Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, ICT Innovation, 120 credits (TIVNM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2012

Last edit: 03/09/2013
Approved: 03/09/2013

Structure of the education

The program spans over two years, where the first three semesters are devoted to course work, whereas the final semester is aimed for the diploma work. Semester 1 and 2 includes compulsory courses and eligible courses according to the chosen specialization and joint courses in I & E. Term 3 is taken at another university and includes specialized courses in the chosen specialization, as well as compulsory I & E courses. Semester 4 is designed for the diploma work done in collaboration with the ICT Lab partners.   A central feature of the ICT Innovation program is mobility. Firstly, there is a change of university between year 1 and year 2, ie. year two is read at a different university than the first year. Second, the program ensures high-quality 'internships' provided by the EIT ICT Labs consortium partner companies (Ericsson, Nokia, Orange, Philips, SAP and Siemens). The topic for the master thesis topic should be based on a problem with industrial relevance. A 6 ECTS thesis focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship will complement the technical 30 ECTS thesis, also with the roots in industrial work.   The program also contains a number of joint activities where all students from all universities will meet for cooperation between the different orientations and in project work for EIT ICT Labs various research areas.


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

The program course list is given in Appendix 1.

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.

KTH applies a grading scale with seven levels A-F for the final grade for courses at the advanced level. A-E are passing grades where A is the highest. The grades pass (P) and fail (F) may be used in special cases.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Registration for each semester as well as selection of elective courses is web-based and should be completed by November 15 and May 15 (semester 1 and 2 at the University 1 and semester 3 and 4 at University 2, where one of these universities are KTH).

The student chooses first a technically oriented and universities at the time of application. Each student will get an individual study plan. Students can apply for a change in individual study plan during the first half of term 2.

Promotion to the second year of studies is conditional that at least 80% of the requirements for the first year is completed.

Course registration is compulsory and should be done with the course responsible at the beginning of each course.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Possible transfer of credits from previous course work follows the KTH Regulations

Studies abroad

The ICT Innovation program strongly emphasized mobility between the universities. The education takes place at the two universities chosen by the application. Students offered 'double degrees' from the University after completion of studies. The students themselves fund the cost of moving between the two university centers.

For the different Specializations, the following mobility options apply:

Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID)

- First year: Aalto, KTH, UPS

- Second year: U. of Twente, Aalto, KTH, UPS, TU Berlin, UCL.

Digital Media Technology (DMT)

- First year: TU Delft, Aalto, KTH

- Second year: TU Delft, Aalto U, KTH, BME, UCL.

Distributed Services and Systems (DSS)

- First year, TU Berlin, Aalto, KTH, U. Rennes

- Second year: Royal Institute of Technology, TU Berlin, Aalto, U. Rennes, UPS.

Internet technologies and architectures (ITA)

- First year, TU Berlin, KTH, UPMC, UNS

- Second year: UNITN, KTH, UPMC, TU Berlin, UNS.

Embedded Systems (ES)

- First year: TU / e, Royal Institute of Technology, TU Berlin

- Second year: TU / e, Aalto, KTH, TUCS, TU Berlin, UNITN.

Degree project

General rules and policies regarding the diploma work and its grading can be found in the KTH regulations.
The diploma work amounts to 30 credits, which should equal 20 weeks of full time studies. A student may apply for starting a thesis project given that most of the course work has been accomplished, corresponding to 60 credits out of which at least 30 credits at the advanced level within the major subject of the program.

The thesis topic should be relevant to the ICT Innovation.

The thesis is graded on the scale A-F according to the KTH’s polices. 

A 6 ECTS thesis focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship will complement the technical 30 ECTS thesis.


KTHs procedure for awarding degrees is described in the KTH regulationsThe Masters degree is awarded after fulfilling all requirements defined by the program. This includes a total of 120 credits out of which 90 credits are at the advanced level and at least 60 credits (including 30 credits for the thesis work) corresponds to advanced level courses within the major subject of the program.

The name of the degree is “Teknologie Mastersexamen”, which in English translates to “Degree of Masters of Science (two years)”. The program name,ICT Innovation, is indicated on the diploma.

Students who complete the program receive a double degree from KTH and other universities that the student has chosen / accepted by. The double degree complemented with an EIT ICT Labs certificate documenting the EIT ICT Labs specific learning objectives that meet EITs quality.

An application for the degree must be filed by the student and should be directed to the ICT educational office.