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Master of Sciences MSc in Architecture in KTH Royal Institute of Technology

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
School of Architecture and Built Environment
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Architecture & Design

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 addresses 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 team work.


The final term degree project is an assignment that the student conducts independently. The student formulates a programme 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 individual 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).

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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements


Interested in studying the master’s programme in Architecture? To be eligible you must meet the admission requirements of the programme and include the documents stated below in your application. All applications are assessed according to predetermined selection criteria set for the programme.


Admission requirements


To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor’s degree, be proficient in English and meet the programme-specific requirements.


Bachelor’s degree


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 in Sweden. 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 3 February.


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 recognised English tests:


– TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 575.


– TOEFL ITP is not accepted.

– TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, 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

– 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 in Sweden.


Specific requirements for the master’s programme 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:


1- Building complexity


2- Development of project/ level of sophistication


3- Technical aspects


4- Design and aesthetics


5- Theoretical, historical and contemporary context


6- Portfolio layout


Application documents


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:


General 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 document


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:


– Format: PDF


– Size: maximum size of 10 MB, no more than 7 pages + 1 page cover sheet, single-sided, not spreaded.


– 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.


– File name: 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 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.

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General information
24 months
EU-EEA-Swiss: Free / Overseas: 520.000 SEK
Email /
+46 (0) 8 790 60 00 / +46 (0) 8 790 9440
Osquars backe 9, 114 28 Stockholm, Sweden
Type of Master
Master of Sciences (MSc)
Campus Location
The information of this Master's Degree was extracted from the Official Website of the program.
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