The master’s programme 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 programme consists of studio-based teaching, orientation courses, seminar courses and a final independent degree project. Through the different stages of the programme students 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 thesis booklet 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, recognised for its coaching of students at an advanced level of studies.
This master’s programme corresponds with the advanced level of the five-year degree programme in Architecture (300 ECTS credits). The overall aim of the programme is to ensure individual progression and deepening of knowledge, competence and judgement within architecture and related knowledge areas.
This is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme 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 high quality of life and rich business opportunities, calls for innovative architectural strategies, new technologies and economic and social policy initiatives. Graduates will leave the programme well equipped to enter the workplace with a variety of skills facilitating successful careers.
"I have become deeply committed to Nordic architectural traditions based on welfare and social responsibility and aspire to create places that are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable, places that can make our lives healthier and give people pleasure."
Nada from Egypt
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 programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Architecture are:
9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: At KTH, students are investigating new models of planning and designing 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.
Faculty and research
Research at KTH Architecture is currently divided into five domains of specialisation led by researchers and faculty members: Architectural Design, Professor Ulrika Karlsson and Associate Professor Thordis Arrhenius; Architectural History, Professor Helena Mattsson, Associate Professors Anders Bergström and Jennifer Mack and Researcher Victor Edman; Architectural Technology, N.N., Professor Ann Legeby, Associate Professors Catharina Gabrielsson and Meike Schalk and Researcher Daniel Koch.
The Swedish research school ResArc (resarc.se) is a collaboration between the schools of architecture at KTH, Chalmers University of Technology, Lund University, and Umeå University to strengthen architectural research, education and collaborative projects at national and international levels. Through this collaboration, KTH is an active part in two strong research environments: Architecture in Effect directed by KTH Associate Professor Meike Schalk (architectureinthemaking.se).
Researchers at the School of Architecture are further involved in several ongoing research projects funded with competitive grants.
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 recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.
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 recognised English tests:
TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI: 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)
The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognised English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions.
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 adequate methodology to implement and evaluate architecture projects by the following criteria:
Development of project/ level of sophistication
Design and aesthetics
Theoretical, historical and contemporary context
Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:
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
Specific documents for the master's programme in Architecture
Please note that it is not required to submit motivation letters, recommendation letters or CV with the application. Those documents will not be taken into account when the application is reviewed.
A portfolio should be separately submitted directly to the KTH School of Architecture according to the following instructions:
Size: maximum size of 10 MB, no more than 7 pages + 1 page cover sheet, single-sided, not spread. No requirements regarding page size. Landscape A format is recommended. Please keep in mind that each page has to be readable both as printed in A3 format as well as displayed on a laptop screen, make your work accessible to our reviewers.
Minimum 2-3 projects, preferably no group work.
Anonymous portfolio: Do not include your name anywhere in the portfolio. Include your 8-digit application number on the first page of the portfolio instead.
Filename: The file name should be the same as the application number. Example: 75387612.pdf
Do not mix up the 8-digit application number with the programme code (E0121).
Content: The portfolio should only present the applicant’s educational projects, no projects from work experience/internships are accepted. The projects included should be correctly titled:
state your home university
state during which year of the studies the project was done
indicate if the work has been produced by the applicant alone or in collaboration
Please make sure to strictly follow the instructions above otherwise your application will be marked as ineligible.
You can also upload your portfolio through ​​​​​​​email ​​​​​​​. Please, note that in this case, you will not receive any automatic confirmation on successful upload.