Last edit: 29/11/2017
Approved: 12/01/2018

Structure of the education

The study year for KTH’s education is divided into four periods. Every study period is followed by an exam period. For details about the structure of the academic year, see KTH student web.

The program for Electrical Engineering during the first three years consists mainly of compulsory courses in mathematics, electrical systems and physics. The fourth year, the student chooses from several available specialisations in conjunction with a Master’s program. By following one of these programs, the student will be eligible for both a degree in Electrical Engineering and also a Master’s degree in the chosen specialty.

The study programme is designed so that after 3 years, it is possible to acquire a Bachelor degree in order to, if desired, continue studies in another program at KTH (other than the suggested specializations) at another University in Sweden, abroad, or else to pursue a career.


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

The programme is composed of compulsory, conditionally elective and elective courses. The compulsory, conditionally elective and recommended elective courses are defined for every study year and specialization in the teaching and time schedule. The  goals, prerequisites, contents and examination requirements for each course can be found in the Course and Program Directory on the KTH student web.

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.

Since the grading systems differ very much between different countries, the grades from studies abroad will not be transferred to the KTH grading system.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Registration for the term

All students accepted to a programme must register for each term they intend to actively pursue studies.  For newly admitted students this is done in connection with the compulsory registration meeting at beginning of term.  For all following terms of the program, the student enters the registration for the term via their Personal Menu at  This registration is necessary for reporting of results and required so that student’s stipend (studiemedel) can be disbursed by CSN.

Course Selection

Courses for the coming term must be selected via, which is open

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

Course registration

Prerequisites for course registration are selection and eligibility. Each student must register for all courses for the term via Personal Menu. This should be done before the first scheduled lecture.  If the student later decides not to take a course, the course registration must be removed via Personal Menu.  If the student decides not to take a course more than three weeks after it starts, the course administrator should be notified. 

Conditions for being promoted to the next level

For studies in study year 2:

At least 45 credits from study year 1 must be completed by August in study year 2.

For studies in study year 3:

At least 90 credits from years 1-2 must be completed by August in study year 3 (of which at least 50 credits from year 1).

For studies in study year 4:

Total 150 credits from year 1, year 2 and year 3 of which 110 in year 1 and 2 and a completed Bachelor's degreework.

Recognition of previous academic studies

According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, a student who has gone through certain first-cycle study courses and study programmes with a passing result has the right to have such credit recognised for a corresponding course of education at another institution of higher education. The Director of Undergraduate Studies (Grundutbildningsansvarig) at the School of Electrical Engineering will make the decisions concerning recognition of entire courses. Awards of credits for parts of courses may be decided upon by an examiner.

The application for recognition should be submitted to the programme office using the form intended for that purpose.

For further information on recognition of previous academic studies, see the KTH:s regelverk

Studies abroad

KTH has agreements with over 250 universities around the entire world, providing possible opportunities to study abroad. Exchange studies involve a student exchanging part of their time at KTH for time at another university abroad, with this normally being done during the third or fourth academic years. The last day to apply is around the middle of January and the selections are based upon the results of the earlier studies at KTH.

For further information on studies abroad

Degree project

The degree project consists of 30 credits. A major part of the programme studies, at least 240 credits, must have been completed, with a maximum of two foundation courses remaining uncompleted before the degree project is commenced. The degree project may be performed individually or together with another student and the subject must normally be an in-depth study within the area of technology for which the degree is being prepared. The degree project is graded according to the A-F scale, using the three bases for assessment common to all grading at KTH: the engineering and scientific content, the process, and the presentation.


After the educational programme has been completed the student can apply for three degrees if the qualification requirements are fulfilled:

1) "Degree of Bachelor of Science"

2) "Master of Engineering – Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering".

3) "Masters degree of Science"

KTH's local degree ordinance can be found in its entirety in the KTH:s regelverk: