Last edit: 14/08/2017
Approved: 14/08/2017

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.

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 thesis works.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Course application

As a student at KTH programmes you have to apply for semester courses. The application is done via and by all programme students.

Semester registration

Everyone admitted to an educational programme at KTH must register for the semesters they intend to study. Semester registration is a prerequisite and is required for the registration and reporting of results on courses. You can carry out a web registration at the same time as the semester starts, provided that you have fulfilled requirements for the coming semester.

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

Students admitted to the programme are required to perform an independent study in the form of a degree project corresponding to 30 university credits, second cycle. To begin the degree project, a student must have completed at least 60 university credits of the total course work and at least two of the three compulsory courses in the specialization.

The purpose of the degree project is that the student should demonstrate the ability to perform independent project work, using and developing the skills obtained from the courses in the programme. The degree project can either be performed at a university or, more commonly, at a company in the aerospace sector with suitable infrastructure to provide sufficient supervision and resources for the project. The student must actively search for a suitable degree project; however KTH will provide some assistance with information on suitable points of contact. Exchange students are recommended to find a degree project in their country of permanent residence or in the country where they intend to start their professional careers.


Students shall apply for a degree through the web service by logging into your Personal menu/Applications for degrees at