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Utbildningsplan för
Utbildningsplanen är fastställd 2013-02-22 av utbildningsområdesansvarig


Grundläggande behörighet:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Särskild behörighet:



För den som anmäler sig till utbildningsprogram eller kurs med undervisningsspråk engelska är behörighetskravet lägst betyg E eller G i Engelska kurs 6 eller B. Engelskkunskaperna kan även styrkas genom ett av de tester och testresultat som finns listade på chalmers.se.


Examen på grundnivå:

Major in Architecture, Spatial and Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture, Architecture and Engineering or Civil and Environmental Engineering.



A design portfolio is required, demonstrating a documented proficiency in spatially contextualized design work.

Utbildningens huvudsakliga uppläggning:


Sustainable development is a political vision that entails huge challenges for social and technical innovation all over the world. It has consequences for all professions, not least for urban planning, architectural design and civil engineering, since it is here the full complexity of societal development has to be addressed and managed through design for sustainable development.

The aim of this programme is to provide skills and methods valid in situations of change in which design approaches are required. Students will be trained to find solutions that support sustainable development in a large variety of contexts. The perspective is holistic and systemic, comprising system levels and scales from urban structures, buildings and technical support systems to detailed construction elements and products. The programme is based on studios in which real situations are handled in close contact with local stakeholders and actors.

The overall point of departure is the everyday life of people and the support of dignified lives and livelihoods in rapidly changing and sometimes extreme environments, through the development and implementation of aesthetic, affordable, socially and culturally appropriate, energy and material efficient, healthy and user friendly design solutions.

The Chalmers School of Architecture emphasises an explorative orientation and research by design approach in order to unfold the professional profile, skill and scope of the design professions. The ambition is to promote convincing joint future visions for the development of the built environment.

Each term consists of a combination of courses and design studios.
A course is mostly based on lectures, literature and seminars, but may also contain shorter assignments.
A design studio focuses on the development of a design project. It is normally case study based.

The pedagogical point of departure is to support students to develop their design skills through a series of design studios, dealing with complex design tasks in very different situations and contexts: e.g., neighbourhoods and municipalities in Sweden, informal settlements in developing countries, and technical and social challenges of sustainable building and transformation.

This approach challenges and develops the abilities of the students to analyse and situate local situations in relation to broader contexts. Such design studios contain experience-based learning, fieldwork, tailored lectures, literature studies, seminars, workshops and exhibitions. A common thread through the studios is the use of a systems approach to design although both problems and potential solutions will vary significantly.



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

    Knowledge and Understanding
  • Describe and relate to the political vision of Sustainable Development.

  • Identify its meaning and impact on their professional work.

  • Review and explain general concepts and conceptual models, strategies and principles for sustainable planning and building.

  • Provide evidence on the usefulness of design for sustainable development in different contexts.

    Ability and Skill
  • Be able to use analytic methods and tools for the inventory and analysis of the built environment in different local situations and contexts.

  • Be able to critically search for information and assess the quality of different sources of information.

  • Be able to design and assess concrete proposals and solutions for local sustainable development.

  • Be able to visualise and communicate different proposals for clients, stakeholders and experts in different stages of the design process.

  • Be able to motivate different proposals with reference to scientific, or experience-based, knowledge and value-based arguments.

    Ability of Assessment and Attitude
  • To compare and assess different sources and statements concerning design for sustainable development.

  • To combine knowledge from different disciplines and sectors in proposals for actions and measures in design for sustainable development.

  • To combine scientific and artistic approaches in the design process.

  • To broaden the understanding of their own perspective and its limitations, through meetings with other professional and cultural perspectives on sustainable development.

  • To further develop a critical thinking and reflections on the professional role, the professional ethics and the needs for life-long learning.


Omfattning: 120.0 c


Självständigt arbete:

For a degree of master (two years) students must have completed a degree project (master¿s thesis). The aim of the degree project is to display knowledge and capability for independent work within the field of design for sustainable development with a point of departure in the students undergraduate profile.


Gällande kurser för läsår 2013/2014:

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The programme offers a selection of courses and design studios, distributed over the fall and spring terms. These courses and design studios should be seen as options, from which the students can build upon in order to shape an individual professional profile during two years, based on the undergraduate profile.

  Teknologie masterexamen:
Avklarade kurser om totalt 120 hp
Avklarade kurser på avancerad nivå (inklusive examensarbete) om minst 90 hp
Examensarbete 30 hp
Fullgjort fordringar för kurser på avancerad nivå examinerade vid Chalmers (inklusive examensarbete) om minst 45 hp
Kurser (inklusive examensarbete) inom ett för utbildningen fastställt huvudområde 60 hp
Avlagd kandidatexamen, yrkesexamen om minst 180 högskolepoäng eller motsvarande utländsk examen.
Fullgjort kurskrav enligt programplan

Se även den lokala examensordningen


The degree designation is Master of Science (120 credits) (Teknologie masterexamen). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject are stated in the degree diploma.




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Sidansvarig Publicerad: må 13 jul 2020.