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The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2021-02-12 by Dean of Education and is valid for students starting the programme the academic year 2021/2022

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

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Specific entry requirements:

English 6, Mathematics equivalent to Matematik 4, Physics equivalent to Fysik 2, Chemistry equivalent to Kemi 1
English B, Physics equivalent to Fysik B, Chemistry equivalent to Kemi A, Mathematics equivalent to Matematik D

General organization:


The program aims to give the students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in the fields of industrial design and product development. The education combines the areas of industrial design and product development, i.e. both mechanical engineering, natural science and industrial design. The students will be given the opportunity to acquire skills in established methodology. Furthermore, the education will provide good conditions for acquiring skills in the use of design and engineering tools and technical aids to analyse problems and develop solutions.

An important element of the education is the ability to present ideas and solutions in an understandable way. The education further aims to meet the society's and industry's direct need for engineering competence in the field of mechanical engineering, design (styling) and product development. The program is application-oriented and clearly interdisciplinary. The program stresses on the ability to understand the connection between the consumer, the designer, and the engineer and also the production line and industry. The students will be given the opportunity to exercise the ability to work operatively with both the design and construction process. The education provides the conditions for understanding the process of industrial product development.

The students must be given the opportunity to reflect on the functional, performance-related, economic and environmental consequences of the chosen product and production method. The education, however, has a clear focus on product development rather than production processes. The design engineer program will give the students the opportunity to gain insight into, and opportunity to practice independent search for information and knowledge. Furthermore, the education aims to offer knowledge and training of digital aids for design and construction as well as for production processes. Communication in speech, writing and with images plays a central role. The students are expected and encouraged to perform tasks in projects with other students. The design engineer program puts a lot of effort in to integrating mechanical engineering, design and product development into practical exercises and projects. Establishing experience of working in a group is seen as very important.


Learning outcome:

The technical design engineer shall:
  • Have acquired knowledge in mathematics, science and technology in such an extent as is required to understand and be able to apply the knowledge during the study period and in their future work. Furthermore, the students shall acquire knowledge and skills in the field of industrial design.
Of central importance is:
  1. to have knowledge in matrix and vector algebra,
  2. solve linear systems of algebraic equations,
  3. have knowledge in differential and integral calculus and to be able to solve ordinary differential equations of the types separable and second order inhomogeneous with constant coefficients,
  4. apply Newton's laws to determine the forces and movements of systems,
  5. be able to explain the basic concepts and laws of strength theory and be able to apply these in calculations of strains and deformations of structures with applied forces,
  6. master basic drawing techniques and understand information from 2-dimensional design drawings, read 2-D drawing and create 2-D drawings from digital models, as well as understand dimensioning and perform dimensioning of drawings,
  7. use modern CAD programs (3D solid modelling programs) to construct complex solid models, 
  8. use modern CAD (3D Surface modelling programs) to construct complex surface models, and create computer generated images, (CGI),
  9. create digital models for free-form production (3D printing),
  10. use self-produced sketches, or others' image material, as communicative tools for the purpose of communicating ideas,
  11. handle modern graphics software (2D) for image processing, (Pixel based and vector based),
  12. be able to produce graphically well-composed reports, posters and other presentation material in order to clearly communicate ideas and results,
  13. be able to produce simple physical 3D models for communicating volume and shape, and for carrying out ergonomic studies,
  14. analyze, study and describe shape for good understanding of, and creation of, surfaces, and acquire an understanding of split and gap,
  15. verify the choice of materials and understand how material properties have impact on the choice of manufacturing methods,
  16. be able to explain and use central concepts in the area of quality with regard to selected methods,
  17. be able to analyze and dimension machine elements with the emphasis on mechanical transmissions,
  18. be able to use object-oriented programming to create programs to solve given problems.
  • The design engineer shall be able to lead and to participate in the design of new products, services and systems with a holistic view of needs and idea formulation, regarding design and manufacturing for operation and decommissioning and destruction.
Of central importance is:
  1. to understand and have the ability to apply the basic user, ergonomic, mechanical, and design aspects needed to analyse end-user products and systems,
  2. be familiar with the theories and tools used in designing consumer products and human-machine interfaces,
  3. be able to carry out information gathering, analysis and requirement setting for the design of products for end-users,
  4. be well acquainted with theories about ergonomics, user studies and focus groups and their importance for product design,
  5. to be able to use the most common economic models to analyse the economy of a company, and to assess the financial consequences of decisions taken in the design and construction,
  6. be well acquainted with the financial demands placed on a product from an economic perspective to ensure a successful product, and understand the basics of marketing and product positioning,
  7. be able to compare and evaluate different product proposals regarding function, environmental impact and economy,
  8. be able to handle environmental issues on an individual and a corporate perspective. To be able to discuss sustainable perspectives both locally and globally, and be familiar with life cycle analyses from a sustainability perspective,
  9. be able to communicate in writing and orally in Swedish and English and present results graphically, with graphs, images and visualizations,
  10. be able to participate in, and lead group projects with regard to planning, implementation and presenting, as well as having knowledge of and understanding of group dynamics and its impact on participants in projects,
  11. be able to assimilate the content of relevant literature and to be able to independently formulate and develop research issues,
  12. be able to embrace an entrepreneurial approach with the focus to create value for others and accept and work with uncertainties in the product development process.
  13. be able to reflect on, and understand that there is an uncertainty in the outcome of the process of choosing an appropriate solution to identified problems,
  14. Students will also be given the opportunity to create an understanding of gender equality aspects around the development of physical and digital products.
  15. Furthermore, students will develop their understanding of gender equality, equality and diversity based on the professional role, and be given the opportunity to reflect on gender and gender equality perspectives in the organization and management of product development work.
  16. Furthermore, students will be given the opportunity to handle conflicts in groups with different composition.


