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Entry requirements

Interested in studying the master’s programme in Architecture? To be eligible you must meet the admission requirements of the programme and include the documents stated below in your application. All applications are assessed according to predetermined selection criteria set for the programme.

Admission requirements

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.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions . Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 3 February.

English proficiency

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognised English tests:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 575.
    TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
  • TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90
  • IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
  • University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)

The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognised English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions .

Specific requirements for the master's programme in Architecture

A bachelor’s degree in Architecture corresponding to 180 ECTS credits or equivalent.

The student has to present a portfolio that demonstrates the necessary skills and the ability to make use of the education as well as independence in utilizing adequate methodology to implement and evaluate architecture projects by the following criteria:

  1. Building complexity
  2. Development of project/ level of sophistication
  3. Technical aspects
  4. Design and aesthetics
  5. Theoretical, historical and contemporary context
  6. Portfolio layout

Application documents

Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:

General documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification document

Specific documents for the master's programme in Architecture

Please note that it is not required to submit motivation letters, recommendation letters or CV with the application. Those documents will not be taken into account when the application is reviewed.

A portfolio should be separately submitted directly to the KTH School of Architecture according to the following instructions:

  • Format: PDF
  • Size: maximum size of 10 MB, no more than 7 pages + 1 page cover sheet, single-sided, not spreaded.
  • Minimum 2-3 projects, preferably no group work.
  • Anonymous portfolio: Do not include your name anywhere in the portfolio. Include your 8-digit application number on the first page of the portfolio instead.
  • File name: The file name should be the same as the application number. Example: 75387612.pdf
  • Do not mix up the 8-digit application number with the programme code (E0121).
  • Content: The portfolio should only present the applicant’s educational projects, no projects from work experience/internships are accepted. The projects included should be correctly titled:
    • state during which year of the studies the project was done
    • indicate if the work has been produced by the applicant alone or in collaboration 

Please make sure to strictly follow the instructions above otherwise your application will be marked as ineligible.

Upload your portfolio here (if you can't upload your portfolio please use the email method below):

You can also upload your portfolio through ​​​​​​​email ​​​​​​​. Please, note that in this case you will not receive any automatic confirmation on successful upload.

Selection criteria

The selection is based on the portfolio. The evaluation scale is 1-75.

Applicants with education from a Swedish university
The same admission requirements and application process apply for students with a bachelor's degree from a Swedish university or students enrolled in a longer programme. If the university uses Ladok and the same personal identity number is used at the university and on the applicant does not need to submit transcripts of records or degree certificates.

Recognition of prior learning
Previous studies or professional experience may qualify you for studies or enable you to finish your studies earlier.

Read more about recognition of prior learning 

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Master's programme in Architecture