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The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2013-02-19 by Dean of Education

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Major in Mechanical Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics Engineering or Industrial Engineering and Management.



Mathematics (including Linear algebra, Numerical analysis, Multivariable analysis and Statistics) minimum 30cr., Mechanics, Strength of materials, Machine elements, Engineering materials, Manufacturing engineering, Automatic control, Industrial economics, Computer-aided design and Programming.

Preferable course experience: Maintenance, Production planning, Human factors, Thermodynamics, Virtual production and Logistics.

General organization:


Manufacturing is of fundamental importance for welfare in the society and for human well-being. Throughout history the industrial product realization process has brought great progress. But today the seamy side of the industrial society is becoming ever more apparent. We have become aware of how problematic it is to equate human progress with material growth. The waste of resources is becoming all the more evident. We are witnessing global climate change induced by human production and are forced to recognize the tightly coupled and complex inter-dependence of activities taking place all over the world. This emphasizes the need for innovations in the product realization process; production engineers must learn a way of working according to a more holistic and sustainable perspective. Aspirations for change stem from values and visions about what things should be like, knowledge of what is possible, and ideas of how to get there.

Chalmers Master's programme in Production Engineering (MPPEN) aims at conveying the knowledge, judgment and skill required to lead design, development and improvement of manufacturing processes, sustainable high-performance production system and its sub-parts as well as managing them in full operation. The professional area for a Production Engineer goes across sectors - from automotive, medicines and health care industry to food production. With a broad production engineering knowledge base the programme gives a wide spectrum of career opportunities including advancement as specialists in the areas of Production Systems, Material and Manufacturing Technology or Production Management:

- Production Systems Engineering is about taking an active interest in design and developing sustainable complex production systems. The work tasks include purchasing of automation technology as well as planning for other industrial facilities and processes featuring safe and profitable involvement of human resources. Skills in building virtual models of machines, cells and lines are incorporated as a sustainable engineering way of working and analytic competence is needed for example securing efficient and reliable production flows.

- Manufacturing Process Engineering content the work tasks to select suitable sustainable processes, tools and machines for value adding manufacturing operations in the physical materials. To prepare metallurgy processes as forming, machining, casting and joining as well as planning the manufacturing for polymer and composite materials often come about virtual processing using computer based tools.

- Production Management Engineering - is focusing the management of resources and activities of a business that are required to efficiently produce goods for sale. Important aspects are to align the manufacturing strategy to the needs and strategy of the company, to manage and initiate design and change initiatives in production, to plan and control the effective use of materials and production units to meet customer service demands, and to ensure that suitable modern sustainable production technologies and philosophies are made proper use of.

In accordance with this, the wide scope of the programme provides students to select courses across three main occupational tracks but they have also the possibility to customize their own education.

Reflecting the program idea the master's programme in Production Engineering include four parts:

1. Compulsory core courses in production Engineering, 45 credits.

2. Semi-compulsory courses arranged in three occupational alignments. The students select 2 of 8 courses - 15 credits in total. It is allowed to select courses from different alignments.

3. Elective courses, 30 credits (in case of 30 credits master thesis project).

4. Master thesis project (30 or 60 credits).


Learning outcome:

Production development in industry is generally performed by multi-skilled teams within organizations, and information technology is generally used as support tools. Therefore, based on Knowledge of Underlying Sciences, Core Engineering Fundamental Knowledge and Advanced Engineering Knowledge in the area of Production, the MPPEN programme aims to develop the students¿ team- and networking skills and their ability to utilize IT support tools to increase their ability for analysis and communication of results. After having completed the programme, the students should have gained experience of and be able to:

- apply the concept of sustainable development to society and connect it to responsible engineering practice both in regard to economic, social and environmental sustainability.

- analyze and identify complex production systems and related problem situations that are relevant to their future production engineering career, including all relevant dimensions of sustainable development.

- participate in projects applying the knowledge from the learned technology and management areas for design, development and improvement of industrial production.

- discuss and use several methods to approach and analyze unfamiliar and emerging problems in industry.

- solve open problems while being aware of different stages in project work and group dynamics.

- cooperate with people who are specialized in areas relating but not identical to their own, in order to solve multi-disciplinary problems.

- integrate knowledge, handle complexity, and formulate judgments with incomplete or limited information, that include reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge.

- communicate their intentions, working methods, results, judgments, and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


Extent: 120.0 c



The master's thesis work (30 credits) should deal with a clearly defined topic within a restricted areas of what has been previously studied at courses within the Master programme. It can be carried out at Chalmers, in industry, in research institute or at other universities. To start the thesis work the student must have passed 45 credits of courses from the programme. Students pursuing the five-year Master of Science in Engineering training must have passed at least 225 credits before beginning work on a thesis.

There is a possibility to carry out an extended master's thesis project (60 credits) with a clear research orientation. There will only be a limited number of such theses available (applied for in competition with your fellow students), and the requirements of the students are higher than for a normal thesis. A goal of a 60 credit thesis is to produce research results good enough to be presented at international conferences or journals. For further information please refer to the course syllabus or contact the master program coordinator.

More information about rules for master's thesis work is given here: Thesis work


Courses valid the academic year 2013/2014:

See study programme

 Degree requirements:
  Degree of master of science (120 credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the system of qualifications

Title of degree:

The degree designation is Master of Science (120 credits) (Teknologie masterexamen). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject are stated in the degree diploma. Specializations and tracks are not stated in the degree diploma.


Major subject:

Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Other information:

The Master programme in Production Engineering offers an education for future industrial experts. There is great need for production engineering skill in Sweden and internationally. Global market competition has again made production engineering expertise into a core asset. Future production engieers will have a wide spectrum of choices within a company.


More information about the programme (url):

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