IMPORTANT - URGENT NEWS!!!
The New UPD Program that starts in 2010 September will be a part of the larger Umbrella called: SUSTAINABLE URBAN PLANNING & DESIGN - A cluster of 3 New Masters Programs: Urban Planning and Design, Urban and Regional Planning and Environmental Planning. Applications for this program will start on 1st of December and there will be links for that in November. As far as the UPD Program is concerned we will still require the same things as before (please read below) and the prerequisites will not change! The program will have a number of new courses and teachers. For more info on this please mail the UPD directors. Thank you!
THE NEW UPD PROGRAM under the NEW UMBRELLA PROGRAM will start in 2010-2011. More information here: SUPD PROGRAM THIS PAGE WILL BE PHASED OUT AND CLOSED DOWN ON THE 1st of SEPTEMBER 2010!
Scholarship opportunities for Master’s programmes
There will be scholarship opportunities available for students, who are citizens of non-EU/EEA/EFTA countries. The scholarships will cover the tuition fee at KTH.
On short notice, there may also possibly be a few scholarships which offer partial coverage of the tuition fee.
All candidates applying for a Master’s Programme at KTH as first priority are automatically considered for a scholarship nomination for that specific programme. The number of scholarships is limited and scholarships are granted on basis of academic excellence.
A number of scholarships are reserved for regions prioritized by KTH as “special focus areas”. These regions are, for the academic year 2011/2012, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Thailand, USA and Vietnam. In order to be considered eligible from one of these regions you must be a citizen from a non-EU/EEA/EFTA country and you must have completed your Bachelor’s degree in one of the abovementioned regions. A minimum of 2 scholarships per region is guaranteed, and the ranking process will be based on academic excellence.
The remaining number of scholarships will be allocated to students who are citizens of non- EU/EEA/EFTA countries and the allocation decision of the scholarships is solely based on academic excellence.
Students nominated for a scholarship will be contacted directly by KTH.
FOR ALL REQUIREMENTS - ADMISSIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS GO TO: HERE AND HERE
Application and tuition fees!!!
Application and tuition fees introduced in Sweden from autumn 2011
Following a decision by the Swedish Parliament in April 2010, students with citizenship in a country outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland will be required to pay tuition fees for their education at Swedish Higher Education Institutions, as of the autumn term 2011 (see below for exceptions).
Tuition fees are to be introduced for programmes and courses at first cycle (Bachelor) and second cycle (Master) levels. Each institution determines the size of the fee based on the principle of full cost coverage.
The application fee amount for applying to the autumn term 2011 will be 900 SEK (Swedish kronor) per student. More information:
Tuition fees at KTH
KTH has decided upon the following fees for the academic year 2011/2012:
- Programmes and courses within all subject areas except for Architecture: 145 000 SEK (Swedish kronor) per academic year (60 ECTS)
- Programmes and courses within the subject area Architecture: 245 000 SEK (Swedish kronor) per academic year (60 ECTS)
For shorter study periods, i.e. those not amounting to a full academic year,
pricing will be based on the amount of credits in accordance with the above stated prices.
The tuition fee will be charged in advance for each term (30 ECTS).
Who is required to pay application and tuition fees?
In general, individuals who are citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees.
There are some exceptions to this general rule, for instance people who have a permanent residence permit or residence permit for reasons other than studies in Sweden. Exchange students, i.e. students registered at a university outside of Sweden who will be studying in Sweden on a temporary basis as part of an official study abroad programme are also exempted.
For a list of criteria which exempts individuals, meaning they do not have to pay tuition and fees, please visit:
If you do not meet any of these criteria, you are most likely required to pay fees.
Requirements for students who have started a course or programme in Sweden before autumn 2011:
- If you are a registered student at a Swedish University or University college at the time you submit your application, you are not required to pay an application fee.
- If you started a course or programme before 1 July 2011, you may finish that course or programme without paying tuition fees. If you apply for and are given a place in a new course or programme that starts after 1 July 2011, you must pay a tuition fee for the new course or programme.
- If you are combining courses towards a degree (but are not officially registered in a programme), you may finish that course without paying tuition fee if you started it before 1 July 2011. If you start a new course or courses after 1 July 2011, you will be required to pay tuition fees for that course/ courses.
TO GET ALL THE LATEST NEWS ON ADMISSIONS FOR UPD Masters Program 2009/2010 PLEASE GO TO:
The tuition at KTH (for 2011) will be introduced (for those applying for 2011/2012 Year - Price will be ca 7000 EUR per a year) - this will not affect student that have already enrolled or will enroll in August 2010), just for those applying in December 2010.
Specific admission requirements for UPD Program 2009/2010
This program is open only to students who have completed their undergraduate studies (at least 3 years of university studies and a Bachelor's degree) in fields (ONLY) of architecture [BArch. or MArch. or Dipl.Ing.Arch or Specific BArts], (urban, spatial or town) planning [MCP, MUP, MSc.PL) or landscape architecture [BLA, MLA]. Students with other backgrounds should not apply at all to this program nor will their applications be taken into consideration in the selection process. On the other hand, if you have "borderline" educations (such as human geography, surveying, social policy, arts and similiar or a combination of these with some solid background in urban theory-planning-development-policy) please apply to other tracks such as: urban and regional planning or environmental planning within the SUPD umbrella program. For more info please contact the UPD program director via email, i.e. further clarification vis-a-vis the possible eligibility.
PORTFOLIOS (please read carefully!)
