Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology, 120 credits (TIMBM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2014

Last edit: 07/05/2015
Approved: 07/05/2015

Structure of the education

The duration of a study year at KTH is 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 credits each study year.

The mandatory courses comprise 88.5 credits (94.5 credits for International students) of which the final degree project is 30 credits. To reach a total of 120 credits, the students must choose among a list of recommended courses (appendix 1) but some may also be chosen freely from elsewhere (15 credits).
Thus, the students can tailor their education towards different profiles, e.g., “Industrial-Process design” or “Environmental-Environmental systems analysis”.


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

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 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 credits.

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

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 study year, respectively. At least 45 credits have to be completed during the first study 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 study year. This study plan will include residual courses and appropriate courses for the upcoming year.

Recognition of previous academic studies

The students have the right to transfer 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 credits is decided by the director of undergraduate and Masters’ studies.

For more information see:

Studies abroad

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

Degree project

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: Biotechnology. 

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 student office.

Grading of the degree project is based on the listed evaluation criteria (see below) and some other aspects (see the course syllabus),

  • 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 credits, of which:

  • at least 90 credits are at second cycle, of which at least 60 credits (including 30 credits degree project) are in-depth studies in the main field of the programme.

Within the programme the mandatory courses, conditionally elective courses and the recommended courses must add up to at least 105 credits. The final credits can be chosen by the student but should be relevant to their professional role.

Students must apply for the degree and are required to show proof of their basic degree (Bachelor or similar).
To apply use the web service “Application for degrees” that is found in the personal menu.

Degree name
Master of Science (120 credits)
Teknologie masterexamen

For more information see “Local regulation for degrees at first and second cycle, local system of qualifications”