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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.

Application deadlines for studies starting 2022

18 October (2021): Application opens
17 January: Application closes
1 February: Submit documents and, if required, pay application fee
7 April: Admission results announced
August: Arrival and study start

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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).

Topics covered

Real estate economics, valuation, real estate taxation, real estate management, property/facilities management and development, construction and project management, project communication, planning, building and environmental law, real estate law, land administration.

Courses in the programme

Students

Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.

Bingchun from China

"The programme gives students a high degree of freedom and flexibility to design their future. Students can focus on the fundamental courses and professional knowledge to find the specializations they are interested in."

Bingchun from China

Meet the students

Career

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.

After graduation

Valuer, Analyst, Asset Manager, Transaction Advisor, Construction Project Manager, Project Engineer, Developer, Real Estate Consultant, Land surveyor.

"I have always been interested in our society and wanted to be part of building a better community. In my job now I’m literality building and constructing a better society."

Ina Djurestål, Skanska

Meet the graduates

Sustainable development

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:

Sustainable development goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Sustainable development goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Sustainable development goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

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.

KTH's virtual campus tour

Nicholas from the US is a student at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment (at KTH). In the virtual tour he and some other KTH students will show you around the campuses.

Webinar from the school

Watch the webinar about Architecture and the Build Environment from 5 November 2020 aimed at future students. The webinar is hosted by Associate Professor Kjartan Gudmundsson, Communications Officer Josefin Backman and student Erasmus.

Next step

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The current admission round for the programme is for studies starting autumn 2022. Apply before 17 January.

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