Tracks – learning and learning environments

Tracks is a new educational initiative that consists of elective courses, and developments to the educational system and Chalmers’ learning environments at Campus Johanneberg. It is one of the largest educational investments in Chalmers University of Technology’s' 190-year history. One important purpose of Tracks is to cater to the students' wishes for a more individual and flexible education.

Tracks courses are elective, open to Chalmers students, year 2–5, master’s level 1-2 and to Chalmers alumni. Tracks Learning Environment is currently under development at Chalmers Campus Johanneberg, in Betonghallen and its surrounding areas. The inauguration is expected to take place in early 2022. the flexible learning environment will include a number of different workshops, studios for film and virtual reality, a physiology lab, textile studio and equipment such as computer resources for machine learning.

Interdisciplinary cooperation

To solve future societal challenges, different competencies needs to collaborate. Within Tracks, students will meet and learn to collaborate across programme boundaries and take on relevant challenges with a basis in real-world problems together. Students with different skills can for example, address systemic challenges in areas such as healthcare, energy or look at ethical issues regarding technology. 

Tracks gives you as a student the possibility to get in contact with a subject you might not usually come across in your educational programme. You also get to collaborate with students, teachers, and researchers with other areas of expertise than yourself. 

Studies within engineering- and architecture have historically been organized by discipline: mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, etc. Deep knowledge in these subjects is necessary for qualitative engineering work, but engineers also need to develop knowledge and skills in teamwork, ethics, communication, entrepreneurship, so-called "professional skills", without compromising the deep subject knowledge. 

Tracks, interdiciplinary cooperation, collaboration, professional skills
Today's programme design allows some limited individualization for the student. The introduction of a new course element, from idea to full impact, can take up to two years. Tracks wants to contribute to more opportunities and greater flexibility within Chalmers’ educational offer.

Tracks courses are held in close collaboration with representatives from industry, society and the cutting edge of research. The courses include developing real applications based on the latest research and addressing systemic global challenges.

Why you should apply for a Tracks course!

  • You want to experience the cutting edge of research and contribute to solving current and societal challenges as a part of your education 
  • You are looking for a unique educational opportunity that can kick-start your career
  • You want to gain experience of working in a team with mixed backgrounds and skills, as a preparation for your future working life
  • You want to improve your CV
  • You are looking for an elective course to include in your programme
  • You have found a Track course in a subject area that you think sounds interesting
  • You want to expand your network by collaborating with industry representatives, students and researchers outside your own field of education


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Facts about Tracks

  • Tracks courses are part of Chalmers' educational offer, but do not belong to a specific programme or department. Tracks courses are elective, open to Chalmers students, year 2–5, master’s level 1-2 and to Chalmers alumni. All courses are held in English and are CSN-eligible
  • Tracks courses are held under different thematic areas that are reevaluated continuously to be up-to-date. However, each theme remains for about three years. The thematic areas are connected to Chalmers' research and to the needs in society. Read more here
  • Tracks courses are 3, 7.5 and 15 HEC. But most courses are given for a longer period of time, for example 7.5 HEC during a semester or longer
  • The general admission requirements for the courses may look different. Terms for the courses are defined by the examiner, see separate course information for more details. If you do not have the necessary qualifications, it is possible to complement the knowledge before or during the course in agreement with the examiner
  • You can study Tracks courses at either basic or advanced level, depending on where you are in your studies. At advanced level, the courses can be included as electives. At basic level, the courses can also be used as electives, but you need to discuss it with your head of programme or secretary of studies In addition, you can always take Tracks courses outside your programme as extracurricular course. Note that fee paying students need to pay for extra courses in excess of 60 ECTS per academic year
  • Tracks courses are not necessarily following the study periods and because they usually do not go at full speed, they can extend over longer periods. Right now, there are no specific scheduled times for the Tracks courses, they are decided by the examiner in consultation with the students in the beginning of the course. The examiners also take exam weeks and internship periods into account when scheduling the course. See separate conditions for the course you are interested in at Chalmers Study Portal 
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