Master's programme in Architecture
The master’s programme in Architecture consists of two years of full-time study. The overall aim is to ensure individual progression and comprehensive understanding of the field and related knowledge areas.
This master’s programme corresponds with the advanced level of the five year degree programme in Architecture (300 ECTS credits) .
Architecture at KTH
The programme consists of studio-based teaching, orientation courses, seminar courses and a final independent degree project. Through the different stages of the programme students completes six studio projects, each providing an opportunity to apply and develop skills in varied areas of the learning process. There is an annual selection procedure allowing students to list their preferences for the studios on offer. A majority of the twelve studios offered have places for about 25–30 students, and some 12–15 students. Studio projects can include both individual work and team work.
The final term degree project is an assignment that the student conducts independently. The student formulates a programme and develops a project addressing architectural issues that may be discussed in architectural terms. Through the project, the student is given the opportunity to show that they have obtained the academic and professional skills of an architect. This is an independent piece of work that must be carried out within a specified one-term time frame. Degree projects are presented on public examination days. The projects are assessed by an external jury, appointed for the examination.
KTH leads its architectural education and research by combining artistic, design-led, technological and practical aspects of the field. Our mission is to educate qualified consultants and leaders with a capacity to develop the built environment with respect to design, technology, economics, quality, aesthetics and long-term sustainability. We also constitute a large international study environment, recognised for its individual coaching of students at an advanced level of studies.
The overall aim of the programme is to ensure individual progression and deepening of knowledge, competence and judgement within architecture and related knowledge areas.
A majority of architects who graduate from KTH find a professional role in private architectural firms, but many also work in the public sector. An important development in terms of future career prospects is our additional mission to train students to assume a higher level of legal and financial responsibility in their various professional roles that relate to architecture and planning.
Addressing the challenges related to sustainable development, whilst developing urban landscapes and buildings that offer quality of life and rich business opportunities, calls for innovative architectural strategies, new technologies and economic and social policy initiatives. Graduates will leave the programme well equipped to enter the workplace with a variety of skills facilitating successful careers.
Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.
Faculty and research
Research in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment is currently divided into five domains of specialisation led by five researchers and faculty members: Architectural Design, Professor Ulrika Karlsson; Architectural History. Associate Professor Helena Mattsson; Architectural Technology, Associate Professor Tim Anstey; Critical Studies, Associate Professor Hélène Frichot; Urban Design, Researcher Daniel Koch.
The Swedish research school ResArc ( resarc.se ) is a collaboration between the schools of architecture at KTH, Chalmers University of Technology, Lund University, and Umeå University with the aim of strengthening architectural research, education and collaborative projects at national and international levels. Throught this collaboration KTH is an active part in two strong research environments: Architecture in Effect directed by KTH Associate Professor Meike Schalk ( architectureineffect.se ) and Architecture in the Making ( architectureinthemaking.se ).
Researchers at the School of Architecture are further involved in several ongoing research projects funded with competitive grants.