Industrial Design Engineering

120 credits (MSc, 2 years)

Programme aim

The Master’s programme in Industrial design engineering is based on industry demand for effective and efficient product development processes with a strong user focus to ensure commercially successful products, as well as societal demands for a transition towards a more sustainable society with regard to environmental impact and people’s well-being.
This means that the programme aims to prepare students for a professional career designing products, product service systems, and interactions in varying contexts. Within the programme, students are given the opportunity to enhance their ability to handle complex design problems and design innovative, user-centred, sustainable solutions. The programme strives for students to develop knowledge of state-of-the-art theories, methods, and tools as well as hone their practical skills through application in hands-on projects. In addition, the programme also aims for students to develop their ability to make informed design decisions, balancing demands from users, industry, society and the environment in an integrated systems perspective.

Location: Campus Johanneberg

Who should apply

The programme is suitable for students who are interested in working to make people’s experiences richer and lives better through the technology they use. As the programme offers advanced level education in user-centred design, the programme requires students to be already familiar with the design process, the theoretical basics in industrial design and human factors engineering, as well as traditional technological know-how.

Why apply

The strong focus on the interplay between humans, technology, and design gives you unique competence to work with the human dimension of technology – a highly sought-after quality. This competence is a mix of creativity, empathic ability, deep theoretical knowledge on human preconditions and sense of responsibility for the solutions.

During the education you get to train your ability to see problems from multiple perspectives and work with strategy as well as details which opens up for truly innovative solutions, realised in different mediums from physical consumer products and work equipment, to design of services, interactions, workspaces and processes.

The programme integrates theoretical and methodological studies with applied project work where the acquired knowledge is applied in practice, often in collaboration with companies outside Chalmers. The result is students equipped with a large toolbox full of methods, tools, and theories, as well as knowledge/skill on how to adapt the basic design process to a wide variety of design problems with different focus, resources and scales.

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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 Industrial and Materials Science​​ 

“My design came alive with VR-goggles”
Hossein Farimani, Iran, Industrial Design Engineering

Why did you choose this programme?
– Because it is the perfect combination of art and engineering. We focus on enhancing the user's experience of a product. Also, everything from the user interaction to the appearance and ergonomy of a product will be considered. This program enables me to bring my ideas into reality and make them feasible. I would say, working with end-users and creation are the best parts of this programme.

What have you been working on?
– We have different case studies during our studies regarding designing for real problems in the industries and for users. One of our projects was to develop an electrical toothbrush. We did a lot of interviews with focus groups before we started developing the product. We found out that the problem is that this is a chore that people find boring. So, we came up with a product that eliminates those boring steps in the process of brushing your teeth, like putting on a toothbrush and cleaning it afterwards.

What do you like the most about your programme?
– The creation process, seeing your idea come to life with a concept that can go on to mass production. It’s amazing that something that has only been in your mind can one day be in the market. Also, In one of our classes, we designed a car. After rendering it we could see it in actual size with VR-goggles. That was one of the best educational experiences I ever had.

What do you want to do in the future?
– I would like to go on to be an industrial design consultant in the transportation field. Also, My plan is to work as an entrepreneur in the design area of transportation which is a broad field containing trailers, wagons, ships and so on.

Published: Wed 24 Jun 2020.