Architecture and Urban Design, MSc

Chalmers University of Technology
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
28 August 2023
Chalmers University of Technology

About this program

Architecture and Urban Design, MSc

The fields of architecture and urban design are central to some of the most pressing societal, environmental and cultural challenges currently facing humanity. Graduates in this field need to master a wide range of skills, from design, engineering, and technology to critical thinking.

This master's programme provides the knowledge and knowhow necessary to practice architecture and urban design professionally.

The programme emphasises a research-oriented approach, anticipating future challenges for architects and urban designers. The profile is both practical and design-led, academic as well as theoretical.

The programme is largely project-based, and you will have the opportunity to work in design studios with experienced professional architects and researchers. These studios form lab environments, targeting current specialisations within the field. They are supplemented with course modules looking at history, theory, design and technology, as well as leadership and professional practice.

You will have access to world-class infrastructure, including studio spaces, an architecture library, model workshops and digital fabrication, a robot lab and several research groups and centres. A national and international network is provided through collaborations and partnerships with external practitioners, researchers, stakeholders and industry.

The fundamental areas of the programme address subjects such as applied architecture development, urban architectures, healthcare architecture, sustainable development, and more.

Admission requirements

To fulfil the general entry requirement for a Master's programme at Chalmers (at advanced level/the second cycle), the prospective student must hold a degree that is equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor degree (minimum 3years, 180 Swedish higher education credits) in either Science, Engineering, Technology or Architecture.

  • All applicants must document their formal academic qualifications to prove their eligibility. Only documentation from internationally recognized universities will be approved by the Swedish Council for Higher Education which manages the website
  • If an applicant is also holder of a second degree such as a Master's degree, that may be as to fulfil specific (course) requirements, it cannot be used to fullfill the general entry requirement on it's own.

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Program content

Compulsory courses year 1

During the first year semester, the programme starts with compulsory content that forms a common foundation in Architecture and urban design.

  • Sustainable theory and applied design

Compulsory courses year 2

In the second year you must complete a master's thesis in order to graduate. The thesis may be worth 30 credits or 60 credits depending on your choice.

  • Master's thesis

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships are a great source of funding for Master's students who are liable to pay tuition fees. Some of these are administrated by Chalmers and others by external institutions. Additional scholarships may be appended to the list and applicants are therefore encouraged to check this webpage regularly.

Please visit the university website for more information.


Tuition fee: 210 000 SEK/academic year

*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees


Credits: 120

Students completing the master's programme are awarded the degree of Master of Science, 120 ECTS credits, with architecture as the main field of study. The master's programme corresponds to the final two years of the five-year study programme at Chalmers which leads to a professional degree in architecture. The professional degree, Master of Architecture/Arkitektexamen, 300 ECTS credits, can only be awarded to students completing a full five-year study programme in architecture at Chalmers.

Career paths

A master's degree in architecture and urban design offers a wide range of career opportunities, from practice to research. Most of our courses have a strong connection and collaboration with industry and real projects.

Graduates work in architecture and urban design offices, city planning offices, and governmental bodies. The field of work is highly international, and graduates often find employment in leading offices in Sweden like White arkitekter, Wingårdhs, Semren Månsson, Kaminsky arkitektur, as well as abroad, for instance, MVRDV, BIG, Zaha Hadid, Foster & Partners, Herzog & de Meuron.

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Chalmers University of Technology

Providing a comprehensive education in science, engineering, technology and architecture, Chalmers University of Technology is one of Scandinavia’s most respected universities, and consistently ranks highly among the world’s best. Chalmers is a household name in Sweden, regarded as the most...

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Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmersplatsen 4
412 96 Gothenburg

Phone no: +46 31 772 1000
Fax +46 31 772 3872
Chalmers University of Technology

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