Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering, 120 credits (TIEEM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2018

Last edit: 14/09/2018
Approved: 14/09/2018

Structure of the education

Structure of the programme

Admitted students may initiate studies at a partner university in accordance with the Consortium Agreement. Mobility is conducted in a one year + one year format. Selection

of study location for the first semester is made by the applicant at the time of admission. Students in the program must spend at least one full academic year at each of two participating universities. The studies are ended with a fourth semester where the student performs a degree project during 5-6 months. Options for research preparatory courses exist.

The academic year of higher education at KTH consists of 40 weeks divided in 4 periods ending with one week of examinations.

There are three re-examination-periods, in the beginning of January, June and August.

For more information about the Academic Year, see the KTH regulatory framework,


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.

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.

As 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

Participation requires admission to courses within the programme and course registration. Course registration is done via personal menu at

Application for courses within the programme

Prior to each semester, the student must apply for all courses the student intends to take. Course application is done at  or

  •  1 - 15 May for autumn semester
  •  1 - 15 November for spring semester

If the student does not apply via or, the application is only considered subject to availability.

The student can obtain information on how to apply from the school's office of student affairs.

In order to be allowed to pass from Semester 1 to Semester 2:
the students must have achieved at least 22 credits by the end of the exam period in January 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 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 credits, should have been achieved by the end of the exam period in January, all compulsory assignments should have been attempted and at least 90% of theses assignments should have been passed.

Induvidual studyplan
A  student who does not fulfil the above requirements must, in consultation with the programme study advisor, establish an individual study plan for the continuing studies. There are no guaranties for full-time studies for students with an individual study plan.

For more information, see the KTH regulatory framework,

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. Students wishing recognition of previous academic studies must submit an application to the Programme Committee.

KTH’s entire policy for recognition of previous academic studies can be found in KTH’s guidelines

Degree project

The degree project corresponds to 30 ECTS.

In order to fulfill specific admission requirements  for a Degree Project, Second Cycle, 30 credits, courses corresponding to at least 60 credits, second cycle, must be completed. The courses at the second cycle shall include courses in the programme relevant to the degree project, as well as courses in science theory and research methodology.

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 partner universities might have special requirements for the degree project.

Reference to rules for the degree project at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH Regulations).


The student must apply for a certificate. Applications are made by logging on to the KTH website where "Applications for degrees" is found under the heading Programme.                    

Conditions for a Degree of Master, 120 credits
A Degree of Master of Science is obtained after completing the degree programme. The programme is designed so that the student, when they graduate, has fulfilled the national qualification requirements with a passing grade in all courses included in the student's study plan of 120 credits, of which

  • at least 90 credits are attained in the second cycle, which includes at least 60 credits (including a 30 credit degree project) of specialised studies within the programme's main field of study.

Title of general qualification at second cycle

Degree of Master of Science (120 credits)
Teknologie masterexamen

Refer to the KTH guidelines (KTH regulatory framework), local directions for higher education qualifications at first and second cycle, the local Degree Ordinance