Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Technology, Work and Health, 120 credits (TTAHM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2018

Last edit: 13/03/2019
Approved: 13/03/2019

Structure of the education

The broad scope of Technology and Health is distinctly interdisciplinary, where knowledge and practices from several scientific disciplines meet. The education in this programme is systems oriented with focus on the sociotechnical systems and the interplay between human, technology and organisation (HTO). The progression in the programme is done through the mandatory courses in one of two specialisations:

  • Work Environment Engineering

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

    Work Environment Engineering (WEE) include elaborations in the theory and practice of technical and physical work environments, as well as organisation and management of occupational safety and health work (OSH). This specialisation will provide a successive deepening of knowledge in OSH management with focus on the technical work environment, from the organisation of work, via change management and risk assessments, to the effects of the work environment on an organisations operational and financial performance.

    Correspondingly, the ergonomic design of products and artefacts can be optimised from and performance influencing factors. This specialisation is planned in accordance to the governmental requirements regarding advanced education and training in work environment engineering. After completion of the studies, the graduate will have suitable knowledge, understanding and proficiency to work as a Work Environment Engineer

    Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) is based on the International Ergonomics Associations (IEA) definition of ergonomics as a scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans, technology and organisations of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design to optimize human well-being and overall system performance. The discipline is design oriented and mainly concerned with planning and designing of workplaces, tasks, products and systems.

    After completion of the studies, the graduate will have suitable knowledge, understanding and proficiency to work as a Human Factors Specialist or Ergonomist.

The education is based on so called blended learning with teaching in most of the courses on campus during four to five days, every three weeks. In between the campus meetings, the graduate will study independently or in groups with course projects and e-learning activities. In some courses that are given in cooperation with other programmes at KTH, the teaching can however be more regular.

Through course projects and the master thesis, the graduate will train their ability to integrate the acquired knowledge and abilities from the different topics in the programme.

During the first year, the graduate elects one of two tracks for specialist competence in Work Environment Engineering, or Human Factors and Ergonomics. The second elaborates deeper into the topics of OSH management, product development, Human factors and ergonomics, as well as the planning and design of work environments.


The programme is course based. List of courses are included in Appendix 1.

During the first year, the following courses of 7.5 credits are mandatory for all students:

  • Occupational Safety and Health Management and Change

  • Work Environment Economics

  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications

  • System safety and risk management

    In addition, the following courses are mandatory for the two tracks respectively:

    Work Environment Engineering

  • Evaluation and Measures of the Physiological and Acoustic Work Environment, 7.5 credits

  • Evaluation and Measures of the Physical and Chemical Work Environment, 15 credits

    Human Factors and Ergonomics

  • Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, 7.5 credits

  • Cognitive Ergonomics, 7.5 credits

    During the second year, the following courses of 7.5 credits are elective for all graduates in both tracks:

  • Ergonomics in Product Development

  • Planning and design of Work Environments

  • Ergonomics, Human Factors and Patient Safety

    At least two of these courses must be chosen.

    During the second half of year two, the graduates do a degree project that comprises 30 credits. The degree project can be done individually or in groups of two students.


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

At the beginning of a course the student must submit a compulsory course registration via the personal menu at 

Some of the elective courses may have limited admission. Selection of applicants is done based first on completed credits, and second on results on previous courses.

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

Students can apply for credit transfer of results from a course or courses at another higher education institution/university, within or outside the country. The entire KTH policy for credit transfer is included in the KTH regulatory framework at

Studies abroad

Courses and the degree project can be done outside of Sweden after approval from the examiner and under the condition that the programme objectives are fulfilled. The application deadline for studies abroad is around 15 December for the following academic year.

Degree project

The programme includes a degree project for a Degree of Master that comprises 30 credits and is usually carried out in the spring semester of year 2. Commencement of the degree project requires that at least 60 credits have been obtained, of which 30 credits relate to specialised studies in the second cycle within the Master's Programme. KTH's comprehensive rules and guidelines for a degree project, 30 credits, for a Degree of Master, 120 credits, can be found in the KTH regulatory framework at The Degree project may begin when special admission requirements for the course are fulfilled. The grade is Pass or Fail.


The degree of Master of Science in Technology and health is obtained after completion of courses comprises of 120 credits, including a degree project of 30 credits.

The application for degree is done by the graduate online at