M.Sc. Design and Construction Project Management

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  • 24 months
  • EUR15000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
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Chalmers University of Technology | Gothenburg, Sweden
The programme focuses on management in the construction sector and building in society. This encompasses management of space and infrastructure as well as issues concerning property investment and development, urban planning, design, engineering, construction and facilities management.
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Description of Design and Construction Project Management

Design, construction and management of the built environment have a vital role in the development of a more sustainable society.

The construction industry is resource intensive why handling of material, economic and human resources need to be managed in a responsible and efficient way. Handling the challenges that arise in complex construction and infrastructure projects requires professional engineers and architects with managerial as well as technical competencies.

Programme description

A construction project is a vehicle to bring about change. A built environment professional with responsibility for the construction and maintenance of roads, houses, airports, schools and hospitals etc., needs to manage various vital resources for this change to happen, such as costs, time, people and material.

At the intersection between technology, management and economics, the overall purpose of the programme is to train you to manage projects in a built environment context. Good effective project management requires appropriately balanced combinations of explicit and tacit knowledge, professional practical experience and professional behaviour. Preparing you to work as manager in the built environment sector means having knowledge on construction specific elements like technical, environmental, legal, and contractual demands.

You will be trained in skills needed to manage construction projects involving knowledge on project management methods, financial accounting methods, BIM, logistics, environmental management, strategic management, facility management and sustainability. The strong collaborative characteristics of the construction industry, where projects are done in temporary and interdisciplinary project organisations supported by networks of colleagues, also needs training and knowledge related to organizational culture, leadership, communication, group- and team work, decision making, collaborative relations, and knowledge and learning.

By providing you as a student with a broad repertoire of problem-solving methods and by integrating theory and practice, we train you to understand the complexity in the actualisation of a construction project. We also emphasis your writing and communicating abilities as they are important tools in the process of reflection and learning and subsequently for your career.As a complement to your engineering degree, this programme offers a possibility to acquire competencies required to perform on a high professional level in the construction and built environment sector.

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 the lecturers provide a close connection to the research being performed. The teachers also have close cooperation with the construction industry. The faculty and our students collaborate with CMB, Centre for Management of the Built Environment.
Educational methods

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 of the programme. A pedagogical idea is to enhance the students’ co-operative and communicative skills, to promote an efficient exchange of experiences and knowledge.

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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15
Tuition fee
  • EUR 15000 Year (Non-EEA)

Non-EEA:140 000 SEK/academic year;EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees

Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

First Year

AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

Compulsory courses

  • Construction governance, Written and oral assignments
  • Construction governance, Project
  • Project management, Examination
Elective courses
  • Real estate finance and economics, Examination
  • Service management for construction and facilities, Examination

AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

Compulsory courses

  • Managing organisations in the construction industry, Project
  • Managing organisations in the construction industry, Examination
  • Construction contract relationships, Examination
Elective courses
  • Financial and Management Accounting, Examination
  • Logistics and supply chain management, Examination

SPRING TERM Study period 3

Elective courses

  • Leadership and communication, Project
  • Strategic management, Project
  • Design management, part A, Examination
  • Design management, part B, 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

  • Leadership and communication, Project
  • Strategic management, Project
  • Design management, part A, Examination
  • Design management, part B, 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 for Design and Construction Project Management

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

Work Experience for Design and Construction Project Management

No work experience is required.

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