Master's programme in Civil and Architectural Engineering

The programme starts with fundamental courses before moving into advanced-level courses that are often related to real-life projects and the use of state of the art tools for design and modelling. The programme offers two tracks: Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering.

Application dates for studies starting in Autumn 2020

16 October 2019: Application opens
15 January 2020: Application deadline
3 February 2020: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
3 April 2020: Notification of selection results
August 2020: Arrival and start of studies

Civil and Architectural Engineering at KTH

This master’s programme is aimed to give you advanced knowledge in the field of Structural Engineering as well as within the subjects of Civil or Architectural Engineering. The students will be able to implement this knowledge with a holistic view of buildings and infrastructure as advanced technical systems. The programme starts with fundamental, compulsory courses before moving into elective and more advanced-level courses.

There are two main tracks in the programme: Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering. The Civil Engineering track is devoted to techniques for designing, constructing and maintaining roads, streets, railway track, bridges and tunnels. The Architectural Engineering track is concerned with the engineering design and analysis of buildings with an emphasis on system-level performance and in a lifecycle perspective. The teaching methods are a mix of lectures, exercises, industry project work and laboratory work. During the education, the programme interacts with industry in many ways. One way is through project work in cooperation with experts from industry, and another is the involvement of experts from industry as teachers.

The programme ends with a degree project which should relate to an issue within the field, focusing on the investigation and analysis of a problem. This is also an opportunity for students to interact both with industry and current research.

Students in the programme will gain:

  • 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.
  • Strong ability to communicate with different audiences in English and/or in Swedish, orally and in writing. This includes the ability to discuss and promote results and findings. This is achieved through oral and written presentations throughout the education.
  • Awareness of societal and ethical aspects, including economic and social issues and ecologically sustainable development.

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).

Topics covered

Designing and constructing of roads, streets, railway track, 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


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 with the knowledge and ability to design and construct infrastructure, residential housing and workplaces with an optimal technology in terms of economy and environmental impact. The programme will provide its graduates with an internationally required competence, and excellent future value in both research and industry.

After graduation the student will be prepared for a professional career as a consultant mainly working with the design of building and infrastructure as roads, railways, tunnels and bridges. The graduates will also be prepared to work in the construction industry, as well as in public authorities, such as the road or rail administrations working either as designer or project leader. Furthermore, the students will be able to pursue an academic research career and continue towards doctoral studies. Due to our cooperation with industry especially during master's degree project work or different projects, the students have the opportunity to meet people from industry and make a first contact which often leads to a job opportunity.

After graduation

Constructor, designer, project developer, structural engineer, VVS and energy system, production engineer, project manager, design manager, researcher.

Meet the graduates


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

"KTH is a place full of opportunities – for academics, for working and for activities."

Suihan Zhang, China

Meet the students

Faculty and research

The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering delivers engineering research and education focused on buildings and infrastructure engineering. The vision for the department is to enable greener, smarter, and more economical buildings and transportation infrastructure through education and the development and application of innovative new scientific knowledge with a systems perspective. All the courses in the master’s programme are given by highly qualified teachers and researchers involved in different research projects.

Faculty and research

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