Structural Engineering and Building Technology, 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

Structural Engineering and Building Technology, MSc

The built environment is where most of us spend our lives, and related industries constitute an enormous part of the global economy. In this master's programme, you will investigate issues related to manmade structures and buildings, working towards creating a more sustainable and resource-efficient society.

A skilled engineer in modelling, analysing, and designing structural systems and complex buildings needs to have a deep and intuitive understanding of their physical and mechanical properties. Alongside these fundamental skills, success in this industry also requires the ability to co-operate with others, take charge of diverse projects and communicate effectively in international environments. This master's programme will give you these very tools, allowing you to meet the demands of this fast-paced, challenging and changing industry.

You will contribute to the creation of a more sustainable and resource-efficient society by working with the construction, operation, and maintenance of all manner of buildings, bridges and other civil engineering structures — both new and preexisting.

The programme is strongly influenced by the current research ongoing at Chalmers University of Technology. Several research groups involved in the programme have close contact with prominent actors in the construction industry, and the programme has been developed in co-operation with representatives from leading Swedish companies. Practicing engineers from these companies contribute to the programme as guest lecturers and supervisors for projects, and every year, a significant number of master's projects are carried out in direct contact with the companies, closely connected to developments in the industry.

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

The first semester of the programme is compulsory. It will provide you with an overview and a common basis for further studies in specialised fields. From the second semester, you can choose to specialise in Structural engineering, Building technology or GeoStructures. If you prefer a more general competence in building engineering and geotechnics, you can combine courses from different branches. In the final master's project, you will independently carry out a qualified task with advanced problem solving and knowledge development. The following are the four compulsory courses during year 1.

  • Structural systems
  • Materials performance
  • FEM Basics
  • Building performance

Compulsory courses year 2

In the second year, the student completes a master's thesis. Here, the student independently carries out a qualified task with advanced problem solving and knowledge development. 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

There is an increasing need for technical specialists and engineers with a high level of general knowledge in the Structural engineering and building technology programme's field as well as researchers and academic teachers. Graduates from the programme from the track 'Structural Engineering' can be found at companies that design advanced structures for various applications, such as buildings, bridges, and offshore structures; and from the track 'Building technology' at design and analysis of complex building systems, especially concerning thermal performance, indoor climate and efficient use of energy; and from the track 'GeoStructures' at design and analysis of complex geostructures, such as footings, piles, retaining structures, and bored tunnels.

From each track, graduates from the programme can continue as a PhD-student. As a PhD student, you are employed by Chalmers and will receive a salary. A PhD-position is normally about five years, including own courses, research and teaching.

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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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