Last edit: 04/09/2015
Approved: 04/09/2015

Structure of the education

The academic year division in semesters, periods etc. are described in KTH's regulatory framework

The first two years consists of compulsory conditionally elective courses. These are scheduled so that primarily two courses are read and completed in the same period.

School year three has two compulsory courses of which one is an advanced study project, that also can be used as degree project for a Bachelor of Science degree, and one conditionally elective course..

The courses in school year 1-3 should help the student to acquire a solid foundation of: mathematics/natural sciences, basic technological sciences and professional skills. In school year three the first elective courses are chosen and the choice of specialization for the second cycle is made.

The guiding principle for specializations on the IT-programme is to make use of KTH's Master's programmes in the following way as far as possible:

The courses of the Master's programme are read in school year 4 and 5

Possible pre-requisites for respective Master's programmes are read in school year 3, compulsory courses on the Master's programme become compulsory courses for students on the IT­ programme

Some courses can be excluded if they overlap with compulsory courses on the IT-programme. Apart from a degree project, at least 60 HE credits should come from second-cycle courses from the Master which fall within the field of technology of the IT-programme. A course in Theory of Science/Research Methodology equivalent to II2202 Research Methodology and Scientific Writing is mandatory.

To study the IT-programme with an  international specialization implies that one reads language courses in parallel with other courses and that the student study abroad for an exchange period during year 4 or 5 in a country where the language in question is spoken and is used as language of instruction at the receiving university. Students are also recommended to study one semester abroad during year 3. Students selecting an international specialization select their language of study during year 2. Students may take an elective realia course on 4.5 HE in year 1.

For the European languages specializations 30 HE credits courses in language and culture are read in addition to the regular courses. The language courses are distributed as 7,5 + 7.5 HE credits in years 2 and 3 and an additional 7.5 + 7.5 HE credits during year 4 and 5. It is required that at least one semester during year 4 and 5 are studied abroad. The degree project is can be performed abroad or in Sweden. The examiner should be an authorized teacher at KTH.

Students following an international specialization are strongly recommended to select one of the master programmes that do not require any additional pre-requisite courses as specialization for year 4 and 5. This allows the full 30 HE credits of language courses to be included entirely within the 300 HE credits required for a degree.


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

The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in  appendix 1. Courses are either compulsory, conditionally elective or elective. For year 1-3 there are two sets of conditionally elective courses labeled “MatNat block” and “IT block”. For a degree it is required that at least 31.5 HE credits of courses from the “MatNat block” and 52.5 HE credits of courses from the “IT block” has been completed.

It is recommended that the space for elective courses within the programme is used to study pre-requisite courses for the selected Master in case there are such requirements. Pre-requisite courses for the Master programmes are listed 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.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Registration for studies (Studieanmälan) should be made by all the students that intend to study the following semester. This application constitutes a basis for semester registration and basis for decision about promotion to the following semester. The registration for studies for the autumn semester is made no later than May 15 and for the spring semester no later than November 15. Course choice is made normally in connection with the registration for studies.

The rules for promotion to the next school year for the IT-programme are:

  • From school year 1 to school year 2 - 45 HE credits passed from school year 1.
  • From school year 2 to school year 3 - 90 HE credits passed from school year 1 and 2, of which at least 50 HE credits from school year 1 .
  • From school year 3 to school year - 150 HE credits passed from school year 1, 2 and 3, of which at least 110 HE credits from school year 1 and 2. The advanced study project course of 15 HE credits
    must be completed.

Choice of Master's programme takes place before school year 4.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Student that has read some/some courses at another university or higher education institution can apply to transfer the credits the IT-programme. The transferred courses may not overlap with any course already read at KTH.

To exchange a compulsory course, documented knowledge of at least the same extent for the equivalent subject must be demonstrated.

Application documents for transfer or change of courses should be delivered to the study adviser for assessment and decision by the programme co-ordinator of the IT-programme. To the application should be enclosed attested copies of academic transcripts for invoked courses and course descriptions (course syllabus). Decisions for such applications are normally available within a couple of weeks from the date of the application. A copy of the decision is always mailed to the applicant.

Reference to the policy that is in KTHs regulatory framework­-forskning/grundutbildning

Studies abroad

To be qualified for exchange studies within the scope of the agreements that have with select foreign universities the following apply:

  • Students in school year 2 may not have more than two courses unfinished
  • Students in school year 3 may not have more than three courses unfinished

The KTH student selection criteria apply. Reference to the selection criteria in KTH's regulatory framework

Degree project

For engineering degree, a degree project of 30 HE credits within the field of technology should be carried  out. The degree project is normally carried out at the end of the education and cannot be started, until the student has achieved at least 240 HE credits within the education. The degree project should be carried out within the chosen Master's programme.

The selection of a suitable of degree project is made in consultation with the examiner.

The degree project is graded from A-F where the grades A-E are passing grades. To pass, the work should be assessed to pass all three grading criteria: process, technically/scientific content and presentation.

Reference to KTHs regulatory framework


The conditions for higher education qualification are satisfied, in that the course requirements in the program are satisfied.

The description of the  higher education qualification is Engineering degree. In the degree certificate, the study programme that the student has gone through is stated. The application for higher education qualification is delivered to the school administration office at the school for Information - and Communication Technology. Reference to KTHs regulatory framework