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Graduate courses

Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.

  Study programme, year:  1 2

Study programme syllabus for
Associated to: TKSAM
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2014-02-19 by Dean of Education and is valid for students starting the programme the academic year 2020/2021

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Major in Architecture and Engineering or Civil Engineering.



Mathematics (at least 27 cr.) (including Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis and Mathematical statistics), Mechanics, Solid mechanics, Structural mechanics, Heat and mass transfer or Thermodynamics, Structural engineering for steel, timber and concrete structures.

General organization:


The programme promotes personal development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that are needed to start working as a professional engineer in the field of structural engineering and/or building technology. This field concerns development and operation of structures, structural systems and complex buildings. All phases of the engineering process should be covered concerning planning, design, construction, operation, assessment and rehabilitation and different engineering roles relevant for the field should be demonstrated. The students should be well prepared for entering the market in a professional role. The programme should fulfil the markets need of qualified competence: technical specialists and system generalists but also researchers and academic teachers.


Learning outcome:

having completed the programme, students should be able to:

- give a comprehensive view of buildings and structural systems

- give a comprehensive view of the planning, design, construction and operation

- explain and describe fundamental physical and mechanical behaviour and

- explain and describe the relation between computational models and reality

- approach and solve engineering tasks

- work methodically and by means of modern engineering tools

- establish and choose appropriate models depending on the actual need and

- work in project teams, lead project work and present results

- critically review and develop technical solutions.

- consider ethical aspects of different engineering choices

- explain and describe the impact on sustainable future of different
engineering solutions


Extent: 120.0 c



In the
master's project the student should demonstrate ability to plan and carry out
qualified tasks within given constraints, and personal and professional skills
in advanced problem solving, knowledge discovery and development, and system
thinking. Furthermore, the results and conclusions should be communicated in a
thesis and orally at a seminar. The master's project is made within one of the
specialisations 'Structural engineering', 'Building technology' or
'GeoStructures', in a subject the student has gained sufficient previous
knowledge in.


Courses valid the academic year 2020/2021:

See study programme


Accredited to the following programmes the accademic year 2020/2021:

Degree of Master of Science in Engineering



students are recommended to follow one of the three specialisations within the
programme: 'Structural engineering', 'Building technology' or 'GeoStructures'.
To follow a specialisation, a minimum of 30 credits elective courses from this
specialisation is recommended. In addition, the master's project should be made
within the specialisation.

 Degree requirements:
  Degree of master of science (120 credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the Local Qualifications Framework - first and second cycle qualifications

Title of degree:

Master of Science (120 credits). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject Civil and Environmental Engineering are stated in the degree certificate. Specializations and tracks are not stated.


Major subject:

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Other information:

The programme consists of an introductory part 'overview and basics', a
fundamental part 'technical knowledge and tools', and a final part 'deepening
and synthesis'. The introductory part is compulsory and provides a
comprehensive view of complex buildings and structural systems and processes
for planning, design, construction and operation. Furthermore, performance of
materials, relation between material properties and functions of components and
basics in computational methods are covered to provide a common and valuable
basis for further studies in the specialised fields.

After the introductory part the student can choose to specialise towards
'Structural engineering', 'Building technology' or ¿GeoStructures¿. The
fundamental part provides the core engineering knowledge and tools for problem
solving. The final part is aimed for further in-depth studies and advanced
problem solving and synthesis, and includes the master¿s project. The student
who prefers a more general competence in building engineering can combine
courses from the different branches.

The branch 'Structural engineering' provides specialist training for students
aiming at design and analysis of advanced structures for various applications,
such as buildings, bridges, and offshore structures. It covers structural
design from conceptual design to detailing, and structural modelling and
analysis of new as well as existing structures.

The branch 'Building technology' provides specialist training for students
aiming at design and analysis of complex building systems, especially
concerning thermal performance, indoor climate and efficient use of energy. It
covers design of resource efficient buildings from the conceptual stage to
detailing, and modelling and analysis of systems and components of both new and
existing buildings.

The branch 'GeoStructures' provides specialist training for students aiming at
design and analysis of complex geostructures, such as footings, piles,
retaining structures, and bored tunnels. It covers design of details to complex
underground structures and systems using analytical and numerical methods.

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