Last edit: 12/03/2010
Approved: 12/03/2010

Structure of the education

The purpose of the Master’s Programme is to fill the growing demand for a professional profile that will shape, manage and improve water resources management through applying advanced methods, techniques and modeling to identify, describe, and solve water resources problems. 

The academic year covers 40 weeks, starting in September divided into two terms, which each consists of two study periods. Each study period concludes with a regular examination period of at least one week.


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

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

To be enrolled in the programme, you must be duly accepted into the programme with a valid admission letter issued by KTH Central Admissions Office. You must also pay your Student Union dues at the start of each semester in order to enrol in the programme. 

In addition to signing in as course participant at the beginning of a course and attending lectures, participation in class exercises and projects is a compulsory part of enrolling in any course.

Conditions for being promoted to the next level

For studies in study year 2:At least 45 higher education credits from study year 1 must be completed by the exam period in August. Students which have not fulfilled this requirement must set up an individual study plan. The main goal with the study plan is that the student should complete the remaining courses during the next study year. In the study plan, the remaining elements and also suitable courses from the next study year are included. Special regard should be taken to the courses prerequisites.

Recognition of previous academic studies

The Royal Institute of Technology has a policy for recognising previous academic studies. The decision on recognising documented results from similar education at other universities is taken by the vice dean of education at the School of Architecture and the Build Environment upon application by the student.

Studies abroad

It is presently not possible for Master’s students at the School of Architecture and the Build Environment.

Degree project

The programme is concluded with a Degree project which gives the student the opportunity to investigate a problem in depth, under the supervision of experienced practitioners and researchers.  

The Degree Project (30 credits) is compulsory in order to apply for a Master Degree at KTH. The prerequisite for starting the degree project is completed courses corresponding to 60 credits. The Degree project is graded on a scale A-F, where A-E are passing grades with A as the highest grade.

The topic is identified in consultation with the programme management and the students are also recommended to try to find relevant thesis projects linked to important topics in their home countries. The degree project may be carried out either in an academic environment or in a practical/industrial setting and may be carried out individually or in a group of two.  


Students who have fulfilled all course requirements in the Master's programme (120 ECTS) will be awarded a "Teknologie masterexamen", translated into English as "Degree of Master of Science (two years)". An application for the degree certificate should be submitted to the Master administrator, together with a copy of a student union card, copy of receipts or a certificate from the student union office, and an attested photocopy of the previous university degree (B.Sc. or a B. Eng, or equivalent). The degree certifi­cate will be mailed to the student’s permanent address by registered mail.

Please note that this degree do not correspond to the Swedish degree "Civilingenjör".