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MSc Architecture

The master's programme in Architecture offers a unique learning environment with remarkable possibilities for students to tailor their degrees. 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.

Application deadlines for studies starting August 2024

16 October (2023): Application opens
15 January: Last day to apply
1 February: Submit documents and, if required, pay application fee
21 March: Admission results announced

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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, you will complete six studio projects, each providing an opportunity to apply and develop skills in varied areas of the learning process. The annual selection procedure allows you to list your preferences for the studios on offer. Most of the ten studios offered have places for about 25–30 students. Studio projects can include both individual work and teamwork.

The final semester degree project is an assignment that the student conducts independently. You will formulate a thesis booklet and develop a project addressing issues developed and discussed with architectural tools and terms. Through the project, you are given the opportunity to show that they have obtained the academic and professional skills of an architect. You will present your degree project on the public examination days where an external jury assesses it.

KTH leads its architectural education and research by combining artistic, design-led, technological and practical aspects of the field. We aim 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 coaching 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 programme is structured 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).

Courses and studios in the programme

Students

Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.

Sara

"At KTH I finally feel like I am someone more than just a student. The school encourages a 9-5 "work" system, where you make sure to get enough sleep and a "normal" life outside of university to remain inspired and energized."

Sara from Poland

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Future and career

Most architects who graduate from KTH find a professional role in private architectural firms, but many also work in the public sector. A significant development in terms of future career prospects is our additional mission to train you to assume a higher level of legal and financial responsibility in your various professional roles related 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 various skills facilitating successful careers.

"The most valuable experiences and skills that I improved were personal relations and cooperation in a team. From the architectural studio culture at KTH, I learnt the significance of maximising my personal contribution to the creative atmosphere."

Hayk Shahinyan, Strategisk Arkitektur

Meet the graduates

Sustainable development

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:

Sustainable development goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Sustainable development goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sustainable development goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

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 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 by helping 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 Professor Thordis Arrhenius; Architectural History, Professor Helena Mattsson, Associate Professors Anders Bergström and Jennifer Mack; 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.

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