Bachelor in Information and Communication Technology

General

Program Description

Today’s society is highly dependent on Information and Communication Technology (ICT). This program aims to meet society’s demands for ICT solutions and prepare a generation of highly skilled specialists in the field. The developments in this area create opportunities for you to utilize the knowledge gained in the program for either an international career or further master's level studies.

Information and Communication Technology at KTH

ICT is the basis for digitalizing human communication and affects everyone's lives, most industries, sectors, government agencies, and NGOs. New IT systems and services are constantly evolving, and people and products are becoming increasingly connected. While technology can improve people's quality of life and help reduce emissions from heavy industries, development requires constantly improved security. ICT experts are needed to improve protection against industrial espionage, fake news, and cyber warfare, or to develop AI, e-health and digital design. As a student on this program, you find yourself in the midst of the development of phenomena such as machine learning, robotics and the Internet of Things.

The program gives you a combination of knowledge about electronics, software, computer science, and communications technology. The program integrates technology with economics, leadership and sustainable development – giving you a broad perspective on technological development. The program has a large proportion of elective courses that give you the opportunity to tailor your education.

All teaching is conducted in English in a combination of lectures, laboratory work, and practice. You will benefit from the extensive group work you are able to do both at future employers and in research environments. The program is based on the latest research that KTH conducts in collaboration with companies and your teachers are prominent professors from all over the world. Through guest lectures and projects you will be able to meet companies, which gives you a better understanding of your future profession.

At KTH Kista campus in Stockholm, you are close to more than 1,000 companies in the IT field. Your fellow students come from both Sweden and other countries: many from Germany, France, Spain, England, and South Korea. Collaborating in intercultural groups is a valuable experience that can lay the foundations for your own international network.

This is a three-year program (180 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science. The program is given by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (at KTH).

Career

After graduation, creative jobs await in a labor market that exists both in Sweden and internationally. The program opens up opportunities in global and regional IT companies, consultancy firms, in most companies’ IT departments and in international institutions. There is also a great need for ICT skills in the automotive industry and medical technology.

You can evolve into a software engineer, consultant, systems specialist and much more. You might have a new idea during the program and go on to become an entrepreneur or apply to the many startup companies in the field. Even though more and more people are training in ICT around the world, the need for ICT competence is expected to be high for a long time to come. The prospect of finding exciting tasks and occupations is very good.

Students

Find out what students from the program think about their time at KTH.

Alexandra Kolonia, Greece: "KTH is a highly acclaimed school, with a good reputation in teaching."

Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programs. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the bachelor's program in Information and Communication Technology are:

  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

The program teaches you to understand and develop sustainable solutions for the global sustainability goals Energy for All and Sustainable Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. ICT's main contribution to sustainability is to be an enabler for other industries to become more energy-efficient and reduce their carbon footprint. Emissions from the transport and industry sectors can be greatly reduced if new energy-efficient technology can be used.

The IT industry also has a major impact on personal integrity, digital monitoring, and democracy. There are major issues to engage in here for those who want to become involved and influence development. Another important aspect is that the technology that enables us to be connected is dependent on electricity. In order for the digital services we use to be environmentally friendly, it is important to create an energy-efficient infrastructure.

Courses

The three-year bachelor's program in Information and Communication Technology consists of six terms of courses. Each term consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits. The courses presented on this page apply to studies starting in autumn 2020.

Year 1

The first year of the program will give you basic knowledge in electronics and computer engineering, software engineering, computer science, and mathematics. These fields create a strong foundation for the rest of the program which is based mainly on these fields. The first year will also give you insight into your future profession.

Mandatory courses

  • Programming II (ID1019) 7.5 credits
  • Algorithms and Data Structures (ID1020) 7.5 credits
  • Project in Information and Communication Technology (II1305) 7.5 credits
  • Networks and Communication (IK1203) 7.5 credits
  • Modern Software Development (IV1303) 6.0 credits
  • Calculus in Several Variable (SF1686) 7.5 credits
  • Electromagnetism and Waves (SK1118) 7.5 credits

Year 2

During the second year, you will deepen and broaden your knowledge. You will reach an understanding of how products and services within information technology functions, and also gain the ability to develop these systems yourself. The knowledge acquired in the first two years is then applied in a project where you choose to either develop a software system or to build an autonomous robot.

