Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Environmental Engineering, 120 credits (TEEGM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2017

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

Structure of the education

Since the program results in a double degree, student should complete at least 60 credits 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 credits) in the track Environmental Management at KTH and continue at DTU to complete their second year of studies (60 credits), including a 30 credits degree project. Another option it to start at DTU to complete the first year (60 credits) and continue the second year of studies at KTH (60 credits), including a 30-credit degree project. For this option students should apply to DTU.

Application to the program, regardless of where the first year is started sends 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 from a planning perspective that provides a basis for the courses Urban Infrastructure and/or 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 credits 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 credits. The third semester at KTH includes a number of courses which students can choose among: Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Data or Engineering 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 credits) is mandatory for all master programs at KTH and for students who have not completed an equivalent course in their previous studies, the course Theory and Methods of Scienceis mandatory as part of their studies at KTH.  

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.


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.

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.

Information regarding the scale found in the curriculum.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Semester/Course registration

A prerequisitefor a students' participation in studies at KTH is that the student performs a course registration and semester registration for each semester.

Registration is done under the personal menu on the KTH:s webb page

Course registrationis done by all students on the program

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.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Students are able to apply to receive credit for the results of the course/courses at another college/ university within the country or abroad.

For more information please refer to KTH's and program'sstudent guidance counselling.

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 a third university.

Degree project

The degree project comprises 30 credits 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.

Information regarding the grading scale on the degree project refer to the syllabus.


To obtain the master's degree from KTH, 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 90 ECTS at advanced level including mandatory and conditionally elective courses and a 30-credit degree project within the master programme

Students who have fulfilled the above mentioned degree requirements of the Masters programme will be awarded a double degree from DTU and KTH:

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

DTU: Master of Science in Engineering