Implementation of the education
Master's Programme, Medical Biotechnology, 120 credits (TMBIM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2011
Last edit: 14/09/2012
Structure of the education
The academic year at KTH consists of 40 weeks, divided into four study periods, where two or three courses are simultaneously studied. The nominal study pace is 60 higher education credits each academic year.
The mandatory courses comprise 38 higher education credits during the first academic year and 49.5 higher education credits (of which the degree project, second level is 30 higher education credits) during the second academic year. The list of courses in appendix 1 contains a group of recommended courses from which the students must choose at least 17.5 higher education credits. The last higher education credits to reach 120 can be freely chosen by the student.
The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in Appendix 1: Course list
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. The programme is concluded with a degree project, advanced level of 30 higher education credits. To receive the degree “Master of Science (120 credits)", the students should have passing grades in all the mandatory and optional courses, which including the thesis will comprise 120 higher education credits.
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. The students are thereafter required to make a study registration and course selection for the coming term no later than November 15 and May 15 each academic year, respectively. At least 45 higher education credits have to be completed during the first academic year (including 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 must contact the programme coordinator for an individual study plan, otherwise the student will not be registered on any courses in the upcoming academic year. This study plan will include residual courses and appropriate courses for the upcoming year.
Recognition of previous academic studies
The students have the right to transfer higher education 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 higher education credits are decided by the program director.
For more information see:
For information about studies abroad, contact the international coordinator at the School of Biotechnology.
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 the main field of study) have to be completed before the start of the degree project.
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 thesis 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 students office.
Grading of the degree project is done by a seven step goal-related grading system (A to F), where A-E are passing grades and A is the highest.The grade is based on three evaluation criteria:
- the process of planning and performing the degree project within the given timeframe.
- the use of engineering approach and skills when performing the degree project.
- the oral and written presentation of the degree project.
More information on the KTH policy on the degree project can be found at:
Master of Science (120 credits) - is obtained after completion of the Medical Biotechnology programme. The programme is designed so that students, when they graduate, have fulfilled Swedish national requirements for a degree and have completed courses comprising 120 higher education credits, of which:
- at least 90 higher education credits are at second cycle, of which at least 60 higher education credits (including the 30 higher education credit degree project) are in-depth studies in the main field of the programme.
Students must apply for the degree at the student office and are required to show proof of their basic degree (Bachelor or similar).
Master of Science (120 credits)
For more information see “Local regulation for degrees at first and second cycle, local system of qualifications”