Last edit: 25/10/2018
Approved: 25/10/2018

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

Participation requires admission to courses within the programme and course registration. Course registration is done via the personal menu at

For students starting their education from the autumn semester 2018, previous promotion requirements have been replaced with special admission requirements to each course. Admission requirements are specified in the course syllabus.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Students are able to apply for credit transfer for courses taken at another university, in Sweden or abroad.

For more information please refer to KTH's regulations on and the Education office.

Studies abroad

Students have the opportunity to spend one semester at one of KTH’s partner universities abroad.

For more information and recommendation on the appropriate semester for exchange studies refer to the International coordinators.

Degree project

The degree project is the final part of the education. The project work may begin when special admission requirements for the course are fulfilled.

The degree project comprises 30 credits 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 Director of undergraduate and Master studies.

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


Titel: Master of Science with a Major in the Built Environment specialized in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design, 120 credits

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

  • at least 60 ECTS credits at advanced level including mandatory and conditionally elective courses
  • 30 ECTS credits degree project within the master programme
  • a maximum of 30 ECTS credits of entirely elective courses

When the master's programme 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 certificate is done through the personal menu on