Last edit: 22/07/2011
Approved: 22/07/2011

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. Each period is followed by an exam period.

The first year in the programme is mainly dedicated to the compulsory courses (53 higher education credits) and elective courses (7.5 higher education credits). The second year consists of compulsory courses (17.5 higher education credits), elective courses (12 higher education credits), and degree project (30 higher education credits).


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

The programme allows for 19.5 higher education credits of higher education elective courses. The choice of elective courses must be accepted by the programme coordinator. 

Students that have been admitted with a bachelor’s degree in social science are required to take the course DD2325 Applied programming and computer science (7,5 higher education credits).

Some of the courses are given by the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, a collaboration between the Stockholm School of Economics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm University, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, and KTH.

Courses are examined in many ways, for example by home assignments that are presented either using oral presentations or written reports, computer assignments, project work or traditional written exams.

After each course a student evaluation is performed and then analyzed by the teacher in the course analysis document, which is normally published on the web, see the KTH regulations of course analyses

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

No later than November 15 and May 15 each academic year, respectively, the students are required to make a study registration and course selection for the coming semester. 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.

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

Studies abroad

Under certain circumstances, and in agreement with the programme director, studies may be conducted at other universities in Sweden or outside Sweden. Credits can be received according to the local policy of KTH, see

Degree project

Students admitted to the program are required to perform an individual study in the form of a degree project corresponding to 30 higher education credits. At least 60 higher education credits must be completed before the start of the degree project, at least 30 of these should be second cycle courses within the specialization in the main field of study. It is the student’s responsibility to find a suitable project task, with assistance from KTH.

More information about the rules for degree projects at KTH can be found at


In order to graduate with a degree of Master one must pass every course that is included in the student’s study plan. The programme must be designed such that the student, at the time of receiving the degree, fulfils the national Degree Ordinance and has completed courses corresponding to a total of 120 higher education credits, where:

  • at least 90 higher education credits belong to the second cycle, of which 60 higher education credits are in the main field of study and 30 of those 60 higher education credits correspond to the degree project.

Students who fulfil all the requirements will be awarded a Degree of Master of Science (Two Years). Students must apply for the degree and also show proof of their basic degree (Bachelor or similar).

The degree of Master of Science in Engineering (civilingenjör, in Swedish) can be obtained by students that have fullfilled the requirements for the corresponding KTH program in media technology. In this case, the management courses of the master program in media management are considered to form an individual specialization track within the master of science in engineering program in media techology.

See the local degree policy

Degree name
Degree of Master of Science (Two Years)
Teknologie masterexamen (Två år)