Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #173 (WUR) ,
The Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure programme is offered by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The programme provides students with the tools to solve future environmental problems and water issues. The scope of the programme is international and interdisciplinary.


Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure programme at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Students will increase their understanding of the properties and functions of water and ecosystems, learn how to assess the local and global environmental impact of human activities, and apply advanced methods, techniques and modelling tools to describe, quantify and solve environmental problems.

The programme has no tracks and there is, in general, a large degree of freedom for the students to select courses within the programme, given that the specific course prerequisites are fulfilled. The courses offered within the programme are based on a combination of theoretical and practical approaches – both in the field as well as in laboratory; using tools as GIS, different computer models and tools for decision support.

Seven different competence profiles are meant to be an advice on the choice of courses and course sequences for competitive specialisations. In each competence profile, there is an inherent progression. The different competence profiles are:

  • Water Technology; water systems, hydropower, effects of climate change.
  • Environmental Geotechnology; contaminated areas, environmental geology, geotechnical aspects.
  • Water and Wastewater Engineering; managing our water resources (drinking water and wastewater).
  • Environmental Management and Information; environmental monitoring, measurement techniques.
  • Sustainable Infrastructure; managing infrastructure and natural resources in a sustainable way.
  • Environmental Systems Analysis; environmental assessment, life cycle assessment.
  • Sustainable Societies; social and economic mechanisms that affect sustainable development.

Our society has major challenges in managing a changing climate, developing and securing good water quality, developing systems for recycling materials and nutrients, and developing renewable and environmentally smart energy solutions.

The needs for environmental engineering expertise are, therefore, almost endless, and the labour market is very diverse. Students will be able to work privately and publicly – in environmental consultancies, with contractors, energy companies or government agencies; internationally, nationally or locally. 

There are also students from the programme who enter research studies at KTH or other universities nationally or internationally. Some examples of employers who employ students from this programme are SWECO, Stockholm Vatten, WSP, Swedish EPA, Tyréns, Geosigma, Ramböll, Vattenfall, and SIDA, as well as a number of international agencies. Typical professional roles include hydrogeologist, environmental coordinator, urban water planner, geotechnical engineer and researcher.

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Environmental Measuring and Monitoring
  • Environmental Dynamics/Physical Processes
  • Water and Wastewater Handling
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Environmental Data
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Applied Hydrology
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Governance of Land and Water
  • Environmental Chemistry and Risk Assessment
  • Urban Infrastructure
  • Political Economy for Environmental Planners
  • Sustainable Rural and Urban Development
  • Natural Resources Management Tools
  • Modelling of Water Systems
  • Water Treatment Processes and Technology
  • Engineering Geology
  • Project in Environmental Engineering
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Degree Project in Hydraulic Engineering, Second Cycle
  • Degree Project in Urban and Regional Planning, Second Cycle
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Ecosystem Support and Environmental Justice
  • Planning for Resilience

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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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Academic Requirements

A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the field of civil engineering, environmental engineering or another subject with clear relevance to the programme.

In addition, at least two of the following prerequisite courses (A-D) should be met:

  • Fluid Mechanics, 5 ECTS credits and Hydrology, 5 ECTS credits
  • Economics, 7,5 ECTS credits
  • General Chemistry and/or Environmental Soil Chemistry, 7.5 ECTS credits
  • Earth Science, 6 ECTS credits
General documents
  • Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  • Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification document

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16087.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32175 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 310 000
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens


Every year a limited number of KTH Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence. Recipients of the KTH Scholarship will have their tuition fee waived for the first and the second year, provided that the study results during the first year are satisfactory.

Applications for the KTH Scholarship for studies beginning in autumn will be open December 1 - January 15.

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