The master’s programme in Civil and Architectural Engineering train students in design and also in how to build our future homes and infrastructure, as well as roads, bridges or tunnels, with all the challenges related to sustainability and the real demands of society. The programme also focuses on how a structure performs throughout its entire service life, not just during the building phase.
Civil and Architectural Engineering at KTH
This master’s programme gives students advanced knowledge in the field of Structural Engineering as well as within the subjects of Civil or Architectural Engineering. Students will be able to implement this knowledge with a comprehensive view of buildings and infrastructure as advanced technical systems. The programme offers advanced-level courses that often relate to real-life projects and the use of state-of-the-art tools for design and modelling.
The programme offers two main tracks: Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering. The Civil Engineering track is devoted to techniques for the design, construction and maintenance of roads, streets, railway tracks, bridges and tunnels. The Architectural Engineering track concerns engineering design and analysis of buildings with an emphasis on system-level performance and from a lifecycle perspective. The teaching methods comprise a mix of lectures, exercises, project work and laboratory work. During the programme, students interact with industry in various ways, including project work in collaboration with industry experts and the involvement of industry experts as teachers.
The programme ends with a degree project which should relate to an issue within the field, focusing on the investigation and analysis of a problem. This is also an opportunity for students to interact with both industry and current research.
Graduates from the programme will have gained:
A strong ability to develop and design buildings and infrastructure with regard to human conditions and needs, and society's objectives for economically, socially and ecologically- sustainable development.
A strong ability to communicate with different audiences in English and/or Swedish, both orally and in writing. This includes the ability to discuss and promote results and findings. This is achieved through oral and written presentations throughout the entire programme.
Awareness of societal and ethical aspects, including economic and social issues and ecologically-sustainable development.
This is a two-year programme, 120 ECTS credits, in English. Graduates will be awarded a Master of Science degree. The programme is given at the KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Architecture and Built Environment (at KTH).
Design and construction of roads, streets, railway tracks, bridges and tunnels, foundation engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydraulic engineering, structural engineering, concrete structures, steel and timber structures, building materials, indoor climate and energy, environmental aspects of the built environment.
The building sector has a long-term impact on the built environment, and the master's programme in Civil and Architectural Engineering meets a well-recognised need for engineers who possess the knowledge and ability to design and construct infrastructure, residential housing and workplaces using an optimal technology in terms of economy and environmental impact. The programme will provide graduates with the globally required skills and excellent future career possibilities in both research and industry, nationally as well as internationally.
Graduates from the programme will be prepared for a professional career working on the design of buildings and infrastructure such as roads, railways, tunnels and bridges. Graduates will also be prepared to work in the construction industry, as well as in public authorities, such as the road or rail administration, working either as a designer or project leader. Graduates from the programme work at companies and organisations such as Skanska, NCC, ÅF, PEAB, JM, Veidekke, Svevia, WSP, Trafikverket as well as for public institutions and municipalities. Furthermore, graduates will be able to pursue an academic research career and continue towards doctoral studies. As a result of our cooperation with industry, particularly during master's degree project work or different projects, students have the opportunity to meet people from industry and make a first contact, which often leads to job opportunities.
Constructor, designer, project developer, structural engineer, VVS and energy system, production engineer, project manager, design manager, researcher.
"Studying at KTH allows me to have a closer tie with the industry and develop connections. In my opinion, the intertwining relation between KTH and the industry is very helpful to a student’s academic and vocational development."
Edwin from Hong Kong SAR, China
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 Civil and Architectural Engineering are:
9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
13 Climate Action
Students work on developing and designing buildings and infrastructure with regard to human conditions and needs, and society's objectives for economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development. Some examples are the use of energy from wastewater to heat houses, the development and usage of vacuum insulation panels for isolation of houses, and planning construction process where we take in account all aspects such technical, environmental, economic, social and aesthetic.
Faculty and research
The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering provides engineering research and education that is focused on building and infrastructure engineering. The department’s vision is to enable greener, smarter and more economical building and transportation infrastructure through education and the development and application of innovative new scientific knowledge using a systems perspective. All the courses in the master’s programme are given by highly qualified teachers and researchers involved in different research projects.
Research within Civil and architectural engineering consists of a long list of subjects within the built environment. It comprises the most frequent construction materials concrete, steel and timber, sustainable buildings focusing on building system design and performance as well as the civil engineering subjects soil and rock mechanics, structural engineering and bridges, highway engineering, and transport planning.
Main research topics:
Constructional Engineering and Design
Soil and Rock mechanics
Structural Engineering and Bridges
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 Civil and Architectural Engineering
A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in a field related to Civil Engineering. Applicants are required to have at least 20 ECTS credits in mathematics, including linear algebra, multivariate analysis and statistics.
In addition, a piece of fundamental knowledge in the following courses is required:
Numerical Methods and/or programming equivalent to 6 ECTS credits
Building Mechanics, equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits
Structural Mechanics, equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits
Geology and Geotechnology, equivalent to 6 ECTS credits
Building Materials, equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits
Building Physics (heat- and moisture transport), equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits
Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology are prerequisites to certain courses of the curriculum.
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 program in Civil and Architectural Engineering
Autobiographical statement (letter of motivation)