Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems, 120 credits (TMESM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2012

Last edit: 27/02/2013
Approved: 15/03/2013

Structure of the education

The academic year, semesters (terms) and study periods are described by the KTH regulations (www.intra.kth.se/regelverk).

Structure of the programme

The programme extends over four semesters of which the first two,
i.e. year 1,are given at either KTH, TU/e or UPC. The third and fourth semesters,
i.e. year 2, is chosen by the students, among the all partner universities (KTH, PoliTo,Aalto, TU/e, UPC, AGH and IST) according to their desired field of specialization, including the area for their MSc thesis.
However, the choice must be such that the mandatory mobility condition for the Erasmus Mundus progamme is met which,for example,means that a student studying year 1 at KTH MUST choose another university and area of specialization for year 2.
In the fourth (final) semester the students can perform the MSc thesis in an industrial setting in common supervision with researchers from any of the participating universities

The first two semesters are considered fundamental within the field of sustainable energy systems, and renewable energy. Integrated in the year 1 curriculum is also energy management and introductory business and entreprenurship training. In the second semester, the first programme spring seminar is given at one of the partner universities. In this spring seminar, the topic is cutting-edge reasearch in the field. Between the second and third semesters, a suggested Summer Internship course is offered where students combine their learning experiences from semesters 1 and 2 to a basic environomical problem in industry. During the third and fourth semesters the partners other than KTH offer courses within eight fields of specialization (see above), along with a common 7 ECTS comulsory course containing advanced environomic material. Also, during the second year the students apply their knowledge on a project in industry or at one of the partner universities to constitute the basis for the master thesis. This includes the second compulsory spring seminar given for one week at one of the partner universities with an advanced discussion on research in the area. The programme ends with a common, 1 week, wrap-up and degree ceremony (including oral thesis presentation) at one of the partner universities.

The academic year of higher education at KTH consists of 40 weeks divided in 4 periods, each one containing no less than 35 days of tuition followed by one week of examinations.

There are three re-examination-periods, in the beginning of January, after the spring semester and before the autumn semester.

Courses

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

The programme is in course form. The course structure is outlined in appendix 1,
and they will be further described on the programme website www.explore-select.eu .
The student must register for the individual courses in the way each one of the partner universities decides.

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.

Courses at KTH in first and second level 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.

Since the programme is a result of a cooperation agreement between KTH and four other universities, other types of grading might also be used.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Term enrolment

The students must apply (on a semester basis) for the courses they intend to follow. This application should be sent in not later than Nov 15 and May 15, respectively, during the Semesters 1, 2 and 3 (corresponding to studies during the Semesters 2, 3 and 4, respectively).

In order to be allowed to pass from Semester 1 to Semester 2 the students must have achieved at least 22 credits by the end of the exam period in January and must have attempted to pass all the compulsory assignments (calculations, simulations, laboratory,) present in all courses. At least 80% of these compulsory assignments should have been passed.

To pass from Semester 2 to Semester 3, at least 50 credits should have been achieved by the end of the exam period in August, all compulsory assignments should have been attempted and at least 80% of theses assignments should have been passed.

To pass from Semester 3 to Semester 4, at least 80 credits, should have been achieved by the end of the exam period i January, all compulsory assignments should have been attempted and at least 90% of theses assignments should have been passed.

A student who does not fulfil these requirements must consult the study counsellor. An individual study plan must be set-up. The main goal with the study plan is that the student should complete remaining courses/course-parts during the next study year. In the study plan, the remaining courses/course-parts and also suitable courses from the next study year are included. Special regard is taken to the prerequisites of the courses yet to be taken.

Specialisation Selection

The final selection of specialisation is carried out during the second term. There is no limitation to the number of places available at each partner university.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Credits from courses taken at another university/higher education institution both in Sweden and abroad, can, under certain circumstances be counted as part of the program. Students wishing recognition of previous academic studies must submit an application to the Programme Steering Committee.

Reference to Policy for recognition of previous academic studies at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH Regulations).

The application form can be found on the KTH website.

Degree project

The degree project corresponds to 30 ECTS.

To start the degree project at least 80 ECTS course credits should have been achieved, all compulsory assignments should have been attempted and at least 90% of theses assignments should have been passed (as described under "Term enrolment" above).

In order to fulfil requirements for obtaining a master degree the project must be part of the required in-depth studies at second level in the main field of study for the programme. The topic of the project must be accepted by the Programme Steering Committee.

The project can be performed either at an industry, community, agency or at one of the partner universities.

The master thesis project will be graded according to the scale A-F as all other courses.

The partner universities might have special requirements for the degree project.

Reference to rules for the degree project at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH Regulations).

Degree

Masterexamen - Degree of Master (Two Years) - is obtained after completion of the programme. The individual study-plan must be designed so that students, when they graduate, have fulfilled the Swedish national requirements for a degree and have completed courses comprising 120 credits, out of which:

  • At least 90 credits are at second level, at least 60 credits of which (including a 30-credit master thesis project) consist of in-depth studies in the main field of study.

The name of the degree is “Teknologie masterexamen” - Master of Science (Two Years). The text on the degree certificate states the name of the educational programme completed.

Reference to Local Degree Ordinance at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH Regulations).

When all courses needed are completed and reported the student must personally apply for a degree certificate. This is done by filling in (the upper part of) the application form accompanied by an attested photocopy of the previous university degree (B.Sc. or a B. Eng, or equivalent).

Depending on the chosen track of studies, a double degree may be issued from one of the partner universities.