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Master's programmes in Architecture and the Built Environment

KTH offers nine master's programmes within the subject area Architecture and the Built Environment that addresses different aspects of the development of future societies. For example, they cover designing and building cities, infrastructure and buildings, advancing sustainable transport systems and developing regulatory systems that create healthy and safe living environments. KTH is ranked in the top 20 among all universities in the world within the area.

Architectural Lighting Design (One-year)

Light is essential for human well-being and fundamental to interior spaces, buildings and urban areas. Students learn how lighting quality, both natural and artificial light, affects human behaviour, comfort and health. Factors of sustainable development; environmental, social and economic aspects are at focus. Graduates have unique competence in light planning and work in lighting design, architectural studios or as consultants.


The programme offers a unique learning environment where the possibilities for students to tailor their degree are remarkable. 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.

Civil and Architectural Engineering

The programme fosters graduates that 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.

Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure

The programme 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.

Real Estate and Construction Management

The programme opens the door to engaging professions in real estate development, law, economics and finance, and construction management. The dynamic combination of applied and theoretical courses with group projects and industry collaboration gives graduates the skills to excel in the building and real estate markets. The programme is RICS accredited for delivering the highest standards in real estate education.

Sustainable Technology

The programme covers the concept of Industrial Ecology, focusing on the interaction of technical, economic, social and ecological systems and processes. Students will explore this interdisciplinary framework for designing and operating industrial systems interdependent of natural systems. Graduates will balance environmental and economic performance and lead the development of strategies for a sustainable future.

Sustainable Urban Planning and Design

The programme focuses on the correlation between the built environment and social, economic and institutional forces. Students gain a profound and broad understanding of the multiple factors in sustainable urban development. Project work provides students with strong practical skills. Graduates have the expertise to adapt planning and design practices to the environmental conditions and societal needs of the future.

Transport and Geoinformation Technology

Functional and environment-friendly transport systems are vital in a sustainable society. Students gain expertise in transport and geoinformation technology and learn how to plan, build and maintain advanced transport systems. Graduates blend practical skills in data collection and modelling with an inter-disciplinary understanding of transport and geoinformation that lead to job opportunities in various sectors.

Transport, Mobility and Innovation (Joint EIT Urban Mobility)

New technology and business models are changing the world’s cities and the way we get around. This change creates a need for engineers who can construct an urban environment that consumes fewer resources, is more sustainable, and provides more liveable communities and workplaces. The programme integrates traditional engineering disciplines with innovation and entrepreneurship.