Chalmers University of Technology

Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
This Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability programme at Chalmers University of Technology  focuses on methods and design approaches for understanding and analysing different local contexts in order to propose adequate solutions in designing for a sustainable future.


Sustainable development is a political vision that entails huge challenges for social and technical innovation all over the world. It has consequences for all professions, not least for urban planning, architectural design and the full complexity of societal development can be addressed and managed through design for sustainable development.

This programme Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability offered by Chalmers University of Technology provides you with the skills and methods valid where design approaches are required. As a student, you are trained to find solutions that support sustainable development in a large variety of contexts and in dynamic situations. The perspective is holistic and systemic, comprising system levels and scales from urban structures, buildings and technical support systems to detailed construction elements. The programme is based on studios where real life situations and problems faced by society are handled in close contact with local stakeholders and actors.

The overall point of departure is the everyday life of people and the support of dignified lives and livelihoods in rapidly changing and sometimes extreme environments, through the development and implementation of aesthetic, affordable, socially and culturally appropriate, energy and material efficient, healthy and user friendly design solutions.

Career opportunities

The education leads to a wide range of career opportunities within 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 Millennium Development Goals. In Sweden the existing building stock, not least from the 1960s and 1970s, has to be reconstructed in ways that can address socio-economic segregation problems as well as deficient environmental performance in an integrated manner.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Planning and design for sustainable developement in a local context
  • Arhitectural heritage and urban transformation
  • Design and planning for social inclusion
  • Design and planning for social inclusion
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          Detailed Programme Facts

          English Language Requirements

          You only need to take one of these language tests:

          • Minimum required score:


            The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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            The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

          • Minimum required score:


            The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

          Academic Requirements

          • Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in Architecture, Architecture and Engineering, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Spatial planning or Urban design.
          • Prerequisites: A design portfolio is required, demonstrating a documented proficiency in spatially contextualized design work.
          • English Language Proficiency

          The most common and important scores that are accepted are

          • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
          • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
          • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

          Tuition Fee

          • International Applies to you

            19745 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 19745 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
          • EU/EEA Applies to you

            Tuition Fee
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          • 190 000 SEK/ academic year;


          Scholarships are a great source of funding for Master's students who are liable to pay tuition fees. Chalmers University of Technology offers numerous scholarship opportunities. Some of these are administered by the university itself and others by external institutions.

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