Industrial Design Engineering

120 credits (MSc, 2 years)

Programme aim

New products are being introduced to the market at a constantly increasing pace. Demands and expectations from customers are also increasing, as is competition in the market. The combination of these factors demands an effective product development process. Knowledge of user requirements is needed to increase the probability of a product becoming commercially successful.

The Master’s programme in Industrial Design Engineering is designed to meet these needs from industry for competencies with a holistic perspective on product development and to encompass a humanistic view on design, technology, the interplay between humans and technology and the increasing demands for environmental consideration.

The programme integrates theoretical studies in engineering, human factors and methodology with extensive project courses where the acquired knowledge is applied in practice. The projects are carried out in collaboration with companies outside Chalmers.

Who should apply

To apply for the programme, a combination of knowledge in industrial design and human factors engineering is required in addition to the traditional technological know-how. Design skills are presented in a portfolio.

Why apply

On a Master’s level the combination of technology, industrial design and human factors engineering is a unique combination. This makes the programme suitable for students who are interested in product identity and functionality from a user’s point of view.

As a result of assignments being given in collaboration with various companies, students are given the opportunity to further develop their skills in product design and development by presenting and reporting the results of their work, both orally and in writing in a professional manner for different target groups. During the course of group assignments and project work, students are given the opportunity to develop their collaboration and group work skills. 

Other Programmes that might interest you

Automotive Engineering
Design and Construction Project Management
Interaction Design and Technologies
Product Development
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​Entry requirements (academic year 2016/17)
General entry requirements
To be eligible an applicant must either be a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering/Architecture or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree.
General entry requirements in detail
Chalmers Bachelor’s degree
Are you enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree programme at Chalmers now or do you already have a Bachelor’s degree from Chalmers? If so, different application dates and application instructions apply.

Specific entry requirements
Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in Industrial Design Engineering or Product Design Engineering.
Prerequisites: Mathematics (at least 15 cr.), Mechanical engineering (at least 45 cr.), Industrial design (at least 45 cr.) (including Design and Development, Design methodology, Form theory), Human factors engineering (at least 7,5 cr.) (including Ergonomics and Human machine interaction).

A project portfolio containing three examples of design projects focusing on technology, use/interaction and product expression.

English Language Proficiency
The most common and important scores that are accepted are
  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)
Degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Credits: 120
Duration: 2 years
Level: Second Cycle
Rate of study: 100%
Instructional time: Daytime
Language of instruction: English
Teaching form: On-campus
Tuition fee: 140 000 SEK/academic year
*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees.
Application Code: CTH-16009
*EU/EEA citizens are required to provide documentation of citizenship (external link) 
Questions regarding the application and admission process:
Chalmers’ Admissions,

Specific questions about the programme's content:
Ralf Rosenberg, Director of Master's Programme,

Student life and programme experiences:
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You will find the programme content in detail, incl. syllabus and description of the courses for the current year in the Student Portal, the intranet for enrolled students at Chalmers.

Programme content in detail, incl. syllabus and description of the courses
Master's Theses, projects, facilities and more (external website)

Research connections

The field of technology, industrial design and human factors engineering also provides a variety of subjects suitable for research. The combination opens up opportunities for research on issues that are important for the user’s understanding of a product or a system, as well as needs, requirements and safety.

Department of Product and Production Development

Published: Sat 20 Nov 2010. Modified: Tue 03 May 2016