Design, construction and management of the built environment have a vital role in the development of a more sustainable society. The construction industry is resource intensive, so material, financial and human resources must be managed of responsibly and efficiently. Handling the challenges that arise in complex construction and infrastructure projects requires engineers and architects with managerial as well as technical competencies.
A construction project is a vehicle to bring about change. A built environment professional with responsibility for the construction and maintenance of e.g. roads, houses, airports, schools and hospitals needs to manage various vital resources for this change to happen, such as cost, time, people and materials. At the intersection between technology and management, the overall aim of the programme is to train you to manage projects in a built environment context.
To work as manager in the built environment sector means having knowledge on construction specific elements like technical, environmental, legal, and contractual demands. You will also be trained in skills needed to manage projects involving knowledge on project management methods, financial accounting methods, Building Information Modeling (BIM), logistics, quality management, strategic management, and, real estate and facility management. The strong collaborative characteristics of the construction industry, where projects are carried out in temporary and interdisciplinary project organizations supported by networks of colleagues, also needs training and knowledge related to organizational culture, leadership, communication, team work, decision making, collaborative relations, and knowledge and learning.
As a complement to your engineering degree, this programme offers a possibility to acquire competencies required to perform on a high professional level in the construction and built environment sector.
By providing you as a student with a broad repertoire of problem-solving methods and by integrating theory and practice, we train you to understand the complexity in the actualisation of a construction project.
The programme offers a mixture of conventional lectures and seminars, supported by online resources and a variety of external sources of information. It benefits from the use of case studies, real life projects and collaboration with industry. Student presentations and group work are important parts. To stimulate an efficient exchange of experiences and knowledge, a main pedagogical idea is to enhance your co-operative and communicative skills.
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Entry requirements (academic year 2016/17)
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.
Specific entry requirements
Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in: Civil Engineering, Building Engineering, Architecture, Architecture and Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Surveying or Industrial Engineering and Management
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)
Specific questions about the programme's content:
Martine Buser, Director of Master's Programme: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the above schematic view corresponds to the academic year starting in autumn 2016. 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.
Career opportunities can be found in both public and private organizations. The core fields are projects focusing on planning, design, construction and facilities management. Examples on roles are project manager in a construction project organization, working with project development at an architectural office, design manager in a consultancy firm, managing properties in a housing company, developing health care facilities or working in supportive functions such as purchasing, sustainability, quality, health & safety.
Connections to research and industry
The programme builds on several scientific disciplines and courses are given by four different departments at Chalmers University of Technology; Civil and Environmental Engineering, Architecture, Technology Management and Economics and Energy and Environment. All teachers involved in courses perform qualified research in management fields and provide a close connection to the research being performed. The teachers also have a close cooperation with the construction industry. The faculty and our students' collaborate closely with CMB, Centre for Management of the Built Environment
, for example by providing a mentorship program aimed for students in the Master's programme.