Sustainable Urban Planning and Design, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
University rank #98 (QS) ,
The Master’s programme Sustainable Urban Planning and Design offered by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology addresses contemporary challenges. It focuses on the interrelationship between the built environment and social, economic and institutional forces. The program educates professionals with a profound and broad understanding of the multiple factors in sustainable urban development.

About

The Sustainable Urban Planning and Design programme offered by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology  brings together students of architecture, planning, civil engineering and natural and social sciences. Students will be equipped with theoretical knowledge and professional tools that position them to act as critical links, joining multiple perspectives together in sustainable planning and design processes relevant in Sweden and worldwide. Coursework includes substantial time spent in studios and on projects that train students in practical skills as well as giving them deep understanding of planning and design practice.

The programme offers three study profiles pursued through recommended course combinations, which represent different professional competences involved in sustainable urban planning and design. Students can also broaden their knowledge by making their own combinations of courses. During the programme, students interact across the profiles in courses and projects that foster a mutual exchange of knowledge and ideas.

  • Urban Planning and Design
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Environment and Planning
Career

The programme prepares students as professionals in a growing and meaningful field, building a thorough understanding of planning and design process as well as aesthetic, social, environmental, economic and institutional factors that contribute to sustainable urban development. Graduates from this programme work with urban and regional planning, environmental planning and urban design in public organizations, private companies, research institutes and NGOs. 

Examples of public organizations are municipalities who are responsible for urban planning and development, regional development authorities, environmental protection authorities and national transport administrations which together employ close to half of the graduates. The private sector, which includes both architectural, planning and policy consultancy firms as well as project developers, also employ close to half of the graduates. The remaining 5–10% go on to doctoral studies at KTH and abroad or work in NGOs.

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Sustainable Urban Planning and Design Studio 1.2- Situations
  • Introduction to Urban Economics
  • Sustainable Urban Planning and Design Studio 1.1- Textures
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • City Networks in Regional Contexts
  • Planning Theory and Urban Governance
  • Urban Development and Planning
  • Futures Studies and Forecasts
  • Transport, Communication and Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Urban Planning and Design Studio 2.1- Urban Ecologies
  • Degree Project in Urban Planning and Design, Second Cycle
  • Project Sustainable Urban Planning - Strategies for Urban and Regional Development
  • Degree Project in Urban and Regional Planning, Second Cycle
  • Applied Urban and Regional Analysis
  • Contemporary Urban Theory, Advanced Course
  • Ecosystem Support and Environmental Justice
  • Project Sustainable Urban Planning - Assessments, Plans and Processes
For more information, please visit the programme's website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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    575

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    90

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Academic Requirements

A bachelor’s degree, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, in architecture or landscape architecture, physical planning, civil engineering in the built environment, energy and environment or equivalent, urban and regional planning, social or natural sciences relevant to the scope of the programme. Previous studies should include at least 30 ECTS credits in the field of urban design, urban transport or regional planning, national/ regional economy or environmental sciences.

Admission to the programme does not guarantee that each student is eligible to register for all courses within the programme, as some of them have specific prerequisites.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16087.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32175 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 310 000
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

Living costs for Stockholm

  • 9668 - 17250 SEK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Every year a limited number of KTH Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence. Recipients of the KTH Scholarship will have their tuition fee waived for the first and the second year, provided that the study results during the first year are satisfactory.

Applications for the KTH Scholarship for studies beginning in autumn will be open December 1 - January 15.

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