Implementation of the education

Degree Programme in Design and Product Realisation (CDEPR), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2016

Last edit: 10/01/2018
Approved: 22/01/2018

Structure of the education

Programme arrangement

The academic year comprises 40 weeks and is divided into four periods. If necessary, instruction may be provided outside the parameters of the academic year. 

The division of the academic year is presented on the KTH student web, http://www.kth.se

Years 1-3, studies at first cycle

The programme syllabus consists of the compulsory foundation block in the years 1-3 in the first cycle, and also of a Master's programme in the second cycle, years 4 and 5, which concludes with a degree project of 30 credits.

The programme is organised around courses in applied subjects relating to mathematics, engineering science and technology. The teaching and use of professional skills and abilities of great importance to a certified engineer, for example, communication, project work, systems thinking, ethics, entrepreneurship, sustainable development, corporate and societal aspects, are integrated into the courses.

To create a unified whole, the programme emphasises cooperation between different subjects, both within a specific year and between years. This is achieved, inter alia, through the programme-specific courses (the "DoP" courses during the first three years) including project assignments where knowledge gained from other courses is integrated and applied in a product realisation perspective.

Mathematical natural science courses

This block contains basic courses in mathematics and natural science and is chiefly located in year 1 and year 2.

Technology courses

This block includes basic engineering science courses within the field of mechanical engineering, such as solid mechanics, thermodynamics, engineering materials and production. This block is begun in year 1 and concluded in year 3.

The first 3 years conclude with a degree project for a Degree of Bachelor worth 15 credits within a chosen technical field.

Years 4-5 in the second cycle

The Master's programmes consist mainly of advanced courses and a degree project within one and the same engineering science discipline. Students on the Degree Programme in Design and Product Realisation can choose from a wide range of Master's programmes with programme syllabuses established in advance. There is no restriction on the number of places on these Master's programmes for students on the Degree Programme in Design and Product Realisation.

Professional skills and abilities in, for example, entrepreneurship, engineering skills and innovation, are deepened in the engineering courses in years 4 and 5, where labour market links are also of great importance for the final degree project.

The engineer's knowledge of the environment and sustainable development is deepened and concretised through integrating the special aspects of, for example, life-cycle analysis, environmental impact and material selection, which are characteristic of the chosen Master's programmes, in the programme's courses.

One purpose of a concluding Master's programme is that students establish close contact with the department where the degree project will be carried out, and with a research group there.

Elective Master's programmes that lead to a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering are found under the heading “Scope and content of the programme”.

Courses

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

The programme is structured in the form of courses. Course lists are found in appendix 1.

The programme consists of compulsory, conditionally elective, recommended and optional courses. The compulsory and conditionally elective courses are defined for each year in course lists. The goals, entrance qualifications, content and course requirements for each course can be found in the official course syllabuses.

The forms of teaching and examination vary between courses. These are indicated in each official course syllabus.

The optional courses can be chosen from KTH's range of offered courses. Credits from courses at other universities/higher education institutions can also be transferred if the qualification requirements are met.

The following limitations apply to optional courses:

  • Optional courses may not be taken in year 1.

  • There is a limit imposed on the number of credits that may be chosen per semester

  • An optional course may not correspond to a significant extent to an existing programme course or an already credited course

  • Higher education preparatory courses may not be counted as optional courses

  • Optional courses may be chosen but should be relevant to the professional role of engineer.

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
At the beginning of the semester, the student must submit a compulsory semester registration via their personal login atwww.kth.se

Semester registration is required to take new courses and for credits awarded to be reported, and for any payments of student aid to be made by CSN.

Application for courses on the programme

Prior to each semester, the student must apply for all courses the student intends to take.

Course applications are made via www.antagning.se

  • 1 - 15 May for autumn semesters
  • 1 - 15 November for spring semesters

If the student does not apply via www.antagning.se, the application is only considered subject to availability.

The student can obtain information on how to apply from the school's office of student affairs.

Course registration

Course registration requires that the student is admitted to the course. At course start, the student must register on the course to which they have been admitted.

Course registration must be done individually, either via the student's personal login at www.kth.se or according to instructions from the school offering the course.

A person who has registered on a course, but has subsequently decided not to proceed with the course, must inform the school offering the course as soon as possible or, within three weeks, remove the course registration via the personal login.

Course registration requires that the student has been admitted to the course.

Conditions for participation in the instruction

For studies in the next year, there are certain moving-up/performance requirements according to the programme's course list.

Students who do not fulfil these requirements must establish an individual study plan together with the study advisor.

Requirements for moving up from year 1 to year 2:

• At least 45 credits from year 1

shall be completed by the end of the re-examination period in August, according to the course list of the programme syllabus for the Degree Programme in Design and Product Realisation.

