degree of Master of Science.

For further information see; "Local regulation for qualifications at first and second cycle" at