Master's programme in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design

The master’s programme Sustainable Urban Planning and Design addresses contemporary challenges. It focuses on the interrelationship between the built environment and social, economic and institutional forces. The program 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.

Application closed

The application for the programme closed 16 January 2017

16 January 2017: Application deadline
1 February 2017: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
24 March 2017: First notification of selection results
12 April 2017: Last date to reply to your offer

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 310,000
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are generally required to pay an application fee of SEK 900.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to pay an application fee.

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Degree awarded: Master of Science
Language of instruction: English
Duration: Two years (120 ECTS credits)
Programme start: Late August
Location: KTH Campus, Stockholm
School: School of Architecture and Built Environment (at KTH)

For questions regarding programme content and specific admission requirements, feel free to contact the programme directors.

Programme director, Built Environment:
Peter Brokking
Phone +46-8-790 9270

Programme director, Architecture:
Meike Schalk, associate prof.
Phone +46-8-790 7966

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, 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:

Urban Planning and Design (UPD)
Urban and Regional Planning (URP)
Environment and Planning (EP)

These three profiles are pursued through recommended course combinations, which represent different professional competences involved in sustainable urban planning and design. During the programme, students interact across the profiles in courses and projects that foster a mutual exchange of knowledge and ideas.



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. 


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

Aysegul Alayat, KTH student

- Stockholm is always full of surprises. Different types of architecture and planning from different eras lay quite close to each other.

Meet the students

Changes in the programme may occur.

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