The master’s programme in Architecture offers a unique learning environment where the possibilities for students to tailor their degree are remarkable. Apart from orientation courses that explore the fundamentals of architecture, students freely choose studio courses from a wide range of themes that address current architectural topics. Graduates reach leading positions both in private architectural firms and the public sector.
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 teamwork.
The final term degree project is an assignment that the student conducts independently. The student formulates a thesis booklet 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 coaching of students at an advanced level of studies.
This master’s programme corresponds with the advanced level of the five year degree programme in Architecture (300 ECTS credits) . The overall aim of the programme is to ensure individual progression and deepening of knowledge, competence and judgement within architecture and related knowledge areas.
This is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Architecture and Built Environment (at KTH).
Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.
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 high 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.
Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Architecture are:
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: At KTH, students are investigating new models of planning and designing to develop new types of architectural responses relating to industrial production and innovative ways of building.
Sustainable Cities and Communities: Students at the KTH develop projects that propose new ways of designing sustainable communities. Architecture is an important tool for participating in sustainable urban development.
Responsible Consumption and Production: The building industry is currently responsible for one third of total energy consumption. Architectural research can substantially contribute to a more sustainable future to help reduce, recycle and reuse.
Faculty and research
Research at KTH Architecture is currently divided into five domains of specialisation led by researchers and faculty members: Architectural Design, Professor Ulrika Karlsson and Associate Professor Thordis Arrhenius; Architectural History, Professor Helena Mattsson, Associate Professors Anders Bergström and Jennifer Mack and Researcher Victor Edman; Architectural Technology, N.N., Professor Ann Legeby, Associate Professors Catharina Gabrielsson and Meike Schalk and 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 to strengthen architectural research, education and collaborative projects at national and international levels. Through this collaboration, KTH is an active part in two strong research environments: Architecture in Effect directed by KTH Associate Professor Meike Schalk ( architectureinthemaking.se ).
Researchers at the School of Architecture are further involved in several ongoing research projects funded with competitive grants.