Last edit: 14/09/2012
Structure of the education
The academic year has a duration of 40 weeks. The academic year at KTH is divided into four periods. Each period lasts approximately seven weeks and is followed by an examination period.
The programme consists of courses for 90 higher education credits courses followed by a degree project, advanced level of 30 higher education credits. Two mandatory courses (15 higher education credits) are included in the first year, and remaining courses may be chosen from a list of 25 courses. Within this list 5 courses are regarded as particularly important, and the student is required to choose at least 3 of these 5. This gives the student a great opportunity to create his/her own curriculum. Guidelines and recommendations for course combinations will be given. Courses corresponding to 15 higher education credits can be elected freely.
The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in Appendix 1: Course list
The programme consists of mandatory, conditionally elective, recommended and elective courses. The goals, prerequisites, contents and examination requirements of different courses can be found in the respective course plans.
Two or three courses are usually studied in parallel during each period. Teaching and examination methods vary between the courses. Normally the course contains lectures, which give an introduction to the concepts and theory. Exercises, seminars, laboratory work and project assignments deepen the conceptual understanding, give practical experience and give possibility to practice the group skills.
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
The students are 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 educational coordinator for an individual study plan. This study plan will include residual courses and appropriate courses for the upcoming year. The student who has not done this will not be registered on any courses in the upcoming academic year.
Recognition of previous academic studies
Under certain circumstances, and in agreement with the programme director, credits for previous studies can be received according to the local policy of KTH, see
For information about studies abroad, contact the international coordinator at the School of Chemical Science and Engineering
Students admitted to the programme are required to perform an individual study in the form of a degree project, advanced level, corresponding to 30 credits. This means 20 weeks of fulltime studies. The main portion of the studies must generally be completed before the degree project work can be started. At least 60 credits must be completed where 30 credits in the second cycle within the main field of study.
The purpose of the thesis project is that the student demonstrates the ability to perform independent project work, using the skills obtained from the courses in the programme. It is the student's responsibility to find a suitable thesis project, with assistance from KTH.
Degree project, advanced level for the Degree of Master of Science, Macromolecular Materials, can be performed in the following exam topics:
Fibre and Polymer Technology, Chemistry, Chemical engineering.
Other degree projects in related fields may also be allowed, but need approval by the Director of Undergraduate and Masters´studies at the School of Chemical Science and Engineering.
For more information, contact the study advisor at the CHE students office.
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 Master(Two Years), Macromolecular Materials study programme. The programme is designed so that students, when they graduate, have fulfilled 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 a 30- higher education credits degree project) with in-depth studies in the main field of study.
Students who fulfil all the requirements will be awarded a Master of Science (120 credits). Students must apply for the degree and also show proof of their basic degree (Bachelor or similar) and have paid the student union fee.
Master of Science (120 credits)