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

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


Real Estate Management

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.


Housing Policy, Management and Sustainability

The course will explore how interventions are intertwined with current market and societal developments, and equip students with conceptual and methodological tools to make sound policy and strategic decisions.


Management and Finance 1

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


Research Methods Introduction

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.

2nd semester


Management & Finance 2

This course aims at providing students with knowledge and insights in fundamental economic, law and computational concepts that are of relevance for management in the built environment. – Management & Finance 2


Urban (Re)development game

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.



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.

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.


Case Study Methods

The course will discuss the theory of case study research.  Issues to be addressed include the philosophical underpinning of doing case studies, selection of cases, subjectivity, transparency, trustworthiness and generalizability of research findings.


Operations Research Methods

The course aims 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.


Applied Statistics

The mission of this course is to teach 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.

2nd semester


Graduation Laboratory

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