The programme fosters graduates for different occupations related to the real estate, government and construction management sectors. The programme is RICS accredited, which means that it answers to the highest standards in real estate education.
Real Estate and Construction Management at KTH
The master's programme in Real Estate and Construction Management consists of four terms of full-time study. The first term consists mainly of foundation courses for all students, after which it is possible to specialise according to educational background and interest. Students can choose between three profiles: Construction Project Management, Real Estate Development and Land Law, and Building and Real Estate Economics. While a few courses are mandatory for all students, most courses are conditionally elective courses. Note that a few of the conditionally elective courses in the Real Estate Development and Land Law profile are taught in Swedish.
In the final term, students will conduct a master's degree project. The degree project is a detailed study of a subject area within the scope of the programme. This provides the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired from the courses in a scientific manner to a problem chosen within the research profile of the profile. The degree project may be carried out at a company in Sweden or abroad. Students may also work independently in an area of their own choice, as long as it falls within the research profile of the profile. Once completed, the degree project will be presented in a seminar.
The hands-on approach to teaching and learning implies that class projects consist of activities that will provide students with job-related skills. The department’s close links with industry, local professional bodies and a strong alumni network allow the university to continually stay abreast of current developments and integrate these into our course offerings.
The programme is RICS accredited. Accreditation by RICS means that the master’s programme meets the highest standards in real estate education. Students graduated from an RICS accredited programme qualifies partially for membership in RICS as RICS considers the candidate already has an above-average academic background and only need to develop their professional competences before being approved as a professional charted surveyor and member of RICS.
This is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Architecture and Built Environment (at KTH).
Real estate economics, valuation, real estate taxation, real estate management, property/facilities management and development, construction and project management, project communication, planning, building and environmental law, real estate law, land administration.
The graduates from the programme will have gained in-depth knowledge of construction project management, real estate economics and real estate development and land law, and will be trained to work in and lead projects in real estate and construction management, collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, work independently, exercise their power of initiative and create new ideas for a sustainable built environment.
Given the borderless nature of the subjects covered in the programme, graduates are trained for careers in the real estate, government and construction management sectors, both nationally and internationally. Graduates from the programme have gone on to work in organisations such as:
Consultancy companies, banks, pension funds, insurance companies
Property and asset management companies, development companies, real estate appraisal/valuation firms, and real estate capital groups
Infrastructure development organisations
Land development, cadastral and registration agencies and other related regulatory bodies and private companies
Architectural firms, technical consulting firms, construction management firms, real estate companies, construction companies, client and facilities management organisations and public organisations.
The programme also prepares students for further studies on a doctoral level.
Valuer, Analyst, Asset Manager, Transaction Advisor, Construction Project Manager, Project Engineer, Developer, Real Estate Consultant, Land surveyor.
"The multi-cultural background of students from all over the world and the opportunity to work in a group for most of the time provide really rich discussions with different perspectives and experiences."
Diana from Brazil
Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Real Estate and Construction Management are:
8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
Decent Work and Economic Growth: When people have access to comfortable homes, attractive neighbourhoods and working spaces that increase employee well-being, they can also be more productive and creative, which is of fundamental importance for sustainable economic growth. After graduation, you will have an opportunity work with property and urban area development, leasing and improvement of office spaces and a large number of other real estate-related activities that are important in supporting productive activities, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, both within the real estate industry and in all other industry sectors.
Building resilient infrastructure, promoting sustainable industrialisation and fostering innovation: Planning, managing and financing the construction of infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, railroad and water projects, requires expertise in project management, real estate law, and real estate economics and finance, which you will acquire when you study a master's programme in Real Estate and Construction Management.
Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable: Recent decades have seen the world urbanising at a rapid pace. When you study this programme, you will take courses that will help you to tackle the many serious challenges that urban areas and cities face with respect to inhabitants’ access to residential and commercial spaces, as well as various fundamental city infrastructure facilities.
Faculty and research
The area of real estate and construction management encompasses legal, economic, and administrative issues connected to property management, property development, and construction. The department’s research covers both basic research on root causes and mechanisms and applied research dedicated to making informed decisions in both the public and private sectors. All the courses in the master’s programme are given by highly qualified teachers and researchers involved in different research projects.
To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English, and meet the programme-specific requirements.
A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.
English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:
TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)
The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognized English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions.
​Specific requirements for the master's programme in Real Estate and Construction Management
A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, in the field of the built environment, including civil engineering, building technology, real estate finance and investment, real estate economics, real estate/property management, construction management, architecture, planning, surveying, geomatics and law. In addition, 15 ECTS credits in economics/business administration and/or statistics or equivalent, are required.
Admission to the programme requires proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish grade English 6. While proficiency in Swedish is not a requirement for admission to the programme, the Real estate development and land law course sequence is taught in Swedish and requires students to have a proficiency in Swedish equivalent to Swedish 3/B.
Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme-specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:
Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
Proof of English proficiency
A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents
Specific documents for the master's programme in Real Estate and Construction Management
Letter of motivation
Relevant work experience
Letters of recommendation