Design and Construction Project Management, 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

Design and Construction Project Management, MSc

The construction industry is at a crossroads. The transition to a more sustainable society poses big challenges — and opportunities — for the sector. New materials, methods and technologies are coming to the forefront, with accompanying demands for up-to-date, specialised education. This programme will train you to analyse and understand these changes, developing the skills essential for tackling these challenges in a responsible and effective manner.

The programme will prepare students for the realities of the field. You will gain an advanced understanding of construction management by studying the tools, methods and theories necessary for the discipline, as well as understanding their roles across the various phases of a project. You will assess the entire construction process, from the early stages through to the design, construction, production and management of facilities. The programme dives into the sector's complexity, addressing the diversity of participating actors, stakeholders and perspectives. Mutual understanding between all the relevant parties in the construction sector is crucial — users, clients, architects, engineers, consultants, planners, economists and more.

The programme will prepare you for a long-lasting professional career by giving you a broad repertoire of problem-solving methods, integrating theory and practice to understand and manage the complexity of construction projects. It offers a blend of conventional lectures and seminars with online resources and a variety of external sources. Case studies, real-life projects and collaborations with industry form vital elements of the programme, as do student presentations and group work.

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.

English language requirement

The requirement is English proficiency equivalent to or above the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6. You can meet the requirement by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised English test. Completed upper secondary education or previous university studies in some countries can also fulfil the requirement.

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Program content

Compulsory courses year 1

During the first year the programme starts with four compulsory courses that form a common foundation in Design and construction project management. Each course is usually 7.5 credits.

  • Project management in construction
  • Financial management and accounting
  • Methods and enquiry in organization
  • Construction contract relationships

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: 160 000 SEK/academic year

*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees


Credits: 120

Career paths

Career opportunities within Design and construction project management can be found in both public and private organizations. The challenges of mitigating climate change and urbanisation force the construction to develop continually and there is a need for competent engineers in this sector who are able to engage and transform the actual modes of production. Civil engineers with a strong background in management are sought after and will be so also in the future, both nationally and internationally.

The core fields are projects focusing on planning, design, construction and facilities management. Examples of roles are working as a project manager in a construction project organization, working with project development at an architectural office, design manager in a consultancy firm, managing properties in a housing company, developing health care facilities or working in supportive functions such as purchasing, sustainability, quality, health and safety.

Our previous students have had a high level of employability within companies in engineering consulting like AFRY, WSP; contractors like Skanska, NCC, PEAB or real estate like Vasakronan, Castellum, Wallenstam to name a few. Some students also hold positions in public organisations like municipalities or regions.

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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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Chalmersplatsen 4
412 96 Gothenburg

Phone no: +46 31 772 1000
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