Buildings and Structures

SwB, course package, 60 credits

Today and in the future the engineering skills to model, analyse and design structural systems, structural members, and buildings and building components need to be based on a deep and intuitive understanding of the physical and mechanical behaviour. The courses package will provide the basis for such an in-depth knowledge. Furthermore, you will gain a good overview of the field, ability to co-operate and communicate in an international environment, and to lead project works. Essential aspects are resource efficiency with effective use of energy and materials, service life design, durability, and health and safety of the users.

First semester: September 2015 - December 2015
BOM065 - Materials performance, 7.5 cr
VBB122 - Structural systems: Design and assessment, 7.5 cr
BOM145 - Heat and moisture engineering, 7.5 cr
VSM167 - Finite element method - basics, 7.5 cr
Second semester: January 2016 - June 2016
VSM196 - Timber engineering, 7.5 cr
VIN032 - Indoor climate and HVAC, 7.5 cr
VBB072 - Structural concrete, 7.5 cr
VBF021 - Building physics, advanced course, 7.5 cr

Entry requirements
Minimum 3½ years and preferably 4 years of studies in a BSc degree programme in Brazil.
Prerequisites: Mathematical analysis (including Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis and Statistics), Mechanics, Solid mechanics, Structural mechanics, Heat and mass transfer, Applied thermodynamics, Structural engineering for steel, timber and concrete structures.

English requirements
The most common and important scores that are accepted for studies at Chalmers 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)

The above tests and test scores are minimum requirements, no exemptions will be granted by Chalmers.
The Institutional TOEFL-test (ITP) score is not valid for academic purposes at Chalmers.

Application (for entry academic year 2015/16)
Credits: 60 cr
Duration: 10 months or 2 semesters
Start of first semester: Early September 2014
End of second semester: Early June 2016
Rate of study: 100% (full-time studies at Chalmers is equivalent to 4 courses or 30 credits per semester)
Instructional time: Daytime
Language of instruction: English
Teaching form: On-campus
Tuition fee: 140 000 SEK
Application period: 
10 February: Application period opens on
20 February: Application deadline
25 February: Deadline for University Admissions to receive documents to complete the electronic admission application (transcript in Portuguese, official translation of transcript in English, copy of English test results)
18 March: Notification of selection results published on your personal profile on
Application instructions in detail (external link on 
Questions regarding application and admission: Chalmers’ Admissions,
Specific questions about course content: Angela Sasic Kalagasidis,
Other questions: Student Exchange,

Published: Fri 23 Nov 2012. Modified: Wed 11 Mar 2015