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Graduate courses

Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.

  Study programme, year:  1 2

Study programme syllabus for
Associated to: TKARK
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2018-02-08 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:

Architecture, Architecture and Engineering, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Spatial Planning or Urban Design.



- Courses taken within architecture and/or urban design subjects, that together fulfil a minimum of 50% of credits in the degree
- Courses in project design work within architecture, Landscape Architecture or Urban Design that together fulfil a minimum of 30% of credits in the degree 
- A portfolio demonstrating the student’s progression and a documented proficiency in spatially contextualized work within architectural design, interior design, landscape design and/or urban design. The portfolio should contain a minimum of 3 projects from preferably academic and individual work - and reflecting on the student’s contribution in the team work process in the case of projects made in group. In each project it is recommended to present the process, the methodology and the results.
Alternative selection: Refer to section 9.3

General organization:


The Master’s Programme in Architecture and Urban Design provides skills and knowledge needed for advanced professional practice. The programme emphasises a research-oriented approach in order to anticipate future challenges for architects and urban designers. Its profile is design led and practical, as well as academic and theoretical. A majority of the coursework is project-based and it takes place in design studios led by experienced architects and researchers. These studios function as lab environments that target current specialisations within the field. Studios are supplemented with course modules that focus on history and theory, design and technology, as well as leadership and professional practice.

The curriculum consists of design studios, courses and a master thesis project. Current design studios focus on topics such as advanced design of specific typologies, including healthcare and housing buildings; the relationship between design, materials, manufacture, environment and context, including emerging technologies; as well as urban design and morphology, including the relationship between architecture and the city. Courses provide expertise in sustainable building and planning; in digital design and prototyping; in the history and theory of architecture; as well as in leadership and professional practice. Both studios and courses have an international profile and benefit from guest lectures, workshops and reviews with practicing architects. The curriculum culminates in a semester long master thesis project where students individually formulate a design project in relation to design and research expertise within the department. Almost all courses are electives, giving students the opportunity to construct their own programme of study.


Learning outcome:

After this programme the students shall have obtained the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Describe and refer to theories, methods and processes in architectural design.
  • Describe and refer to relevant research findings in a given project.
  • Describe and refer to research in architectural history and current architectural practice
  • Refer to principles for environmental adaptation and sustainable development in the built environment.
Ability and Skill
  • Be able to fulfil qualified projects within architecture or urban planning; independently and creative, with adequate architectural methods and syntheses.
  • Be able to describe and assess the qualities of the built environment.
  • Be able to design, develop and preserve the built environment in a holistic perspective regarding existing values and demands from different user¿s perspectives.
  • Be able to apply knowledge and understanding of physical and technical principles in design and building.
  • Be able to generate knowledge about architectural design and hereby contribute to the development of the profession
  • Be able to communicate with different stakeholders and colleagues using the entire repertoire of architectural media and methods
  • Be able to clearly motivate different proposals with reference to scientific and experience based knowledge and value-based arguments
Ability of Assessment and Attitude
  • Be able to integrate the needs of all people as a fundament for proposals of long-term and high aesthetic quality
  • Be able to interpret, question and develop given prerequisites based on achieved knowledge and experience
  • Be able create unexpected or not demanded values in proposals
  • Be able to show intention, commitment and ability to identify needs for further learning


Extent: 120.0 c


Courses valid the academic year 2020/2021:

See study programme


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

Degree of Master of Architecture

 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 Architecture are stated in the degree certificate. Specializations and tracks are not stated.


Major subject:



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