Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Materials Science and Engineering, 120 credits (TMSEM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2009

Last edit: 12/03/2010
Approved: 15/03/2010

Structure of the education

The first term, technical intensive courses are taken. The courses are mainly theoretical with a portion of lab elements. Most of the courses include elements within practical and individual knowledge acquirement. There is a large focus on oral and written presentations.

In the second term, the knowledge is extended in courses which build on the first term. The “toolbox” which was started in the first term is extended with, first and foremost, computer simulations. The number of practical elements in the courses increases.

During the third term, a smaller project is performed which is chosen based on the student’s own interest after consultation with the programme’s teachers. The last term is devoted to a degree project which is carried out in a group of two, or individually. The degree project can be carried out at an industrial company or at an dapartment.

Study year, term, and study period descriptions can be found in the KTH Regulations.


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

A condition in order to be able to participate in the studies is that the student must enrol 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 is it possible for the student to:

- register for courses

- register for the term

- get results

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 which have not fulfilled this requirement must consult the study counsellor 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 courses prerequisites.

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.

KTH’s policy for recognition of previous academic studies can be found entirely in the KTH Regulations.

Degree project

Generally, the degree project work can be started only after a large portion of the studies have been completed.

KTH’s rules for the degree project can be found in the KTH Regulations.


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

KTH’s local degree ordinance can be found in the KTH Regulations.