Last edit: 14/10/2011
Approved: 14/10/2011

Structure of the education

The academic year at KTH, starting in early September and ending in late May, is divided into four study 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 three additional re-examination periods: after Christmas, after May and the days preceding the first study period of the academic year. The academic year has a duration of 40 weeks. Teaching activities may, if necessary, be scheduled outside the academic year.

The first year in the programme is mainly dedicated to the compulsory courses in the basic curriculum. The second year mainly consists of elective courses and the final degree project.


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

The programme is course-based. A list of courses can be found in Appendix 1. The basic curriculum comprises of a short introductory part and one of the two tracks and corresponds to approximately 45 university credits.

Three of the courses listed in the chosen profile have to be taken. Further courses from the own profile, from the other three profiles or from the second track have to be taken. Together with the courses from the basic curriculum the sum of university credits has to be at least 75. This leaves about 15 university credits for optional (elective) courses. The structure of the programme is visualized in Figure 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.

Conditions for participation in the programme

No later than November 15 and May 15 each academic year, respectively, the students are required to make a study registration and course selection for the coming semester. In order for the student to be promoted to the second year of the programme, at least 45 university credits have to be completed during the first academic year (including the re-examination period in August).

Students have to make a decision about the track into road or rail vehicles and about the chosen profile in the very beginning of the programme. The programme director will inform about the different options during the reception at KTH.

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, see

Degree project

Students admitted to the programme are required to perform an independent study in the form of a MSc thesis project corresponding to 30 university credits. To begin the thesis project, a student must have completed at least 60 university credits of the total course work of which at least four of the six compulsory courses in the track (including the two common compulsory courses).

The purpose of the thesis project is that the student should demonstrate the ability to perform independent project work, using and developing the skills obtained from the courses in the programme. The thesis project can either be performed at a university or, more commonly, at a company. The student must actively search for a suitable thesis project in industry; however KTH will provide some assistance with information on suitable points of contact. More information on the KTH policy on the degree project can be found at


Students who fulfill all the requirements will be awarded a Degree of Master of Science (two years, 120 university credits). Students must apply for the degree and also show proof of their basic degree (Bachelor's or similar). Complete information on the degree requirements can be found in the local degree policy of KTH, see