Programme objectives

Degree Programme Open Entrance (COPEN), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2018

Last edit: 18/06/2018
Approved: 18/06/2018

Goals and objectives of the programme
Open Entrance is one way to begin a programme which leads to the Master of Science in Engineering programme at KTH.

Open Entrance is the beginning of the Master of Science in Engineering studies, comprised of one year, which is then followed up by one of the Master of Science in Engineering programmes at KTH.  During the year in Open Entrance, fundamental engineering subjects are taken which are common for many of KTH’s Master of Science in Engineering programmes. During this year there is the possibility to become more familiar with the different Master of Science in Engineering programmes which are offered at KTH. The selection for Master of Science in Engineering programmes is done at the end of the spring semester in the first year.

Studies in Open Entrance are followed by studies at one of KTH’s Master of Science in Engineering programmes which leads to a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering comprising 300 higher education credits. All credits from the year in Open Entrance may be
counted towards the degree.

Open Entrance is designed to give a good start for continued studies in one of KTH’s Master of Science in Engineering programmes and supports the fulfilment of goals which apply for KTH’s Master of Science in Engineering programmes. More information is contained in KTH’s regulatory framework on: www.kth.se

Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge and understanding

After completion of year 1 in Open Entrance, the student should be able to:

  • carry out mathematical reasoning and calculations within one and multiple variable analysis, linear algebra and numerical methods, important for the engineering profession and the continued studies
  • show understanding of programming technology’s bases and independently be able to carry out basic programming assignments
  • explain basic chemical and physical concepts
  • apply and explain fundamental principles within mechanics
  • carry out basic measurements and experiments
  • explain and partially understand certain important engineering complementary competencies, such as, for example, communication skills
  • describe KTH’s different Master of Science in Engineering programmes and the professional roles which are associated with these

Skills and abilities

After completion of the Master of Science in Engineering programme the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to, with a holistic view, critically, independently and creatively identify, formulate and handle complex issues, analyse and critically evaluate different technical solutions and participate in research and development work and thereby contribute to the knowledge development,
  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and demonstrate the ability to model, simulate, predict and evaluate processes, even based on limited information,
  • demonstrate the ability to plan and, using appropriate methods, carry out qualified tasks within predetermined parameters,
  • demonstrate the ability to develop and design products, processes and systems, taking into account the conditions and needs of human beings and society’s goals for sustainable development, and
  • demonstrate the ability to clearly present, orally and in writing, and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments that form the basis for these, in dialogue with different target groups, both in a national and an international context.

Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint

After completion of the Master of Science in Engineering programme the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to perform assessments while taking into account relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects, and demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work,
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of technology, its role in society and the responsibility of human beings for how it is used, including social, economic and environmental aspects,
  • demonstrate insight into and the ability to work in a team and cooperate in groups with different compositions
  • demonstrate the ability to identify their need of further knowledge and to continuously develop their skills and abilities.