Architecture and Urban Design

120 credits (MSc, 2 years)

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.

Programme description

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.

Research facilities

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


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


Published: Fri 26 Nov 2010. Modified: Fri 14 Sep 2018