Last edit: 24/10/2011
Approved: 24/10/2011

Structure of the education

 The academic year at KTH is divided into four periods. Each period lasts approximately seven weeks with at least 33 days of study. Each period is followed by an examination period. In addition to the four regular examination periods, there are three additional re-examination periods: after Christmas, immediately after the end of the academic year, and immediately before the start of a new academic year. The academic year has a duration of 40 weeks. Teaching activities may, if necessary, be scheduled outside the academic year.


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

The programme consists of three types of courses: compulsory courses, conditionally elective courses and elective courses. Lists of courses for the different programme tracks are given in appendix 1. The compulsory courses amount to approximately 25 credits for each track, and the conditionally elective courses amount to approximately 70 credits. From the list of conditionally elective courses the students must select courses amounting to at least 25 credits. The elective courses can be chosen from all courses listed for all tracks, or, alternatively, the students may suggest other, non-listed, courses that fit in with the track chosen. The choice of elective courses must be approved by the programme director. The total number of credits for courses taken must be at least 90.

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

When starting the programme, students must choose one of the tracks described in appendix 2. 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 45 university credits must 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 who fail to fulfill this requirement must together with the programme director and the student counselor make an individual study plan.

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 policy of KTH:

Studies abroad

After approval by the programme director, part of the studies may be carried out abroad (including the Master’s degree project). The condition is that the parts of the programme carried out abroad should fit in with the educational programme.

Degree project

A 30-credit Master’s degree project is carried out at the end of the educational programme (usually the fourth semester). The purpose of the project is to let the student study a problem in more depth than is possible in the courses. The project may be carried out in an academic or industrial environment in Sweden or abroad. To be allowed to start a degree project, a student must have accumulated at least 60 credits.

The choice of project must be approved by the programme director.

The Degree project is graded on a scale from A to F. A-E are passing grades, A is the highest grade.

More information on KTH policy about Degree project can be found at


Students having completed 120 university credits within the framework of the master’s programme in Engineering Physics will receive a degree entitled “Master of Science (Two Years)”. Students must apply for the degree and also show proof of their basic degree (bachelor or similar).

Complete information on the degree requirements can found in the local degree policy of KTH:

To receive the MSc degree, students must fill out an application form that is submitted to the programme director.