Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Sustainable Urban Planning and Design, 120 credits (THSSM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2014

Last edit: 22/04/2015
Approved: 22/04/2015

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 http://www.kth.se/student/schema.

The first term starts with the mandatory course Sustainable Planning and Design, in which practices for sustainable urban development are explored and Stockholm as field of studies for urban planning and design is studied. In the second period a number of primary courses are offered which provide core knowledge for the profiles. The second and third term comprise courses that provide students with deeper know­ledge and skills that prepare students for their Degree project and professional career. Urban Planning and Design (UPD) includes a series of studios in which students practice their design skills. Urban and Regional Planning (URP)offers courses with a focus on analysis, conceptualisation and implementation of development potentials for cities and regions. Environment and Planning (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. The third term includes an interdisciplinary project in which students apply the skills and knowledge that are gained in the programme. The programme concludes with a Master’s Degree project in which students address selected problems within the scope of the programme.

Courses

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.

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. After admission,  Students should register themselves within one week after course start. 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 atwww.kth.se.

Studies abroad

The ABE school has a well-developed network of student exchange programmes with leading seats of learning inside and outside Europe. As part of the programme there are opportunities for exchange under existing agreements. Term 3 is particularly recommended for this purpose.

For more information, refer to KTH’s regulations athttp://intra.kth.se/regelverk/utbildning-forskning/grundutbildning/utbytesstudier.

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. The programme offers degree projects within three alternative field of studies; Urban Planning and Design, Urban and Regional Planning, and 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.

Degree

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 ECTS at advanced level including mandatory and conditionally elective courses and a 30-credit degree project within the master programme

In addition is allowed:

  • a maximum of 15 ECTS from courses in any engineering area at basic or advanced level
  • a maximum of 15 ECTS of entirely elective courses

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.

Information on processing and which documents must be submitted for the application is available under the link: http://www.kth.se/student/examen.