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Associated to: TKDES
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2018-02-14 by Dean of Education and is valid for students starting the programme the academic year 2020/2021

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:

Industrial Design Engineering or Product Design Engineering.



Mathematics (at least 15 cr.), Mechanical Engineering (at least 30 cr.), Industrial Design (at least 45 cr. including Design and Development, Design Methodology, Form Theory), Human Factors Engineering (at least 7,5 cr. including Ergonomics and Human Machine Interaction) and a portfolio of design projects is required.
The portfolio should contain at least three (3) examples of projects and the examples must be able to demonstrate the applicant’s proficiency in designing with consideration to technical functionality, user interaction and experience, as well as elements of aesthetics. A portfolio that considers all the three aspects as an integrated whole in all the examples is preferred.
Alternative selection: Refer to section 9.3

General organization:


The aim of the programme is to prepare students for a professional career designing products, product service systems, and interactions in technical 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.


Learning outcome:

The programme is an advanced level education in industrial design engineering, where students can further develop their design knowledge and increase the range of methods and skills in their design toolbox, in order to deal with a wider range of problems than at Bachelor level. Complex industrial design engineering problems are characterised by many stakeholders with conflicting interests, that require solutions based on user needs, with innovative functionality and technical feasibility, attractive form and concern for ecological, economical, and social sustainability. The process for developing solutions thus needs to be systematic and reflecting, and comprise design decisions built on scientific theory and empirical investigation. Thus, after completing the programme, the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Discuss the theoretical and practical frameworks used in design and product development, as well as theories on design work and practice 
  • Within a specialized area of design and product development, explain the fundamental issues, historical growth and trajectory of the theoretical and practical framework
  • Differentiate between different strategies, processes, methods, and tools for understanding design problems and creating and implementing design solutions, as well as judge the role and usefulness of the various approaches for different types of design problems and decisions 
Competence and skills 

  • Demonstrate the skill and ability to autonomously handle and resolve complex design problems. This means to be able to:
    • Critically and creatively identify, analyse and define complex design problems with limited and incomplete information, conflicting demands, and shifting targets
    • Identify and collect information from relevant sources of knowledge (including stakeholders, end-users and scientific literature) as well as critically and systematically integrate the knowledge gained
    • Plan, undertake and evaluate a design process, by systematically and creatively applying appropriate processes, theories, methods and tools, within predetermined timeframes and resources
    • Create and evaluate appropriate and feasible design solutions that resolve the problem at hand, and include consideration to relevant stakeholders, sustainability, and ethics
    • Through the design work contribute to the formation of new knowledge such as design theory or improved methodology
  • Report, discuss, and argue for plans, ideas, and results in an efficient and professional manner with different target audiences in national and international contexts
    • in speech and in writing
    • supported by suitable verbal, visual and physical models
  • Collaborate with different categories of participants in the product development process in various constellations, including
    • the different roles of a product development team 
    • external stakeholders such as clients and end-users
Judgement and approach
  • Formulate informed judgements regarding design problems, technology, and technological development that reflect scientific, social, sustainable, and ethical considerations, and act accordingly
  • Reflect on the roles of technology and design in society, and in people's everyday lives, as well as demonstrate awareness of the responsibility of the designer in relation to these roles 
  • Identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for ongoing learning 
  • Feel confident in their own ability and own interpretation of design


Extent: 120.0 c



The master's thesis work (30 credits) should deal with a clearly defined topic within a restricted area of what has been previously studied within courses at the Master programme. It can be carried out at Chalmers, in industry, at a research institute or at other universities. The examiner must always be a teacher from Chalmers. To begin the thesis work, a student must have passed 45 credits of courses from the programme. Students pursuing the five-year Master of Science in Engineering 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. The requirements for students are then higher than for a normal thesis, and only a limited number of such thesis projects are available. A goal of a 60-credit thesis is to produce research results of high enough quality to be presented at international conferences or in journals. For further information please refer to the course syllabus or contact the master program director.


Courses valid the academic year 2020/2021:

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Accredited to the following programmes the accademic year 2020/2021:

Degree of Master of Science in Engineering



The programme has developed three course packages containing recommendations for students who wish to gain a deeper understanding in a specialised area: user insight and experience, human factors engineering, and form development and engineering.

 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 Local Qualifications Framework - first and second cycle qualifications

Title of degree:

Master of Science (120 credits). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject Industrial Design Engineering are stated in the degree certificate. Specializations and tracks are not stated.


Major subject:

Industrial Design Engineering

Other information:

Programme offers advanced level studies in user-centred and sustainable industrial design engineering, and combines theoretical studies with practical application in design projects. The programme comprises
- 30 credits compulsory courses, of which 15 credits are two initial courses, and 15 credits comprises an integrative project course in the second year.
- 30 credits compulsory elective courses, where the student should choose 4 out of 8 offered courses
- 30 credits elective courses to give the students freedom to select courses of interest from a wider range of topics
- 30 credits Master's thesis

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