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.

Location: Campus Johanneberg

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.

Other Programmes that might interest you

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, Building technology or GeoStructures. Students who prefer a more general competence in building engineering can combine courses from different 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 structures
  • Steel structures​
  • and at least one elective course in track Structural engineering

 Specialisation: Timber structures
  • Timber engineering
  • and at least one elective course in track Structural engineering

 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 

Track: GeoStructures

Specialisation: Underground structures
  • Deep foundations
  • Rock mechanics
  • Soil modelling and numerical analysis

The program has also one elective summer course: Dare to build. The aim of this course is to provide students with a multi-disciplinary practice-based learning environment, where students collaborate and share learning with architects, and are involved in the CDIO methodology (conceive, design, implement, operate) to realize a project into a full-scale built result. ​

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 Architecture and Civil Engineering​ 

Published: Thu 23 Apr 2020.