Implementation of the education

Degree Programme in Materials Design and Engineering (CMATD), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2019

Last edit: 23/10/2018
Approved: 23/10/2018

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 www.kth.se

Years 1-3, studies at first cycle

The programme syllabus consists of the 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), years 4-5, 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. The teaching and use of professional skills and abilities of great importance to a certified engineer, including communication, ethics, entrepreneurship, sustainable development, corporate and societal aspects, are integrated into the courses.

To create a unified whole, the programme emphasises cooperation between different subjects, both within a specific year and between years. This is achieved through courses being coordinated on the schedule, via joint degree projects and written assignments etc.

The education in years 1 and 2 and parts of year 3 are common for all students on the programme. Prior to the concluding stage of the education, the student chooses a Master's programme. Within the chosen Master's programme, a specialised applied area within the materials design and engineering field is studied.

The programme is designed so that the student, after three years, has the opportunity to obtain a Degree of Bachelor of Science.

Mathematical natural science courses

This block contains basic courses in mathematics and natural science and is chiefly located in year 1. The remaining courses are given in year 2.

Technology courses

This block includes basic engineering science courses within the field of materials, such as solid mechanics, thermodynamics, engineering materials and production processes for metals, ceramics, polymers and fibre-based materials. This block is begun in year 1 and concluded in year 3.

The first 3 years conclude with a first-cycle degree project worth 15 credits within a chosen technical field. After completing 180 credits, the student can apply for a technical Degree of Bachelor if the qualification requirements are met.

Years 4-5, Master's years 1-2, second-cycle studies

The Master's programmes represent a subject specialisation and consist mainly of advanced courses and a second-cycle degree project within one and the same engineering science discipline.
Students on the Materials Design and Engineering 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 for students on the Materials Design and Engineering Programme when choosing a Master's programme.

The engineer's knowledge of the environment and sustainable development is deepened and concretised through integrating the special aspects of, for example, life-cycle analysis, environmental impact and material selection, which are characteristic of the chosen Master's programmes, in the programme's courses.

Master's programmes that lead to a Degree of Master of Science in Materials Design and 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 their respective 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.

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

Participation requires admission to courses within the programme and course registration. Course registration is done via the personal menu at www.kth.se

For studies at a higher study year there are specific admission requirements for the courses. Admission requirements are specified in the course syllabus.

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.

Requirements for admission to Master's Programme:

According to the KTH Admission regulations 2018 (Dnr. V-2017-1014)
"In order to be eligible for advanced level studies within the integrated Master of Science programmes at KTH, you are required to complete 150 credits from year one through three. Of these, 110 credits must be from the year 1 and 2 curriculum. In addition to these credits, the bachelor thesis needs to be completed before Master’s level studies commence.

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.

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

Studies abroad

Students on the Materials Design and Engineering 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 the first or second year.
It is also 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 cycle
Bachelor 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