Master's programme in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
The master’s programme in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design addresses contemporary challenges. It focuses on the interrelationship between the built environment and social, economic and institutional forces. The programme educates professionals with a profound and broad understanding of the multiple factors in sustainable urban development. Students are trained to alter planning and design practices to respond to environmental conditions and societal needs of the future.
The programme spans disciplines within an increasingly important field, a growing field that demands skilled graduates who can transfer theoretical knowledge and practical skills into meaningful action. This interdisciplinary study environment is unique in Sweden and takes advantage of world-leading interdepartmental competence at the Department for Environment and Planning, the School of Architecture, and the Department for Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Technology.
Sustainable Urban Planning and Design at KTH
The programme brings together students of architecture, planning, civil engineering and natural and social sciences. Students develop expertise for analysing, synthesising and coordinating complex planning and design tasks aimed at sustainable development. Students will be equipped with professional tools that position them to act as critical links, joining multiple perspectives together in sustainable planning and design processes relevant in Sweden and worldwide. Coursework includes substantial time in studios and projects that train students in practical skills as well as deep understanding of planning and design practice.
The programme offers three study profiles pursued through recommended course combinations, which represent different professional competences involved in sustainable urban planning and design. Students can also broaden their knowledge by making their own combinations of courses. During the programme, students interact across the profiles in courses and projects that foster a mutual exchange of knowledge and ideas.
All students take part in the introduction course that introduces the subject and deepens understanding of how practices of planning and design can enhance sustainable urban development. Following this course, students specialize in one of the profiles through a number of elective courses addressing different methodological, theoretical and practical aspects of urban design and planning. The spring term includes a mandatory course for all programme students which aims to develop students’ academic skills within the scope of the programme.
The third semester deepens students’ study profiles by integrating accumulated knowledge into applied project work. Projects are supported by a number of core courses highlighting conceptual and analytical approaches. The programme concludes with a degree project, which is conducted in the fourth semester. The degree project provides students with an opportunity to investigate a problem in-depth, under the supervision of experienced practitioners and researchers. Topics for degree projects should be within the scope of the programme and relate to knowledge acquired during coursework. The degree project is carried out in Sweden or abroad, and can be oriented towards research (literature study, field study), towards practice (individually, at a company or organisation), or a combination of these.
The programme prepares students as professionals in a growing and meaningful field, building a thorough understanding of planning and design process as well as aesthetic, social, environmental, economic and institutional factors that contribute to sustainable urban development. Graduates from this programme sucessfully compete for local and international positions within the public sector; within architectural, planning and policy advisory firms; research institutes and NGOs.
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Changes in the programme may occur.