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MSc Civil and Architectural Engineering

The master's programme in Civil and Architectural Engineering fosters graduates who will design and build our future homes and infrastructure, with a deep understanding of human conditions and needs, and urgent demands for sustainability. In one of two specialisations, students explore either techniques for design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure or engineering design of buildings with a focus on performance and lifecycle perspective.

Application deadlines for studies starting August 2025

15 October (2024): Application opens
15 January: Last day to apply
3 February: Submit documents and, if required, pay application fee
27 March: Admission results announced

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Civil and Architectural Engineering at KTH

This master's programme gives you advanced knowledge in the field of Structural Engineering as well as in the subjects of Civil or Architectural Engineering. You learn how to implement this knowledge by comprehensively understanding buildings and infrastructure as advanced technical systems. The programme offers advanced-level courses that often relate to real-life projects and the use of state-of-the-art tools for design and modelling.

The programme offers two main tracks: Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering. The Civil Engineering track is devoted to techniques for the design, construction and maintenance of roads, streets, railway tracks, bridges and tunnels. The Architectural Engineering track focuses on engineering design and analysis of buildings with an emphasis on system-level performance from a lifecycle perspective. The teaching methods comprise a mix of lectures, exercises, projects and laboratory work. During the programme, students interact with industry in various ways, including project work in collaboration with industry experts and the involvement of industry experts as teachers.

The programme ends with a degree project relating to an issue within the field, focusing on investigating and analysing of a problem. The project is an opportunity for you to interact with both industry and current research.

Graduates from the programme will have gained:

  • A strong ability to develop and design buildings and infrastructure with regard to human conditions and needs, and society's objectives for economically, socially and ecologically- sustainable development.
  • A solid capability to communicate with different audiences verbally and in writing (English or Swedish), including the ability to discuss and promote results and findings. We achieve this by having oral and written presentations throughout the entire programme.
  • Awareness of societal and ethical aspects, including economic and social issues and ecologically-sustainable development.

This is a two-year programme, 120 ECTS credits, in English. Graduates will be awarded a Master of Science degree. The programme is given at the KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Architecture and Built Environment (at KTH).

Courses in the programme

The courses in the programme cover topics such as design and construction of roads, streets, railway tracks, bridges and tunnels, foundation engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydraulic engineering, structural engineering, concrete structures, steel and timber structures, building materials, indoor climate and energy, environmental aspects of the built environment.

Courses in the programme Civil and Architectural Engineering


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


"My time at KTH has been great, not only because it's one of the top universities in the world but also because Stockholm is such an excellent place to study and live. Studying abroad is about personal development, and this country is the perfect place for it."

Benjamín from Chile

Meet the students

Future and career

The building sector has a long-term impact on the built environment, and the master's programme in Civil and Architectural Engineering meets a well-recognised need for engineers who possess the knowledge and ability to design and construct infrastructure, residential housing and workplaces using optimal technology in terms of economy and environmental impact. The programme will provide graduates with the globally required skills and excellent future career possibilities in research and industry, nationally and internationally.

Graduates from the programme can pursue a professional career working on the design of buildings and infrastructure such as roads, railways, tunnels and bridges. Graduates often work as designers or project leaders in the construction industry, at consultancy firms, for municipalities or public authorities such as the road or rail administration. You can expect to take on roles such constructor, designer, project developer, structural engineer, VVS and energy system, production engineer, project manager, design manager or researcher. Graduates from the programme work at companies and organisations such as Skanska, NCC, AFRY, PEAB, JM, Veidekke, Svevia, WSP and Trafikverket (Swedish Transport Administration). Furthermore, graduates can pursue an academic research career and doctoral studies. As a result of our cooperation with the industry, particularly during master's degree project work and other projects, students have the opportunity to meet people from the industry and make first contact, which often leads to job opportunities.

"Currently I work with consultation on civil engineering, construction and project management, building technology and building physics. I am also teaching construction and project management at the University of Reykjavík."

Jóhann Björn Jóhannsson, VSO Consulting

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 Civil and Architectural Engineering are:

Sustainable development goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Sustainable development goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sustainable development goal 13. Climate Action

Students work on developing and designing buildings and infrastructure with regard to human conditions and needs, and society's objectives for economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development. Some examples are the use of energy from wastewater to heat houses, the development and usage of vacuum insulation panels for isolation of houses, and planning the construction process where we take into account all technical, environmental, economic, social and aesthetic aspects.

Faculty and research

The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at KTH provides engineering research and education in building and infrastructure engineering. The department's vision is to enable greener, smarter and more economical building and transportation infrastructure through education and the development and application of innovative new scientific knowledge using a systems perspective. All the courses in the master's programme are given by highly qualified teachers and researchers involved in different research projects.

Research within Civil and Architectural Engineering consists of a long list of subjects within the built environment. It comprises the most frequent construction materials (concrete, steel and timber), sustainable buildings focusing on building system design and performance, as well as civil engineering subjects (soil and rock mechanics, structural engineering and bridges, highway engineering, and transport planning).

Main research topics:

  • Building Materials
  • Concrete Structures
  • Constructional Engineering and Design
  • Soil and Rock mechanics
  • Structural Engineering and Bridges
  • Sustainable Buildings
  • Transport Planning

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