Last edit: 12/03/2010
Approved: 15/03/2010

Structure of the education

Structure of the programme

The studies start with a common semester with mandatory courses offered by KTH, and thereafter the students have the possibility to spend semester 2 and 3 at other universities. Students on the program must spend at least one full semester at each of two participating universities. A maximum of 3 different universities can be selected. The studies are ended with a fourth semester where the student performs a degree project during 5-6 months, supervised at the university of choice.

Options for research preparatory courses exist.

It is recommended that students aim to register for a summer internship course at one of the partner universities to get an even higher exposure to the  partner universities. It is also recommended that students take language courses at the place of study. These will not be included in the Master Degree.

The academic year of higher education at KTH consists of 40 weeks divided in 4 periods, each one containing no less than 35 days of tuition followed by one week of examinations.

There are three re-examination-periods: in the beginning of January, after the spring semester and before the autumn semester.

 For more information about the Academic Year, see http://www.kth.se/student/schema/1.1007?l=en_UK

Courses

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

The programme is in course form. The courses which are given in the programme can be found in appendix 1. The student must register for the individual courses in the way each one of the partner universities decides.

The programme has various components related to research preparation. Among these it is required, at KTH, to follow a course on ’’Theory and methodology of science’’to receive a degree from KTH.

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 in first and second level 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.Since the programme is a result of a cooperation agreement between KTH and five other Nordic universities other types of grading might also be used.

Conditions for participation in the programme

The students must apply (on a semester basis) for the courses they intend to follow. This application should be sent in not later than Nov 15 and May 15, respectively, during the Semesters 1, 2 and 3 (corresponding to studies during the Semesters 2, 3 and 4, respectively).

In order to be allowed to pass from Semester 1 to Semester 2 the students must have achieved at least 22 higer education credits by the end of the exam period in Januari and must have attempted to pass all the compulsory assignments (calculations, simulations, laboratory,) present in all courses. At least 80% of these compulsory assignments should have been passed.

To pass from Semester 2 to Semester 3, at least 50 higher education credits should have been achieved by the end of the exam period in August, all compulsory assignments should have been attempted and at least 80% of theses assignments should have been passed.

To pass from Semester 3 to Semester 4, at least 80 higher education credits, should have been achieved by the end of the exam period i January, all compulsory assignments should have been attempted and at least 90% of theses assignments should have been passed.

A student who do not fulfil these requirements must consult with the study counsellor. An individual study plan must be set-up. The main goal with the study plan is that the student should complete remaining courses/course-parts during the next study year. In the study plan, the remaining courses/course-parts and also suitable courses from the next study year are included. Special regard is taken to the prerequisites of the courses yet to be taken.

  Specialisation SelectionThe selection of specialisation is carried out in the form of the course selection before the second term starts. There is no limitation to the number of places available.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Credits from courses taken at another university/higher education institution both in Sweden and abroad, can, under certain circumstances be counted as part of the program. Student wishing recognition of previous academic studies must submit an application to the Programme Committee.

Reference to policy for recognition of previous academic studies at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH-Handbook 2, section 13.3).

The application form can be found on the KTH website.

Degree project

The degree project corresponds to 30 ECTS.

To start the degree project at least 80 ECTS course credits should have been achieved, all compulsory assignments should have been attempted and at least 90% of theses assignments should have been passed (as described under "Conditions to participate in the educational program" above).

In order to fulfil requirements for obtaining a master degree the project must be part of the required in-depth studies at second level in the main field of study for the programme. The topic of the project must be accepted by the Programme Committee.

The project can be performed either at an industry, community, agency or at one of the partner universities.

The project course will be graded according to the scale A-F as all other courses.

The partner universities might have special requirements for the degree project.

Reference to rules for the degree project at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH-Handbook 2, section 15.5).

Degree

Masterexamen - Degree of Master (Two Years) - is obtained after completion of the programme. The individual study-plan must be designed so that students, when they graduate, have fulfilled the Swedish national requirements for a degree and have completed courses comprising 120 higher education credits, of which: ·         At least 90 higher education credits are at second level, of which at least 60 higher education credits (including a 30-higher education credit degree project) with in-depth studies in the main field of study.This degree is entitled “Teknologie masterexamen” - Master of Science (Two Years). The text on the degree certificate states the name of the educational programme completed by the student besides the main field of study. Reference to local degree ordinance at the Royal Institute of Technology (Handbook 2, section 19.1).When all courses needed are completed and reported the student must personally apply for a degree certificate. This is done by filling in (the upper part of) the application form accompanied by an attested photocopy of the previous university degree (B.Sc. or a B. Eng, or equivalent)