Master in Civil and Architectural Engineering

General

Program Description

The master’s program in Civil and Architectural Engineering trains 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 program 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 program 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 program starts with basic mandatory courses before moving on to elective advanced-level courses that often relate to real-life projects and the use of state-of-the-art tools for design and modeling.

The program 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, industry project work, and laboratory work. During the program, students interact with industry in various ways, including project work in collaboration with industry experts and the involvement of industry experts as teachers.

The program 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 program 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 program.
  • Awareness of societal and ethical aspects, including economic and social issues and ecologically-sustainable development.

This is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) in English. Graduates will be awarded a Master of Science degree. The program is given mainly at the KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Architecture and Built Environment (at KTH).

Career

The building sector has a long-term impact on the built environment, and the Civil and Architectural Engineering program meet a well-recognized need for engineers with the knowledge and ability to design and construct infrastructure, residential housing and workplaces with an optimal technology in terms of economy and environmental impact. This master’s program will provide its graduates with an internationally required competence, and excellent future value in both research and industry.

Graduates from the program will be prepared for a professional career as a consultant, mainly 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 program work at companies such as Skanska, NCC, ÅF, PEAB, Trafikverket, and many others. 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.

Students

Find out what students from the program think about their time at KTH.

Maya Sleiman, Lebanon: "If you want to study at an institution that values innovation, gives you a close insight into engineering practice and gives you access to the brightest names in the field, then KTH is the place to be."

Sustainable development

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 Civil and Architectural Engineering are:

  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 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 up houses, the development and usage of vacuum insulation panels for isolation of houses, and planning construction processes where we take into account all aspects such as technical, environmental, economic, social and aesthetic.

Courses

The two-year master's program in Civil and Architectural Engineering 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.

Year 1

Conditionally elective courses

  • Applied Hydrology (AE2610) 7.5 credits
  • Hydraulic Engineering (AE2612) 7.5 credits
  • Structural Engineering, Advanced Course (AF2003) 7.5 credits
  • Finite Element Methods in Analysis and Design (AF2024) 7.5 credits
  • Concrete Structures (AF2101) 7.5 credits
  • Concrete Structures, Advanced Course (AF2102) 7.5 credits
  • Bridge Design (AF2201) 7.5 credits
  • Steel and Timber Structures (AF2213) 7.5 credits
  • Building Materials, Advanced Course (AF2301) 7.5 credits
  • Design of Timber-Based Hybrid Structures (AF2302) 7.5 credits
  • Building Technology, Advanced Course (AF2401) 7.5 credits
  • Sustainable Buildings - Concept, Design, Construction, and Operation (AF2507) 7.5 credits
  • Building Service Technologies and Systems (AF2508) 7.5 credits
  • Building Service Technologies and Systems, Applied Course (AF2511) 7.5 credits
  • Rock Mechanics (AF2602) 7.5 credits
  • Foundation Engineering (AF2609) 7.5 credits
  • Road- and Railway Track Engineering (AF2901) 7.5 credits
  • Road Construction and Maintenance (AF2903) 7.5 credits
  • Building Informatics and Logistics (AI2805) 7.5 credits

Year 2

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science and Risk and Safety in Building Sciences (AF2023) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (AE2501) 7.5 credits
  • Structural Dynamics for Civil Engineers (AF2011) 7.5 credits
  • Architectural Engineering Project (AF2025) 7.5 credits
  • Degree Project in Concrete Structures, Second Cycle (AF213X) 30.0 credits
  • Advanced Bridge Design (AF2203) 7.5 credits
  • Degree Project in Structural Engineering and Bridges, Second Cycle (AF223X) 30.0 credits
  • Degree Project in Building Materials, Second Cycle (AF233X) 30.0 credits
  • Acoustics and Fire (AF2402) 7.5 credits
  • Building Damages (AF2403) 7.5 credits
  • Degree Project in Building Technology, Second Cycle (AF243X) 30.0 credits
  • Sustainable Buildings - Concept, Design, Construction, and Operation (AF2507) 7.5 credits
  • Indoor Climate and Energy Modeling for High-Performance Buildings, Project Course (AF2512) 7.5 credits
  • Degree Project in Building Services and Energy Systems, Second Cycle (AF253X) 30.0 credits
  • Degree Project in Fluid and Climate Technology, Second Cycle (AF259X) 30.0 credits
  • Tunnel Engineering (AF2610) 7.5 credits
  • Geotechnical Engineering, Advanced Course (AF2611) 7.5 credits
  • Degree Project in Soil and Rock Mechanics, Second Cycle (AF263X) 30.0 credits
  • Degree Project in Hydraulic Engineering, Second Cycle (AF283X) 30.0 credits
  • Degree Project in Highway Engineering, Second Cycle (AF293X) 30.0 credits
  • Life Cycle Assessment (AG2800) 7.5 credits
  • Environmental Aspects of the Built Environment (AG2806) 7.5 credits
  • Advanced Pavement Engineering Analysis and Design (AH2905) 7.5 credits

Admission requirements

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.

Bachelor's degree

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 proficiency

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 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, 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.

Application documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. 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)
Last updated Apr 2020

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