Last edit: 28/02/2013
Approved: 28/02/2013

Structure of the education

The academic year is 40 weeks and is divided into two semesters, autumn and spring. Each semester consists of two study periods.
For information on the extent of the school year, the exam and re-examination periods perioder cited

The first term starts with a common introduction for all  tracks in Sustainable Planning and Design. In the second period a number of primary courses are offered which provide core knowledge for the tracks. The second and third term comprise courses that provide students with deeper know­ledge and skills in the tracks. The Urban Planning and Design (UPD) track consists of a series of studios in which students practice their design skills. The Urban and Regional Planning (URP) track offers courses with a focus on analysis, conceptualisation and implementation of development potentials for cities and regions. The Environment and Planning  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  tracks includes a project in the third term. The projects are adapted to the skills and knowledge that are gained in the individual tracks, but they are coordinated in terms of tasks and schedule in order to facilitate an exchange of expertise between students in the three 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

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

A prerequisite for studying at KTH is that every term, students must enrol in their courses and register for the term.

Registration for courses requires course selection in LADOK (student registry). Course selection is done either through the course selection web application or through the student’s educational office. Course registration is done by the department giving the course. Students wishing to drop the course should notify the department that is giving the course.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Students may request to be given credit for a course/courses from another college/university within or outside Sweden. KTH’s policy for recognising previous academic studies is available in full in KTH’s regulations

Studies abroad

This programme offers opportunities to study abroad. In order to be eligible for studies abroad within the framework of any exchange agreement with foreign universities, students should be enrolled at KTH, have completed at least two years of studies, and be keeping pace with their studies.

Selection is based on weighted average grades in compulsory courses.

For more information, refer to KTH’s regulations at

Degree project

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) 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.

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.


To obtain the master's degree students must have passed courses of at least 120 higher education credits, of which the following must be included:

  • at least 90 higher education credits from courses on the second level that are included in the master programme (including the master thesis of 30 higher education credits), and at least 15 additional credits from courses in any engineering area
  • a maximum of 15 higher education credits of entirely elective courses;
  • an approved course in Tehory and Methodology of Science.  

In the event that the master's program is a final part of the degree programme in Civil Engineering and Urban Management or of the degree programme in Energy and Environment, there may be additional requirements according to the corresponding study programmes. For example, a master of science degree in the above degree programmes should include mathematics and science subjects for a minimum of 45 higher education credits.