Last edit: 22/03/2021
Structure of the education
The academic year covers 40 weeks and 60 credits. It is divided into two terms, autumn and spring. Each term covers two study periods.
For information about the academic year's scope, examination and re-examination periods, refer to http://www.kth.se/student/schema.
To help give the student insight into the links between the programme's goals and the industry, there is a focus on cooperation between courses and between different years in the same programme. A number of educational field trips are included, and take place in a logical order. The programme is completed in the final term with a degree project, often carried out with a client in the industrial sector.
For a detailed layout of the academic year, see the Student Web.
The first term begins with an introductory course in land use planning, the construction process, constructional engineering for small buildings and landscaping. The course also provides an insight into various tools and methods that engineers use and apply in the field of constructional engineering. You will also read about group dynamics, presentation technology and what it is like to work according to a project.
You will be given a good introduction to CAD supported drawing techniques over two modules. In your first year, you will obtain basic knowledge within housebuilding and civil engineering technology, sustainable building, building physics, engineering materials and structural mechanics. You will read about the properties of various building materials and how they are affected by heat, moisture and air. You will carry out calculations for heat and moisture transfer, in addition to the energy needs of buildings. The Structural Mechanics course will help you to understand the link between the inner and outer forces' effect on the magnitude of materials. You will also learn how to analyse the effects of different loads on joists.
In the first year, you will study both Mathematics 1 and 2. The courses will consolidate your mathematical knowledge from previous studies, but will also enhance your knowledge within algebra and analysis. Other areas covered are linear equation systems, matrices, determinants, derivatives and integrals. You will understand the range of applications within the engineering profession.
Over the summer term, you also take a course in surveying technology, mathematical statistics and civil engineering technology In this course, you will learn how to use the methods for measurements and land surveying, as well as how to use the most common measuring instruments.The course also includes components in the field of civil engineering, including studies of rock material and aggregate. After the course, you will be able to interpret coordinates from drawings and calculate data from these. Additionally, you will also learn how GPS works and how to use some of the calculation programmes that exist.
To be able to work professionally within the construction field, you must be aware of how the construction process works, the roles of different actors and their work tasks, which aids are used for planning and production, how a procurement works and what demands are put forward by society. You must also be aware of juridical contract decisions and what is applicable in the event of a dispute. You will learn this in the Building Process course.
In the Building Logistics course, you will learn about the different logistics systems for optimisation in planning, production and maintenance.
You will also learn about environmental and work science and legislation surrounding this. You will acquire an overall perspective of environmental work, environmental effects and various environmental techniques for sustainable building. You will also learn how to prevent workplace injury and actively participate in workplace environment management in your future workplace. These two courses include a project in which the project group will investigate the answers out on a building site.
In the Building Logistics course, you will learn how to use the different logistics models and tools that are used within the construction industry's supply chain.
The course highlights the basic economic concepts, the relationship between project planning, building site planning and supply chain planning, in addition to exercises carried out with IT-based planning systems.
In the Economics and Organization course, you will obtain an understanding of company finances, organisation and surroundings. Some additional concepts addressed include business ideas, company culture, marketing and accounting.
In the second year, there is a course in Fluid Mechanics which deals with the fluid mechanics of water and air. Some areas also covered include dimensioning methods, design methods for hydraulic engineering, air flow and energy management in buildings, as well as measuring techniques and calculation methods. How do you build houses that will last? You will learn this and more when you take the Structural Design in Civil Engineering course. You will learn the general rules and loads common to load-bearing constructions and how to plan and dimension simple constructions made of concrete, timber and steel. During the spring term, you will also take the Urban Planning course, which covers the home and urban planning process, development/planning of housing, premises in and planning of roads, water supply and sanitation. A project is included in the course, in which the group designs a housing area with infrastructure in an environmentally sustainable manner. Areas explored include the Swedish Building and Planning Act, the Swedish Environmental Code, detailed plans, living environments and housing planning, as well as community water supply and waste management.
In addition, you will take a course in geology and geotechnics in which you will learn about ground conditions for the choice of foundation method. You will learn about soil and rock types in Sweden, their composition and technical properties. You will become familiar with the most common field and laboratory investigation methods, in addition to various calculation models.The course also includes calculating the stability of slopes and earth retaining structures using sheet piling.
You will also take a course in Building Information Modeling (BIM), which will provide you with knowledge about modern planning techniques and competence in planning using CAD tools – in both 2D and 3D.
In the final year, you are able to specialise in the subject areas in demand within industry. Everyone studies the courses Structure and Design, an advanced BIM course and a course in coordination.
You can choose from five different specialisations/course blocks from the following areas:
• Building, Planning and Design (HUPK)
• Production/Construction Management and Design
• Property Development and Installation Coordination
• Architecture for Construction Engineers
The relevant specialisation descriptions are provided in Appendix 2.
The programme concludes with a 15 credit degree project.
The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in Appendix 1: Course list
Courses in the first and the second cycle are graded on a scale from A to F. A-E are passing grades, A is the highest grade. The grades pass (P) and fail (F) are used for courses under certain circumstances.
Information regarding the grading scale is available in the course plan.
Conditions for participation in the programme
Participation requires admission to courses within the programme and course registration.
For students starting education from the autumn semester 2018, previous promotion requirements have been replaced with course specific admission requirements. Admission requirements are specified in the course syllabus.
A degree project is included in the programme, with in-depth studies for the specialisation chosen equating to 15 credits. This is a total of 10 weeks full-time study. Further information: Guidelines for degree projects, School of Architecture and the Built Environment
The following applies to the degree project:
- It may start when special admission requirements for the course are fulfilled.
- It may start once the task has been approved by examiners.
- It is based upon the knowledge acquired throughout the period of study and shall usually be completed during the sixth term.
- It is to consist of a display of independent work, comprising theoretical and/or experimental activities, with an accompanying written report and oral presentation.
- It shall be connected to issues from industry, authorities or researching institutions.
- It shall have an academic supervisor appointed by the degree project coordinator; an examiner and an external supervisor from the industry suggested by the student.
- Shall be jointly completed by two students.
The syllabus contains information on the grading scale for degree projects.
More information regarding the degree project for construction engineering can be found in the KTH regulations.
Conditions for 180-credit degree
To be awarded the degree of Construction Engineering and Design, a passing grade is required in all courses included in the student's study plan. The student follows the study plan, which is made up of compulsory courses and elective courses (subject to conditions) and a degree project within the chosen specialisation.
The degree is titled, “Högskoleingenjörsexamen/Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering”
The degree certificate specifies the degree programme completed by the student.
The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering is obtained once the degree programme with courses totalling 180 credits has been completed. The programme is structured so upon completion of the degree, the student meets the national qualification requirements, of which
· mathematical/scientific subjects of a minimum 25 credits and an additional minimum of 90 credits (incl. 15 credit degree project) in the subjects central to Constructional Engineering and Design.
The degree programme will provide the students with complementary technological knowledge within the programme, in accordance with the national qualifications ordinance and the targets specific to the degree programme.
Courses in which the content overlaps another course/courses in the programme cannot be included in the 180 credits which form the basis of the degree.
Application for the degree certificate is made through the online service in the personal menu on KTH's website.
More information about the degree can be found in the KTH regulations, www.kth.se
Appendix 1 - Course list
Appendix 2 - Specialisation descriptions