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  2014
Credits: 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 the public sector and in private companies. The core fields are projects focusing on design and construction and on facilities management, as well as within the fields of infrastructure and in property investment and development. Typical roles are that of project manager in a construction project organization, working at a purchasing department developing purchasing methods for a contractor, working with project development at an architectural office, design manager, managing housing projects or developing health care facilities.

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

To be eligible an applicant must either be a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering/Architecture or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree.

Specific entry requirements

Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with aMajor 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)

The application period for the academic year 2014/15 opens 1 December 2013.

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

Scholarships administered by Chalmers University of Technology for Master's Studies in 2013

  • 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 allocated and awarded by Chalmers University of Technology. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.
  • The Chalmers Mastercard Scholarship for a Master's Student from Central America, South America or Mexico is a 280 000 SEK reduction of the tuition fee (70 000 SEK reduction/ semester).
  • 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.
  • The Mölnlycke Health Care Scholarships for Master's Students from China and the US are 100% fee tuition waivers with possibilities for summer internships and a final master 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 Volvo Cars’ scholarships are a 100% tuition fee waiver 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 Cars Corporation.
  • The US Friends of Chalmers Scholarship is a fund scholarship comprising USD 35 000 (i.e. a reduction of the tuition fee by USD 8750 per semester) and is awarded to one student of US citizenship.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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