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 program, you will investigate issues related to manmade structures and buildings, working towards creating a more sustainable and resource-efficient society.
A skilled engineer in modeling, analyzing, 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 cooperate with others, take charge of diverse projects and communicate effectively in international environments. This master’s program 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 program is strongly influenced by the current research ongoing at the Chalmers University of Technology. Several research groups involved in the program have close contact with prominent actors in the construction industry, and the program has been developed in cooperation with representatives from leading Swedish companies. Practicing engineers from these companies contribute to the program 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.
Courses included in the program cover topics such as conceptual design, structural systems, instability phenomena, and dynamics. Other subjects include climate protection, human comfort, thermal performance, durability, sustainable life cycle analysis, and much more.
There is an increasing need for technical specialists and engineers with a high level of general knowledge in the Structural engineering and building technology program's field as well as researchers and academic teachers. Graduates from the program 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 program can continue as a PhD-student. As a Ph.D. 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.
General entry requirements
A Bachelor's degree in Science, Engineering, Technology, or Architecture
To fulfill the general entry requirement for a Master's program at Chalmers (at advanced level/the second cycle), the prospective student must hold a degree that is equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree (minimum 3 years, 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 universityadmissions.se.
If an applicant is also a holder of a second degree such as a Master's degree, that may be to fulfill specific (course) requirements, it cannot be used to fulfill the general entry requirement on its own.
In your final year of Bachelor's Studies
Students in their last year of studies who don't yet have documentation of their soon-to-be-completed degree can be accepted.
Degrees that are constructed on one another cannot consist of the same course
Applicants who fulfill the general entry requirements for the second cycle (master’s level) programs and eventually specific entry requirements can be admitted to a master’s program. Applicants cannot be evaluated as unqualified in the qualifying academic merits which include courses from the program’s plan in those programs that they have applied for if that occurs.
Courses included in an earned first cycle degree (bachelor’s level) or professional qualification of at least 180 cr. (180hp) or the equivalent foreign qualification that are prerequisites for master’s qualifications may not be included in the higher qualifications. This also applies to prerequisite courses for master’s programs, regardless of whether they are included in the underlying qualification. *
*) Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology - first and second cycle qualifications.
Restrictions for Citizens from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
Chalmers cannot admit applicants with citizenship of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea only to any program or course, due to the Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1509 of 30 August 2017 concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and repealing Regulation (EC) 329/2007.
For applicants with double citizenship of which one is of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the other of another country, the citizenship of the other country has precedence in this respect.​