Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability, MSc

Chalmers University of Technology
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
28 August 2023
Chalmers University of Technology

About this program

Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability, MSc

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

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

The profile of this programme — '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 the education. We emphasise 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, neighbourhoods 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 analyse 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.

Admission requirements

To fulfil the general entry requirement for a Master's programme at Chalmers (at advanced level/the second cycle), the prospective student must hold a degree that is equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor degree (minimum 3years, 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 holder of a second degree such as a Master's degree, that may be as to fulfil specific (course) requirements, it cannot be used to fullfill the general entry requirement on it's own.

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Program content

Compulsory courses year 1

During the first year semester, the programme starts with compulsory content that forms a common foundation in Architecture and urban design from the perspective of sustainability.

Compulsory courses year 2

In the second year, you must complete a master's thesis in order to graduate. The thesis may be worth 30 credits or 60 credits depending on your choice.

  • Master's thesis

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships are a great source of funding for Master's students who are liable to pay tuition fees. Some of these are administrated by Chalmers and others by external institutions. Additional scholarships may be appended to the list and applicants are therefore encouraged to check this webpage regularly.

Please visit the university website for more information.


Tuition fee: 210 000 SEK/academic year

*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees


Credits: 120

Students completing the master's programme are awarded the degree of Master of Science, 120 ECTS credits, with architecture as the main field of study. The master's programme corresponds to the final two years of the five-year study programme at Chalmers which leads to a professional degree in architecture. The professional degree, Master of Architecture/Arkitektexamen, 300 ECTS credits, can only be awarded to students completing a full five-year study programme in architecture at Chalmers.

Career paths

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 for new and extensive fields of professional practices. Globally rapid urbanisation, 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.

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Chalmers University of Technology

Providing a comprehensive education in science, engineering, technology and architecture, Chalmers University of Technology is one of Scandinavia’s most respected universities, and consistently ranks highly among the world’s best. Chalmers is a household name in Sweden, regarded as the most...

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412 96 Gothenburg

Phone no: +46 31 772 1000
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