Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Scientific Computing, 120 credits (TSCCM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2007

Last edit: 13/03/2008
Approved: 14/03/2008

Structure of the education

The academic year lasts for 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. In addition to the four regular exam periods, there are three additional re-examination periods: after Christmas, after May and immediately preceding the first study period of the academic year.

The first year in the programme is mainly dedicated to the compulsory courses in the basic curriculum. However, some courses in the specializations are also given in the first year, in order to harmonize the master programme and the final part of the five-year engineering education at KTH. The second year mainly consists of specialization courses, elective courses and the final degree project.


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

The programme is course-based with strong features of computer labs and projects, oral presentations, written reports, take-home exams and regular written exams. A list of courses is included in Appendix 1. The basic curriculum corresponds to 55 ECTS credits. In each specialization, there is an additional set of profile courses, of which normally at least 15 ECTS credits has to be taken. This leaves approximately 20 ECTS credits for optional (elective) courses. These courses may be chosen among more profile courses or other high level courses at KTH, relevant to the programme and the student's profile.

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 term. At least 40 ECTS 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 have to make a decision about the specialization during the first 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 policyof KTH, see

Degree project

Students admitted to the programme are required to perform an individual study in the form of a thesis project corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. To begin the thesis project, a student must normally have completed at least 60 ECTS credits of the total course work and 10 ECTS credits of the profile courses in the specialization. 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.

More information on the KTH policy on the degree project 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 60 ECTS credits, where:

  • at least 45 ECTS credits belong to the second cycle, of which 30 ECTS credits are in the main field of study and 15 of those 30 ECTS credits correspond to the degree project.

Students who fulfill 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) and have paid the student union fee.  

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