M.Sc. Design and Construction Project Management

Chalmers University of Technology

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 16,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

Design, construction and management of infrastructure and the built environment has a vital role in the development of a more sustainable society. The material and human resources needed for these projects have to be assessed and managed in a responsible and efficient way.

In handling the challenges that arise from working with complex projects in multifaceted and temporary organisations with a mix of people and professions, the construction sector requires professional engineers and architects with managerial as well as technical and social competencies.

Programme description

Focusing on management in the construction sector and the built environment, this programme encompasses management of space and infrastructure as well as issues concerning property investment and development, urban planning, design, engineering, construction and facilities management.As a professional manager with responsibility for the construction of e.g. roads, houses, airports, schools and hospitals you will need to be able to handle traditional management aspects like economy and time, together with construction specific aspects like technical and human demands in connection to regulations concerning energy and the environment. A house or a bridge is not a one-person show; it is always done in teams supported by networks of colleagues and suppliers.

You also need to be aware of factors like e.g. culture, societal context, accountability and corporate social responsibility. By providing you as a student with a broad repertoire of problem-solving methods and by integrating theory and practice together with behavioural and technical aspects, we train you in understanding the complexity in the actualisation of projects. We also emphasis your writing and communicating abilities as they are important tools in the process of reflection and learning and subsequently, in your career.

The three units, Construction Management, Architecture and Service Management, contribute to the programme. Examples of subjects covered are project management with focus on ambiguity and risk, leadership and communication addressing conflicting interest and need for collaboration, management of space and infrastructure related to governance and environmental issues, design processes and management including collaborative processes and BIM, construction management and construction contract relationships.

As a complement to your engineering degree, this programme offers you the possibility to acquire competencies required to perform on a high professional level in the construction sector.

Connections to research

In cooperation with the industry and the public sector, the faculty carries out research focused on strategy and business development, leadership, communication, information and knowledge management, environmental management, quality and change management and facilities management in construction project organizations.

The faculty and our students also operate in a close collaboration with CMB, Centre for Management of the Built Environment, a network that consists of approx. 50 companies and researchers at Chalmers. This collaboration ensures that you as a student can carry out assignments in cooperation with firms within the construction sector.

Educational methods

The pedagogical idea is to enhance co-operation and communication and to promote an efficient exchange of experience and knowledge between the players in the construction sector. The courses benefit from close co-operation with industry and use examples from current issues and projects in the construction sector.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities can be found both in public and private organisations. The core fields are projects focusing on design and construction and on 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 housing company, developing health care facilities or working in supportive functions such as purchasing, sustainability, quality, health & safety.

Contents

First Year

AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

Compulsory courses
  • Construction governance, Project
  • Project management, Examination
  • Managing organisations in the construction industry, Examination
Elective courses
  • Real estate finance and economics, Examination
  • Service management for construction and facilities, Examination

AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

Compulsory courses

  • Construction governance, Examination
  • Managing organisations in the construction industry, Project
  • Construction contract relationships, Examination

Elective courses

  • Financial and Management Accounting, Examination
  • Logistics and supply chain management, Examination

SPRING TERM Study period 3

Elective courses

  • Design processes and management, part A, Written and oral assignments
  • Design processes and management, part B, Written and oral assignments
  • Leadership and communication, Project
  • Strategic management, Project
  • Environmental management, Examination

SPRING TERM Study period 4

Elective courses

  • Construction, processes and management, Project
  • International projects, Project
  • Knowledge and learning in project organisations, Project

Second Year

AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

Elective courses

  • Real estate finance and economics, Examination
  • Service management for construction and facilities, Examination

AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

Elective courses

  • Financial and Management Accounting, Examination
  • Logistics and supply chain management, Examination

SPRING TERM Study period 3

Elective courses

  • Design processes and management, part A, Written and oral assignments
  • Design processes and management, part B, Written and oral assignments
  • Leadership and communication, Project
  • Strategic management, Project
  • Environmental management, Examination

