Structural Engineering and Building Technology

120 credits (MSc, 2 years )

Programme aim

The built environment is fundamental for everyday life and comfort, and is essential for the global economy. This programme addresses issues related to structures and buildings and comprises development and operation of structures, structural systems and complex buildings for a modern, sustainable and resource efficient society.

The aim of the programme is to provide knowledge and skills for a professional career within the fields of structural engineering and building technology. All phases of the engineering process related to planning, design, construction, operation, assessment and rehabilitation are covered, and different engineering roles relevant for the field is demonstrated.

The programme should fulfil the market's need for qualified competence: technical specialists and system generalists as well as researchers and academic teachers.

Who should apply

Students with a B.Sc. degree in civil or architectural engineering, with an interest in structural engineering and building technology are welcome to apply. You are expected to have prior knowledge in the fields of structural mechanics and engineering as well as in building physics and materials.

Why apply

The programme prepares students for a long professional career. It promotes personal development and the engineering skills needed to model, analyse and design structural systems and complex buildings, based on a deep and intuitive understanding of physical and mechanical behaviour. It provides the ability to critically review and develop technical solutions.

Furthermore, the programme offers a good overview of the field and promotes the ability to co-operate on teams, to communicate in an international environment and to lead project work.

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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 Architecture and Engineering or Civil Engineering
 
Prerequisites: Mathematics (at least 27 cr.) (including Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis and Mathematical statistics), Mechanics, Solid mechanics, Structural mechanics, Heat and mass transfer or Thermodynamics, Structural engineering for steel, timber and concrete structures

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)
​Application
Degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Credits: 120
Duration: 2 years
Level: Second Cycle
Rate of study: 100%
Instructional time: Daytime
Language of instruction: English
Teaching form: On-campus
Tuition fee: 140 000 SEK/academic year
*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees
Application Code: CTH-22009
*EU/EEA citizens are required to provide documentation of citizenship (external link)
Contacts

Questions regarding the application and admission process:
Chalmers’ Admissions, admissions@chalmers.se

Specific questions about the programme's content:
Joosef Leppänen, Director of Master's Programme, joosef.leppanen@chalmers.se

Student life and programme experiences:
Read about the experiences of students at Chalmerists’ Stories and through the eyes of our student ambassadors.

Other contacts



Please note that the above schematic view corresponds to the academic year starting in autumn 2015. Minor changes may occur.
 
Year 1
  • Overview and basics
  • Technical knowledge and tools
Year 2
  • Deepening and synthesis
  • Own project
The first term of the program is compulsory. It provides an overview and a common basis for further studies in the specialised fields. From the second term, the student can choose to specialise in Structural engineering or Building technology. Students who prefer a more general competence in building engineering can combine courses from the two branches. In the final master’s project, the student independently carries out a qualified task with advanced problem solving and knowledge development.

Compulsory elective courses per Track and Specialisation

Track: Structural engineering
 
Specialisation: Concrete structures
  • Structural concrete
  • Concrete structures
 
Specialisation: Steel, timber and FRP structures
  • Timber engineering
  • Steel structures
 
Specialisation: Structural engineering - General
  • At least two elective courses from the track Structural engineering
  • Structural design
 
Track: Building technology
 
Specialisation: Building physics
  • Building physics advanced
  • Building technology engineering
 
Specialisation: Building services
  • Indoor climate and HVAC systems
  • Building service engineering design
 
Specialisation: Building technology – General
  • At least two elective courses from the track Building technology
  • One design course from the track: Building technology engineering, Building service engineering design or Sustainable building competition 

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 opportunities

The programme is designed to provide students with a good and stable basis for a professional career. Integration of professional experience in education is an important part of the programme, and the student will be well prepared to enter the market in a professional role. 

There is an obvious need for technical specialists and engineers with a high level of general knowledge in the programme's field. Chalmers graduates from this field of study the past few years have received relevant and qualified tasks at their first jobs.

Research connections

The programme is strongly influenced by current research being performed at Chalmers and has the ambition to renew engineering methodology in practice by well-educated students. The courses are mainly taught by the research groups in structural engineering, applied mechanics, building technology and building services engineering. Modelling, simulation and prediction related to experimental studies are essential in the research methodology. Research and teaching in the fields covered by the programme are carried out in close cooperation with the building industry.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 

Published: Fri 26 Nov 2010. Modified: Tue 03 May 2016