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. 

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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: Mon 30 Oct 2017