M.Sc. Design and Construction Project Management

Chalmers University of Technology

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • € 15,000 / 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 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.

Contents

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

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)

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 (IELTS 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

Scholarships administered by Chalmers

For Master's studies starting September 2015.
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. Please note that additional scholarships may be appended to the below list. Applicants are therefore encouraged to check this webpage regularly.
  • 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 all fee-paying students.
  • 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 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.
  • The Chalmers MasterCard Scholarship 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 Lars Eriksson Scholarship is funded through a generous donation made by Chalmers alumnus Lars Eriksson. It will be awarded as a 100% tuition fee waiver in 2015 to an applicant from Latin America. The scholarship can be awarded for studies on any of Chalmers Master's Programmes, with the exception of Arichitecture and Urban Design and Design for Sustainable Development.
Scholarships that will not be offered in 2015
  • The Mölnlycke Health Care Scholarships are 100% fee tuition waivers with possibilities for summer internships and a final master's thesis project.
  • 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 FlexLink Scholarship 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 applicant's financial status is not taken into account during the nomination process.

Scholarships for current students

Adlerbert 60th Anniversary Scholarships - Was awarded for the first time during 2014 to fee paying Master's Programme students who were admitted Autumn 2013, including scholarship holders whose scholarships did not include costs of living coverage. This means that, for instance, holders of Swedish Institute scholarships and Sievert Larsson, version 2 scholarships are not 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, are awarded based on the applicants' cumulative grade point average . Around 10 to 20 Scholarships will be offered each year.

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 numerous scholarship programmes 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.

Note: Students will be awarded only one scholarship from Sweden. Keep in mind that, students can hold extra funding in the form of scholarships or grants administered by governmental or non-governmental entities from their own home countries or abroad, in addition to a scholarship awarded by Chalmers or SI.

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