Interested in studying the master’s programme in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design? To be eligible you must meet the admission requirements of the programme and include the documents stated below in your application. All applications are assessed according to predetermined selection criteria set for the programme.
To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the programme-specific requirements.
A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by
University Admissions in Sweden
. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 3 February.
English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognised English tests:
TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 575. TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90
IELTS Academic: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the certificate of Proficiency in English)
Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)
The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognised English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by
University Admissions in Sweden
Specific requirements for the master's programme in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
A bachelor’s degree, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, in architecture or landscape architecture, physical planning, civil engineering in the built environment, energy and environment or equivalent, urban and regional planning, social or natural sciences relevant to the scope of the programme. Previous studies should include at least 30 ECTS credits in the field of urban design, urban transport or regional planning, national/ regional economy or environmental sciences.
Admission to the programme does not guarantee that each student is eligible to register for all courses within the programme. Some of the courses have specific prerequisites which either relate to other courses within the master's programme or to the student's previous studies. However, all students are offered combinations of courses which correspond to full-time studies in each semester.
Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:
Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
Proof of English proficiency
A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification document
Specific documents for the master's programme in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
Portfolio (for students with a degree in architecture, landscape architecture and physical planning) The portfolio should contain three to five projects showing design processes from research/ fieldwork/ analysis to conclusion; an interest in sustainability questions; an engagement with architecture + urbanism; personality, curiosity, motivation; design- and representation skills. The student should certify that the portfolio only contains own work or contributions to group work.
Upload your portfolio here (if you can't upload your portfolio please use the email method below):
You can also upload your portfolio through
email. Please, note that in this case you will not receive any automatic confirmation on successful upload.
If you are requested by the programme to provide specific supporting documents, the following can be used as a guide. Only submit documents listed under "Specific documents" for the programme(s). Please note that unless otherwise specified in the programme description, all required documents should be uploaded to your application.
Letter of motivation/Autobiographical statement
The letter of motivation is intended to explain the reasons you have chosen the specific programme at KTH, and what you hope to gain from it. Include a short autobiographical statement covering the development of your academic and professional pursuits, extra-curricular activities, the relevance of your academic, professional, and other related experience to your proposed study at KTH. A well-written letter of motivation will explain why you want to further your studies in your chosen programme, and how your interests and skills will contribute to your success in the programme, and to your future career. Your letter of motivation should not exceed 500 words (no more than one page), and must be written in English. KTH does not use standardized forms or templates for the letter of motivation, since the letter/s should be personal. If you are applying to multiple programmes that require a letter of motivation you should submit a letter addressed to each programme.
Curriculum Vitae, C.V.
Your C.V. is intended to clearly and concisely outline your academic and professional history. The C.V. should provide information about your own academic background, work experience, computer literacy, and other facts that list important achievements and attributes, such as degrees, awards, special knowledge and skills, or publications. Your C.V. should also list the contact information of your references if required by the programme. Your C.V. must be written in English. KTH does not require a standardized template for CV’s but there are many excellent guides to writing a C.V. available online.
Letters of recommendation
Two letters of recommendation may be required to be submitted with your application. If possible, one letter should be from an academic referee who knows you well, and the other from a person who has known you in a professional environment. Please ask your referees to be specific and detailed in their explanation of why you would be a good choice for admission to the programme. The letters should include full contact details for the referee. If your referee would like to send your letter of recommendation in support of your application directly to University Admissions in Sweden, it must clearly state your full name and application number and be sent by regular post. If the letters are in a language other than English, you must also provide an English translation.
Degree project proposal
Carefully formulate a brief preliminary degree project proposal. The purpose of this proposal is to provide you with an opportunity to express your interest in a specific topic in the context of the programme. This proposal is a part of the overall evaluation of your application but if you are admitted to a programme you will, however, have the opportunity to choose another thesis topic. Your statement should not exceed 500 words (no more than one page). The proposal must be written in English.
The summary sheet is to be submitted either by filling out an online form on the programme page or by filling in a separate document that is to be uploaded with the rest of your supporting documents. If a summary sheet is required, it will be specified on the programme page. If you have any questions on how to fill out the summary sheet, please contact the programme directly.
Any questions regarding the specific entry requirements and the above documents should be directed to the programme contact found on the programme pages.
How to submit your documents
Most applicants can upload all documents in their application on universityadmissions.se.
The documentation requirements and academic qualifications may differ between countries.
No documents should be sent to KTH unless you are instructed to do this.
The authenticity of your documents may be verified with the issuing institution. Applications made with fraudulent documents will be rejected and legal action may be taken. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
The selection process is based on the following criteria: university, previous studies (for instance GPA, grades in specific subjects and English), motivation for the studies (for instance letter of motivation and relevant work experience). The evaluation scale is 1-75.
For students with a degree in architecture, landscape architecture or physical planning, the portfolio is considered in the selection process
Applicants with education from a Swedish university The same admission requirements and application process apply for students with a bachelor's degree from a Swedish university or students enrolled in a longer programme. If the university uses Ladok and the same personal identity number is used at the university and on universityadmissions.se the applicant does not need to submit transcripts of records or degree certificates.