Requirements for moving up from year 2 to year 3:

• At least 90 credits from year 1 and 2, of which

• at least 50 credits are from year 1,

shall be completed by the end of the re-examination period in August, according to the course list of the programme syllabus for the Degree Programme in Design and Product Realisation. 

Requirements for moving up from year 3 to year 4/year 1 of the Master's Programme:

• At least 150 credits from years 1-3

• at least 110 credits from years 1-2

• a Bachelor's degree project (15 credits),

shall be completed by the end of the re-examination period in August, according to the course list of the programme syllabus for the Degree Programme in Design and Product Realisation.

Requirements for moving up from year 4 to year 5/year 1 to year 2 of the Master's Programme:

In addition to what is required for moving up to year 4/year 1 of the Master's Programme,

• at least 45 credits* from year 4/year 1 of the Master's Programme must

be completed by the end of the examination period in August, according to the course list of the programme syllabus for the Degree Programme in Design and Product Realisation.

* In addition to compulsory courses, optional courses that are included in the degree may also be counted.

Individual study plan

Students who do not meet the above requirements should, in consultation with the programme's study advisor, establish an individual study plan for the continuing studies.

An individual study plan may mean that the student cannot be guaranteed full-time studies.

See the KTH regulatory framework: www.kth.se

Recognition of previous academic studies

Students have the opportunity to apply to be given credit for results from a course or courses at another higher education institution/university within or outside the country.

An application is made by submitting a form to the school's office of student affairs.

The entire KTH policy for credit transfer is included in the KTH regulatory framework.www.kth.se

As the grading systems differ between countries and universities, grades are not translated to the KTH grading scale during credit transfer.

Studies abroad

Students have the opportunity to study abroad through the agreements that KTH and ITM have with universities within and outside the EU. Exchange studies normally cannot be pursued during the first or second year. It is also possible to do a degree project abroad.

The application deadline for studies abroad is around 15 December for the following academic year.

Degree project

Degree Project, First Cycle
The Degree Programme in Design and Product Realisation includes a degree project for a Degree of Bachelor of Science which comprises 15 credits. The degree project will be conducted during the spring term in study year 3.

In order to be eligible for the degree project, the following requirements are reported in Ladok before the degree project starts

  • Promoted to grade 3.
  • At least 120 credits of the program's mandatory courses.
  • Specific requirements for the degree project course

In order to enable the approval of the exam in good time before the degree project begins in period 3, there is the possibility of meeting an alternative qualification requirement for degree projects that start spring term 2019. For this alternative eligibility, the following requirements are reported in Ladok at the latest, December 1, 2018

  • Promoted to grade 3.
  • At least 105 credits of the program's mandatory courses.
  • Specific requirements for the degree project course

KTH's General Regulations for Degree Projects, first cycle, 15 credits for a Degree of Bachelor of Science 180 credits, are in KTH's regulations. www.kth.se

Degree project, Second Cycle

The Degree Programme in Design and Product Realisation includes a degree project for a Degree in Master of Science in Engineering, which comprises 30 credits. The degree project is usually done during the spring term in study year 5. To begin the degree project is required

  • At least 240 credits completed courses that may be included in the Degree in Master of Science in Engineering.
  • Maximum 2 unfinished courses (mandatory and conditionally elective) from study year 1 - 3
  • The requirement for studies in study year 5 are met.

KTH's General Regulations for Degree Projects, second cycle, 30 credits for a Degree in Master of Science in Engineering 300 credits, are in KTH's regulations. www.kth.se

Degree

In order to complete a Degree in Master of Science in Engineering, Degree Program Design and Product Realisation, requires an approved grade in all courses included in the  students study plan based on the degree programme. The study plan shall comprise 300 credits, which includes a degree project, first cycle comprising 15 credits and a degree project, second cycle comprising 30 credits.

Optional introductory courses and preparatory courses cannot be included as part of the degree.

Courses whose content is similar to one or more other courses within the programme cannot be counted as part of the 300 credits that form the basis for the degree.

Optional courses will contribute to the degree programme objectives of Design and Product Realisation and the professional role.

Application for a degree certificate
The student must personally apply for a certificate.Applications are made via a personal login at www.kth.se.

The student has the possibility of applying for the following three degree:

Title of general qualification at first cycle
Bachelor of Science (180 credits)
Teknologie kandidatexamen

Title of professional qualifications at second cycle
Master of Science in Engineering
Civilingenjörsexamen

Title of general qualification at second cycle
Master of Science (120 credits)
Teknologie masterexamen

Refer to the KTH guidelines (KTH regulatory framework), local directions for higher education qualifications at first and second cycle, the local Degree Ordinance
http://intra.kth.se/regelverk