Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Computer Science, 120 credits (TCSCM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2014

Last edit: 13/02/2015
Approved: 13/02/2015

Structure of the education

Structure of the education

This program syllabus, decided by the CSC dean 2013-09-27 is valid for students starting the program during the study year 2014/2015. Which courses that belong a study year is decided in the fall the year before. Please see ”Study year 1” etc. or the appendices. Changes may occur in the contents of the program and in the KTH regulations, please see www.kth.se/en/student. 

The KTH academic year is 40 weeks, divided into four periods. 

For details about the structure of the academic year see http://www.kth.se/en/student/schema/

During the first study five compulsory courses are taken, totaling 30 ECTS credits.

Beside the compulsory courses, 30 ECTS credits are required in advanced courses within a specific area of computer science. These must either be part of a recommended specialisation or compiled by the student, but in the latter case, the course selection must be approved by the programme coordinator.  Within each specialisation, courses can be freely chosen but considering prerequisites, or, in certain cases, places available.

The programme is concluded by a degree project comprising 30 ECTS credits.

Other courses are elective.

Courses

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

The course goals, prerequisites, contents and examination requirements are found in the course syllabus in the Course and program directory on the KTH student web. For each study year there is a course list.

For elective courses, the following restrictions apply:

  • The number of credits that can be chosen per semester can be limited.
  • Elective courses may not overlap a course already taken to a considerable extent.
  • Courses on lower levels within a subject than the programme courses may not count as elective courses.

Courses are examined in many ways, for example by home assignments that are presented either using oral presentations or written reports, computer assignments, project work or traditional written exams.

After each course a student evaluation is performed and then analyzed by the course leader in the course analysis document, which is normally published on the web, see the KTH regulations of course analysis: http://intra.kth.se/regelverk/utbildning-forskning/grundutbildning/kursanalys

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.

Since the grading systems differ very much between different countries, the grades are not translated from exchange studies abroad.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Semester enrollment

At the start of each semester the student is required to make a study enrollment for the next semester at My pages.

The study enrollment is required for taking new courses and for study results to be registered.

Approved leave from studies

Approved leave from studies means that the student does not participate in the education during at least one study period.  The student has the right to return to the education at a time agreed upon, and has the right to participate in the examination of non-finished courses.

Application for an approved leave is done on according to instructions from the CSC program office. When the student decides to return to the education, he/she is required to re-enroll to the studies.

Approved leave from studies is not granted during study year 1. Exceptions may be made if there are extraordinary reasons.

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Selection of track is done according to instructions from the CSC school.

Selection of courses

The student is required to apply for admission to all courses he/she wishes to take during the next semester. The student is responsibe for having the recommended prerequisites.  The application for admission to a course is done according to instructions from the CSC school no later than

  • May 15th for the fall semester
  • November 15th for the spring semester

Applications made after this date are only granted if there are vacancies in the courses. Applications to language courses with prerequisites should be preceded by a qualification test. 

In a few courses, the number of participants is limited. Selection is done by the school responsible for the course.

A student may only take courses that are included in the study plan.

Course registration

The student must, at course start, register for each course. Course registration for compulsory as well as elective courses must be done individually. If the student registers for a course and then decides to not continue, the student must report this as soon as possible. 

Registration to a course requires formal acceptance to the course (by the school responsible for the course). Applications should be done according to instructions from the CSC school.      

Promotion to second year

At least 45 ECTS credits have to be completed during the first academic year in order for the student to be promoted to the second year of the program.

Students who do not fulfill these requirements must  – in cooperation with the CSC program office – make an individual study plan for continued studies. 

Please see the KTH regulations: http://intra.kth.se/en/regelverk/utbildning-forskning/grundutbildning/1.27217

Recognition of previous academic studies

Credits for studies at another university can be transferred. An application form can be found on the KTH Student pages.

The application form is submitted to the CSC program office.

For in-depth information about the KTH policy for credit transfer, see http://intra.kth.se/en/regelverk/utbildning-forskning/grundutbildning/prestationer/1.27200

Studies abroad

Students of the program have the possibility to spend one or two semesters of study at a foreign university through agreements KTH has with universities within and outside the EU. It is also possible to make the final degree project abroad.

For more information contact the international coordinator at CSC.

More information can be found on the KTH student web and  at http://intra.kth.se/regelverk/utbildning-forskning/grundutbildning/utbytesstudier

Degree project

An individual study in the form of a degree project corresponding to 30 ECTS credits is included in the program.

It is the responsibility of the student to find a suitable project task.

More information about the rules for degree projects at KTH can be found at http://intra.kth.se/en/regelverk/utbildning-forskning/grundutbildning/examensarbete/1.27212

For students on a Master of science of engineering program not only the requirements set by the selected Master program to begin the degree project apply but also the requirements from the Master of science of engineering program.

Degree

After completing the program, the student may apply for the Degree of Master of Science (Two Years), in Swedish: teknologie masterexamen.

Information on the application process can be found on the KTH Student pages.

Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science (Two Years)

The Degree of Master of Science (Two Years) is obtained after completion of the  program. The program is designed so that students, when they graduate, have fulfilled the national requirements for a degree. This means that the students have completed courses comprising 120 ECTS credits, of which at least 90 ECTS credits are second cycle, and at least 60 ECTS credits (including a 30 ECTS credits degree project) constitute indepth studies in the main field of study.

See also the KTH regulations http://intra.kth.se/en/regelverk/utbildning-forskning/grundutbildning/examina/1.27227