This is BTH

This is BTH

Blekinge Institute of Technology, BTH, has a distinctive focus on the digitalisation of society and sustainability.

BTH’s task is to contribute to a more sustainable societal development through higher education, research and innovation.

We conduct education and research at a high international level, focusing on IT integrated with other subjects such as engineering, industrial economics, spatial planning, design, and health sciences.

BTH invests in professionally oriented study programmes of high quality that develop the student as a whole. Innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability are included in all programmes. We focus on the future of our students, and offer courses and study programmes that prepare them to face societal challenges.

A special feature is our close cooperation with industry and society.

Welcome to BTH!

Studies tied to real life demands

BTH offers student-centered and research-based education with clear links to wider society emphasising creativity, independence, initiative and entrepreneurship.

Our goal is that our courses and programmes will give students opportunities to build a career within their chosen field. Our focus is not only on what happens during the studies, but also what happens after. Therefore, many of our courses and programmes include projects tied to real life demands and are conducted together with industry. This way, the students will gain insight into their future profession and contacts with potential future employers already during their studies.

Students at BTH are part of an international environment that provides them with the opportunity to build global networks for the future.

BTH makes the most of being a small university. Our students quickly get to know one another, and the study groups are small. Students can easily get in contact with teaching staff and other employees. This creates a rewarding, interesting and safe study environment.

Research for societal challenges

BTH’s research is of great relevance and impact, and our findings provide significant contributions in the form of knowledge and innovations to solve the challenges
facing society.

The research at BTH is conducted at two faculties within the fields of engineering, IT, spatial planning, industrial economics, design and health sciences.

Despite its relatively small size, BTH has a great deal of research. Today, research and research studies account for more than one-third of our activities and we intend to increase that share even further. We conduct research in a large number of fields all connected by applied IT, which researchers approach from different perspectives.

Research is conducted in collaboration with both business and industry as well as society, and always with a clear focus – that the results will contribute to solving the challenges facing society.


Strong research environments in urgent fields

At BTH there are three research environments with funding from the Knowledge Foundation (KKS).

  • One focuses on creating resource efficient systems for the analysis of large amounts of data. The research is conducted in cooperation with a number of companies including Ericsson, Telenor and Sony Mobile Communications.
  • The other research environment focuses on the production of digital methods and tools to develop the next generation of sustainable products in the manufacturing industry. The research is carried out in collaboration with a number of companies e.g. Volvo, Tetra Pak and GKN Aerospace.
  • The third focuses on developing new working methods and methods so that Swedish companies can develop future software intensive products and services in a competitive way. The research is carried out in collaboration with Ericsson, Sony, Telia Company, Handelsbanken, Swedbank, MaxKompetens, Time People Group, Tolpagorni Product Management, QTEMA and Fortnox.

In addition, BTH runs a major project, funded by the Knowledge Foundation, aimed at developing visual and interactive systems focusing on the human being. The project is conducted in collaboration with WIP, Ericsson, Axis Communications and Tobii Pro.

Unique health research clinic
BTH Research and Education Clinic is a unique clinic serving as a meeting place for research, education and health technology product development.

Inspiring study environment

Both of BTH’s campuses are located by the Baltic sea, which creates a special atmosphere. On campus there are of course lecture halls and libraries, but also restaurants and cafes, student housing, a students’ union, and the unique opportunity to swim in the sea; in other Words – an inspiring study environment.

BTH’s courses and programmes in engineering, IT, spatial planning, industrial economics and health sciences are offered at BTH’s main campus in Karlskrona – Campus Gräsvik. The campus is located at the centre of Blue Science Park –  a business network within the IT and telecommunications industry. This provides great opportunities for cooperations  within both education and research.

Most of BTH’s programmes in design and digital media are offered at Campus Karlshamn. NetPort Science Park, with businesses within the digital experiential industry, is also located on campus.

Facts about BTH

Education in numbers

  • 5 300 registered students
  • 560 international students
  • 21 undergraduate programmes
  • 12 Master’s programmes
  • 36 percent of students are women
  • Undergraduate and Master’s programmes accounts for two thirds of BTH’s activities


Based on facts from December 2019

Research in numbers

  • 43 professors
  • 11 research areas
  • About 100 PhD students
  • One third of BTH’s activities is research and PhD studies


Staff and turnover

  • About 460 employees
  • Turnover SEK 465 million