Last edit: 21/11/2012
Structure of the education
The academic year covers 40 weeks, starting in September and divided into two terms, which each consists of two study periods. Each study period concludes with a regular examination period of at least one week. In addition, three re-exam periods are scheduled, after Christmas, after the regular examination period of study period 4 (end of May) and before the start of a new academic year (August). If no exams are scheduled, the regular examination period can be used for seminars and concluding studios.
The first term starts with a common introduction for all specialisation tracks in Sustainable Planning and Design. In the second period a number of primary courses are offered which provide core knowledge for the specialisations. The second and third term comprise courses that provide students with deeper knowledge and skills in the specialisation tracks. The Urban Planning and Design (UPD) specialisation track consists of a series of studios in which students practice their design skills. The Urban and Regional Planning (URP) specialisation track offers courses with a focus on analysis, conceptualisation and implementation of development potentials for cities and regions. The Environment and Planning specialisation track (EP) also offers courses with a focus on analysis, conceptualisation and implementation, but in the field of environmental policy making, planning, scenario building or sustainability assessments. Each of the specialisation tracks includes a project in the third term. The projects are adapted to the skills and knowledge that are gained in the individual specialisation tracks, but they are coordinated in terms of study area, tasks and schedule in order to facilitate an exchange of expertise between students in the three specialisation tracks. The programme concludes with a Master’s Degree project in which students address selected problems within the scope of the programme.
The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in Appendix 1: Course list
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.
All courses in the program, including the Master’s Degree project, are graded on a scale A-F, where A-E are passing grades with A as the highest grade. For some sections in the courses a grading system of pass (P) or fail (F) can be applied, for example for attendance. The grade reflects the students’ performance in relation to the goals of the course (goal oriented grading).
Conditions for participation in the programme
Students who have been admitted to the programme have to attend the registration meeting in order to enrol for the programme. If a student is not able to attend the registration meeting for reasons beyond his/her control he/she should register not later than two weeks after the start of the courses.
Students will be registered for their preferred specialisation track. During the first period students can change specialisation track, provided that seats are available and the student is eligible for the specialisation track he/she wants to change to.
After registration in the programme, students will be registered for term 1 and 2. For registration in term 3 students should have completed at least 45hp. For registration for the degree project students should have completed at least 60 hp of the compulsory courses. Through signing the attendance list during the first week of the course, students will be registered for the course. If a student for reasons beyond his/her control is not able to attend during the first week he/she has to contact the course administrator.
Recognition of previous academic studies
The Royal Institute of Technology has a policy for recognising previous academic studies. The course that the student wants to be recognised should be similar to a course in the curriculum of the specialisation track in which the student is registered in terms of contents, level and number of credits. Moreover, the courses that the student wants to be recognised should not be part of the bachelor program that was basis for admission to the masters program. The decision on recognising documented results is taken by the vice dean of education at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment upon application by the student.
The programme offers no opportunities for studies abroad except for the Master’s Degree project where the student can choose to carry out a study at an organisation outside Sweden. However, the School of Architecture and the Built Environment has no resources to provide support so the student should make such arrangements.
For Swedish students in the programme, however, there are opportunities for exchange under existing agreements.
The degree project comprises 30hp and provides students with the opportunity to investigate a problem in depth under the supervision of experienced practitioners and researchers. Students in the Urban Planning and Design (UPD) specialisation track can choose between a degree project in either Urban Planning and Design or Regional Planning. Students in the Urban and Regional Planning (URP) are expected to conduct a degree project in Regional Planning while students in Environment and Planning (EP) are expected to conduct a degree project in Environmental Strategic Analysis. If a student intends to carry out a degree project within another field of studies, he/she should apply for exemption from the Head of Education.
The degree project is graded on a scale A-F, where A-E are passing grades with A as the highest grade. The grading of degree projects is based on an overall assessment of working process, scientific contents and presentation.
Students who have fulfilled all course requirements in the Masters programme (120 ECTS) will be awarded a "Teknologie masterexamen", translated into English as "Degree of Master of Science (two years)".
An application for the degree certificate should be submitted to the programme coordinator, together with a copy of a student union card, copy of receipts or a certificate from the student union office, and an attested photocopy of the previous university degree (B.Sc. or a B. Eng, or equivalent). The degree certificate will be mailed to the student’s permanent address by registered mail.