Last edit: 13/09/2016
Approved: 13/09/2016

Structure of the education

The academic year is 40 weeks and is divided into two semesters, autumn and spring. Each semester consists of two study periods. For information on the extent of the school year, the exam and re-examination see "student at KTH" schedules at

The programme consists of courses for 90 credits followed by a degree project on advanced level (30 credits). One mandatory course (7,5 credits) is included the first year. The rest of the courses are conditionally elective or recommended. The student is required to choose at least 3 courses listed as conditionally elective. The remaining courses should be selected from the courses listed as conditionally elective or recommended with the exception of 15 credits that can be chosen freely outside the list. This gives the student a great opportunity to create his/her own curriculum. Guidelines and recommendations for course combinations will be given.


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

Students accepted to the programme will start the programme in the end of August when the registration also takes place and where the student must be present in person. Thereafter the student must register to the term and to the courses via the personal menu. The students are required to make a course selection for the coming term via not later than November 15 and May 15 each academic year.

At least 45 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.

For more information see "regulations, policy in credit transfer" at

Studies abroad

For information about studies abroad, contact the international coordinator at the School of Chemical Science and Engineering.

Degree project

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. To start the degree project at least 60 credits must be completed where at least 30 credits in the second cycle within the main field of study. The examiner of the degree project may add additional prerequisites.

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. 

Information regarding the grading scale and criteria of the degree project work are found in the course syllabus.

More information on the KTH policy on the degree project can be found at


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

At least 90 credits are at second cycle, of which at least 60 higher education credits (including a 30- 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. To apply use the web service “Application for degrees” that is found in the personal menu. For further information see

Degree name
Degree of Master of Science (120 credits)
Teknologie masterexamen

For further information see Local regulation for qualifications at first end second cycle at