MSc Real Estate and Construction Management
The master's programme in Real Estate and Construction Management fosters graduates for different occupations in real estate development and construction management, both in the private and public sector. Hands-on teaching methods, team projects and close industry connections provide students with job-related skills and insights into recent industry challenges. The programme is RICS accredited for delivering the highest standards in real estate education.
Real Estate and Construction Management at KTH
The master's programme in Real Estate and Construction Management consists of four terms of full-time study. The first term consists mainly of foundation courses for all students, after which it is possible to specialise according to educational background and interest. Students can choose between three profiles: Construction Project Management, Real Estate Development and Land Law, and Building and Real Estate Economics. While a few courses are mandatory for all students, most courses are conditionally elective courses. Note that a few of the conditionally elective courses in the Real Estate Development and Land Law profile are taught in Swedish.
In the final term, students will conduct a master's degree project. The degree project is a detailed study of a subject area within the scope of the programme. This provides the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired from the courses in a scientific manner to a problem chosen within the research profile of the profile. The degree project may be carried out at a company in Sweden or abroad. Students may also work independently in an area of their own choice, as long as it falls within the research profile of the profile. Once completed, the degree project will be presented in a seminar.
The hands-on approach to teaching and learning implies that class projects consist of activities that will provide students with job-related skills. The department’s close links with industry, local professional bodies and a strong alumni network allow the university to continually stay abreast of current developments and integrate these into our course offerings.
The programme is RICS accredited. Accreditation by RICS means that the master’s programme meets the highest standards in real estate education. Students graduated from a RICS accredited programme qualifies partially for membership in RICS as RICS considers the candidate already has an above-average academic background and only need to develop their professional competences before being approved as a professional charted surveyor and member of RICS.
This is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Architecture and Built Environment (at KTH).
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The graduates from the programme will have gained in-depth knowledge of construction project management, real estate economics and real estate development and land law, and will be trained to work in and lead projects in real estate and construction management, collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, work independently, exercise their power of initiative and create new ideas for a sustainable built environment.
Given the borderless nature of the subjects covered in the programme, graduates are trained for careers in the real estate, government and construction management sectors, both nationally and internationally. Graduates from the programme have gone on to work in organisations such as:
- Consultancy companies, banks, pension funds, insurance companies
- Property and asset management companies, development companies, real estate appraisal/valuation firms, and real estate capital groups
- Infrastructure development organisations
- Land development, cadastral and registration agencies and other related regulatory bodies and private companies
- Architectural firms, technical consultant firms, construction management firms, real estate companies, construction companies, client and facilities management organisations and public organisations.
The programme also prepares students for further studies on doctoral level.
Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Real Estate and Construction Management are:
Decent Work and Economic Growth
When people have access to comfortable homes, attractive neighbourhoods and working spaces that increase employee well-being, they can also be more productive and creative, which is of fundamental importance for sustainable economic growth. After graduation, you will have an opportunity work with property and urban area development, leasing and improvement of office spaces and a large number of other real estate-related activities that are important in supporting productive activities, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, both within the real estate industry and in all other industry sectors.
Building resilient infrastructure, promoting sustainable industrialisation and fostering innovation
Planning, managing and financing the construction of infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, railroad and water projects, requires expertise in project management, real estate law, and real estate economics and finance, which you will acquire when you study a master's programme in Real Estate and Construction Management.
Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Recent decades have seen the world urbanising at a rapid pace. When you study this programme, you will take courses that will help you to tackle the many serious challenges that urban areas and cities face with respect to inhabitants’ access to residential and commercial spaces, as well as various fundamental city infrastructure facilities.
Faculty and research
The area of real estate and construction management encompasses legal, economic, and administrative issues connected to property management, property development, and construction. The department’s research covers both basic research on root causes and mechanisms, and applied research dedicated to making informed decisions in both public and private sectors. All the courses in the master’s programme are given by highly qualified teachers and researchers involved in different research projects.