Senast ändrad: 2012-09-14
Godkänd: 2012-09-14

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The academic year at KTH has a duration of 40 weeks and is divided into four study periods, where two or three courses are simultaneously studied in each period. The nominal study pace is 60 higher education credits each academic year.

The mandatory courses comprise 43,5 higher education credits (international students 49,5) during the first academic year and 45 higher education credits (of which the degree project, second level is 30 higher education credits) during the second academic year. There is also a conditionally elective course (15 or 12 higher education credits) during the second year. The rest of the higher education credits to reach 120 can freely be chosen by the student. The list of courses in appendix 1 contains a group of recommended courses which the students are encouraged to choose from.


Utbildningen sker i kursform. Kurslistor finns i Bilaga 1: Kurslista

Teaching and examination methods vary between courses. During the first year, the concepts and theory of a subject is taught through lectures. Exercises, seminars and laboratory sessions aim to emphasize and deepen the understanding of the most important aspects of a subject. The second year is almost exclusively run in project format. The programme is concluded with a degree project, advanced level equivalent to 30 higher education credits. To receive a Master of Science (120 credits)
the students should have passing grades in all the mandatory and optional courses, which including the thesis will comprise 120 higher education credits.


För kurser på KTH används en sjugradig målrelaterad betygsskala A-F som slutbetyg för kurser på grundnivå och avancerad nivå. A-E är godkända betyg med A som högsta betyg. Betygen godkänd (P) och underkänd (F) används som slutbetyg då särskilda skäl föreligger.

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Students accepted to the programme will start the programme in the end of August when the registration also takes place and where the student must be present in person. The students are thereafter required to make a study registration and course selection for the coming term no later than November 15 and May 15 each academic year, respectively. At least 45 higher education credits have to be completed during the first academic year (including the re-examination period in August) in order for the student to be promoted to the second year of the programme.

Students who have not passed 45 credits in the first year must contact the programme coordinator for an individual study plan, otherwise the student will not be registered on any courses in the upcoming academic year. This study plan will include residual courses and appropriate courses for the upcoming year.


The students have the right to transfer higher education credits from previous studies at universities in or outside of Sweden. The courses have to be at a level and include contents that agree with the goals of the programme. Transfer of higher education credits are decided by the director of undergraduate and Masters’ studies.

For more information see:


For information about studies abroad, contact the international coordinator at the School of Biotechnology.


Students admitted to the programme are required to perform an individual study in the form of a degree project corresponding to 30 credits. The main portion of the studies must be completed before the start of the degree project, specifically those related to the mandatory courses of the programme. This means that at least 60 credits (of which 30 must be in the second cycle within the main field of study) have to be completed before the start of the degree project. 

The purpose of the degree project is for the student to demonstrate the ability to perform an independent project, using skills obtained during the courses in the programme. It is the student's responsibility to find a suitable thesis project, with assistance from KTH. 

Degree project, advanced level for the Degree of Master of Science, Biotechnology, can be performed in the following exam topics:


Other degree projects in related fields may also be allowed, but need approval by the Director of Undergraduate and Masters´studies at the School of Biotechnology.
For more information, contact the study advisor at the BIO students office.

Grading of the degree project is done by a seven step goal-related grading system (A to F), where A-E are passing grades and A is the highest. The grade is based on three evaluation criteria:

  • the process of planning and performing the degree project within the given timeframe.
  • the use of engineering approach and skills when performing the degree project.
  • the oral and written presentation of the degree project.

More information on the KTH policy on the degree project can be found at:


Master of Science (120 credits) - is obtained after completion of the Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology programme. The programme is designed so that students, when they graduate, have fulfilled 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 cycle, of which at least 60 higher education credits (including the 30 higher education credit degree project) are in-depth studies in the main field of the programme.

Students must apply for the degree at the student office and are required to show proof of their basic degree (Bachelor or similar).

Degree name
Master of Science (120 credits)
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