Last edit: 21/01/2021
Structure of the education
Each academic year consists of two semesters which are 20 weeks each, and each semester is further divided into two study periods.
Year 1-3 - First-cycle studies
The programme is undertaken within the technical field of Industrial Engineering and Management. The technical field of Industrial Engineering and Management consists of a combination of the subject industrial engineering and management together with another technical subject.
The programme's first cycle begins with a number of basic course in mathematics and natural science, industrial engineering and management, and programme-specific subject courses. Starting in year two, course within the chosen technical specialisation are also undertaken.
The first three years conclude with a first-cycle degree project of 15 credits which is carried out within the framework of a course at the engineering department responsible for other technology courses in the chosen specialisation, in cooperation with the Department of Industrial Economics and Management. To begin the first-cycle degree project, there are conditions and entry requirements. More information can be found in the official course syllabus.
Year 4-5 – Second-cycle specialised study
The final two years of the Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management take place within the framework of the Master's Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management and involve second-cycle specialised study. The technical specialisation pursued in the first cycle provides the student the opportunity to choose between two technical tracks in the Master's Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management. The specialised study includes courses within industrial engineering and management, the chosen technical track and programme-specific subject courses, primarily second cycle. In addition there are completely elective courses.
The programme concludes with a degree project in the second cycle, which comprises 30 credits and is equivalent to 20 weeks of full-time studies. To begin the second-cycle degree project, there are conditions and entry requirements. More information can be found in the official course syllabus.
The degree project can be carried out within the main field of industrial engineering and management or within the main field of study for the technical track. In this way, the student themselves can steer the option of applying for a general Degree of Master in industrial engineering and management or one within their technical track.
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 and conditionally elective courses are defined for each year and technical specialisation in course lists. The goals, entry requirements, 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 used as optional courses
- Optional courses may be chosen but should be relevant to the professional role of engineer.
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.
The grading scale is found in the course syllabus
Conditions for participation in the programme
Participation requires admission to courses within the programme and course registration.
For further studies, special admission requirements for the course are to be fulfilled. Special admission requirements are listed in the respective course syllabus.
Choice of technical specialisation
Choice of technical specialisation is made during the autumn semester of year 2.
Eligibility for choosing a technical specialisation in year 2 requires the student to have passed
- at least 45 credits of the compulsory courses in year 1 of the Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management by the end of the examination period in August.
In the first cycle, there is no restriction on the number of places in the technical specialisations.
Choice of Master's programme – technical track within the Master's Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management
Prior to year 4, the student chooses a second-cycle Master's programme within the framework of their Degree Programme. Students on the Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management also choose a technical track within the Master's programme.
In addition to the general conditions for participation in the teaching of studies in year 4/year 1 of the Master's programme, there are special entry requirements for the Master's programme.
Information on how to apply for a Master's programme is obtained from the school's office of student affairs.
Admission requirements for Master programmes
According to the KTH Admission regulations 2019 (Dnr. V-2018-0961)
"In order to be eligible for second cycle studies within KTH:s Master of Science programmes, 165 credits are required from year 1-3, of which at least 110 credits from year 1 - 2. A degree project, first cycle, must be completed before the studies on the master's program commence. Possible additional special admission requirements exist and appear in the respective programme syllabus."
Degree Project, First Cycle
Within the degree programme a degree project, first cycle, which comprises 15 credits, is included. The degree project course can be commenced when the special admission requirements listed in the course syllabus are met.
Degree project, Second Cycle
Within the degree programme a degree project, second cycle, which comprises 30 credits, is included. The degree project course forms the final part of the degree programme. The degree project course can be commenced when the special admission requirements listed in the course syllabus are met.
In order to complete a Degree in Master of Science in Engineering, Degree Program Industrial Engineering and Management, 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 Industrial Engineering and Management and the professional role.
Application for a degree certificate
The student has the possibility of applying for the following three degree:
Title of general qualification at first cycle
Bachelor of Science (180 credits)
Title of professional qualifications at second cycle
Master of Science in Engineering
Title of general qualification at second cycle
Master of Science (120 credits)