Mandatory courses

  • Programming II (ID1019) 7.5 credits
  • Algorithms and Data Structures (ID1020) 7.5 credits
  • Project in Information and Communication Technology (II1305) 7.5 credits
  • Networks and Communication (IK1203) 7.5 credits
  • Modern Software Development (IV1303) 6.0 credits
  • Calculus in Several Variable (SF1686) 7.5 credits
  • Electromagnetism and Waves (SK1118) 7.5 credits

Optional courses

  • Developing Mobile Applications (ID2216) 7.5 credits
  • Signal Processing (II1303) 7.5 credits
  • Active Career (II1307) 1.5 credits
  • English for Employment (LS1419) 7.5 credits
  • Open and User Innovation (ME1033) 7.5 credits

Year 3

Year three offers great freedom in that you get to choose from a broad range of courses in information technology but also in economics, management, law, and entrepreneurship. This makes it possible for you to tailor your program and specialize in areas you find especially interesting.

Mandatory courses

  • Relationship, Marketing and Market Analysis (AI1170) 7.5 credits
  • Management and Ethics (AI1171) 7.5 credits
  • Rent, Tenant Ownership and Leasehold Law (AI1521) 7.5 credits

Optional courses

  • Algorithms and Complexity (DD2352) 7.5 credits
  • Automata and Languages (DD2372) 6.0 credits
  • Neuroscience (DD2401) 7.5 credits
  • Human-computer Interaction: Principles and Design (IC1007) 7.5 credits
  • Network Programming (ID1212) 7.5 credits
  • Artificial Intelligence and Applied Methods (ID1214) 7.5 credits
  • Concurrent Programming (ID1217) 7.5 credits
  • Compilers and Execution Environments (ID2202) 7.5 credits
  • Logic Programming (ID2213) 7.5 credits
  • Developing Mobile Applications (ID2216) 7.5 credits
  • Signal Processing (II1303) 7.5 credits
  • Active Career (II1307) 1.5 credits
  • Wireless Systems (IK1330) 7.5 credits
  • Internetworking (IK1552) 7.5 credits
  • Internet Security and Privacy (IK2206) 7.5 credits
  • Computer Systems Architecture (IS2202) 7.5 credits
  • English for Employment (LS1419) 7.5 credits
  • Open and User Innovation (ME1033) 7.5 credits
  • Team Leadership and Human Resource Management (ME2063) 6.0 credits
  • Optimization (SF1811) 6.0 credits

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible, you must fulfill the general admission requirements for higher education as well as the specific admission requirements for the program.

For Information and Communication Technology, 180 ECTS, with English as the language of instruction, the requirements are:

  • A completed upper secondary education including documented proficiency in English corresponding to English 6.
    Information concerning how to document this is available at Universityadmissions.se
  • Documented knowledge in Mathematics and Physics corresponding to Mathematics 4 (advanced level of mathematics) and Physics 2 (advanced level of physics). In each of the subjects, applicants must have at least a passing grade.

For this program, the exemption is given from requirements in the Swedish language.

The courses in English, Mathematics, and Physics mentioned above correspond to the course structure in Swedish upper secondary school. The levels of Mathematics and Physics corresponding to the content of these courses are an indication of the levels needed in order to be eligible for the program. However, which level and course needed in Mathematics and Physics in order to fulfill the eligibility requirements depends on the country of educational background. All applications will be evaluated individually and according to country-specific requirements.

Please note! Applicants must have complete documentation from Upper Secondary School. There will be no conditional admittance for applicants in their final year of Upper Secondary School and predicted grades are not accepted.

Country specific requirements

How to fulfill the requirements with an upper-secondary education from the British system (England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and IGCSE)

The requirements are an upper-secondary education giving access to university studies in the United Kingdom including a minimum grade C in IGCSE/GCSE/GCE English as well as the following:

  • Mathematics GCSE /GCE AS level corresponds to Mathematics 4 in Sweden
  • Physics GCSE/GCE (grade C or above) corresponds to Physics 2 in Sweden

This applies to applicants with GCSE from 2010 and onwards.

Requirements for applicants with previous education from AICE (international education according to British system)

The requirements are an upper-secondary education which gives access to university studies in for instance the United Kingdom, including a passing grade in IGCSE English and passing grades in:

  • Mathematics GCE AS level corresponds to Mathematics 4 in Sweden
  • Physics IGCSE or GCE corresponds to Physics 2 in Sweden

This applies to applicants with GCSE from 2010 and onwards

Requirements for applicants with an International Baccalaureate

The requirements are an International Baccalaureate Diploma with 24 points and 6 subjects: 3-4 subjects have to be on Higher Level. HL. And passing grades in:

  • English B, SL
  • Mathematics HL or Math Discrete HL or Mathematics, SL (from 2006 and onwards)
  • Physics, SL or HL

Documentation

Please note that all documents proving eligibility must reach Universityadmissions.se on the set deadline.

Last updated Apr 2020

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