Last edit: 16/01/2015
Approved: 16/01/2015

Structure of the education

The structure of programme makes it possible for both students who have a bachelor degree in Medical engineering and those with a more general engineering background to study at the programme. In order to guide both these groups through the programme there will be two different tracks.

For the students whodohave a bachelor degree in medical engineering the structure of the programme will be:

  • 30 credits compulsory courses
  • 30 credits conditionally elective courses
  • 30 credits elective courses
  • 30 credits Master thesis

For the students whodo nothave a bachelor degree in medical engineering the structure of the programme will be:

  • 42 credits compulsory courses
  • 18 credits conditionally elective courses
  • 30 credits elective courses
  • 30 credits Master thesis

The students who do not have a bachelor degree in medical engineering will start the first semester with one basic course in medical engineering and one in anatomy and physiology. Besides that the students in both tracks can choose either to start with all the compulsory courses and than the others or to vary between compulsory and elective courses. The compulsory courses will give a broad knowledge about medical engineering and the elective ones give the student a deeper knowledge about some special branches within medical engineering (imaging systems, instrumentation, implants, …).

In the third semester there is a course in science theory and research methodology to prepare the students for the master’s thesis and also for possible future research in the field of medical engineering.

The last term is devoted to a degree project which is carried out in a group of two or individually.

The last term is devoted to a degree project which is carried out in a group of two or individually. Study year, term, and study period descriptions can be found here


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

Compulsory courses:


Medical engineering, basic course 6 cr1

Advanced Physiology, smaller course 6 cr1

Ergonomics, Human Factors and Patient Safety 6 cr
Technology in Surgery, Anesthesia, and Intensive Care 6 cr
Medical IT 6 cr
Implants and Biomaterials 6 cr
Theory and Methodology of Science 6 cr

(1only compulsory for students who do not have a bachelor degree in Medical engineering)

Conditionally elective courses:

Physics of Biomedical Microscopy 7.5 cr

Advanced Physiology, 9 cr

Simulation Methods in Medical Engineering 7.5 cr

IonisingRadiation Imaging 6 cr

Ultrasound 6 cr

Magnetic Resonance Imaging 4.5 cr

Image Analysis and Reconstruction 9 cr

Safe Medical Products 7.5 cr

Radiation Therapy 7.5 cr

Structural Biology and Cell Biology 9 cr

Electro Dynamics and Waves 7,5 cr

Quantum Mechanics of Electron Microscopy 7,5 cr

X-ray Crystallography and X-ray Microscopy 7,5 cr

Electron Microscopy 7,5 cr

Biomechanics and Neuronics 6.0 cr

(some course names and number of credits may be changed).

Besides these courses given by STH there are several other courses in the field of Medical engineering at other schools at KTH.Those courses will also belong to this category

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.

Conditions for participation in the programme

A condition in order to be able to participate in the studies is that the student must enroll for the next term every spring and fall. This is done via “Mina Sidor” on KTH’s website between November 1st and 15th and between May 1st and 15th.

With the enrolment, the student has submitted their intention of studying and participating in the programme.

Only after that it is possible for the student to:

  • register for courses
  • register for the term
  • get results reported

In order to register for the courses the students must fulfill the specific prerequisites for that course.

Some of the elective courses may have a limitation in the number of participants. In such cases the selection will be based on first the number f credits achieved in the programme and then the grades.

For studies in study year 2 at least 45 higher education credits from study year 1 must be completed by the exam period in August. Students who have not fulfilled this requirement must consult with the study counselor and set up an individual study plan. The main goal with the study plan is that the student should complete the remaining elements during the next study year. In the study plan, the remaining elements and also suitable courses from the next study year are included. Special regard should be taken to the prerequisites of the courses

Recognition of previous academic studies

The student has the possibility to apply to receive credit from courses taken at another university/higher education institution both in Sweden and from abroad. The application can be found on KTH’s website.

Studies abroad

After approval by the programme director, part of the studies may be carried out abroad (including the Master’s degree project). The condition is that the parts of the programme carried out abroad should fit in with the educational programme.

Degree project

A 30-credit Master’s degree project is carried out at the end of the educational programme (usually the fourth semester). The purpose of the project is to let the student study a problem in more depth than is possible in the courses. The degree project can be carried out at an industrial company, a hospital or at an academic institution in Sweden or abroad.

More information on KTH policy about Degree project can be found at 


In order to graduate with the Degree of Master of Science (Two Years) within the main area Medical Engineering, a passing grade must be achieved in all courses which are in the student’s study plan. The study plan must comprise 120 higher education credits including a degree project consisting of 30 higher education credits.

Students having completed 120 university credits within the framework of the master’s programme in Engineering Physics will receive a degree entitled “Master of Science (Two Years)”. To receive the MSc degree, students must fill out an application form that is submitted to the programme director and also show proof of their basic degree (bachelor or similar).

KTH’s local degree ordinance can be found at