MAILING ADDRESS FOR PORTFOLIOS ONLY: KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Urban Planning & Design Program, Att: Tigran Haas/UPD Program, Drottning Kristinas väg 30, Plan 1, 114 28 Stockholm, Sweden, European Union
Portfolios (hard copies ONLY, preferably A3 format or smaller (A4) - free design at the disgression of the applicant) are welcomed (High quality portfolios might increase candidates' chances of acceptance - Only Portfolios should be send directly to the UPD office (nothing else). Portolios can be send later - after the application deadline - but no later than 2nd of February. If they arrive after that deadline - they will not be accepted/taken into account in the selection process. Everything else goes to the central application system at KTH. For the mailing address for portfolios please look above and at Contacts page (Address of the Director of UPD program - send only to the Director!). Portfolios should be send by: DHL, EMS, UPS, FEDEX or similiar quality, fast & reliable post service. Confirmations of- or portfolio receipts will not be given. Portfolios will remain at KTH and will not be returned to the applicants.
The following specific documents are send to central administration also: This should be attached to the rest of your application documents that you send it digitally and electronically. IMPORTANT: All questions regarding the GENERAL APPLICATION are sent either to contacts in Studera.nu or KTH central admissions centre - NOT to UPD Program. You can mail us regarding certian questions about the program and specific requirements (if not entireley clear).
Letter of Motivation [why study Urban Planning & Design?] (maximum 3 pages - be very specific and already hint what your idea of thesis project work will be and why have you chosen urban planning & design discipline and our masters program). This should be attached to the rest of your application documents that you send it digitally and electronically.
Relevant Experience Document: University Work or Arch+UrbPlan Office or Firm - please send certified documents - proof of work (if you don't have any or have not worked - it is ok not to send anyhting - just state in one of your documents or on a seperate sheet of paper - no work experience) This should be attached to the rest of your application documents that you send it digitally and electronically.
Computer Skills Document: Documents showing that you have passed an Autocad/SketchUp/Macromedia/Adobe/ArchiCad/3DAutodesk/etc. course (if you don't have any certificate - it is ok not to send anyhting - just state - no special computer skills). On the other hand we expect everyone to use MSOffice and WindowsXP/Vista and to have basic kowledge in drawing/sketching/rendering (Architecture) or collage/planning/GIS, etc (Planning). This should be attached to the rest of your application documents that you send it digitally and electronically.
English Skills (Written & Spoken): A rigorous final selection will be done vis-a-vis the applicants written and spoken capabilities in English language. The directorate will require a sample of written essay or paper in English and for the final choice candidates (3rd round) an in-dept 30min Skype LIVE interview will be performed. If English skills prove to be insufficient, the candidates will be eliminated from final selection.
Here are some dates to have in mind when applying for a master's programme (with term starting in August/September 2010):
The deadlines are available on https://www.studera.nu/studera/1201.html
Online service opens: December 1, 2009
* Application Start: December 1st, 2009
* Application deadline: January 15, 2010
* Last date for submitting documents: February 1, 2010
* Notification of admission/selection results: May 7th, 2010
Sincerely, Admissions office - KTH
UPD track Selection Criteria
As the number of applications is massive (365) and ONLY 20 (+20 in cue) places. The following criteria (with additinla 5 internal indicators) will be used to meticulously review the applications (in the 2nd round, i.e. when they come from central selection) by the UPD Masters Program Review Board (Directors of the Program + Associate SUPD member). Selection is also done so the program reflects a multicultural, multiethnic and global spread.
- Excellence in Previous Studies related to the field (bachelor or master);
- Quality & ranking of Alma Mater University and excellence in the required field;
- Letters of Recommendation from Academics and Professionals in the field;
- Provided evidence of design & visual ability and other skills relevant to the field;
- Motivation for studies in the Urban Planning & Design Field (for UPD program);
- Work experience at the University or Architectural/Urban Planning/Design Firm or related work relevant for the UPD Program.
- KTH and UPD program as first and only choice of Study for Masters Program. Multiple applications to KTH and other Programs in Sweden are not a plus (this does not include the SUPD track applications).
There is an internal ranking system and those that drop out for various reasons are automatically replaced by the next in cue. The top score MAAU this year (2011) is 50 with extra 5 points to be given in specific situations in regards to stellar applications (for specific requirements please see the KTH-UPD page). New applications cannot be send after the deadlines (see above) except if one's records are exceptional (stellar student, grades, reccomendation, etc.) then an exception might be made. In that case such student(s) can send his/her inquiry directly to the Program director for evaluation, but no later then 1st of April 2010. Thank you!
THE DECISIONS OF THE UPD NOMINATION BOARD ARE FINAL. APPEALS ARE POSSIBLE, BUT NOT ADVISED. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE GO TO: https://www.studera.nu/studera/2075.html
IMPORTANT: PLEASE BE CAREFUL THAT YOU SEND ALL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO CENTRAL ADMISSIONS. EVERY YEAR MANY EXCELLENT APPLICATIONS ARE LOST DUE TO THE INCOMPLETE DOCUMENTATION. APPLYING THROUGH WEB IS NOT ENOUGH, YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW IT UP BY SENDING ALL DOCUMENTS THAT ARE REQUIRED!
BEFORE YOU APPLY & ARRIVE PLEASE NOTE
Four terms of full-time study in residence (year and a half) normally is required for award of the Master of Science degree. Half year (thesis work) can be done in the home country. Under special circumstances (for example having a year of similiar studies in another university), students may receive permission to reduce their course load and extend their studies over a longer period of time. In such a case please contact the program staff.
Degree (MSc.) 2009/2010
Students who have successfully completed the program will be awarded the degree "Teknologie masterexamen", translated into English as "Degree of Master of Science (Two Years)". Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS. The language of the Program is English. As of now, there is no tuition fees for applicants 2009.