Sustainable development

A sustainable development is one that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations. Sustainable development is a natural aspect of Swedish society and an integral part of KTH’s operations and spirit. During your time at KTH, you will acquire the tools to move society in a more sustainable direction.

KTH, a university with global impact

KTH is ranked as one of the world’s 10 leading universities in sustainable development, according to THE University Impact Ranking 2019 . One of KTH's most important goals is that all graduates have up-to-date knowledge and tools to contribute to a sustainable development. Together with equality, internationalization and digitalisation, sustainable development is described as one of KTH’s four pillars. At KTH you will meet students, teachers and researchers who want to lead the development towards a more sustainable future together with you.


In November-December 2019 KTH offered a series of webinars focused on the master’s programmes and how they relate to sustainable development. In the recorded versions you will meet academics and students representing the master’s programmes as they tell you more about the programmes and answer questions from the live audience. 

Architecture and the Built Environment

Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

Engineering Sciences

Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

Industrial Engineering and Management

The sustainable development goals

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These sustainable development goals aim to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change, among other actions.

UN sustainable development goals

More about the sustainable development goals

Innovations for a sustainable future

There are many ways to put your engagement for sustainable development into action during your time at KTH. Apart from the student projects and events, you can make your green business idea a reality. KTH Innovation  specialises in the commercialisation of new technology at the earliest stages of development, often ventures aiming for a more sustainable future. Follow KTH on Facebook to find out more about how our research and education contributes to a sustainable future.

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Sustainable development in your studies at KTH

Sustainable development is integrated into all our degree programmes. In each programme description you can read about how the programme relates to the sustainable development goals and what knowledge and tools you will acquire in order to contribute to a more sustainable society.

Master’s programmes at KTH