Eligibility and selection

Master's Programme, Sustainable Urban Planning and Design, 120 credits (THSSM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2016

Last edit: 22/11/2016
Approved: 22/11/2016

The general admission requirement for masters programmes at KTH is a completed Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university. In addition, students have to meet following specific requirements:

  • a completed Bachelor’s degree in architecture or landscape architecture, physical planning, civil engineering in the built environment, energy and environment or equivalent, urban and regional planning, social or natural sciences relevant to the scope of the programme.
  • at least 30 ECTS in the field of urban design, urban, transport or regional planning, national/ regional economy or environmental sciences.
  • English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6.

Students in their final year of their under­­graduate education may also apply and if qualified, receive a conditional acceptance.

Admission to the programme does not imply that all students are eligible to register for all courses within the programme. Some of the courses have specific pre-requisites which either relate to other courses within the master programme or to the student's previous studies. However, all students are offered different combinations of courses which correspond to full-time studies in each semester.


The selection process is based on the following selection criteria: University, previous studies (for instance GPA, grades in specific subjects and English), motivation for the studies (for instance letter of motivation, references, thesis proposal and relevant work experience). The evaluation scale is 1-75.

For students with a degree in archi­tecture, landscape architecture or physical planning, the portfolio is considered in the selection process.