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Academic System

In this section you will be able to find useful information when planning your study at the Faculty of Engineering, LTH.

Credits and exams

Universities in Sweden use a credit system where 1.5 higher education credits are equivalent to one week of full time studies. 60 credits equal to full time studies during one academic year (i.e. 40 weeks). The academic year is divided into two semesters (20 weeks each).

At LTH each semester is divided into two study periods. It is not unusual for a course to run over two study periods and be followed by an examination at the end of the course. Most common is a written exam, but written reports that have to be presented and approved by the professors is also a way of evaluating the performance of the students.

 

Grading Scales

ECTS grades are not awarded at LTH and we do not use grade point average (GPA) at our faculty. The grades are criterion-referenced, e.g. awarded in relation to the student’s  performance relative to the learning objectives set out in the course syllabus.

The following applies for grading at LTH:

Engineering studies
On most courses, the grading scale comprises four levels: fail, 3 (three), 4 (four) or 5 (five). A higher figure signifies a better grade. For some courses, grades are only given as "Underkänd" (Fail) or “Godkänd”  (Pass). 

School of Architecture
For  all  courses  in  Architecture  the  grading scale  only  includes  the  grade  "Underkänd" (Fail) or “Godkänd”  (Pass).

School of Industrial design
The four level grading scale (fail, 3, 4 or 5) and the two  level scale "Underkänd" (Fail) or “Godkänd”  (Pass) are  both used. 

Degree projects
Grades  are  not  given  on  degree  projects. Hence  the  grading  scale  only  includes  the grade "Underkänd" (Fail) or “Godkänd”  (Pass).

Please note that no ECTS grades are awarded at the Faculty of Engineering!

 

Courses Taken at Other Faculties at Lund University

(Information for Exchange students only!)

Exchange  students  at  LTH  may  also  follow courses at other faculties of Lund University.

Each faculty decides on their own grading scale but the most common is a three level scale including:

•  Underkänd, U (Fail)
•  Godkänd, G (Pass)
•  Väl godkänd, VG (Pass with distinction)

 

Degree Awarding

(Information for Master students only!)

By tradition, universities or faculties of engineering in Sweden are often named "Teknisk högskola". Accordingly, Lunds Tekniska Högskola, which issues the degree, is the Faculty of Engineering within Lund University.

The international master's programmes all lead to the Swedish degree of "Teknologie Master" which is translated into "Degree of Master of Science (Two Years) in...". This degree is awarded by Lunds Tekniska Högskola. The following degrees will be issued:

  • Master of Science (120 credits), main field of study: Biotechnology
  • Master of Science (120 credits), main field of study: Food Technology and Nutrition
  • Master of Science (120 credits), main field of study: Nanoscience
  • Master of Science (120 credits), main field of study: Photonics
  • Master of Science (120 credits), main field of study: Electronic Design
  • Master of Science (120 credits), main field of study: Water Resources
  • Master of Science (120 credits), main field of study: Communication Systems
  • Master of Science (120 credits), main field of study: Energy-efficient and Environmental Buildings
  • Master of Science (120 credits), main field of study: Food Product and Packaging Development
  • Master of Science (120 credits) in Architecture, main field of study: Architecture with specialization in Sustainable Urban Design
  • Master of Fine Arts (120 credits) in Design, main field of study: Industrial Design

It is the responsibility of international students to verify if the degree is recognized as Master of Science in their country of origin.