Design and Construction Project Management

120 credits (MSc, 2 years )

The construction industry is facing numerous changes. The pressing agenda towards a more sustainable society means that new material, technology, methods and community needs are emerging. The complexity of these changes has created an increasing demand for knowledge and competences on top of the basic construction project management skills.  The overall goal of the programme is to train you as a student to analyze these changes and develop the necessary competences to solve the new challenges they create in a responsible and efficient manner.

Programme description

The Design and Construction Project Management, DCPM, programme aims at preparing technically qualified engineer students to the integrated management of the construction processes. It gives the students an advanced understanding of construction management by providing necessary tools, methods and theories relevant for the discipline and the practitioners as well as their application across the various phases of project. The programme is designed to cover the entire construction process, such as early stages, design, construction production and facilities management. It presents an understanding of the sector complexity and the diversity of participating actors and stakeholders as well as their role in the process within the unique project-base environment of the industry.
The DCPM programme is intended to bridge between different worldviews, to exercise the ability to perceive and understand diverse perspectives and to support a reciprocal, mutual, understanding between actors in the construction sector such as user, client, architect, engineer, consultant, planner, or economist.

To work as manager in the built environment sector means having knowledge on construction specific elements like technical, environmental, legal, and contractual demands. You as a student will also be trained in skills involving knowledge on project management, financial accounting, research methods, Building Information Modeling (BIM), logistics, productivity, and, real estate and facility management. The strong collaborative characteristics of the construction industry, where projects are carried out in temporary and interdisciplinary environment also implies training and knowledge related to organizational culture, leadership, communication, team work, and decision making.
As a complement to your engineering degree, this programme offers a possibility to learn the competencies needed to perform on a high professional level in the construction and built environment sector. The programme is open to both engineers and architects, however please observe that the Master's degree delivered is in engineering.

Educational methods

The programme prepares students for a long-lasting professional career by providing a broad repertoire of problem-solving methods and by integrating theory and practice to understand and manage the complexity in the actualization of a construction project. 

Building on the complementarity of different disciplines, DCPM aims at providing you as future practitioners with a combination of prescriptive and analytical tools to face these challenges. The prescriptive tools aim at planning, organizing, managing and controlling the construction processes as well as addressing the individual, social and organizational aspects of the sector; the analytical tools, methods and theories, enable the future practitioners to develop a holistic view, be more reflexive about the context they evolve in and accordingly make informed decisions.

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Published: Fri 26 Nov 2010. Modified: Fri 05 Apr 2019