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Chalmers University of Technology MSc in Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability
Chalmers University of Technology

MSc in Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability

Gothenburg, Sweden

2 Years


Full time

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SEK 210,000 / per year *


* tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students


The development of cities and the built environment places enormous pressure on the natural world. As urbanization continues at a rapid pace, finding sustainable and adaptable solutions to these issues is becoming essential.

In this program, we encourage a critical perspective of sustainable development and current practice in architecture and urban design.

The profile of this program — “beyond sustainability” — will place you right at the cutting edge of trends in the field, working with new knowledge, methods, and perspectives to move beyond current practice, and shape the next step in sustainability.

We consider social, ethical, norm-critical, and de-colonial questions and approaches throughout education. We emphasize respect for the existing built structures in our environment as cultural as well as economic resources, interdisciplinary cooperation, and the importance of research.

The educational approach takes the form of a series of design studios, developing your skills through complex design tasks in very different situations and contexts. This could include, for example, neighborhoods and municipalities in Sweden, informal settlements in developing countries, and investigations into the diverse technical and social challenges of sustainable building and transformation.

This method challenges and develops your ability to analyze and situate local conditions in relation to broader contexts. The design studios offer experience-based learning, fieldwork, tailored lectures, literature studies, seminars, workshops, design project work, and exhibitions. The problems and potential solutions encountered will vary significantly, but what ties them together is the use of a systemic approach to tackling the issues.

Architectural studies at Chalmers take a humanistic view of architecture and emphasize an explorative and design-led approach. The ambition is to promote convincing future visions for the development of the built environment, preparing graduates to help shape the future of the spaces we live and work in.


The education leads to a wide range of career opportunities within architecture, urban design, and planning for sustainable development as a response to increasing awareness and commitment among both public and private actors.

The global challenges of resource constraints and climate change open new and extensive fields of professional practice. Globally rapid urbanization, poverty reduction, and fair distribution of resources are key issues as manifested in the UN Agenda 2013 and Sustainable Development Goals.

In Sweden, the existing building stock, not least from the 1960s and 1970s, has to be reconstructed in ways that can address socioeconomic segregation problems as well as deficient environmental performance in an integrated manner. Taken together these challenges request a new generation of skilled design professionals that are able to work in cross-disciplinary expert teams and in close contact with local stakeholders.

General entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree in Science, Engineering, Technology, or Architecture

To fulfill the general entry requirement for a Master's program at Chalmers (at advanced level/the second cycle), the prospective student must hold a degree that is equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree (minimum 3 years, 180 Swedish higher education credits) in either Science, Engineering, Technology or Architecture.

  • All applicants must document their formal academic qualifications to prove their eligibility. Only documentation from internationally recognized universities will be approved by the Swedish Council for Higher Education which manages the website
  • If an applicant is also a holder of a second degree such as a Master's degree, that may be to fulfill specific (course) requirements, it cannot be used to fulfill the general entry requirement on its own.

In your final year of Bachelor's Studies

Students in their last year of studies who don't yet have documentation of their soon-to-be-completed degree can be accepted.


Degrees that are constructed on one another cannot consist of the same course

Applicants who fulfill the general entry requirements for the second cycle (master’s level) programs and eventually specific entry requirements can be admitted to a master’s program. Applicants cannot be evaluated as unqualified in the qualifying academic merits which include courses from the program’s plan in those programs that they have applied for if that occurs.

Courses included in an earned first cycle degree (bachelor’s level) or professional qualification of at least 180 cr. (180hp) or the equivalent foreign qualification that are prerequisites for master’s qualifications may not be included in the higher qualifications. This also applies to prerequisite courses for master’s programs, regardless of whether they are included in the underlying qualification. *

*) Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology - first and second cycle qualifications.

Restrictions for Citizens from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)

Chalmers cannot admit applicants with citizenship of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea only to any program or course, due to the Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1509 of 30 August 2017 concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and repealing Regulation (EC) 329/2007.

For applicants with double citizenship of which one is of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the other of another country, the citizenship of the other country has precedence in this respect.​


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