Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Medical Engineering, 120 credits (TMLEM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2017

Last edit: 09/01/2018
Approved: 24/01/2018

Structure of the education

The structure of the 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.

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 cases will take the compulsory courses spread out over the three semesters and in parallel to that take the conditionally elective and elective courses. The compulsory courses will give the knowledge about the medical engineering applications and the conditionally elective courses will give the technical and scientific background needed.

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.

For students with a bachelor degree within another field than Medical Engineering the courses:

* HL1007 Medical Engineering, basic course

* HL2017 Advanced Physiology, smaller course

are compulsory.

In the specialisations the following courses are compulsory:

  • Modern Physics:

    HL2013 Radiation Therapy

    HL2019 Ionising Radiation Imaging

    HL2010 Ultrasound

    HL2011 Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • Mechanics:

    HL2005 Implants and Biomaterials

    HL2035 Biomechanics and Neuronics

    SG2804 Biomechanics of Human Movement

  • Electronics:

    HI2010 Medical Information and Communication Systems

    HL2005 Implants and Biomaterials

    EK2350 Microsystem Technology

  • Information Technology:

    HI2010 Medical Information and Communication Systems

    DD2423 Image Analysis and Computer Vision

    HL2008 Simulation Methods in Medical Engineering

    HL2027 3D Image Reconstruction and Analysis in Medicine

  • Organisation and Management:

    HM102V Healthcare Logistics-theory

    HN2013 Ergonomics, Human Factors and Patient Safety

    HL2016 Technology in Surgery, Anaesthesia, and Intensive Care


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

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

Between 1 and 15 of May the students apply for admission to courses for the upcoming autumn term, and between 1 and 15 of november for the upcoming spring term.

The students register online for the programme every start of a term and register for courses every start of a study period. 

Only after that it is possible for the student to 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 of 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 end of 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 credits from courses taken at another university/higher education institution both in Sweden and from abroad. The application form 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.


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.

To receive the MSc degree, students must fill in an online application form.