Last edit: 16/11/2016
Approved: 16/11/2016

Structure of the education

Structure of the education

The academic year comprises 40 weeks and is divided into four periods. If necessary, instruction may be provided outside the parameters of the academic year.

The division of the academic year is presented on the KTH student web

The programme is organised around courses in the applied subjects relating to engineering science and technology that are of importance to the programme's technical and scientific profile. The teaching and use of professional skills and abilities of great importance to an engineer, for example, communication, ethics, entrepreneurship, sustainable development, corporate and societal aspects, are integrated into the programme's courses.

To create a unified whole, the programme emphasises cooperation between different subjects, both in a specific year and between years. This is achieved through courses being coordinated scheduling wise, having a progression of knowledge and skills, and through the different tracks having different entry requirements, as described below;

1)  Industrial Materials. This track is only intended for students with a Materials Engineering or Metallurgical background and good knowledge of metallurgical theory and principles for the production of metals, basic theory for phase transformation and thermodynamics for phase diagrams, and equilibria and transformations in metallic and ceramic materials. For students on the Materials Design and Engineering Programme, this track also leads to a Degree of Master of Science in Materials Design and Engineering, otherwise to a Degree of Master in Engineering Materials Science.

2) Materials and Process Design. This track is intended for students with another technical or scientific university education within, for example, Engineering Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics. It has a specialisation like Industrial Materials, but with an arrangement involving introductory courses in the first semester, which means that the track can be followed by students without prior in-depth materials or metallurgical knowledge.

3) Materials Processing. This track is intended for students with a Metallurgical or Mechanical Engineering background and with an interest in machining processes, in particular plastic forming and modelling and simulation. This specialisation also provides a deeper understanding of the relationship between plastic machining and mechanical properties.

4) Sustainable Materials. This track is intended for students with a Materials Engineering or Metallurgical background with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. It has a focus on substitution/replacement and process technology recycling of metallic materials in a sustainable cycle-based approach to raw materials (circular economy). This track can grant students eligibility for participation in KIC EIT Raw Materials.


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

The programme is structured in the form of courses. Course lists are found in Appendix 1: Course list

The programme consists of compulsory, conditionally elective, recommended and optional courses. The compulsory courses are defined for each year and track/profile in course lists. The goals, entrance qualifications, content and course requirements for each course can be found in the official course syllabuses.

The type of instruction and examination format vary between the courses and these are indicated in each official course syllabus.

The optional courses can be chosen from KTH's range of offered courses. Credits from courses at other universities/higher education institutions can also be transferred if the qualification requirements are met.

The following limitations apply to optional courses:

  • There is a limit imposed on the number of credits that may be chosen per semester
  • An optional course may not correspond to a significant extent to an existing programme course or an already credited course
  • Higher education preparatory courses may not be counted as optional courses
  • Optional courses may be chosen freely but should be relevant to the professional role of engineer.

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

Semester registration
At the beginning of the semester, the student must submit a compulsory semester registration via their personal login a

Semester registration is required to take new courses and for credits awarded to be reported, and for any payments of student aid to be made by CSN.

Application for courses within the programme
Prior to each semester, the student must apply for all courses the student intends to take. Course application is done at  or

  • 1 - 15 May for autumn semester
  • 1 - 15 November for spring semester

If the student does not apply via or, the application is only considered subject to availability.

The student can obtain information on how to apply from the school's office of student affairs.

Course registration
At course start, the student must register themselves on all courses. Course registration must be done individually, either via the student's personal login at or according to instructions from the school offering the course.

A student who has registered on a course, but has subsequently decided not to proceed with the course, must inform the school offering the course as soon as possible, according to the school's instructions.

Course registration requires that the student has been admitted to the course.

Conditions for studies in year 2
At least 45 credits from year 1, according to the course list of the programme syllabus, shall be earned by the end of the re-examination period in August.

Individual study plan 
A student who does not fulfil the above requirements must, in consultation with the study advisor for the programme, establish an individual study plan for the continuing studies.

An individual study plan may mean that the student cannot be guaranteed full-time studies.
See the KTH regulatory framework:

Recognition of previous academic studies

Students have the opportunity to apply to be given credit for 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 KTH's regulatory framework,

As the grading systems differ widely between countries, grades from exchange studies are not translated to the KTH grading scale.

An application is made by submitting a form to the school's office of student affairs.

Studies abroad

Students have the opportunity to study abroad through agreements KTH has with universities within and outside the EU, It is also possible to do a degree project abroad. For some exchanges, an application for scholarships can be made, e.g., Erasmus, etc.

The application deadline for studies abroad is around 15 December for the following academic year.

Degree project

Degree project, second cycle
The programme includes a degree project for a Degree of Master that comprises 30 credits and which is usually carried out in the spring semester of year 2.

Commencement of the degree project requires that the majority of the studies in the Master's Programme are completed, i.e.,

·         that 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.


Application for a certificate
The student must apply for a certificate. Applications are made by logging on to the KTH website where "Applications for degrees" is found under the heading Programme.                           

Conditions for a Degree of Master, 120 credits
A Degree of Master of Science is obtained after completing the degree programme. The programme is designed so that the student, when they graduate, has fulfilled the national qualification requirements with a passing grade in all courses included in the student's study plan of 120 credits, of which

  • at least 90 credits are attained in the second cycle, which includes at least 60 credits (including a 30 credit degree project) of specialised studies within the programme's main field of study.

Title of general qualification at second cycle

Degree of Master of Science (120 credits)
Teknologie masterexamen

Refer to the KTH guidelines (KTH regulatory framework), local directions for higher education qualifications at first and second cycle, the local Degree Ordinance