Last edit: 24/09/2018
Approved: 24/09/2018

Structure of the education

The academic year comprises 40 weeks and is divided into two terms, autumn and spring. Each term includes two study periods.

For information about the scope, examination and re-examination periods of the academic year, please refer to

Years 1-3 Studies atbasiclevel

Courses in year 1 are a mix of mathematics/natural science subjects and those more specific to urban management, with an emphasis on the former. Courses during year 2 are more specialized towards urban management and are more applied. In year 2 the first choice of course is made prior to period 4, when students can choose between Mechanics and Economic geography. The choice depends on which specialization is selected in year 3. The choice of subjects for year 3 is made at the end of the spring term in year 2. During year 3 students will read the compulsory courses for the area of specialization and any recommended courses to achieve a study plan which, together with athesis the basic level, comprises 60 ECTS. Some courses are common to several different areas of specialization.

The initial three years are concluded with athesisat the basic level of 15 ECTS within the technology area of Civil Engineering and Urban Management.

Years 4-5 In-depth work atadvancedlevel

During years 4 and 5 students read courses in the selected master's programme on Civil Engineering and Urban Management.

The programme ends with a thesis atadvancedlevel comprising 30 ECTS.


The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in Appendix 1: Course list

Course lists for years 1-3 are in Appendix 1. Course lists for years 4-5 are in the programme plans for the relevant master’s programme.

Grading system

Courses in the first and the second cycle are graded on a scale from A to F. A-E are passing grades, A is the highest grade. The grades pass (P) and fail (F) are used for courses under certain circumstances.

Conditions for participation in the programme

One condition for participation in studies at KTH is that prior to each new term students file a course application and a registration for the term.

Registration on the course requires the selection of a course in Ladok. Course selection is either made through the course selection procedure on the internet or through the student's education office. Registration on the course is made by the department that provides the course. In the event of interrupted studies, the student must notify the department that provides the course.

Conditions for moving up

For studies in year 2:

At least 45 ECTS from year 1 must be achieved by the examination period in August.

For studies in year 3:

At least 100 ECTS from years 1 and 2 must be achieved by the examination period in August. At least 50 ECTS must be from year 1.

For studies in year 4:

At least 150 ECTS from years 1, 2 and 3 must be achieved by the examination period in August, of which at least 110 ECTS from years 1-2. In addition, the thesisat the basic level of 15 ECTS must be completed. In addition, there are special eligibility requirements for each master's programme.  

For studies in year 5:

In addition to those required for moving up to year 4, at least 45 ECTS from year 4 must be completed. Courses equivalent to 240 ECTS must be completed on the programme before thesis work is started.

For students who do not meet the above requirements for moving up prior to studies in years 2-5, individual study plans must be drawn up.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Students have the possibility of applying for accreditation from course(s) at another college/university within or outside Sweden. The KTH policy for accreditation is available in full in the KTH regulations,

Studies abroad

The opportunity of exchange studies is offered during the programme. In order to be eligible for exchange studies within the framework of an exchange agreement with foreign universities, students must be enrolled at KTH, have completed at least two years of university studies and be up to date with their studies.

Selection is based on the weighted average grades on compulsory courses.

For more information, refer to the KTH regulations at

Degree project


Thesis work at basic level in the technology area of Civil Engineering and Urban Management counts for 15 ECTS. At least 120 ECTS points must be completed on the programme before dissertation work may commence, of which 60 ECTS with successive specialization in the area of technology at basic level. It is up to the examiner to determine and verify that the student has the in-depth studies required and that the student has completed the main part of the studies before dissertation work begins.

Thesis at advanced level

The thesis work at advanced level comprises 30 ECTS and is written within the chosen master's programme. It will normally be carried out during final term of the programme. In general, the main part of the studies, at least 240 ECTS, must be completed before thesis work may commence. It is up to the examiner to determine and verify that the student has the in-depth studies required and that the student has completed the main part of the studies before thesis work begins.


In order to obtain a degree in engineering in Civil Engineering and Urban Management, pass grades are required in courses covering 300 ECTS, of which 120 ECTS may have been read in any of the five master’s programmes: Real estate and Construction Management, Civil and architectural engineering, Sustainable urban planning anddesign(either Urban and Regional Planning URP or Environment and Planning EP), Environmental engineering and sustainable infrastructure, Transport andgeoinformation technology.

 In the 300 ECTS must be included:

  • 180 ECTS from thebasic level ofengineering programme in the Civil Engineering and Urban Management or the equivalent, of which the thesis at basic level provides 15 ECTS;
  • at least 90 ECTS atadvanced level (including 30 ECTS from the thesis) within any of the five different master’s programmes’ recommended courses/course sequences and at least 15 ECTS from any area of technology;
  • at most 15 ECTS from entirely elective courses;
  • the above must include mathematics/natural science subjects of at least 45 ECTS.

After the first three years, the student has the possibility of gaining a bachelor’s degree in technology of 180 ECTS in accordance with the completion of the study year plans for years 1, 2 and 3. Refer also to the KTH examination regulations

Application for a degree

The application for a degree is submitted to Education Office S (study guidance).

Information on processing and which documents must be submitted for the application is available under the link: