Last edit: 14/04/2021
Approved: 23/04/2021

Structure of the education

Each academic year consists of two semesters which are 20 weeks each, and each semester is further into two study periods.

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 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. 

Internship (VFU) is largerly implemented in upper secondary schools but also within educational activities at museums, science centers and companies.

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.

Courses at KTH and Stockholm university in the first and the second cycle are graded on a scale from A to F. Fx indicates that the results are close to a pass in a course module. The part of the course in question can, after instructions from the examiner, be supplemented in order to achieve a pass within six weeks after the result is announced. Fx can not be used as a final grade for the course.

The grades Pass (P) and Fail (F) are used as final grades for the degree project or in accordance with particular circumstances. Courses involving internship (VFU) may have a three-level grading scale; fail (U), pass (G) and merit (VG) alternatively a two-level grading scale; Pass (P) and Fail (F).

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.

Observe that one who has not completed registration risks losing his/her VFU-place and, with that, possibly the chance to complete courses which consist of internship portions.


Degree project

Degree project in technology and learning

Included in the programme is a degree project comprising 30 higher education credits on second cycle, corresponding to about 20 weeks of full-time work. 

The degree project is the final part of the education. The project work may begin when special admission requirements for the course are fulfilled. 

In order to fulfill specific admission requirements  for a Degree Project, second cycle, 30 credits, all courses in study year 1-3, first cycle, or courses required for the award of a Bachelors’s degree, and courses corresponding to at least 60 credits, second cycle, must be completed. The courses at the second cycle, shall include courses in the programme relevant to the degree project, as well as courses in science theory and research methodology.

The project 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.

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.


Degree 300 credits

After completion of the program, two degrees are issued. One is a Master of Science and the other a Master of Education degree with specialisation in upper-secondary school in one of the following subject combinations; mathematics and physics, mathematics and chemistry, or mathematics and technology.

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

Master of Science

Master of Education degree with specialisation in upper-secondary schools