Last edit: 17/05/2019
Approved: 17/05/2019

Structure of the education

The academic year at KTH starts in end of August/beginning of September and ends in end of May/beginning of June. It is divided into four periods, two in the Autumn and two in the Spring. Each period lasts approximately seven weeks and is followed by an examination period. In addition to the four regular examination periods, there are four additional re-examination periods: before Christmas, in April, 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.

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.

The grades pass (P) and fail (F) are used for thesis works.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Participation requires admission to courses within the programme and course registration. Course registration is done via the personal menu at

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. 

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.

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

Parts of the programme and/or the Master’s degree project can be carried out abroad in accordance with the KTH policies for exchange studies.

Degree project

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 Master thesis work corresponds to 30 credits on advanced level, or about 20 weeks of full time work. The degree project can either be performed at a university or at a company with suitable infrastructure to provide sufficient supervision and resources for the project (or a combination of those). The degree project should be summarised in a written report and presented orally at a seminar. To begin the degree project

  • the student has an agreement with an examiner within a research area belonging to the programme
  • has fulfilled the special admission requirements for the course.

The student must actively search for a suitable degree project; however KTH will provide some assistance with information on suitable points of contact. The choice of degree project must be approved by the programme director.

The degree project is graded P/F.


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