Eligibility and selection

Master's Programme, Software Engineering of Distributed Systems, 120 credits (TSEDM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2018

Last edit: 13/11/2018
Approved: 13/11/2018

1. Previous studies

A completed Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree (180 hp), from a university recognized by government or accredited by other recognized organization. A Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering is required for most programs (please see the relevant program description). Applicants admitted to longer technical study programs and who have completed courses equivalent to an amount of 180 hp, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

2. Specific admission requirements

Bachelor's degree in computer science or equivalent degree. Courses with mathematics, information technology or computer science equivalent to at least 90 hp credits.

The specific requirements may be assessed as not fulfilled if;

  • the degree awarding institution is not considered to meet acceptable quality standards by the authorities of the country in which the institution is located
  • the degree does not qualify for admission to equivalent Master level in the country where the degree is awarded. 

3. Language requirements

A good knowledge of written and spoken English, equivalent to Eng B. Applicants must provide proof of their proficiency in English. KTH accepts

  • TOEFL paper based test, total of 575, 4.5 writing section
  • TOEFL internet based test, total of 90, 20 writing section
  • IELTS score of at least 6.5, no band lower than 5.5 (only academic training accepted)

English proficiency tests are waived for applicants with English as language of instruction (minimum 3 years of full-time higher education studies).

Knowledge of English may be taken into account in the selection process.

4. Selection process

Students who apply for more than one Master's program at KTH must place the program in order of preference. Students will only be accepted to one program, according to the priority stated on the application form. Multiple applications will not be accepted.

The selection process is based on the following selection criteria: University, previous studies (for instance GPA, grades in specific subjects and English), motivation for the studies (for instance letter of motivation, references, thesis proposal and relevant work experience). The evaluation scale is 1-75.

The specific requirements may be assessed as not fulfilled if

  1. the degree awarding institution is not considered to meet acceptable quality standards by the authorities of the country in which the institution is located
  2. the degree does not qualify for admission to equivalent Master level in the country where the degree is awarded