Last edit: 01/09/2015
Approved: 01/09/2015

Structure of the education

The duration of the academic year at KTH is 40 weeks. The academic year at KTH is divided into four periods. Each period is followed by an exam period. Apart from these exam periods, there are three re-exam periods.

For details about the structure of the academic year see

The first year of the COSSE programme is carried out at the home university and is devoted to the compulsory core courses and the preparation courses for the specialization that the student chooses.  The choice of specialization is done during a common, compulsory, workshop which is held in the beginning of the second semester.  Coordinated with the workshopt, an individual study plan is constructed for each COSSE student.

The second year is carried out at the host university in a different country.  The studies comprise specialization courses,  elective courses and a degree project.


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

For KTH courses 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 of the program there is a course list.

The compulsory core courses correspond to ~45 ECTS credits, specialization courses ~30 ECTS credits and elective courses ~15 ECTS credits.  The total sum must be at least 90 ECTS credits.

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 for course analysis:

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.

Conditions for participation in the programme

The student is required to make a course selection for the coming semester. This must be done according to the rules of the institution where the studies will be carried out.  The student is responsibe for having the recommended prerequisites.  In a few courses, the number of places is limited and selection, for the students who applied in time, is done according to merits such as grades and credits.  The selection is done at the course-giving institution/school.

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

For each course, the student shall, at the start of course, register for the course according to the rules of the institution giving the course.

Choice of specialization is done during a workshop at the beginning of the second semester.  The division of the students into the different specializations is based, foremost, on the students’ preferences, and secondly on the results of the previous studies with the constraint of an even distribution of the students at each of the four universities.

Promotion to second year

In order to be promoted to the second study year, the student must have completed at least 45 ECTS credits from study year one and have chosen a specialization for study year 2.

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

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

Studies abroad

Study year 1 is taken at the home university in one country and study year 2 at the host university in another country.

Degree project

Students within the COSSE programme must complete an individual degree project which corresponds to 30 ECTS credits.  In order to start the degree project, at least 60 ECTS credits of the total number of course credits must be completed, where 10 ECTS credits are from the student’s specialization.  The goal with the degree project is that the student should show the ability to independently carry out a degree project by using the knowledge and abilities acquired throughout the program.  The degree project is carried out at the host university and is supervised by teachers from both the home university and the host university.

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


The student can, after completing the program, apply for the Degree of Master of Science (Two Years).

Guidelines for how the application is done can be found on KTH student web.

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

In order for a COSSE student to receive double degrees from both the home and host university, all courses in the individual study plan must be passed and the degree project must be deemed as passed by both the home and host university.

For COSSE students who have studied one of the two years at KTH, it is required that the student has fulfilled the degree ordinance and has completed courses comprising 60 ECTS credits at KTH. The degree project, carried out at the host university, must correspond to 30 ECTS credits.

COSSE students who fulfill all requirements are awarded the Degree of Master of Science (two years).   The students must apply in order to receive the degree and show proof of his/her Bachelor degree (BSc, BEng or corresponding).

The application form for the degree is found at the personal menue at

See also the KTH regulations at