Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability

Chalmers University of Technology

24 months
19745 EUR/year
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This Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability programme at Chalmers University of Technology  focuses on methods and design approaches for understanding and analysing different local contexts in order to propose adequate solutions in designing for a sustainable future.


Sustainable development is a political vision that entails huge challenges for social and technical innovation all over the world. It has consequences for all professions, not least for urban planning, architectural design and the full complexity of societal development can be addressed and managed through design for sustainable development.

This programme Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability offered by Chalmers University of Technology provides you with the skills and methods valid where design approaches are required. As a student, you are trained to find solutions that support sustainable development in a large variety of contexts and in dynamic situations. The perspective is holistic and systemic, comprising system levels and scales from urban structures, buildings and technical support systems to detailed construction elements. The programme is based on studios where real life situations and problems faced by society are handled in close contact with local stakeholders and actors.

The overall point of departure is the everyday life of people and the support of dignified lives and livelihoods in rapidly changing and sometimes extreme environments, through the development and implementation of aesthetic, affordable, socially and culturally appropriate, energy and material efficient, healthy and user friendly design solutions.

Career opportunities

The education leads to a wide range of career opportunities within design and planning for sustainable development as a response to increasing awareness and commitment among both public and private actors. The global challenges of resource constraints and climate change open for new and extensive fields of professional practices.

Globally rapid urbanisation, poverty reduction and fair distribution of resources are key issues as manifested in the UN Millennium Development Goals. In Sweden the existing building stock, not least from the 1960s and 1970s, has to be reconstructed in ways that can address socio-economic segregation problems as well as deficient environmental performance in an integrated manner.

These challenges request a new generation of skilled design professionals that are able to work in cross-disciplinary expert teams and in close contact with local stakeholders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Planning and design for sustainable developement in a local context
  • Arhitectural heritage and urban transformation
  • Design and planning for social inclusion
  • Design and planning for social inclusion
For more info please visit the programme website.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in Architecture, Architecture and Engineering, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Spatial planning or Urban design.
  • Prerequisites: A design portfolio is required, demonstrating a documented proficiency in spatially contextualized design work.
  • English Language Proficiency

The most common and important scores that are accepted are

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19745 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19745 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • 190 000 SEK/ academic year;


Scholarships are a great source of funding for Master's students who are liable to pay tuition fees. Chalmers University of Technology offers numerous scholarship opportunities. Some of these are administered by the university itself and others by external institutions.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability
Chalmers University of Technology