The master’s program in Architecture consists of two years of full-time study. The students have the opportunity to choose between a wide range of studio themes that address contemporary architectural issues. There is a possibility to develop everything from large scale urban strategies to full-scale manufacturing processes. The students will also participate in seminar courses related to specific topics related to ongoing research at the KTH.
Architecture at KTH
The program consists of studio-based teaching; orientation courses; seminar courses and a final independent degree project. Through the different stages of the program, a student completes six studio projects – each providing an opportunity to apply and develop skills in varied areas of the learning process. There is an annual selection procedure allowing students to list their preferences for the studios on offer. A majority of the twelve studios offered have places for about 25–30 students, and some 12–15 students. Studio projects can include both individual work and teamwork.
The final term degree project is an assignment that the student conducts independently. The student formulates a program and develops a project addressing architectural issues that may be discussed in architectural terms. Through the project, the student is given the opportunity to show that they have obtained the academic and professional skills of an architect. This is an independent piece of work that must be carried out within a specified one-term time frame. Degree projects are presented on public examination days. The projects are assessed by an external jury, appointed for the examination.
KTH leads its architectural education and research by combining artistic, design-led, technological and practical aspects of the field. Our mission is to educate qualified consultants and leaders with a capacity to develop the built environment with respect to design, technology, economics, quality, aesthetics and long-term sustainability. We also constitute a large international study environment, recognized for its individual coaching of students at an advanced level of studies.
The overall aim of the program is to ensure individual progression and deepening of knowledge, competence, and judgment within architecture and related knowledge areas.
This is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The program is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Architecture and Built Environment (at KTH).
A majority of architects who graduate from KTH find a professional role in private architectural firms, but many also work in the public sector. An important development in terms of future career prospects is our additional mission to train students to assume a higher level of legal and financial responsibility in their various professional roles that relate to architecture and planning.
Addressing the challenges related to sustainable development, whilst developing urban landscapes and buildings that offer the quality of life and rich business opportunities, calls for innovative architectural strategies, new technologies, and economic and social policy initiatives. Students will leave the degree program well equipped to enter the workplace with a variety of skills facilitating successful careers.
Find out what students from the program think about their time at KTH.
Marie Le Rouzic, France: "I find that the core values of the school are of great significance. I particularly appreciate the importance given to gender equality and diversity at KTH, which is visible not only on the administrative level but is also reflected in the courses offered to the students."
Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programs. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's program in Architecture are:
- Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure: At KTH, students are investigating new models of planning and designing in order to develop new types of architectural responses relating to industrial production and innovative ways of building.
- Sustainable Cities and Communities: Students at the KTH develop projects that propose new ways of designing sustainable communities. Architecture is an important tool for participating in sustainable urban development.
- Responsible Consumption and Production: The building industry is currently responsible for one-third of total energy consumption. Architectural research can substantially contribute to a more sustainable future to help reduce, recycle and reuse.
Courses and studios
The two-year master's program in Architecture consists of three terms of courses and one final term dedicated to the master's degree project. Each term consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits. The courses presented on this page apply to studies starting in autumn 2020.
The overall aim of the two-year master's program in Architecture is to ensure individual progression and individual deepening of knowledge, competence, and judgment within architecture and related knowledge areas.
Each semester of the two years Master's program in Architecture consists of:
- two Studio Projects (12 credits each)
- two courses: an Orientation course (3 credits) and a Seminar course (3credits)
The last semester consists of a final independent Degree Project (30 credits).
During the two years, Master's program in Architecture an individual student completes six Studio Projects, each providing an opportunity to apply and develop skills in varied application areas; and tools to reflect on the learning process.
- Studio Project, Advanced Level (A42A13) 12.0 credits
- Studio Project, Advanced Level (A42B13) 12.0 credits
- Studio Project, Advanced Level (A42C14) 12.0 credits
- Studio Project, Advanced Level (A42D14) 12.0 credits
- Orientation; History, Theory, and Technology of Architecture 4:1 (A42O1A) 3.0 credits
- Orientation; History, Theory, and Technology of Architecture 4:2 (A42O2A) 3.0 credits
- Seminar Course, Advanced Level 4HT (A42SEH) 3.0 credits
- Seminar Course, Advanced Level 4VT (A42SEV) 3.0 credits
- Degree Project in Architecture, Second Cycle (A52EXA) 30.0 credits
Conditionally elective courses
- Studio Project, Advanced Level (A52A13) 12.0 credits
- Studio Project, Advanced Level (A52B13) 12.0 credits
- Orientation; History, Theory, and Technology of Architecture 5 (A52O1A) 3.0 credits
- Orientation; History, Theory, and Technology of Architecture 5:2 (A52O2A) 3.0 credits
- Seminar Course, Advanced Level 5HT (A52SEH) 3.0 credits
- Seminar Course, Advanced Level 5VT (A52SEV) 3.0 credits
To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.
A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programs, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:
- TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, the total score of 575.
TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
- TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, the total score of 90
- IELTS Academic: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
- Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
- The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)
Specific requirements for the master's program in Architecture
A bachelor’s degree in Architecture corresponding to 180 ECTS credits or equivalent.
The student has to present a portfolio that demonstrates the necessary skills and the ability to make use of the education as well as independence in utilizing an adequate methodology to implement and evaluate architecture projects by the following criteria:
- Building complexity
- Development of project/ level of sophistication
- Technical aspects
- Design and aesthetics
- The theoretical, historical and contemporary context
- Portfolio layout
- Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
- Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
- Proof of English proficiency
- A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents
A portfolio should be separately submitted directly to the KTH School of Architecture.