MSc Civil and Architectural Engineering

The master’s programme in Civil and Architectural Engineering train students in design and also in how to build our future homes and infrastructure, as well as roads, bridges or tunnels, with all the challenges related to sustainability and the real demands of society. The programme also focuses on how a structure performs throughout its entire service life, not just during the building phase.

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

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Civil and Architectural Engineering at KTH

This master’s programme give students advanced knowledge in the field of Structural Engineering as well as within the subjects of Civil or Architectural Engineering. Students will be able to implement this knowledge with a comprehensive view of buildings and infrastructure as advanced technical systems. The programme starts with basic mandatory courses before moving on to elective 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 concerns engineering design and analysis of buildings with an emphasis on system-level performance and from a lifecycle perspective. The teaching methods comprise a mix of lectures, exercises, industry project work 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 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 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 strong ability to communicate with different audiences in English and/or Swedish, both 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 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 mainly at the KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Architecture and Built Environment (at KTH).

Topics covered

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


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 an optimal technology in terms of economy and environmental impact. The programme will provide graduates with the globally required skills and excellent future value in both research and industry.

Graduates from the programme will be prepared for a professional career as a consultant, mainly working on the design of buildings and infrastructure such as roads, railways, tunnels and bridges. Graduates will also be prepared to work in the construction industry, as well as in public authorities, such as the road or rail administration, working either as a designer or project leader. Graduates from the programme work at companies such as Skanska, NCC, ÅF, PEAB, Trafikverket and many others. Furthermore, graduates will be able to pursue an academic research career and continue towards doctoral studies. As a result of our cooperation with industry, particularly during master's degree project work or different projects, students have the opportunity to meet people from industry and make a first contact, which often leads to job opportunities.

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.

"If you want to study at an institution that values innovation, gives you a close insight into engineering practice, and gives you access to the brightest names in the field, then KTH is the place to be."

Maya Sleiman, Lebanon

Meet the students

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:

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

Students work on developing and designing of 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 waste water to heat up houses, the development and usage of vacuum insulation panels for isolation of houses, and planning construction process where we take in account all aspects such technical, environmental, economic, social and aesthetic.

Webinar on sustainable development

Watch a recording of the webinar offered by the School of Architecture and the Built Environment in November 2019. The webinar focused on the schools' master’s programmes and how they relate to sustainable development.

Faculty and research

The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering provides engineering research and education that is focused on 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.

Faculty and research

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