Last edit: 10/11/2016
Approved: 10/11/2016

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.
Information on the extent of the school year, the exam and re-examination periods are cited on

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.


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.

Information regarding the scale found in the curriculum.

Conditions for participation in the programme

A prerequisite for a students' participation in studies at KTH is that the student performs a course registration and semester registration for each semester.

 Registration is done under the personal menu on the KTH:s webb page

Course registrationis done by all students on the program

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 at

Studies abroad

There are opportunities for exchange within the programme under existing agreements.

For more information and recommendation on the appropriate semester for exchange studies refer to the program's international administrators.

Degree project

The degree project comprises 30hp and provides students with the opportunity to in­vesti­gate a problem in depth under the supervision of experienced company representative 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 undertake a degree in another subject area, it must be approved by the undergraduate studies.

The thesis work is graded pass (P) or fail (F).


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 30 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.

The application for degree is done under the personal menu on KTH:s webb page.