Last edit: 08/11/2018
Approved: 16/12/2018

Structure of the education

Academic year

The academic year comprises 40 weeks and is divided into four periods. If necessary, instruction may be provided outside the parameters of the academic year. 

The division of the academic year is presented on the KTH

Years 1-2 – Specialisation in the second cycle

The programme is characterised by courses in industrial engineering and management being taught in parallel with courses within the framework of a chosen technical track and programme-specific subject courses, mainly in the second cycle. Based on the technical focus of the student's first-cycle studies, the student chooses a technical track for the second cycle when applying to the Master's Programme. In addition there are elective courses.

The programme's structure means that the students undertake compulsory courses of 30 credits that belong to the main field of the chosen technical track, and 30 credits of courses belonging to the main field of industrial engineering and management. In addition, there is the possibility of taking optional courses of a varying number of credits depending on the technical track being pursued.

The programme concludes with a degree project in the second cycle, which comprises 30 credits and is equivalent to 20 weeks of full-time studies. To begin the degree project, second cycle, there are conditions and entry requirements. More information can be found in the official course syllabus. The degree project is carried out within the main field of industrial engineering and management.

The academic year 2018/2019 offers the following technical tracks within the Master's Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management *

Computer Science and and Communications                          

  • Track, Interaction and visualization
  • Track, Machine Learning
  • Track, Software Engineering

Energy Systems and Sustainable Development             

  • Track, Sustainable Energy Utilization
  • Track, Sustainable Power Generation

Product Realisation                                   

  • Track, Mechatronics Product Development
  • Track, Integrated Production Engineering


  • Track, Financial Mathematics
  • Track, Optimization and Systems Theory

* The range of technical tracks may be revised. An updated list of technical tracks can be found on the KTH student web for each respective academic year.


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

The programme consists of compulsory, conditionally elective, recommended and optional courses. The compulsory courses are defined for each year and technical track in course lists. The goals, entry requirements, content and course requirements for each course can be found in the official course syllabuses.

The forms of teaching and examination vary between courses. These are indicated in each official course syllabus.

The optional courses can be chosen from KTH's offered courses. Credits from courses at other universities/higher education institutions can also be transferred if the qualification requirements are met.

The following limitations apply to the optional courses:

  • There is a limit imposed on the number of credits that may be chosen per semester
  • An optional course may not correspond to a significant extent to an existing programme course or an already credited course
  • Higher education preparatory courses may not be used as optional courses
  • Optional courses may be chosen but should be relevant to the professional role of engineer.

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

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

For students starting their education from the autumn semester 2018, previous promotion requirements have been replaced with special admission requirements to each course. Admission requirements are specified in the course syllabus.

Application for courses within the programme
Prior to each semester, the student must apply for all courses the student intends to take. Course applications are made via

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

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

Information on how to apply for a course is obtained from the school's office of student affairs.

Course registration

Course registration requires that the student is admitted to the course. At course start, the student must register on the course to which they have been admitted. Course registration must be done individually, either via the student's personal login at or pursuant to instructions from the school offering the course.

A student who is registered for a course, but has subsequently decided not to proceed with the course, must inform the school offering the course as soon as possible or, within three weeks, remove the course registration via the personal login at

Recognition of previous academic studies

Students may apply to be given credit for results from a course or courses at another higher education institution/university within or outside the country. The entire KTH policy for credit transfer is included in the KTH regulatory framework,

As the grading systems differ widely between countries, grades are not translated to the KTH grading scale.

Applications for credit transfer are made using a form that is submitted to the school's office of student affairs.

Studies abroad

Students on the Master's Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management have the opportunity to study abroad through agreements KTH has with universities within and outside the EU. It is also possible to do a degree project abroad.

The application deadline for studies abroad is around 15 December for the following academic year.

Degree project

Degree project, second cycle
The programme includes a degree project for a Degree of Master that comprises 30 credit.

The degree project is the final part of the education. The project work may begin when special admission requirements for the course are fulfilled.

In order to fulfill specific admission requirements  for a Degree Project, second cycle, 30 credits, all courses in study year 1-3, first cycle, or courses required for the award of a Bachelors’s degree, and 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.

The degree project can be done within the main field of industrial engineering and management to attain a Degree of Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management.

KTH's comprehensive rules and guidelines for a degree project, 30 credits, for a Degree of Master can be found in the KTH regulatory framework.


Application for a degree
The student must apply for a degree. Applications are made by personal login at

The student is able to apply for a Degree of Master of Science if the requirements for such degree are met.

Title of general qualification at second cycle
Master of Science (120 credits)
Teknologie masterexamen

Optional preparatory courses and introductory courses cannot be included as part of the degree.

Courses whose content overlaps one or more other courses in the programme cannot be counted as part of the 120 credits that form the basis for the degree.

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

found in the KTH regulations,