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Structure of the education                                                              

Since the program results in a double degree, student should complete at least 60 ECTS of coursework at KTH and at a partner university. Students who apply to the masters program Sustainable Urban Transitions at KTH will start their first year of studies (60 ECTS) in the track Urban Regional Transitions (UR Trans) at KTH and continue at either DTU or Aalto University to complete their second year of studies (60 ECTS), including a 30 ECTS degree project. Students who are admitted to the track Transitions of Urban Structures TRUST , complete the first year (60 ECTS) at NTNU and continue the second year of studies at KTH (60 ECTS) or DTU (60 ECTS). The second year of studies includes a 30 ECTS degree project.

During the first year in the track Urban Regional Transitions (UR Trans) at KTH, the determinants of urban and regional transformation will be addressed. These encompass the role of cities in regional contexts, the prerequisites for infrastructure and urban development as well as the economic mechanisms that facilitate or constrain transitions processes. Sustainable develop­ment is a key question during the entire study, and students will be challenged to transform overall objectives into policies, plans and actions. The course work encompasses a sub­stantial share of studios and projects that aim to develop your practical skills and to gain a better understanding of planning practice. To support the professional training and to streng­then analytical skills, the curriculum also contains a number of theoretical and metho­do­logical courses that provide a contextual and conceptual framework.

In the second year in this track, the acquired knowledge can be deepened at either Aalto University of DTU. The second year at DTU will allow the student to use the knowledge about urban regional strategies to develop a strategy on a city (municipal) scale. This will be complemented with a classic analysis of the relationship between infrastructure and land use in an international metropolitan region. Students continuing their studies at Aalto University will continue to develop skills in the particular areas of interdisciplinary and creative understanding and action, particularly at the regional level. They will address the key issues of regional development through laboratory work and selected studies from the university’s six Schools. They will be working in a new School combining the creative disciplines (architecture, urban design, urban and regional planning, design, media, and arts), but they will also have access to a variety of courses offered by the four Schools of Technology and the School of Economics. The core of their studies will be the Urban Laboratory, where they will address a selected contemporary issue related to local urban development (such as local impacts of globalization, regional segregation, multiculturalism, migration, networking of cities, etc.), coupled with potential field studies and courses in urban and regional studies. The Laboratory continues during the second semester to support the writing of the Master’s Thesis. Common seminars with the supervising team from the two or three universities involved will be arranged.

Students who want to join the study track Transitions of Urban Structures (TRUST) will start at NTNU in Trondheim, where the students will be given an introduction to planning for sustainable urban development both in a local and a Nordic context. The first two semesters the teaching will be offered at the Norwegian University of  Science and Technology where the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art will be responsible for the program. This track is offered every second year starting in September 2012.

Students with a B.Sc. (eng) background can stay the third semester DTU in Copenhagen. The second year at DTU will allow the student to go even deeper into analyzing the relationship between infrastructure and land use development by studying the plans and actual developments of an international metropolitan region. This will be complemented with the opportunity for the student to develop a strategy for future development of a chosen larger city. Students with a background in architecture or planning proceed  their studies in the third semester at KTH in Stock­holm. The second year at KTH offers two courses that refer to the human dimensions of urban environments, which are studied both from a theoretical and empirical perspective. In addition, students can choose among two project courses, either towards planning or urban design. The projects are advanced learning experiences in which students should address some of the main challenges in contemporary urban planning and design in a practical setting. In the fourth semester students conduct a degree project.

A course in Theory of Science and Research Methodology (7,5 ects) is mandatory for all master programs at KTH and students who have not completed an equivalent course in their previous studies, should choose the course Theory of Science and Research Methodology in Planning and Design orTheory and Methods of Scienceor equivalent during their studies in the program.

The academic year covers 40 weeks, starting in September and divided into two terms, which each consists of two study periods. Each study period concludes with a regular examination period of at least one week. In addition, three re-exam periods are scheduled, after Christmas, after the regular examination period of study period 4 (end of May) and before the start of a new academic year (August).

