The rationale behind Urbanism Studies is for professionals to understand and work in interdisciplinary urban design and city planning teams, coupled with the growing desire for cities to establish new and different forms of urban living. As the goal of this programme offered by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology is to move design thinking from objects to places, our core urban studios and modules differ from traditional studios/modules in several ways.
Our approach involves in-depth explorations of urban design issues by combining five topic-based modules situated within the three studio courses. Ongoing seminar reading series and urban film studies are included in the studios. The integrated final thesis project builds upon the previous three studios and five modules. It is a unique composite work synthesizing all of the results of previous work into a final product that students can utilize as a portfolio of their one-year studies at KTH.
This is a “living book” of accumulated knowledge from the beginning that will act as an advanced postgraduate theoretical, strategic and design portfolio. The project can be achieved in the form of an essay, design project, installation or urban movie. The degree project also includes methodologies in urban design research, public life studies and researching the city, plus a research seminar focused on thesis preparation.
The prospects on the labour market for graduates from the programme are exceptional. Employers can be found in the public sector, municipal, regional, national, as well as in the private sector (architects, residential, construction and consulting) where graduates receive design, planning, formative, coordinating, investigating and acting competition tasks.
Our urbanism studies graduates can expect to go to work for planning and design consultancies; city agencies; business and development groups; urban- and regional planning agencies; state planning agencies; private developers; non-profit community and affordable housing developers and also continue with research within academia. The programme has close ties to professionals who are active in the field (through studios), which means that urbanism studies students are given an opportunity to build strong initial networks that can be used when starting their careers.
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To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the programme-specific requirements.
Programme specific requirements
A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in the field of Architecture (B.Arch. or M.Arch.), Landscape Architecture (B.L.A. or M.L.A.) or Urban Design and Physical Planning (M.C.P., M.U.P.)
Coursework corresponding to a minimum of 30 ECTS credits is required either in Architecture, Physical Planning or Urban Design, and/or Landscape Architecture.
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