Last edit: 15/08/2019
Approved: 15/08/2019

Structure of the education

The study year for KTH's undergraduate education is divided into two semesters, each with two study periods (four study periods in total over the year). Each study period is followed by an exam period. For detailed information about the academic year please see the KTH student web.

The programme comprises 2 years of full-time studies (120 higher education credits) including a half-year degree project (30 higher education credits).


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

The programme comprises 34.5 higher education credits of common compulsory courses and 30 higher education credits track specific compulsory courses. The remaining 24.5 higher education credits of elective technical or complementary courses are preferably selected from the course list (see appendix 1) or among other KTH courses.

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.

The grades pass (P) and fail (F) are also used for the degree project.

Since the grading systems differ between different countries, the grades from studies abroad will not be transferred to the KTH grading system.

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 If the student decides not to take a course, then the student should notify the course administrator.

Course Selection

The selection of courses for the coming term must be done by the student via the with the students KTH-account:

  • May 1-15th for the fall term
  • November 1-15th for the spring term

Conditions for further studies

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.

Recognition of previous academic studies

According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, a student who has gone through certain first-cycle study courses and study programmes with a passing result has the right to have such credit recognised for a corresponding course of education at another institution of higher education. The program director for the master program will make the decisions concerning recognition of entire courses. Awards of credits for parts of courses may be decided upon by an examiner.

For further information on recognition of previous academic studies, see the KTH regulations.

Studies abroad

Exchange studies are available through a number of agreements between KTH and other universities. The Degree project (Master’s Thesis project) can be performed abroad providing the student has an advisor and examiner at KTH and an advisor at the receiving institution or company, and that the work follows the KTH regulations for a degree projects.

Degree project

The degree project is the final part of the education and comprises 30 higher education credits. The project work may begin when special admission requirements for the course are fulfilled.

General rules and guidelines for the thesis and grading of the thesis are described in the KTH regulations. 

The degree project should be performed within the area of technology for which the degree is being prepared. The degree project is carried out individually and must be within an area corresponding to the courses which the student has taken. Before the degree project is started, it must be approved both by the KTH examiner and the program director.

The degree project is graded according to the P-F scale, using the three bases for assessment common to all grading at KTH: the engineering and scientific content, the process, and the presentation.


Students who have successfully completed a two-year Master's programme (120 ECTS) can apply for a "Teknologie masterexamen", translated into English as "Degree of Master of Science (two years)". 

To be able to apply for the degree the student has to fulfill the national qualification requirements and have completed courses corresponding to 120 higher education credits including:

•At least 90 higher education credits

•All compulsory courses from the course list of the program

•The compulsory course requirements of at least one of the tracks

•Passed Degree Project 30 higher education credits

The student applies for their degree via the “Personal Menu” at

KTH's local degree ordinance is available in their entirety in the KTH regulatory framework that can be found on the intranet. The main subject for the degree will be stated in the degree certificate.