As part of the Nordic masters program Sustainable Urban Transitions, joint extra curricular activities will be organised by the institutions involved in the program, e.g. summer schools. These activities aim to exchange experiences and knowledge among the participants, and gain knowledge on a topical subject in the field of sustainable urban development and planning. All students in the program will attend these activities.


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The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in appendix 1.

During the first year at KTH in the track Urban Regional Transition (UR Trans), the program includes a set of courses which allows students to acquire specialised professional skills. In the second year in the track Transitions of Urban Structures (TRUST) , KTH offers two alternative projects (15 ECTS) that students can choose between. Students can apply to exchange a course for another course that is not included in the curriculum of the program. A decision is made from case to case considering the student’s previous knowledge and relevance for the degree project. The course Theory of Science and Research Methodology in Planning and Design or equivalent is mandatory. A full list of courses is included in appendix 1.


För kurser på KTH används en sjugradig målrelaterad betygsskala A-F som slutbetyg för kurser på grundnivå och avancerad nivå. A-E är godkända betyg med A som högsta betyg. Betygen godkänd (P) och underkänd (F) används som slutbetyg då särskilda skäl föreligger.

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.

All courses in the programme, including the Master’s Degree project, are graded on a scale A-F, where A-E are passing grades with A as the highest grade. For some sections in the courses a grading system of pass (P) or fail (F) can be applied, for example for attendance. The grade reflects the students’ performance in relation to the goals of the course (goal oriented grading).

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For citizens of a country within the EU/EEA or Switzerland, the application and tuition is free of charge. Non EU/EEA students will be charged fees at the university he/she is studying in accordance with the pre­vailing university regula­tions, i.e. he/she has to pay fees for 2 semesters at KTH and 2 semesters at DTU or Aalto University.

Students who have been admitted to the programme have to attend the registration meeting in order to enrol for the programme. Students who received conditional acceptance should provide documented proof that he/she has a completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent to a minimum of 180 ECTS. If a student is not able to attend the registration meeting for reasons beyond his/her control he/she should register not later than two weeks after the start of the courses.

After registration in the programme, students will be registered for term 1 and 2. For registration in term 3 students should have completed at least 45hp. For registration for the degree project students should have completed at least 60 hp of the compulsory courses. After being admitted to a course, students should register themselves within one week after course start If a student for reasons beyond his/her control is not able to attend during the first week he/she has to contact the course administrator.


The Royal Institute of Technology has a policy for recognising previous academic studies. The course that the student wants to be recognised should be similar to a course in the curriculum of the specialisation track in which the student is registered in terms of contents, level and number of credits. Moreover, the courses that the student wants to be recognised should not be part of the bachelor program that was basis for admission to the masters program. The decision on recognising docu­mented results is made by the vice dean of education at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment upon application by the student.


The Nordic master program Sustainable Urban Transitions involves one year of mandatory studies at one of the partner universities. For students in the track Urban Regional Transitions (UR Trans) this implies that students have to complete one year of studies (60 ECTS) at DTU or Aalto University. The programme offers no opportunities for studies at another university except for the Master’s Degree project where the student can choose to carry out a study at an organisation outside KTH, DTU or Aalto University. However, the program has no resources to pro­vide support so students should make such arrangements themselves.


The degree project comprises 30 ECTS and provides students with the opportunity to in­vesti­gate a problem in depth under the supervision of experienced practitioners and researchers.

Students in the Urban Regional Transitions (UR Trans) will conduct the Degree project at the second year university (DTU or Aalto University) who provides the main supervisor, while KTH provides a co-supervisor. Students in the Transitions of Urban Structures (TRUST) can conduct the Degree project at KTH or DTU who provide the main supervisor. In these Degree projects a staff member of NTNU will offer co-supervision. The supervision from each of the two degree awarding institutions involved in the study ensures the integration of the program components.

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.


Students who have fulfilled all course requirements in the Masters programme (60 ECTS at two partner universities) will be awarded a double degree. Following degree will be issued:

KTH:      Master of Science (120 ECTS)

DTU:     Master of Science in Engineering

Aalto:  Master of Science in Architecture

NTNU:  Master of Physical Planning


More information on the Nordic masters program Sustainable Urban Transitions and the other tracks within the program is available on the website