Last edit: 18/03/2015
Approved: 18/03/2015

Structure of the education

The study year at KTH is 40 weeks, divided into four periods. The periods are each ten weeks. Every period is followed by a week for examinations. For a detailed overview of the calendar see: The program consists of obligatory courses in years 1-3, and a number of voluntary courses at year 3. The program is concluded by a bachelors thesis at the end of year 3, encompassing a total of ten weeks


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

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

To be enrolled in the programme, students must be duly accepted into the programme with a valid admission letter issued by KTH Central Admissions Office.

To be enrolled in a course would require selecting the course if it is an elective, in addition to signing an attendance list at the beginning of the course. Participation in class exercises and projects are a compulsory part of enrolling in any course.

Before May 15 and November 15 the students are required to make study registration and course selection for the coming semester. At least 45 credits from the programme must be completed during the first academic year including the re-examination before promotion to the next academic year.  For the third year the students need at least 90 credits, whereof at least 50 credits from the first year. Students who have not fulfilled this requirement must set up an individual study plan. The main goal of the study plan is to assist the student to complete the remaining courses during the next academic year. The study plan will consist of a time plan for completing outstanding coursework as well as suitable courses from the next academic year. In selecting courses for the following academic year, special consideration will be given to the student satisfying the prerequisites of the courses they would like to take.


Recognition of previous academic studies

KTH has a policy for recognizing previous academic studies. The decision on recognizing documented results from similar education at other universities is taken by the vice dean of education at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment upon application by the student.

Studies abroad

There are at present limited possibilities for non-EU Master’s students at the school of Architecture and the Built Environment to exchange semester three for studies abroad. For Swedish students in the programme, however, there will be opportunities for exchange under existing agreements.


Absence with leave

Students can be granted an absence with leave which means that the student does not participate in education for a whole year. At the beginning of the absence the student has the right to return to studies at a specified point in time. The student may complete unfinished courses during this absence. Absence of leave is granted by a form at the student councellors office. The student needs to fill in another form at the office when renewing the studies.

Degree project

A dissertation/degree project (15 credits) is required for satisfactory completion of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc). The degree project is graded according to the grading scale A-F. The student’s program of study should support the dissertation. The dissertation supervisor, the Chief Examiner of dissertations and the head teacher of the Theory of Science and Research Methods course sequence will help the student plan a program of study appropriate to the student’s specific research interest.

The dissertation is a written report of an individual student’s investigation of a question of significance to the discipline. Dissertations address a substantive issue through theoretically based research relevant to the practice of the discipline and may serve as a preliminary study in developing a program of research.

The prerequisite for starting the degree project for all tracks is 120 credits of coursework, whereof at least 60 credits in the main subject.  In order to ensure that they have sufficient knowledge of the discipline.

In particular, each student’s dissertation/thesis proposal has to be approved by the examiner of the Theory of Science and Research Methods course to be registered for the dissertation. Current research interests and supervisory capacity of the division will determine the issues covered in the degree project. Further details for degree projects can be found in the KTH regulations:


Students who have fulfilled all the requirements in the Bachelor's programme (180 ECTS) will be awarded the "Degree of Bachelor of Science (180 credits )". In order to gain a degree at least 25 credits need to concern mathematical or bioscience subjects (naturvetenskapliga ämnen), and at least 90 credits including a completed bachelor’s thesis within the main subject. An application for the degree certificate should be submitted to the Student Councellors Office.