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

Structure of the education

Structure of the education

One academic year at KTH covers 40 weeks and gives 60 credits. The year is divided into two terms, autumn and spring. Each term is divided into two study periods.

For information about the structure of the academic year, examination and re-examination periods, see

To provide insight for the student into the goals of the study programme as they relate to business life, cooperation between courses, between students in the same study year, and between students in different study years is emphasized. Several study visits are included, in a logical pedagogical order. In the last term, the study programme concludes with a degree project, most often performed for an external client from the industry sector.

For more details about the schedule for each term, see the Student Web:

Study year 1

The first term begins with the “Technical Work, Methods and Tools” course. This course offers an introduction to construction engineering and a first glimpse of what it means to work as an engineer. You will study group dynamics, presentation techniques, and project-oriented work methods.

Two course modules also provide a good introduction to CAT-supported drafting techniques. In your first year, you will gain basic knowledge of building construction techniques, sustainable construction, building physics, materials science, and structural mechanics. You will study the various properties of construction materials and how these are affected by heat, moisture and air. You will also calculate heat and moisture transfer and energy requirements in buildings. The study of structural mechanics assist students in understanding the correlation between the effects of external and internal forces on material properties. You will also analyse the effects of various loads on beams.

Study year 1 covers both Mathematics 1 and 2. These courses are intended to cement your mathematical knowledge from previous studies, as well as build onto your knowledge of algebra and analysis. Other areas covered include linear systems of equations, matrices, determinants, derivatives and integrals. You will understand how engineers apply mathematics.

During the spring term, you will also study surveying techniques and mathematical statistics. This course includes methods for measuring and staking out, as well as how to handle the most common measurement equipment. Upon completion of the course, you should be able to interpret coordinates from drawings and use these to calculate data.

 In addition, you will learn how GPS works, and how to use some existing calculation software.

Study year 2

To work professionally within the construction industry, it is important to understand how the construction process works, the roles and working tasks of the various players, which planning and production aids exist, how procurement works, and the requirements from society. You should also be aware of legal contractual requirements and what applies in case of dispute. These topics are covered in the Building Process course.

You will also study environmental science and work science and applicable legislation, to gain an overall view on environmental efforts, environmental impact, and various green techniques for sustainable construction. You will also be able to prevent occupational injuries and actively participate in improving the work environment quality at your future work place. There is a project associated with these two courses, in which the project group searches for answers at a construction site.

In Economics and Organization, students learn about company economics, organisation and setting. Business ideas, company culture, marketing, and accounting are just a few of the topics highlighted.

Study year 2 also includes a fluid motion course that covers fluid mechanics in water and air. Topics include dimensioning methods, design methods for hydraulics, air flow and energy management in buildings, as well as measurement techniques and calculation methods. How do we construct lasting buildings? This is one of the topics you will learn in the Structural engineering course. You will learn about general rules and common loads for load-bearing structures and how to design and dimension simple structures in concrete, wood and steel. 

During the spring, you will also study Urban Planning, which touches on topics such as the process of housing and community planning with land development and planning for housing and premises, as well as the planning of roads, water supply and sewerage. The course includes a project, in which the group designs a housing area and its infrastructure using environmentally sustainable techniques.

Topics include the Swedish Planning and Building Act, the Environmental Code, detailed development plans, housing environments, housing planning, and water supply and sewage management.

In addition, you will take a course in geology and geotechnics where you will learn how ground conditions affect the choice of foundation methods. You will learn about rock and soil types in Sweden, their formation methods and technical properties. You will learn about the most common testing methods in the field and laboratory, as well as about various calculation models.

You will also study a course on Building Information Modelling (BIM), which will provide you knowledge of modern planning techniques and planning skills using CAD tools in 2D and 3D. 

Study year 3

During the last year, you will have an opportunity to immerse yourself in topic areas that are in demand from the industry. There are currently five in-depth specializations and course blocks offered, within these areas:

• Building, Planning and Design

• Production, Construction Management and Economics

• Construction Works

• Property Development and Installation Coordination

• Architecture for Construction Engineers

Current descriptions of specialisations are included inAppendix 2.

The degree programme concludes with a degree project, worth 15 credits.


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

The programme is course-based. Lists of courses for study years 1-3 are included inAppendix 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.

Courses at KTH use a seven-grade criterion-referenced grading scale (A-F) as the final grade for first and second cycle courses. A through E are passing grades, A being the highest grade. Pass (P) and Fail (F) grades are used as final grades under certain circumstances.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Course enrolment/term registration

A prerequisite for studying at KTH is that every term, students must enrol in their courses and register for the term.

Course registration

Registration for courses requires course selection in LADOK (student registry). Course selection is done either through the course selection web application or through the student’s educational office. Course registration is done by the department giving the course. Students wishing to drop the course should notify the department that is giving the course.

Conditions for advancement

At least 37.5 credits from the first year must be completed before beginning second year studies. For students who do not meet this requirement, individual study plans will be drawn up in consultation with a study adviser.

At least 90 credits from the first and second year must be completed before beginning third year studies. For students who do not meet this requirement, individual study plans will be drawn up in consultation with a study adviser.

Students who do not meet the advancement requirements must contact their study adviser.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Students may request to be given credit for a course/courses from another college/university within or outside Sweden. KTH’s policy for recognising previous academic studies is available in full in KTH’s regulations at

Studies abroad

This programme offers opportunities to study abroad. In order to be eligible for studies abroad within the framework of any exchange agreement with foreign universities, students should be enrolled at KTH, have completed at least two years of studies, and be keeping pace with their studies.

Selection is based on weighted average grades in compulsory courses.                                   

For more information, refer to KTH’s regulations at

Degree project

The programme includes a degree project worth 15 credits. This corresponds to about 10 weeks of full-time studies. See also: Guidelines for Degree Project, School of Architecture and the Built Environment.

For the degree project, the following apply:

  • To be allowed to start a degree project, a student must have accumulated at least 120 credits and have valid final grades for courses relevant to the topic of the degree project.
  • The choice of project must be approved by the examiner before the project may begin.
  • It will be based on knowledge learned during the study programme and should normally be performed during term 6.
  • It must reflect the student’s competence to work independently on theoretical and/or experimental work, including a written follow-up report and oral presentation.
  • The supervisor will be appointed by the specialisation leader or examiner.
  • The project will be performed by two students together.

The degree project uses a seven-grade criterion-referenced grading scale of A-F, in which A through E are passing grades and A is the highest grade.

More information on the KTH common policy on the degree project for Bachelor of Science programmes can be found at           


Conditions for 180-credit degree

Receiving a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Constructional Engineering and Design requires passing grades in all courses included in the student’s study plan. The student will follow the study plan, which consists of compulsory courses, elective courses for the chosen specialisation, free elective courses, and a degree project within the chosen specialisation.

Students will be awarded a “Bachelor of Science in Engineering” degree.

The text on the diploma will specify which study programme the student has completed.

A Bachelor of Science in Engineering is received after a completed study programme with courses totalling 180 credits. The programme is designed so that the student, when receiving their diploma, fulfils the national degree requirements, whereof:

·        Mathematics and science coursework of at least 25 credits, and at least 90 credits in subjects central to Constructional Engineering and Design (including degree project work of 15 credits).

The degree programme shall provide the student with complementary technical knowledge within the programme in accordance with the national Degree Ordinance and the local goals of the study programme.

Courses with content that overlaps other course(s) in the programme may not be counted towards the 180 higher education credits which comprise the degree.

For more information on the degree, see:                                 

To obtain the degree, students must apply for the degree certificate using a special form. For more information, visit the Student Web.