The field of Architecture and Urban Design is closely linked to some of today’s most pressing societal, environmental and cultural challenges. It encompasses a wide range of capabilities, from design and technology to critical thinking.
The Master’s Programme in Architecture and Urban Design provides the skills and knowledge needed to practice professionally. The programme emphasizes a research-oriented approach in order to anticipate future challenges for architects and urban designers. Its profile is design led and practical, as well as academic and theoretical.
A majority of the coursework is project-based and it takes place in design studios led by experienced architects and researchers. These studios function as lab environments that target current specializations within the field. Studios are supplemented with course modules that focus on history and theory, design and technology, as well as leadership and professional practice.
The Department of Architecture at Chalmers houses an excellent infrastructure in the form of studio spaces, an architecture library, model workshops and digital fabrication, a robot lab and several research groups and centres. A national and international network is provided through collaborations and partnerships with external practitioners, researchers, stakeholders and industry.
Who should apply
The programme welcomes students that hold a Bachelor’s degree in architecture, urban design, architecture and engineering, interior architecture, or landscape architecture. A portfolio containing architectural and/or urban design work is required.
Studio spaces - all students have personal desks and storage areas in studio spaces with 24/7 access. Studio spaces are equipped with workstations, printers and large scale plotters, as well as Wi-Fi.
Architecture Library - has an extensive collection of printed volumes, journals and magazines within the fields of architecture and urban design.
CAD-lab - houses workstations with software for CAD-drawing, 3D-modelling, desktop publishing, video editing, and GIS.
A-Workshop - is a fully equipped architecture workshop with wood, plastics and metal working equipment. It also contains a number of computer controlled (CNC) machines for model building and rapid prototyping, including: Laser cutter, 3D-printers (2), CNC Mill and CNC Foam cutter.
Robot Lab - is a research facility that investigates robotic technology in architectural design. Equipment includes three robotic arms.
Centre for Healthcare Architecture - conducts research and graduate studies and encourage education and training within the field of physical environments for care.
Centre for Housing - is a national platform for transfer of knowledge, debate, development and research in the field of residential housing.
Mistra Urban Futures - is a centre for sustainable urban development with the ambition to become a world leader in the field in the near future.
The Spatial Morphology Group - is engaged in urban research within the fields of urban morphology, space syntax and design theory.
Other Programmes that might interest you
Design and Construction Project Management
Design for Sustainable Development
Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering
International Project Management
Structural Engineering and Building Technology
Entry requirements (academic year 2017/18)
General entry requirements
To be eligible an applicant must either be a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering/Architecture or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree.
General entry requirements in detail
Chalmers Bachelor’s degree
Are you enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree programme at Chalmers now or do you already have a Bachelor’s degree from Chalmers? If so, different application dates and application instructions apply.
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Specific entry 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 portfolio is required, demonstrating a documented proficiency in architectural design, interior design, landscape design and/or urban design.
Instructions specific to Chalmers on how, when and where to submit your portfolio are available under section 8 on the page Required documents.
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)
English Language Proficiency in detail
The curriculum consists of design studios, courses and a master thesis project. Current design studios focus on topics such as advanced design of specific typologies, including healthcare and housing buildings; the relationship between design, materials, manufacture, environment and context, including emerging technologies; as well as urban design and morphology, including the relationship between architecture and the city.
Courses provide expertise in sustainable building and planning; in digital design and prototyping; in the history and theory of architecture; as well as in leadership and professional practice. Both studios and courses have an international profile and benefit from guest lectures, workshops and reviews with practicing architects.
The curriculum culminates in a semester long master thesis project where students individually formulate a design project in relation to design and research expertise within the department. Almost all courses are electives, giving students the opportunity to construct their own programme of study.
The programme stretches over two academic years and 120 credits.
Please note that the above schematic view corresponds to the academic year starting in the previous year. Minor changes may occur.
Programme content in detail
You will find the programme content in detail, incl. syllabus and description of the courses for the current year in the Student Portal, the intranet for enrolled students at Chalmers.
Programme content in detail, incl. syllabus and description of the courses
Career and research
A master’s degree in architecture and urban design offers a wide range of career opportunities, from practice to research. Graduates work in architecture and urban design offices, city planning offices and governmental bodies. The field of work is highly international and graduates often find employment in leading offices in Sweden as well as abroad. Additionally, a master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design is an excellent foundation for PhD studies at Chalmers and worldwide. An increasing number of students pursue this option.
Department of Architecture