Last edit: 15/04/2014
Approved: 15/04/2014

Structure of the education

Information regarding the academic year, study periods, etc, can be found in the KTH handbook, part 2, sec. 4.2, or at the student web pages:

The program spans over two years, where the first three semesters are devoted to course work, whereas the final semester is aimed for the diploma work. The courses are either compulsory or eligible, where the specific choice in the latter case provides a possibility for profiling towards Nanoelectronics, Bionanotechnology or Nanomaterials.


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

The program course list is given in Appendix 1.

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.

KTH applies a grading scale with seven levels A-F for the final grade for courses at the advanced level. A-E are passing grades where A is the highest. The grades pass (P) and fail (F) may be used in special cases.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Registration for each semester as well as selection of elective courses is web-based and should be completed by November 15 and May 15.

Promotion to the second year of studies is conditional that at least 75% of the requirements for the first year is completed.

Course registration is compulsory and should be done with the course responsible at the beginning of each course.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Possible transfer of credits from previous course work follows the KTH policy described in the KTH handbook, part 2, sec. 13.3.

Studies abroad

The diploma work as well as course work corresponding to maximum 30 credits may be carried out at a foreign university following approval of the program responsible. In this case a so-called “Learning agreement” must be established.

Degree project

General rules and policies regarding the diploma work and its grading can be found in the KTH handbook, part 2, sec. 15.5.

The diploma work amounts to 30 credits, which should equal 20 weeks of full time studies. A student may apply for starting a thesis project given that most of the course work has been accomplished, corresponding to 60 credits out of which at least 30 credits at the advanced level within the major subject of the program.

The thesis topic should be relevant to the nanotechnology field.

The thesis is graded on the scale A-F according to the KTH’s polices. 


KTHs procedure for awarding degrees is described in the KTH handbook, part 2, sec. 19.1.

The Masters degree is awarded after fulfilling all requirements defined by the program. This includes a total of 120 credits out of which 90 credits are at the advanced level and at least 60 credits (including 30 credits for the thesis work) corresponds to advanced level courses within the major subject of the program.

The name of the degree is “Teknologie Mastersexamen”, which in English translates to “Degree of Masters of Science (two years)”. The program name, Nanotechnology, is indicated on the diploma.

An application for the degree must be filed by the student and should be directed to the ICT educational office.