Manufacturing Technology

Note! No new admissions are made to this graduate school. 

New PhD students within the research area are instead admitted to the graduate school Product- and Production Development, with the specialization Manufacturing Processes.

Director of Graduate Studies: Peter Krajnik
Web administration: Marcus Folino


(approved by the Pro-Vice-President on May 17, 2005. Ref. nr. C2005/604)
(revised November 15, 2008)
(revised January 7, 2013)

1 Description of the Subject and the Aims of Education

At Chalmers University of Technology, the subject of manufacturing technology is defined as the mental and physical activities of planning and execution of the manufacturing process in the engineering industry.
The development in materials technology, computer technology and economics, coupled with knowledge about the requirements and demands of manufacturing, are the cornerstones of the activities.
Research in manufacturing technology includes the fundaments of plastic and cutting machining, functional surfaces and the automation of the physical as well as the informational and the coordinating functions.
The graduate education in manufacturing technology aims at providing qualifications for research positions in the manufacturing industry as well as in universities and research institutes. This education is also appropriate for other positions in the development and management of industry and education.

2 Stipulations of Competence and Requirements of Previous Knowledge

2.1 Stipulations of Competence

Masters of engineering, preferably from the Schools of Applied Mechanics, Automatisation and Mechatronics, Electrical and Computer Science, or Technology Management and Economics, fulfil the competence requirements. Other masters of engineering, from domestic or foreign universities, or persons with the equivalent previous knowledge, will be examined individually, if needed.

2.2 Previous Knowledge

Depending on the educational background of the graduate student, the previous knowledge is examined in order to determine if any supplementary examination in relevant subjects may be necessary.

3 The Arrangement and Direction of the Education

The education is divided in two stages; the first one concludes with the degree of licentiate, and the second terminates with the degree of doctor. For more information, please refer to the Handbook for graduate students , the general part.

4 Courses

The graduate student selects an appropriate combination of courses, in consultation with the examiner. This selection will provide both breadth and depth in the education.. Breadth is mainly achieved by the participation in courses and seminars arranged by national research schools or by the department. Depth is achieved by the specialisation in a narrow field of study, such as machining, automation, simulation, or functional surfaces. The practical direction of the subject accentuates the importance of the graduate student's own research.

4.1 Compulsory Courses

Doctoral students admitted after September 1 2012 are required to take 15 credit points from the area of Generic and Transferable Skills during their post-graduate studies. Of these, 9 credit points are mandatory for the licentiate degree and another 6 credit points for the PhD degree.

In addition to the courses within Generic and Transferable Skills, the student is also required to participate in an introduction day for doctoral students (before the licentiate examination at the latest). Further requirements are an oral popular science presentation to be performed prior to the PhD thesis defence and a written popular science presentation to be published on the back of the PhD thesis.
Common courses for graduate students of a national research schools or similar.

4.2 Optional courses

4.2.1 Guided Courses
  • Finite element method in plastic machining, 7,5 higher education credits
    (in Swedish; Finita elementmetoden inom plastisk bearbetning)
  • Industrial engineering, 7,5 higher education credits
  • Robot systems, 6 higher education credits
    (in Swedish; Robotsystem)
  • Short Course in Surface Roughness, 3 higher education credits
  • Elementary course in work organization, 5 higher education credits
    (in Swedish; Grundkurs i arbetsorganisation)
4.2.2 Literature Courses
  • Trent: Metal Cutting, 7,5 higher education credits
  • Hosford-Cad
  • dell: Metal Forming, 7,5 higher education credits
  • Whitehouse: Surface Methodology Handbook, 7,5 higher education credits

5 Research Work

Please refer to the Handbook for graduate students , the general part.

6 Demands for Degree

For the degree of licentiate, at least 120 higher education credits are required. Of these, 30 higher education credits refer to courses, and 90 higher education credits refer to the research project, to be presented in a licentiate thesis.
For the degree of doctor, another 120 higher education credits are required (i.e., in total 240 higher education credits). Of these, 30 higher education credits refer to courses and 90 higher education credits refer to the research project, to be presented in a doctoral dissertation.

7 Supervision

Please refer to the Handbook for graduate students , the general part.

8 Proficiency Test

The plan of the proficiency test is determined by the examiner. Often, the proficiency test is an examination, which may or may not be oral, or it may be a presentation at a seminar.

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