Last edit: 31/10/2018
Approved: 31/10/2018

Structure of the education

Programme arrangement

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 student web

Structure of the programme

For a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering with a Degree of Master within Industrial Management

The programme begins with a course package that provides a solid base within the area of Industrial Management. In addition, there is a package of conditionally optional and optional courses which allows for courses within engineering and Industrial Management in the second cycle required in order to complete a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering within the respective programmes at KTH. These course packages are primarily undertaken during semester 1 and 2.

For a Degree of Master within Industrial Management

The programme begins with a course package that provides a solid base within the area of Industrial Management. In addition, there is a package of optional courses for specialised study within engineering and the field of Industrial Management. This optional course package offers courses for profiling and research preparatory perspectives within the subject area of Industrial Management. These course packages are primarily undertaken during semester 1 and 2.

An advanced course common to both tracks is given during semester 3, which comprises 12 credits within the field of Industrial Management and where great importance is placed on the implementation of a comprehensive industrial project as well as preparations for the degree project.

 The degree project must address a problem within the borderland between Industrial Management and engineering or natural science, and be related to the specialised field chosen by the student.


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

The programme is structured in the form of courses. Course lists are found in appendix 1.

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

The type of instruction and examination format vary between the courses and these are indicated in each official course syllabus.

The optional courses can be chosen from KTH's range of 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 counted as optional courses

·         Optional courses may be chosen freely 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 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 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.

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

Course registration
At course start, the student must register themselves on all courses. 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 has registered on a course, but has subsequently decided not to proceed with the course, must inform the school offering the course as soon as possible, according to the school's instructions.

Course registration requires that the student has been admitted to the course.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Students have the opportunity to 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 from exchange studies are not translated to the KTH grading scale. An application is made by submitting a form to the school's office of student affairs.

The entire KTH policy for credit transfer is included in the KTH regulatory framework,

Studies abroad

The opportunity for studies abroad is preferably available in connection with the degree project during semester 2.
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 credits.

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

KTH's comprehensive rules and guidelines for a degree project, 30 credits, for a Degree of Master, 120 credits, can be found in the KTH regulatory framework.


Application for a certificate
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