Last edit: 12/11/2019
Approved: 18/11/2019

Structure of the education

Most of the courses in the programme comprise 7.5 higher education credits, which are graded on a scale of A-E, F and Fx.  The study year is normally divided into 4 study periods and, normally, two courses are taken in parallel every study period. 

Current guidelines concerning study years, terms, study periods can be found in the KTH-handbook and the study handbook on the student web.

The programme is a started with an introduction course  in engineering studies: Information technology and methodology.  In order to provide an insight into the main area, two basic courses in medicine and medical technology are given.  These courses are combined with mathematics, physics, programming, and introduction technology in order to provide the necessary mathematical and technical foundation for the continued studies.  The technical specialisation is chosen before the Fall term in study year 2.

Furthermore the foundation is strengthened within the different course blocks.  The student takes courses in medical technology, mathematics, physics, chemistry and technology parallel with studies within the technical specialisation which he/she has chosen.  Courses within economy, ethics, and the environment complement the education by giving the professional profile which makes the student attractive for the industry market.

The first three years are concluded with a specialisation project/degree project for the bachelor’s degree comprising 15 higher education credits within the chosen technical area.  After completing 180 higher education credits, the student can apply for a Bachelor’s degree if the degree requirements are fulfilled.

During study years 4-5, the deepening within medical technology and the chosen technical specialisation continues.  The studies continue until the Master’s degree of 300 credits and study year 5 is concluded with a degree project of 30 higher education credits.


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

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.

Certain courses will be given at or in collaboration with Karolinska Insitutet.  In these courses, the grades Pass and Fail may be used.

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

Conditions for further studies

For students starting their education from the autumn semester 2018, previous promotion requirements have been replaced with special admission requirements to each course. Admission requirements are specified in the course syllabus. 

Requirements from first cycle to Master's programme:

In order to be eligible for advanced level studies within the integrated Master of Science programmes at KTH, you are required to complete 150 ECTS credits from year one through three. Of these, 110 ECTS 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.

Students who are lagging behind in their studies and do not meet the above requirements should, in consultation with the programme's Study Guidance, establish an individual study plan for the continuing studies.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that possible course prerequisites are fulfilled before the start of a new course.  Information about prerequisites can be found in the respective course plans.

Recognition of previous academic studies

The student has the possibility to apply to receive credit from course(s) at another higher education institution/university within Sweden or abroad.  The form to do this can be found on KTH’s website.  KTH’s policy for recognition of previous academic studies can be found, in full, in the KTH-handbook.

Studies abroad

Students in Medical Engineering have the possibility to study abroad through those contracts KTH has with other university within and beyond the EU.  It is also possible to do the degree project abroad.

The deadline for application for studies abroad is around the 15th of January.

Degree project

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

Within the education there are requirements for the implementation of two degree project courses. The degree project in the first cycle comprises 15 higher education credits and the degree project in the second cycle comprises 30 higher education credits.

For the degree project, the following apply:

  • It may be started after the assignment is approved by the examiner.
  • It is based in the knowledge which has been acquired during the time of study and must normally be carried out during term 10.
  • It must show proof of an independent work comprising theoretical and/or experimental work with a relevant written report and oral presentation.
  • The instructor is appointed by the examiner.


In order to complete the Degree of Master of Science in Engineering, Degree Programme in Medical Engineering successfully, passing grades in all courses which are in the student’s study plan must be achieved.  The study plan consists of the obligatory courses, the optional courses the student has chosen and the degree project work.  The study plan must comprise at least 300 higher education credits, of which, 30 higher education credits are the degree project.

For more, see KTH’s local degree ordinance in the KTH-handbook