Implementation of the education

Degree Programme in Energy and Environment (CENMI), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2017

Last edit: 14/09/2018
Approved: 14/09/2018

Structure of the education

Academic year

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/

Year 1 - 3

The programme consists of a compulsory foundation block in the years 1-3 in the first cycle (G), and also of a Master's programme in the second cycle (A) during 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 but also provides a social sciences foundation for energy and environmental issues, as well as sustainable development in a broader perspective. The teaching and use of professional skills and abilities of great importance to a certified engineer, for example, communication, ethics, entrepreneurship and innovation, corporate and societal aspects, are integrated into the courses.

To create a unified whole, the programme emphasises collaboration between different subjects, both within a specific year and between years. Integration of the courses in year 1 occurs through the profile course “Energy, climate and environment”, which runs throughout the academic year and in collaboration with the parallel courses. In year 2, the majority of courses collaborate through a focus on a systems perspective and modelling, while the Bachelor's degree project and focus on communication are integrated between the compulsory courses in year 3. The Bachelor's degree project centres around and deepens the theoretical knowledge and practical skills within sustainable development and its integration within their chosen technical field.

The courses in years 1 and 2 and parts of the courses in year 3 are common for all students on the programme. Year 3 is organised into different profiles within which there is room for elective courses and courses that qualify the student for subsequent Master's programmes. Prior to the concluding stage of the education, the student chooses a Master's programme. 

The first three years conclude with a degree project for a Degree of Bachelor worth 15 credits within a chosen technical field. After successfully completing 180 credits within the programme, the student can apply for a technical Degree of Bachelor. If the qualification requirements are met, a Degree of Bachelor of Science is obtained.

Year 4/Master's year 1 – Year 5/Master's year 2, second-cycle studies

The Master's programmes consist mainly of second-cycle courses and a degree project within one and the same engineering science discipline. Students on the programme 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 the Master's programmes for students on the Degree Programme in Energy and Environment. Each student may undertake the programme chosen.

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”.

The range of offered Master's programmes may be revised. An updated list of Master's programmes can be found on the KTH student web for each respective academic year.

Courses

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

The programme consists of compulsory, conditionally elective, recommended and optional courses. The compulsory courses are defined for each year in course lists. The goals, entry requirements, contents and course requirements for each course can be found in the adopted 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. Courses at other universities/higher education institutions can also be credited to the student as optional courses.

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.

Course lists are found in appendix 1.

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.

As the grading systems differ widely between countries, grades from exchange studies are not translated to the KTH grading scale.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Semester registration
At the beginning of the semester, the student must submit a compulsory semester registration via the Personal menu at www.kth.se

Semester registration is required to take new courses and for credits awarded to be reported, and for 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. www.kth.se

Choice of technical specialisation

Prior to the autumn semester of year 3, semester 5, the year-2 student selects an engineering profile.  During the spring semester of year 2 (1 – 15 May), the selection function is activated via the personal login. www.kth.se
The student can choose one of the following engineering profiles:

  • Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
  • Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment
  • Electric Power Engineering
  • Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • Technology and Sustainable Development

Each engineering profile prepares the student for a Master's programme and may include compulsory course required to qualify for the programme. Certain Master's programmes may accept students from other engineering profiles.

The range of engineering profiles may be revised. An updated list of engineering profiles can be found on the KTH student web for each respective academic year.

Applying for year 4/Master's year 1, second cycle, within the Degree Programme.

Prior to year 4/Master's year 1, second cycle, the student chooses a Master's programme within the framework of their Degree Programme. Choice of Master's programme is made during the period 1-15 May.
Choice of Master's programme is made by the students within the Degree Programme according to KTH instructions.

In addition to the general conditions for participation in the teaching of studies in year 4/Master's year 1, second cycle, there are special entry requirements for each Master's programme. The assessment of the conditions and special entry requirements is performed by the admissions office.

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  from year 1 to year 2:

At least 45 credits from year 1

shall 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 Energy and Environment.

Requirements 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 examination period in August, according to the course list of the programme syllabus for the Degree Programme in Energy and Environment. 

Requirements 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 examination period in August, according to the course list of the programme syllabus for the Degree Programme in Energy and Environment.

Requirements  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 re-examination period in August,

according to the course list of the programme syllabus for the Degree Programme in Energy and Environment.

* 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 KTH's regulatory framework. www.kth.se

Studies abroad

Students on the Energy and Environment Programme have the opportunity to study abroad through agreements KTH has with universities within and outside the EU.
Exchange studies normally cannot be pursued during years 1 and 2. Instead they can take place during years 3, 4 or 5 depending on the choice of engineering profile and Master's programme.  It is often possible to do a degree project abroad, both at the Bachelor and Master level.

The application deadline for studies abroad is around 15 December for the following academic year.
The transfer of credits from courses should be planned with an International Coordinator for the programme and examined by the programme director in advance, according to instructions from the ITM School's office of student affairs (year 3 and 4) or the school where the Master's programme is based (year 5).

Degree project

Degree project, first cycle
Year 3 of the programme includes a degree project for a Degree of Bachelor of Science which is a course of 15 credits.
To being working on the degree project, the student must have successfully completed the majority of their studies on the Degree Programme XXX, at least 120 credits.
KTH's comprehensive rules and guidelines for a degree project, 15 credits, for a Degree of Bachelor of Science, 180 credits, can be found in the KTH regulatory framework.
www.kth.se

Degree project, second cycle
The programme includes a degree project for a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering/Degree of Master worth 30 credits.
Commencement of the degree project requires the successful completion of at least 240 credits within the Degree Programme XXX.

KTH's comprehensive rules and guidelines for a degree project, 30 credits, for a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering, 300 credits, can be found in the KTH regulatory framework.
www.kth.se

Degree

Application for a certificate
The student has the possibility of applying for the following degrees:
a Degree of Bachelor of Science and a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering.
The student is also able to apply for a Degree of Master of Science if the requirements for such are met.

The student must personally apply for a certificate. Applications are made via the web service “Applications for degrees” via the personal login under “Programme”.

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

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

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

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.

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