Last edit: 25/05/2016
Approved: 25/05/2016

The information is valid for students who started the program academic year 2015/2016. Later decisions may affect year 2 in the program. Please look at KTH´s website for further information.

In addition to the general objectives for Masters programmes as stated in the national degree ordinance and the local degree policy of KTH, specific learning outcomes are defined for studies the Nordic Masters programme Sustainable Urban Transitions. For each of the five tracks in the program a set of learning outcomes has been defined. For the two tracks KTH is involved in, Urban and Regional Transitions (UR Trans) and Transitions of Urban Structures (TRUST) following learning outcomes have been defined:

Knowledge and understanding

Urban and Regional Transitions (UR Trans)

  • Demonstrate knowledge on the theoretical concepts and foundations in urban and regional planning, sustainable development and governance.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge on the processes that contribute to urban change, the actors taking part in these processes as well as the societal, economic and environmental determinants that further sustainable urban transition.
  • Demonstrate specialised knowledge on the tools and methods that can be applied to analyse the conditions and prerequisites for urban transition.
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the relation between theory and practice in urban planning and regional development, as well as of the linkages to other disciplines involved in the transition process at the local, regional and global level.

Transitions of Urban Structures (TRUST)

  • Insight in how sustainability and urban development are interdependent.
  • Knowledge and a better understanding of the connections between land use, urban form and urban infrastructure.
  • Knowledge about how integrated overall planning issues for land use, transport and urban infrastructure can contribute to a more sustainable urban development.
  • An understanding of urban transitions and the implications for future urban development in cities of the North and the South.

Skills and abilities

Urban and Regional Transitions (UR Trans)

  • Be able to assess and manage complex problems and challenges regarding urban and regional development and planning taking into account the societal, economical, environmental and political context.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work.
  • Be able to make effective oral and written presentations of complex tasks related to urban development using modern techniques and tools to illustrate and visualise plans, concepts and strategies.
  • Be able to lead and work in multidisciplinary groups and contribute to the outcome of the working task.

Transitions of Urban Structures (TRUST)

  • Insight in developing land use, transport and infrastructure plans for a more sustainable city development, based on the principle of an integrated planning process.
  • Ability to use geographical information systems (GIS) as an important tool in urban planning.
  • Insight in and being more aware of the challenges connected to the global environmental challenges and living conditions
  • Ability of leading integrated planning processes and using the knowledge in processes that are firmly rooted with the citizens.
  • Ability to develop strategic plans for a larger city in relation to the transition of the technical infrastructure and the interaction between them.

Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint

  • Be able to analyse the merits of theoretical concepts, policies, plans and projects based on a com­pre­hensive assessment.
  • Be able to detect implicit assumptions in theoretical and societal views on planning problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to contextualize planning objectives and policies in different timely, cultural and institutional backgrounds.
  • Be able to develop their own opinion on the nature and manner of dealing with new planning problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.