Creating a durable built environment requires professionals who understand and can manage the complex and dynamic real estate and urban (re)development and construction processes. The Management in the Built Environment educational program focuses on integrating design, managerial, organisational, economic, financial, legal, technological, sustainable and policy aspects into development processes aimed at adding value during the entire life cycle of buildings, areas and housing stock.

The Management in the Built Environment program distinguishes itself from others by paying specific attention to the increasing importance of the adaptive reuse of the built environment by focusing on decision-making processes of end users and owners of buildings. Current and future challenges in the built environment such as mitigating climate change and developing a circular economy require open-minded innovative minds skilled in applied integrative knowledge and excellent collaborative leadership in the built environment. The Management in the Built Environment program challenges you to become an reflective and critical academic professional who creates and manages the future built environment.

First year

1st semester


Design and Construction Management

10 ECTS. Steering a project through this complex web of relationships and requirements has become a profession in its own right – Design and Construction Management.


Research Methods Introduction

5 ECTS. In this course, students will be able to acquire theoretical knowledge and practice their research skills on research proposals, operationalization and the design of structured and semi-structured interviews.


Real Estate Management

10 ECTS. The main objective of the Real Estate Management course is to align a particular corporation’s or public authorities’ real estate portfolio to the needs of the core business in order to obtain added value for the businesses and to contribute to the overall performance.

Building Economics

Building Economics

5 ECTS. The main objective of the Building Economic is to introduce students to the financial feasibility of real estate investments.

2nd semester



10 ECTS. In this course students are introduced to the structure and processes of management at multiple, interconnected levels involving individual buildings, larger complexes, the areas they belong to, the portfolios they belong to, relevant policies and governance.

Building Law

Building Law

5 ECTS. This course aims at providing students with knowledge and insights in fundamental law and computational concepts that are of relevance for management in the built environment.


Urban (Re)development game

5 ECTS. The course aims to grasp an integral approach when managing urban (re)development both at the urban area, the portfolio and object scale. Through a role-playing simulation project, students will be given design assignments that drive them to (re)develop a complex urban location.


Building Information Management (BIM)

5 ECTS. BIM aims at insights into current and emerging approaches to data and information for the purposes of AECO (architecture, engineering, construction and operation of buildings), and provides a foundation for understanding the production of data in the built environment, explaining current computerization tendencies and introducing methods for controlling and utilizing information for managerial perspective.

Second year

1st semester


Graduation Laboratory

AR3R010 comprises the first part of the graduation process in the Master track MBE. In it students complete the first two assessments (P1 and P2) by selecting a research subject and mentor team.

Research Methods 2

Research methods 2

5 ECTS. The course will discuss the theory of multiple research methods, including case study methods, statistics and operation research methods. Case study methods issues include the philosophical underpinning of doing case studies, selection of cases, subjectivity, transparency, trustworthiness and generalizability of research findings. Operational research methods aim to teach methodological concepts, research methods and problem-solving methodologies that can be applied by students in their master thesis. A distinction will be made between description-driven and prescription-driven methodologies. Statistics introduces the applied statistics for building sciences.  There will be several statistical approaches explained to use during the course.


Free Electives

For Msc3 you can choose free electives for 15 ECTS for the purpose of broadening their academic perspective, knowledge and skills, or to allow for further specialisation in connection with the individual graduation project. It is advised to divide the 15 ECTS over the 1st & 2nd quarters of the 2nd year.

2nd semester


Graduation Laboratory

Students work towards the completion of their graduation thesis under supervision by the mentor team appointed in AR3R010.