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Department of Built Environment

Department of Built Environment offers two bachelor's studies and three master's studies in engineering, and has research and development activities in the subject areas of the studies.


2023 (Database for Statistics on Higher Education)


FTEs in 2023 (Database for Statistics on Higher Education)

Bachelor's programmes

The department also offers further education courses.

Master's programmes

New master's programme in smart mobility and urban analysis from 2022.


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  • External collaboration

    The Department of Built Environment at the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design collaborates with external parties to make its study programmes and R&D activities relevant to business and industry.

    Bachelor's and master's theses

    The department's external collaboration largely consists of extensive collaboration with enterprises and public agencies on bachelor's and master's theses.

    The theses take realistic challenges in the field as their point of departure, and the work is organised such as to allow students to use knowledge and skills gained from their studies.

    The university provides academic supervision and attends to the academic aspect of the work.

    Students establish contact with the labour market and gain job opportunities, and the thesis work improves the relevance of the study programmes.

More about the department

  • Modern computer tools make study programmes relevant

    Students taking the civil engineering or energy, indoor environment and smart mobility and urban analysis programmes use the most recent computer tools available so they are well-equipped for working life and able to contribute knowledge to the industry.

    Knowledge of these tools is necessary in order to be competitive and flexible, and Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) makes sure that it is up to date in the field of computer technology.

    Building Information Modelling (BIM)

    By using Building Information Modelling (BIM) concept, for example, all digital building information can be more easily coordinated and utilised in all phases of building and construction – the data models follow the project from start to finish. 

    All those involved in the project communicate through the models, which ensures high quality, fewer mistakes and a more efficient building process, administration, operation and maintenance.

    Relevant computer programs relating to BIM that are currently used in OsloMet’s teaching activities are: Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Robot, AutoCAD, MagiCAD and Solibri Office og Solibri Anywhere.

    Other relevant computer solutions

    Other relevant computer solutions used are:

    • geographical information systems such as Geodata ArcGIS and GIS/LINE
    • digital pricing of tenders using ISY-G-PROG, SmartKalk
    • calculation and inspection of electrical installations in FEBDOK
    • hydraulic calculations of duct networks and water supply networks using MIKE URBAN
    • calculation, verification, validation, documentation and reuse of technical calculations in MathCAD 
    • Matlab, the computer program used in maths teaching activities 
    • infrastructure and communications and transport design using Trimble Novapoint 
    • indoor climate and energy simulations using IDA ICE 
    • calculating the flow of liquids (fluid dynamics) in Star CCM+ 
    • digital plan data prepared in Focus Arealplan
    • heat and moisture transfer in specific parts of buildings simulated in WUFI Pro 1D
    • assessment of biological activity (e.g. mould) in building materials with the use of WUFI Bio
    • energy calculations in buildings with respect to combined heat, air and moisture transport (HAM) simulated in WUFI Plus
    • structural element analyses in TNO DIANA
    • structural analysis using the finite element method (FEM) in Ansys 
    • Analysis of thermodynamics and heat transfer problems using EES

    System requirements for students’ own computers

    The study programmes at Department of Built Environment uses a lot of software that will only run on the Windows operating system, which students will have installed on their own laptops (PC, Mac is not recommended).

    They should have at least 8 GB of memory and a fast processor (if Intel, at least Core-i5 multicore or equivalent).

    We recommend a gaming laptop for their powerful graphics card in connection with 3D modelling and the possibility of connecting VR glasses. A good graphics card should be a priority. 

    It may also be an advantage to have an SSD disk and a matte monitor.

  • Nobel X in Urbanism conferences

    The Nobel X in Urbanism conferences focus on integrated transport land use planning, people`s behaviour and policies, with digital tools and smart data to create sustainable communities and cities.