Last edit: 14/11/2017
Approved: 14/11/2017

Structure of the education

The first year of the COSSE programme is carried out at one 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 at latest after the first year when moving to the second university.

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

The academic year at KTH is divided into four periods. Each period lasts approximately seven weeks with at least 33 days of study. Each period is followed by an exam period. In addition to the four regular exam periods, there are four additional re-examination periods: before Christmas, in March/April, after May and immediately preceding the first study period of the academic year.

The academic year lasts for a duration of 40 weeks.

Teaching activities may, if necessary, be scheduled outside the academic year.


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.

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.

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.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Under certain circumstances, and in agreement with the programme director, credits for previous studies can be received according to the local policy of KTH.

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 university responsible for the student´s second year and is supervised by teachers from both universities.

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 degree project is graded according to the A-F grading scale.


In order to earn a Degree of Master of Science, passing grades in all courses which are included in the student’s study plan are required.  The study plan must comprise 120 higher education credits which include a degree project consisting of 30 higher education credits, in the second cycle.

KTH’s local degree ordinance can be found at KTH's website,

In order for a COSSE student to receive double degrees from both universities, 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).

Application for degree certificate

When the studies at KTH are completed a degree certificate can be applied for.

Application is done by the “personal menu” at