SPRING TERM Study period 4

Elective courses

  • Construction, processes and management, Project
  • International projects, Project
  • Knowledge and learning in project organisations, Project

Diploma thesis

  • Master's thesis in Architecture, Diploma thesis
  • Master's thesis in Architecture, part A, Diploma thesis
  • Master's thesis in Architecture, part B, Diploma thesis
  • Master's thesis in Civil and environmental engineering, Diploma thesis
  • Master's thesis in Civil and environmental engineering, part A, Diploma thesis
  • Master's thesis in Civil and environmental engineering, part B, Diploma thesis

Requirements

Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in: Civil Engineering, Architecture, Architecture and Engineering, 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)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Funding

All Scholarships administered by Chalmers have now been awarded and all applicants have been notified of their selection results.

Important: Applications for scholarships should be made along with the application for Master's studies. Students should not wait until they receive an admission to do so.

  • The Avancez Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and are funded by the Chalmers Foundation. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.

  • The IPOET (International Programme Office for Education and Training) Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers funded by the Government of Sweden. They are awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and available to nearly all fee-paying students, with the exception of 12 countries.

  • The Mölnlycke Health Care Scholarships are 100% fee tuition waivers with possibilities for summer internships and a final master's thesis project.

  • The Sievert Larsson Scholarship Fund (within Friends of Chalmers) offers a 100% tuition fee waiver and living expenses to students of Thai nationality who aim to study on a Master’s programme at Chalmers University of Technology.

  • The US Friends of Chalmers Scholarship is a scholarship comprising USD 35 000 (i.e. a reduction of the tuition fee by USD 8750 per semester) and is awarded to one student with US citizenship.

  • The Volvo Car Corporation Scholarships are 100% tuition fee waivers awarded to 2 Chinese students with the guarantee of participation in the VESC (Volvo Engineering Student Concept) programme which includes a summer job, master thesis project, mentorship and possible employment at Volvo Car Corporation.

  • The Volvo Group Scholarship Programme is a 100% fee tuition fee waiver awarded to students of Indian nationality and Chinese nationality. The Scholarship includes possibilities for internships during the summer, a final Master thesis project and mentorship.

Scholarships that will not be offered in 2014

  • The Chalmers MasterCard Scholarship (will be offered again in 2015) Available biennialy for a Master's student from Central America, South America or Mexico. The scholarship comprises a 280 000 SEK reduction of the tuition fee (70 000 SEK reduction/ semester).

  • The FlexLink Scholarship (not available in 2014) for a Master's Student from China is a 100% tuition fee waiver along with possibilities for internship and a final master thesis project.

Note: Being granted alternative funding from external patrons does not affect the possibility of obtaining scholarships from Chalmers as an applicants financial status is not taken into account during the nomination process.

Scholarships for current students

Adlerbert 60th Anniversary Scholarships - Will be offered for the first time during 2014 to fee paying Master's Programme students who were admitted Autumn 2013, including scholarship holders whose scholarships do not include costs of living coverage. This means that, for instance, holders of Swedish Institute scholarships and Sievert Larsson, version 2 scholarships will not be eligible to apply. In order to be eligible the applicant must have passed at least 60 credits during the first year of studies. The scholarships, which amount to 60 000 SEK each, will be awarded based on the applicants' cumulative grade point average . Around 10 to 20 scholarships will be offered in 2014. More information about how to apply, etc., will be published soon.

Adlerbert Foreign Student Hospitality Fund - Only open for international students who have been admitted to, and enrolled on, a Master's Programme at Chalmers. Thus, prospective students cannot apply. Students can be awarded the scholarship a maximum of two times. The application period opens in late January and closes in late February. Consequently, it is only possible to apply during this period of a student's first and second year.

Scholarships administered by the Swedish Institute

The Swedish Institute, a government agency, administers over 500 scholarships each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden to pursue their objectives at a Swedish university. Use their online guide in order to find out if any of the Swedish Institute scholarships are available for citizens of your country at your intended level of study.

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