Evolution never stops and customer expectations on products continue to grow. At the same time, resource consumption for both development and production are expected to decrease to ensure profitable business and a sustainable society.
Specifically, individual companies want to increase their competitive advantage by offering products that stand out from the competition. Moreover, modern development work is typically characterised by multi-disciplinary, international teamwork, as well as efforts to simultaneously consider several issues related to the product and its life cycle.
Product development is a core industrial activity that addresses all of these aspects – it is a multidisciplinary process of identifying and envisaging the needs of the user, company and society, and bringing those needs to life.
Location: Campus Johanneberg
Who should apply
The programme is aimed at students with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, automation and mechatronics, industrial economics, industrial design or an equivalent degree, and who is ambitious to help develop the next generation of outstanding product offers.
International students are greatly appreciated, especially during teamwork activities, since they contribute unique experiences and enriching viewpoints. International students typically appreciate the open study climate and easy access to teachers and professors.
Students of this programme acquire knowledge and practical skills to master multi-disciplinary product development while taking all phases of the product life cycle into consideration. The course called “Product Development Project” is the most central part of the programme. Student teams plan and execute a product development project to solve an industrial problem in close collaboration with a partnered company.
Students are also given the opportunity to enrich their knowledge in business development, product innovation and manufacturing, which are the domains most related to product development. Thus, a master’s degree in product development provides a broad competence base, which is suitable for developing a career in R&D for large corporations, business development, start-up entrepreneurship, consultant and research. The students have the opportunity to groom their interest by choosing courses offered from both technical and management areas.
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Entry requirements (academic year 2019/20)
General entry requirements
An applicant must either have a Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering/Technology/Architecture or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree. General entry requirements
Specific entry requirements
Bachelor's degree with a Major in: Mechanical Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management, Production Engineering, Product Design Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or Automotive Engineering
Prerequisites: Mathematics (at least 30 cr. including Linear Algebra, Multivariable Analysis, Numerical Analysis and Mathematical Statistics or Probability Theory), Programming, Mechanics, Strength of Materials or Solid Mechanics, Engineering Materials, Product Development (Machine Design or Design Methodology), Industrial Economics and Control Theory or Mechatronics
English language requirements
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.
The programme consists of four compulsory courses corresponding to 37.5 credits which are offered in the first year of study. The students can select seven elective courses out of which minimum three has to be selected from the profile courses offered by the programme. Students have an opportunity to develop their interest by selecting courses offered from any combination of the three profile namely: Product Innovation, Business Development and Manufacturing Domain.
A wide variety of projects are presented for Product Development Project which is carried out in close collaboration with the industrial partners. Typically every year projects from automotive, aerospace, biomedical, machinery, and consumer product area are offered from the department.
The elective courses in the program along with the master thesis enables students to specialize with profound knowledge in certain areas.
Please note that the above schematic view corresponds to the academic year starting in autumn 2020. Minor changes may occur.
Graduates of the programme are equipped to move into all aspect of product development. The education leads to a wide range of career opportunities within the area of R&D, technical design, product development and testing, innovative business development, start-up entrepreneurship, project leader, design consultant and research. The programme is suitable for varied industrial field like automotive, aerospace, machinery, consumer product, biomedical, and electronics.
Research and state-of-the-art knowledge in product development are inherently linked to course content and teaching since the majority of teachers are also active researchers. For instance, teachers and professors involved in the master’s programme in product development conduct research within robust design, systems engineering, human factors and service development.
Department of Industrial and Materials Science
“I can focus on the whole process of making a product”
Jenny, China, Product Development
Chat with Jenny
Why did you choose this programme?
– I was studying Mechanical Engineering for my bachelor's and went to Sweden for an exchange, then I immediately fell in love with the country. After that experience, I decided to apply for Chalmers for my master's degree. I chose Product Development because I could combine engineering with my interest in innovative design. My programme enables me to focus on the whole process of making a product, rather than just theoretical numbers and calculations.
What have you been working on?
– We had a large half-year project going on collaborating with local companies to find out the best solution for their stated problem. Each group consisted of around five students working on one project together with a company. Starting from customer need study, to concept generation, different levels of design, prototyping, testing, and the final solution. I thought it was challenging and fun to work on a specific project like that.
What do you like the most about your programme?
– Many of our courses are project-based, as well as group-based, so I learned many methods and experiences from doing the projects. I also learned how to cooperate in a team and picked up the “Swedish working style” from my teammates.
What do you want to do in the future?
– I would like to be a product developer/mechanical designer here in Sweden, but I'm open to all possibilities, maybe becoming a Youtuber might be a good choice as well. 😊