Chalmers Tekniska Högskolan
Sektionen för Arkitektur
Göteborg, SE
Chalmers Tekniska Högskolan
Sektionen för Arkitektur
School of Architecture
S-412 96 Göteborg

N 57° 41' 22.42'', E 57° 41' 22.42''
 Student Counsellor Sylvia Pompe  

t: +46 31 772 2407
 Catharina Dyrssen 
Head of school
Degree programmes
Bachelor programmes
Master programmes
Advanced level
Faculty profile

Ongoing analysis of changes in society and future educational requirements has led to the identifi cation of three strategic areas of the future: - Information Technology and Design Media - Facilities Management (design - activities administration) - Sustainable Urban Development & Building Design These fi elds will be developed through internal co-operation at Chalmers and through co-operation with other centres of research, both national and international. At the same time, however, this new, wider research profi le presupposes reinforcement of the basic areas of research within the fi eld of architecture.

The School of Architecture is situated in the city centre of Göteborg.

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Accomodation is provided for regular students and exchange students.

Admission Requirements

Secondary school diploma (gymnasium) must include mathematics, natural sciences and civics. Three selection groups; grades, the national aptitude test or the Swedish architectural test.

Tuition fees


Application Deadline

April and October

Bachelor programmes, Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree, 3-year programmes, Bachelor,

guarantees admission to the advanced level. Titles: BSc Architecture; BSc Architectural Engineering.

Master programmes, Master of Science, 2-year programme, Master,

Titles: MSc Architecture; MSc Design for Sustainable Development; MSc Interior Architecture; MSc Architecture and Engineering

Advanced level, The advanced level leads to a Swedish "Arkitektexamen", 1,5 - 2 year master’s programme, Advanced,

It is a two-year scheduled programme but it is possible to graduate after 1 ½ year. Title: Master of Architecture (Swedish “Arkitektexamen”). Accreditation of degree when degree is complete (e.g. register of architects).

The pedagogical aim is to cultivate creative talent and the ability to view things from a holistic point of view and at the same help students develop the design skills necessary to tackle complex problems and situations. With this educational background, our newlygraduated architects possess a bank of knowledge and experience to which they may have recourse in the future. New relationships have been established between different subjects as well as new pedagogical projects and methods of examination. In particular, there is a greater emphasis on the documentation of individual study performances as a means of ensuring quality. In addition to aesthetic criteria, the new study plan stresses the need to hone the architect´s power of analysis and programmes were created to encourage students to actively develop their ability to analyse and write advanced texts.

The program begins with a core curriculum of six semesters of compulsory coursework and design studios; elective studies make up the remainder of the program. Teaching is based on problemorientated learning. The core curriculum is divided into three levels. In level I, the fi rst school-year, the emphasis is on giving students a basic knowledge of architects working methods, fi elds of practice, and areas of expertise. An introduction to Spatial design and Design Theory and to Studies of the Built environment are the two major elements. Level I also includes subjects such as History of Architecture and Building Construction. In level II, comprising the second and third years of study, students apply the methods of professional practice at the same time they study to expand their knowledge in the fi eld of architecture. Studies focus on the themes each semester for three semesters. These themes include the city, the individual building, and space for work; each is worth seven or eight university credits (forty credits equal one year of fulltime study).The last semester of the core curriculum is devoted to a survey of the Literature of architectural theory, with time for students to refl ect and write papers, and for independent in-depth exploration of the application of those theories. In level III of the curriculum includes a fourth year of elective studies followed by a semester-long independent Thesis project. Each department in the school offers a program that combines coursework with a designstudio. Each semester students choose one such program in addition to a single completely separate short course. During level III, students may also choose to study abroad at schools of architecture in other countries, just as guest-students from foreign countries are integrated into the school at this time. The final element in the curriculum is the twenty-credit independent Thesis project. The students work is judged by a jury comprising two members of the faculty and an expert in the fi eld who is active in professional practice. In addition, students are required to intern at an offi ce of architecture or urban planning or at a building site for a minimum of seventeen weeks.

Design is an increasing area of research and education and a new effort for the whole of Chalmers University. Design Theory, Design History and Design Methodology will be tought at all Master Programmes of Chalmers. An international Board, the Creative Board, will continuously follow the development and give advices. A new professor has recently been installed in Work-place Design. We are now starting up Design Studios where researchers, specialists and students work togheter; to begin with one Studio in Work Space Design. Design Media Lab There has been comprehensive modernisation of the infrastructure of information technology, including servers, computers, networks and training, and the transformation of the School of Architectures Visualisation Studio into a complete Design Media Lab has commenced.

This Master’s Programme emphasises an explorative orientation and a research by design approach in order to unfold the professional profile, skill and scope of the design professions. The main aim is to provide a broad, architectural education as a preparation for professional activity as an architect in many different roles. The ambition is to promote convincing joint future visions for the development of the built environment.

We have a project-based approach to learning in which studies are grounded in real-world situations and problems. This provides a wealth of opportunity for students to develop increasingly sophisticated design skills, beginning with basic sketching and progressing until they can address the full complexity of a real architectural design project. The curriculum comprises theory courses interwoven with design studio projects.

A Chalmers doctoral position allows you to combine a career with a doctoral degree. Of course, Chalmers isn’t your typical employer – as nearly a thousand doctoral students can testify. Wherever possible we like to integrate the needs of the world with both research and study. After all, we only have one Earth. So count on plenty of interaction with other researchers, students and industrial contacts – not least internationally. Our open and trusting approach is geared to nurture your career as well as the research. Whether you’re in one of the basic sciences or one of the Chalmers areas of advance, we’re sure your time at Chalmers will have merit wherever you go.

We believe that each doctoral student should be respected as an equal member of his or her research environment. One of the cornerstones for this respect is an adequate monthly income, which we choose to see as an investment opportunity.

What’s in it for you? Individual coaching and career support. Being a valid member of the team. Training for personal development. A dynamic research environment. A mentor programme with prominent specialists. 29 graduate schools to choose from. Experience of teaching undergraduates. A network expanding across various borders. A PhD profile attractive to industry and academia

The research at the Department of Architecture is developed within the following areas.
– Sustainable Building Urban Design and Development
– Housing Healthcare and Workplace Design
– Form, Materials and Technology
– History of Architecture, Theory of Architecture – Theory of Design and Criticism