Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Systems, Control and Robotics, 120 credits (TSCRM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2018

Last edit: 26/11/2018
Approved: 26/11/2018

Structure of the education

The study year for KTH's undergraduate education is divided into two semesters, each with two study periods (four study periods in total over the year). Each study period is followed by an exam period. For detailed information about the academic year please see the KTH student web.

The programme comprises 2 years of full-time studies (120 higher education credits) including a half-year degree project (30 higher education credits). The program begins with a number of compulsory courses in the first year to ensure a certain level of knowledge within ethe programme’s core subjects and thus provide the students with the broad base needed to work with complex systems. The second year, the students specialize their studies in the first half and in the second half the degree project takes place.


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

The programme carries out four different tracks, which define a set of mandatory and conditionally elective courses. Students need to complement these courses with one or two non-technical courses and additional elective courses for a total of 90 course credits and 30 credits degree project. Some of the courses have an upper limit for the number of seats and the students must compete with other students at KTH for these seats. Some of the courses do not run every year.

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.

The grades pass (P) and fail (F) are also used for the degree project.

Since the grading systems differ between different countries, the grades from studies abroad will not be transferred to the KTH grading system.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Participation requires admission to courses within the programme and course registration. Course registration is done via the personal menu at If the student decides not to take a course, then the student should notify the course administrator.

Course Selection

The selection of courses for the coming term must be done by the student via the with the students KTH-account:

  • May 1-15th for the fall term
  • November 1-15th for the spring term

Conditions for further studies

For students starting their education from the autumn semester 2018, previous promotion requirements have been replaced with special admission requirements to each course. Admission requirements are specified in the course syllabus.

Recognition of previous academic studies

According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, a student who has gone through certain first-cycle study courses and study programmes with a passing result has the right to have such credit recognised for a corresponding course of education at another institution of higher education. The Program Director for the master's programme in System, Control and Robotics will make the decisions concerning recognition of entire courses. Coursesincluded in a previousdegree cannotbe recogniced. Awards of credits for parts of courses may be decided upon by an examiner.

For further information on recognition of previous academic studies, see the KTH:s regelverk.

Studies abroad

Exchange studies are available through a number of agreements between KTH and other universities. The Degree project (Master’s Thesis project) can be performed abroad providing the student has an advisor and examiner at KTH and an advisor at the receiving institution or company, and that the work follows the KTH regulations for a degree projects.

Degree project

The degree project is the final part of the education and comprises 30 higher education credits. The project work may begin when special admission requirements for the course are fulfilled.

General rules and guidelines for the thesis and grading of the thesis are described in the KTH regulations. 

The degree project should be performed within the area of technology for which the degree is being prepared. The degree project is carried out individually and must be within an area corresponding to the courses which the student has taken. Before the degree project is started, it must be approved both by the KTH examiner and the program director.

The degree project is graded according to the P-F scale, using the three bases for assessment common to all grading at KTH: the engineering and scientific content, the process, and the presentation.


Students who have completed the two-year Master's programme in Systems, Control and Robotics (120 ECTS) will be able to apply for a "Teknologie masterexamen", translated into English as "Degree of Master of Science (two years)". 

To be able to apply for the degree the student has to fulfill the national qualification requirements and have completed courses correponding to 120 higher education credits including:

  • all of the compulsary courses depending on track
  • a sufficient number of conditionally elective technical courses depending on the chosen track
  • one or two elective non-technical courses
  • one project course in the subject area
  • other elective courses for a total of 90 higher education credits
  • Degree project of 30 higher education credits.

The student applies for their degree via the ”Personal Menu” at

KTH's local degree ordinance is available in their entirety in the KTH regulatory framework that can be found on the intranet. The main subject for the degree will be stated in the degree certificate .