Last edit: 11/03/2010
Approved: 11/03/2010

Structure of the education

The academic year at KTH is divided into 4 periods. Each period lasts approximately 7 weeks with at least 33 days of study. Each period is followed by an examination period consisting of supplementary days and at least 5 exam days. In addition to these 4 regular exam periods there are 3 additional re-examination periods, after christmas, after may, and immidiately preceding the first study period of the academic year. The academic year lasts for a duration of 40 weeks. If necessary, teaching activites can be scheduled outside the academic year.

Courses

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

The course part of the programme lasts three semesters (90 university credits). Seven courses (corresponding to 44.5 university credits) are compulsory. The other courses are elective and must be chosen among a list of elective courses in solid or fluid mechanics. The students can also, in agreement with the program director, take as elective courses one or two courses in applied mechanics given by other departments of KTH.

The list of compulsory and elective courses 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.

Conditions for participation in the programme

No Later than November 15 and May 15 each academic year students are required to make a study registration and course selection for the coming term.  At least 40 university 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. 

Recognition of previous academic studies

Under certain circumstances, credits for previous academic studies can be received according to the local policy of KTH, www.kth.se/info/kth-handboken/II/13/3.html

Degree project

The last semester is spent on a five month (30 university credits) Master’s thesis project performed in industry or at university. The purpose of the thesis project is that the students should demonstrate their ability in performing independent work, using and developing the skills obtained from the courses in the programme.

Students must have completed at least 60 university credits before they begin their Master’s thesis. 

The students must actively search for a suitable thesis project in industry or at a university.

 More information on KTH policy about Degree project can be found at www.kth.se/info/kth-handboken/II/15/1.html

Degree

Students who have completed all the requirements of the program will be awarded the degree of Master of Science (two years). 

Students must apply for the degree and also show proof of their bachelor (or equivalent) degree and the payment of the student union fees.  

Detailed information can be found at  www.kth.se/info/kth-handboken/II/19/1.html