Last edit: 09/01/2018
Approved: 09/01/2018

Structure of the education

The programme runs for two academic years with two semesters each year. Each academic year consists of 40 weeks, divided into four study periods, where one or more courses are simultaneously studied. The nominal study pace is 60 credits each academic year.  For details about the structure of the academic year see; "Student at KTH/timetable" at

Year 1 consists of mandatory courses of 43.5 credits. Additional recommended and optional courses are chosen by the student to reach 60 credits.

Year 2 consists of mandatory courses of 45 credits, including the degree project (30 credits). Additional recommended and optional courses are chosen by the student to reach 60 credits.


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

The programme consists of mandatory, recommended and optional courses. The mandatory and recommended courses are included in appendix 1. Within the programme, the mandatory and recommended courses must add up to at least 105 credits. Optional courses to reach the full extent of the programme may be taken. The optional courses can be chosen by the student but should be relevant to the professional role as a master of science in biotechnology.

Teaching and examination methods vary between courses. Commonly, 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.

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. Thereafter the student must register to the term and to the courses via the personal menu. The students are required to make a course selection for the coming term via not later than November 15 and May 15 each academic year.

At least 45 credits have to be completed during the first academic year (which includes 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 may be granted exemption and allowed promotion to the second year after application to the programme director.  

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 program director.

For more information see; "Regulations, policy in credit transfer" at

Studies abroad

Studies abroad are generally allowed on internationally recognized universities. The university and course selection must be approved by the programme director prior to the start of studies abroad. For more information, 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. This means that at least 60 credits (of which 30 must be in the second cycle within biotechnology) have to be completed before the start of the degree project. The examiner of the degree project may add additional prerequisites.  

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 degree project, with assistance from KTH.

The degree project should normally be performed in the field of biotechnology. 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.

Information regarding the grading scale and criteria of the degree project work read the course syllabus.


The Master of Science in Biotechnology degree is obtained after completion of the Industrial and environmental biotechnology programme. The requirements are:

  • passing grades in all mandatory courses
  • passing grades in courses on the programme comprising a total of no less than 120 credits.
  • passing grades in compulsory and recommended courses encompassing at least 105 cerdits.

The programme is designed so that students, when they graduate, have fulfilled Swedish national requirements for a Master degree.

Students must apply for the degree through the web service by logging into"Personal menu"applications for degrees. For further information visit

Degree name
Degree of Master of Science in Biotechnology (120 credits)