Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Geodesy and Geoinformatics, 120 credits (TGEGM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2009

Last edit: 11/03/2010
Approved: 11/03/2010

Structure of the education

The programme consists of two academic years. Each academical year is divided into two semesters and four periods. The programme includes 90 credits of course work and 30 credits for the final degree project.


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, a student must be duly accepted into the programme with a valid admission letter issued by KTH Central Admissions Office. Student must also pay the Student Union fees at the start of each semester in order to enroll in the programme. Students should select courses before the start of each semester. Course selection should observe the prerequisite condition stipulated for each course.

At the beginning of a course, a student should sign on a participation list in order to be registered for the course. A student should have completed at least 75% of courses, i.e. at least 22,5 credits each semester, before being allowed to continue studies in the following semester. Students should have completed 67,5 credits of courses before starting the final degree project.

Recognition of previous academic studies

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

Studies abroad

It is presently not possible for students of this master programme to study abroad in the first three semesters. However, students are allowed to carry out the master’s degree project abroad after approval by the programme coordinator.

Degree project

Degree project is administratively registered as a course of 30 credits. It is intended to give students an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to solve scientific problems in geodesy, photogrammetry, geoinformatics and remote sensing. One of the main objectives is to help students develop capability to conduct independent, scientific research characterized by critical analysis and synthesis. 

Through the degree project, a student will learn how to analyze, formulate and define scientific problems, find and evaluate possible solutions and finally present the results in a thesis which shall be presented and defended in a public seminar. In addition, students will get practical training in scientific communication and presentation, both orally and in written form. Literature review alone or just writing a computer programme is not sufficient for a degree project. Students should have completed 67,5 credits of courses before starting the final degree project. 

A proposal to degree project can be worked out by the student or together with supervisors at or outside KTH. Before carrying out the degree project work, a project plan must be submitted and approved by the examiner. Degree project will be graded based on the ECTS scale: A-F.


Students who have completed programme courses of at least 90 credits as well as the final degree project of 30 credits will be awarded a "Teknologie masterexamen", translated into English as "Degree of Master of Science (two years)".

Please note that this degree do not correspond to the Swedish degree "Civilingenjör".