Last edit: 25/05/2016
Structure of the education
The academic year for KTH’s first level programme is divided into four periods. The study periods are equivalent to approx. seven weeks, of which, at least 33 days are study days. Every study period is followed by an exam period consisting of two student-disposable days and at least five exam days. Except for the four ordinary exam periods, there are three re-exam periods: after Christmas, after the study year’s last ordinary exam period, and directly before the study year’s first study period.
The study year normally consists of 40 weeks. When needed, teaching can continue beyond the study year.
During the first year, basic subjects such as mathematics, natural sciences and technology are taken,but also courses that provide a glimpse in to the future professional roles.During the fall semester,a course in engineering science at KTH and a course at Stockholm University that provides an introduction to the teaching profession are taken.In a first course in mathematical didactics the student is introduced to the upper secondary school where a large part of the so-called internship(VFU) will take place,and gets the possibility to in practice test the role of a teacher.
From the second year and after, other specialisation subject (Physics, Chemistry, Energy and a second Environment or Information and communication) taken. The studies within these subjects are mainly taken together with other Master of Science in Engineering programmes.
A key idea in the programme is that studies in subject-theory and technology must be weaved in with courses within didactics and educational science and with interdisciplinary courses during the entire programme.
Except for the choice of subject-combination which is done by the end of the first year of study, the choices within the programme are limited.
The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in Appendix 1: Course list
In the programme, compulsory and conditionally optional courses are included. The compulsory courses are defined by the teaching and time plans for every study year and specialisation. The courses’ goals, prerequisites, contents and examination can be found in the course plans.
In the course list, the number of conditionally optional courses for the respective subject-combination is listed. The conditionally optional courses shall consist of courses in each subject combination and must not duplicate mandatory or conditionally optional courses included in the exam.The choice of conditionally optional courses to be included in the exam must be approved by the program director.
VFU Internship The programme includes 30 higher education credits of internship (VFU). It does not constitute its own course, but is included as portions of certain courses, of these at least 15 higher education credits correspond to internship as a teacher in the choosen subjects in upper secondary school.
During the internship periods of the programme, the student must learn about the complex work in schools and other education environments and tie one’s own knowledge development to these. The content in VFU is decided by the courses it is included in and must be specified in the respective course plans. The majority of the VFU belonging to courses in educational sciences is placed in upper secondary school, but the programme also gives the possibility of VFU in other pedagogical work environments, for example, museums, Science Centres and educational companies.
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.
Courses at KTH and Stockholm university 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
Description of term enrolment
Before every term, the student must submit an obligatory study enrolment to the study guidance. Without the study enrolment, the term and course registration cannot be done for the term. Term and course registration are required in order for the results to be reported and in order to receive aid from CSN.
Observe that one who has not completed term registration risks losing his/her VFU-place and, with that, possibly the chance to complete courses which consist of internship portions.
The student is responsible to apply to the optional or conditionally option courses which he/she wishes to take the following term. The application to these courses must be submitted to the office SCI at the latest:
- May 15th, before the Fall term
- November 15th, before the Spring term
Applications which are submitted after the last application date are considered with respect only to space considerations. Before the selection of language courses, a test for level of competence must be done.
Course enrolment to obligatory courses happens automatically through the office.The student must register him/herself in the course at the first scheduled lecture. Course registration for obligatory courses and optional courses must be done individually in the respective institution. A student who registers for a course and then decides to discontinue the course must notify the appropriate institution as soon as possible.
Conditions for promotion to the next year
The following point limitations apply for advancement to the next study year:
For studies in study year 2, at least 45 credits from study year 1 must be completed up to the August period.
For studies in study year 3, at least 90 credits from study years 1 and 2 must be completed up to the August period, of which 50 credits has to be from the first year.
For studies in study year 4, at least 150 higher education credits from years 1-3 must be completed of which at least 110 higher education credits from years 1-2.
For studies in study year 5, in addition to what must be completed for advancement to study year 4, at least 45 higher education credits from study year 4 must be completed.
In addition, all courses which are prerequisites to courses in the next study year must be completed by August, at the latest.
A student which does not fulfil the requirements for advancement to the next study year must construct an individual study plan.
Recognition of previous academic studies
The right to receive recognition for previous academic studies is an important incentive for the mobility within the country and between countries, for the higher education institution’s internationalisation work and for the principle of life-long learning.
KTH has a generous method for recognition of previous academic studies which can be given even if the exact programme does not exist at KTH or if the course plans don’t completely match those at KTH. The requirements which KTH normally puts on the programme’s level and quality must be taken into consideration at the time of recognition.
