Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Environmental Engineering, 120 credits (TEEGM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2014

Last edit: 22/04/2015
Approved: 22/04/2015

Structure of the education

Since the program results in a double degree, student should complete at least 60 ECTS of coursework at KTH and DTU respectively. Students who apply to the Master’s programme in Environmental Engineering at KTH will start their first year of studies (60 ECTS) in the track Environmental Management at KTH and continue at DTU to complete their second year of studies (60 ECTS), including a 30 ECTS degree project. Another option it to start at DTU to complete the first year (60 ECTS) and continue the second year of studies at KTH (60 ECTS), including a 30 ECTS degree project. For this option students should apply to DTU.

Independent of whether students start at KTH or DTU, the Environmental Management track consists of a combination of technical and management courses, together with courses that highlight environmental challenges in a societal context. In the first year, KTH offers courses in Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment which are worldwide established frameworks for environmental management. In addition, a course in Environmental Chemistry and Risk Assessment is offered that provides knowledge on pollutants behavior in natural environments and remediation technologies, which prepares students for the course in Water and Wastewater Engineering. Moreover the track includes a sequence of courses in environmental management and information consisting of Environmental Data, Natural Resources Management and Environmental Measuring and Moni­toring. In the courses Sustainable Urban and Rural Development or Environmental Aspects of the Built Environment environmental problems are analysed in a societal context provides a basis for the course Governance of Land and Water Resources which focuses on alternative strategies for a sustainable management of natural resources.

The second year at DTU offers courses on principles and tools for environmental manage­ment in different settings and socio-economic perspectives on environmental problems. The third semester also allocates 10 ECTS for electives. The forth semester is devoted to the degree project.

For students who start at DTU, the first year consists of courses on tools for environmental systems analysis and environmental management. In addition, a course on chemical eco­toxicology is offered as well as two courses on the interaction between society and environ­ment. The first year also allows students to select electives corresponding 10 ECTS. The third semester at KTH includes a number of courses which students can choose among: Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Data or Environmental Geology. The semester comprises two man­datory courses Project Environmental Engineering, in which students apply their collected knowledge in a practical project, and Water Treatment Processes and Technology. In the last semester students have to carry out a Degree Project.

A course in Theory of Science and Research Methodology (7,5 ects) is mandatory for all master programs at KTH and students who have not completed an equivalent course in their previous studies, should choose the course Theory and Methods of Science or equivalent during their studies in the program.

The academic year covers 40 weeks, starting in September and divided into two terms, which each consists of two study periods. Each study period concludes with a regular examination period of at least one week. In addition, three re-exam periods are scheduled, after Christmas, after the regular examination period of study period 4 (end of May) and before the start of a new academic year (August).

Courses

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

During the first year at KTH, the program includes a set of courses which allows students to acquire specialised professional skills. In period 2, 3 and 4 students can choose among different courses. Students can apply to exchange a course for another course that is not included in the curriculum of the program. A decision is made from case to case considering the student’s previous knowledge and relevance for the degree project. The course Theory and Methodology of Science or equivalent is mandatory. A full list of courses is included in appendix 1.bilaga 1

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.

All courses in the programme, including the Master’s Degree project, are graded on a scale A-F, where A-E are passing grades with A as the highest grade and (F) is fail. For some sections in the courses a grading system of pass (P) can be applied, for example for attendance. The grade reflects the students’ performance in relation to the goals of the course (goal oriented grading).

Conditions for participation in the programme

For citizens of a country within the EU/EEA or Switzerland, the application and tuition is free of charge. Non EU/EEA students will be charged fees at the university he/she is studying in accordance with the pre­vailing university regula­tions, i.e. he/she has to pay fees for 2 semesters at KTH and 2 semesters at DTU.

Students who have been admitted to the programme have to attend the registration meeting in order to enrol for the programme. Students who received conditional acceptance should provide documented proof that he/she has a completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent to a minimum of 180 ECTS. If a student is not able to attend the registration meeting for reasons beyond his/her control he/she should register not later than two weeks after the start of the courses.

After registration in the programme, students will be registered for term 1 and 2. For registration in term 3 students should have completed at least 45hp. For registration for the degree project students should have completed at least 60 hp of the compulsory courses. Through signing the attendance list during the first week of the course, students will be registered for the course. If a student for reasons beyond his/her control is not able to attend during the first week he/she has to contact the course administrator.

Recognition of previous academic studies

The Royal Institute of Technology has a policy for recognising previous academic studies. The course that the student wants to be recognised should be similar to a course in the curriculum of the specialisation track in which the student is registered in terms of contents, level and number of credits. Moreover, the courses that the student wants to be recognised should not be part of the bachelor program that was basis for admission to the masters program. The decision on recognising docu­mented results is made by the vice dean of education at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment upon application by the student.

Studies abroad

The Nordic master program Environmental Engineering involves one year of mandatory studies at one of the partner universities. For students in the track Environmental Manage­ment this implies that students have to complete one year of studies (60 ECTS) at DTU. The programme offers no opportunities for studies at another university except for the Master’s Degree project where the student can choose to carry out a study at an organisation outside KTH/DTU. However, the program has no resources to pro­vide support so students should make such arrangements themselves.

Degree project

The degree project comprises 30 ECTS and provides students with the opportunity to in­vesti­gate a problem in depth under the supervision of experienced practitioners and researchers.

Students who start their studies in the Environmental Management track will conduct the Degree project at DTU with a supervisor from DTU and a co-supervisor from KTH. Students who start their studies at DTU will conduct their degree project at KTH with a supervisor at KTH and a co-supervisor at DTU. The supervision from each of the two degree awarding institutions involved in the study ensures the integration of the program components.

The degree project is graded on a scale A-F, where A-E are passing grades with A as the highest grade. The grading of degree projects is based on an overall assessment of working process, scientific contents and presentation.

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Degree

To obtain the master's degree students must have passed courses of at least 120 higher education credits, of which the following must be included:

  • at least 60 higher education credits from courses at KTH and at least 60 higher education credits from courses at DTU
  • at least 105 higher education credits from courses on the second level that are included in the master programme (including the master thesis of 30 higher education credits), and at least 15 additional credits from courses in any engineering area
  • an approved course of at least 7,5 higher education credits in Theory and Methodology of Science.

Students who have fulfilled all course requirements in the Masters programme (120 ECTS) will be awarded a double degree:

KTH: Teknologie masterexamen, translated into English as Degree of Master of Science (120 ECTS)

DTU: Master of Science in Engineering

Website

More information on the Nordic masters program Environmental Engineering and the other tracks within the program is available on the website www.enviro5tech.org.