MSc Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure
The master's programme in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure equips students with interdisciplinary tools to solve future environmental problems and prepares for careers as environmental engineers. Students gain knowledge of the properties and functions of water and ecosystems, learn how to assess the local and global environmental impact of human activities, and apply advanced methods and modelling tools to define and solve environmental problems.
Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure at KTH
The programme has no tracks and there is, in general, a large degree of freedom for you to select courses within the programme, given that the specific course prerequisites are fulfilled. The courses offered within the programme are based on a combination of theoretical and practical approaches, both in the field as well as in laboratory, using tools as GIS, different computer models and tools for decision support.
Seven different competence profiles are meant to be an advice on the choice of courses and course sequences for competitive specialisations. In each competence profile, there is an inherent progression. The different competence profiles are:
- Water Technology; water systems, hydropower, effects of climate change.
- Environmental Geology and Hydrogeology; contaminated areas, environmental geology, geotechnical aspects.
- Water and Wastewater Technology; managing our water resources (drinking water and wastewater).
- Environmental Information Analysis and Management; environmental monitoring, measurement techniques.
- Sustainable Infrastructure; managing infrastructure and natural resources in a sustainable way.
- Environmental Systems Analysis; environmental assessment, life cycle assessment.
- Sustainable Societies; social and economic mechanisms that affect sustainable development.
The programme ends with a degree project that allows you to investigate a problem in-depth, under the supervision of experienced practitioners and researchers. The topic for the degree project should be within the programme's scope and relate to knowledge acquired through the courses. The degree project is carried out in Sweden or abroad and can be oriented towards research, technological development at a company or organisation, or a combination of both.
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).
Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.
Our society has significant challenges in managing a changing climate, developing and securing good water quality, developing systems for recycling materials and nutrients, and developing renewable and environmentally smart energy solutions. Therefore, the needs for environmental engineering expertise are almost endless, and the labour market is very diverse. Graduates will be able to work privately and publicly in environmental consultancies, with contractors, water- and wastewater companies or government agencies, both in Sweden and abroad. Examples of programme graduates' employers are SWECO, Stockholm Vatten, WSP, Swedish EPA, Tyréns, Geosigma, COWI, Vattenfall, and SIDA, as well as several international agencies. There are also graduates from the programme who go on doctoral studies at KTH or other universities worldwide.
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 Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure are:
The programme is transdisciplinary and includes courses that build on natural science and technology and courses that build on social science and planning. Thus, it covers, to a varying degree, several of the sustainable development goals. To what extent is further dependent on what courses you select. Courses in the Water and Wastewater Engineering profile will address goal 6 from a primarily technical point but combined with courses from the Sustainable Infrastructure profile you will acquire the skills to address the goal also from a social and planning perspective. Several opportunities to make combinations like this are available, based on your preferences, and open up for addressing the SDGs Clean Water and Sanitation; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (with an emphasise on Infrastructure) and Sustainable Cities and Communities. Depending on your choice of courses, you can acquire the skills to work as an environmental coordinator, urban water planner, geotechnical engineer or researcher and be part of reaching the sustainable development goals.
Faculty and research
The master's programme is situated at SEED (Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering) at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at KTH. The department performs research in several areas connected to sustainability, for example, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Modelling, Sustainability Assessment and Management, Water and Waste Management and Industrial Ecology.
Some examples of relevant research from researchers involved in the programme are:
- Testbed Storsudret for the development of sustainable water management systems. Lack of fresh water for drinking and agriculture is today one of the world's greatest challenges. The project comprises the establishment of infrastructure at Storsudret (on the island of Gotland), where systems for water supply in a rural and agricultural area will be tested. KTH contributes to testing different methods and models for recharging and storing groundwater, including testing and developing analysis tool-packages.
- The R&D facility Hammarby Sjöstadsverk is a platform for developing and exchanging knowledge and technologies in water treatment and related environmental technology. It is used for both long-term national and international research programs/projects and consultancy, testing and development for the industry and other partners. Hammarby Sjöstadsverk is Sweden's leading and internationally known R&D facility in water purification technology.
- Development of affordable adsorbent systems for arsenic and fluoride removal in the drinking water sources in Tanzania (DAFWAT). In this study, investigation and optimisation of low-cost affordable adsorbents to remove fluoride and Arsenic from water will be perfected at laboratory scale, and a pilot water defluoridation plant will be constructed and tested.
- ISSUE (Integrating Sustainability Strategies in Urban Environments). The project aims to develop innovative strategies to support sustainable development in urban and peri-urban areas, advance knowledge regarding sustainability through multi-stakeholder collaboration and analyse future developments.
- Mistra Sustainable Consumption will examine niche sustainable consumption practices and develop roadmaps for how they can be scaled up and mainstreamed by policymakers, businesses, civil society organisations and citizen-consumers.