Recognition of previous academic studies which is done at another higher education institution in Sweden will normally be accepted by KTH.
Students at KTH have the right to request a trial of recognition of previous academic studies. Even one who is not a student but has academic education and will complete it will mostly likely be able to have the application evaluated and receive a preliminary decision (i.e. advanced notification) about the recognition.
Students at KTH, who study at another university within the boundaries of the exchange programme, have the right to receive advanced notification about recognition of previous academic studies. Such a decision can be given though a, so called, Learning Agreement established and signed by the coordinator at KTH, contact person at university abroad, and by the student.Decisions about recognition of previous academic studies of courses can be appealed at the Board of Appeals for higher education institutions. The appeal must be submitted to KTH at least three weeks from the day the student was notified of the decision.
In order for the request for recognition of previous academic studies to be tested, the applicant must be able to document that he/she has completed the course with at least a passing grade. When a course, which has been graded by another higher education institution, is recognised for credits, no grade is recorded in the degree certificate.
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Students in the programme Master of Science in Engineering and of Education have the possibility to study at certain foreign higher education institutions during a half study year without the need to pay the course fees which are normally paid by the foreign students. Exchange studies can occur during the third, fourth or fifth study years. It is also possible to do the degree project abroad.For more information, contact the office’s coordinator for studies abroad:firstname.lastname@example.org
Degree project in technology and learning
Included in the programme is a degree project comprising 30 higher education credits corresponding to about 20 weeks of full-time work. The degree project is normally the concluding course in the programme and must be on the second level. It must show proof of an independent work within technology and learning and include theoretical and/or experimental work, written report and oral presentation, including public discussionof one other student´s project. If the Degree project is carried out by two students, the individual student's work has to be clearly identified.
The following are named as examples of suitable degree project areas:
- Development of literature or interactive software for pedagogical use, with testing and evaluation in a school environment
- Development of technical equipment for laboratory goals, with testing and evaluation in a school environment
- An analysis and evaluation of existing pedagogical software or technical equipment in the school environment, with consideration to the interaction between human, technology and pedagogy.
- An analysis of study resurces and their usage in schools. How are these teaching mediums related to the scientific tradition within the subject?
- The usage of Science Centres in order to develop high school pupils´ understanding for technical and natural-scientific phenomena.
- Mathematics for the working engineer. How does mathematics appear in the working environment and how can it affect the engineering programmes?
- Study of educational organisations at technology companies, with suggestions of improvements of efficiency of education and competence development.
- Studies of developmental processes and quality assurance procedures in education, administration and businesses.
- Technical research and development with implementation proposals for management and accompanying educational initiatives.
Admission to the course assumes that the student has attained at least 240 higher education credits.
Choice of degree project
The subject for the degree project can be suggested by the student, KTH- or Stockholm University institutions, upper secondary schools, Science Centres, or companies. Since the internship is included in the degree project, the work must be proportionally assigned to a secondary schoo, a science centre and/or company.
Grading of the degree project
The degree project is allotted grades according to the scale A-F from the assessment criteria: Process, engineering-related and scientific contents and presentation.
The grade is determined by the examiner from an overview-assessment standpoint and after the degree project report has been checked for plagiary. In order to pass the degree project, the project must not fail to meet any of the assessment-criteria. Details about grading can be found in the course plan for the degree project.
A Master of Science in Engineering and a Master of Education degree on the second level is received after the completion of the educational programme.
Conditions for the degree:
The student must have fulfilled courses corresponding to 300 higher education credits, whereof:
- 45 higher education credits of Mathematics-natural scientific subjects
- 180 higher education credits of subjects central to the technology area (including 30 higher education credits of degree project work)
- At least 90 higher education credits on the second level, whereof at least 60 higher education credits are in subjects central to the technology area (including 30 higher education credits of degree project work)
The following will be discerned from the above credits:
- A total of 210 higher education credits of subject studies and subject didactic courses within the respective subject combination.
- A total of 60 higher education credits in courses and study units in the educational sciences core of the teacher education.
- 30 higher education credits from internship, of which at least 15 higher education credits derived from subject didactic placement in high school within the respective subject combination.
The name of the degree
Degree of Master of Science in Engineering, Degree Programme in Mathematics and Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry or Mathematics and Technology.
Degree of Master in Education, 300 Credit Points, Degree Programme in Mathematics and Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry or Mathematics and Technology, where the latter is the equivalent of a Master of Science in Engineering in Mathematics and IKT; or Mathematics and Energy and Environment.
The application for the degree is done on a special form and is submitted to the school of Engineering Science’s office.