Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Railway Engineering, 120 credits (TJVTM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2018

Last edit: 16/10/2018
Approved: 16/10/2018

Structure of the education

The academic year at UIUC and KTH, starting in end of August / early September and ending in late May/ early June, is divided into two semesters. At KTH each semester is divided into two study periods. Each period lasts approximately seven weeks with at least 33 days of study. Each period is followed by an exam period. In addition to the four regular exam periods, there are four additional re-examination periods: after Christmas, April, after May and immediately proceeding the first study period of the academic year. The academic year has a duration of 40 weeks. Teaching activities may, if necessary, be scheduled outside the academic year.


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

The programme comprises of about 75 ECTS credits compulsory courses. About half of the compulsory courses are offered by UIUC and KTH respectively. This leaves about 15 credits for optional (elective) courses. The degree project corresponds to 30 ECTS credits.

To create your own profile on the education students must also choose conditionally elective courses the course list in Annex 1, so that the sum, together with the required courses, amounting to at least 75 credits (plus).

Courses from the UIUC will be counted in the Swedish exam.

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 used for thesis works.

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

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. 

Course application

As a student at KTH programmes you have to apply for semester courses. The application is done via and by all programme students.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Both classes taught on-site and online courses at UIUC in the context of education, will be transferred to the Swedish exam.

Under certain circumstances, and in agreement with the programme director, credits for previous studies can be received according to the local policy of KTH.

Degree project

Students admitted to the programme are required to perform an independent study in the form of a MSc thesis project corresponding to 30 university credits. The project work may begin when special admission requirements for the course are fulfilled.

The purpose of the thesis project is that the student should demonstrate the ability to perform independent project work, using and developing the skills obtained from the courses in the programme. The thesis project can either be performed at a university or, more commonly, at a company. The student must actively search for a suitable thesis project in industry; however KTH will provide some assistance with information on suitable points of contact. More information on the KTH policy on the degree project can be found at

The degree project is graded with Pass or Fail.


In order to earn Degree of Master of Science in Vehicle Engineering (120 credits), passing grades in all courses, which are included in the student’s study plan are required.  The study plan must comprise 120 higher education credits which include a degree project consisting of 30 higher education credits, in the second cycle.

KTH’s local degree ordinance can be found at KTH's website,

Application for degree certificate

Students shall apply for a degree through the web service by logging into your Personal menu/Applications for degrees at