Extent: 180.0 c



The degree project, which comprises 15 credits, is carried out during the last semester in the third year, in groups of one or two students. The work is carried out in collaboration with an industrial partner and must lie within the area of design and product development. The work may be started by students, who have courses comprising at least 120 credits and have registered the thesis work.


Courses valid the academic year 2021/2022:

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Recommended elective courses in the program are: TEK720 Industrial economics and organization, PPU041 Surface modelling advanced course, PPU025 From numeral to physical product development


Programme concentrations:

The programme has no programme concentrations.

 Degree requirements:
  Degree of bachelor of science in engineering:
Passed courses comprising 180 credits
Degree project 15 credits
Courses in theme Environment 7,5 credits
Have completed the required courses in the major subject mathematics, where the degree project cannot be included, of at least 15 credits
Passed courses at Chalmers comprising at least 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme

See also the Local Qualifications Framework - first and second cycle qualifications

Title of degree:

Bachelor of Science in Engineering. The main field of study, Product Design Engineering, is stated in the degree certificate.

Other information:

Content and organization:

The program comprises 180 credits, i.e. three years of full-time studies, and is conducted in the form of courses. The courses are combined into a program plan. The program Design and product development, is based on mechanical engineering and industrial design. The area of mechanical engineering is a very wide area of knowledge where higher education programs focus on applied technology and engineering work methodology. Industrial design are methods for linking design, user needs and aesthetic values to product realization.
  • The first academic year (60 credits) provides basic knowledge in mechanical engineering. During the first academic year, the grounds needed for industrial design are also given for further studies. A number of smaller projects are being carried out.
  • The second academic year (60 credits) aims to broaden the knowledge base in product development and design. Here, materials and manufacturing technology are studied, both from an engineering and a design perspective.
  • During the third academic year (60 credits), it is possible to create an individual knowledge profile. 22.5 credits are compulsory, the remaining part is chosen based on a number of elective courses (22.5 credits) and the degree project of 15 credits. Scheduling is done so that the recommended elective courses do not interfere with the obligatory courses.
Throughout the education period, project work is done where several subjects are integrated, initially more controlled but gradually with increasingly industrial-based conditions. Project work also involves report writing and presentation techniques, in some projects in English. The education can be conducted in whole or in part in English. The layout of the third year gives the students the opportunity to place part of their studies at another university or abroad.

Teaching methods:

The teaching is conducted in the form of lectures, demonstrations, exercises, projects, design tasks and laboratory work. In order for the teaching in the design-related subjects to function optimally, much of the teaching is conducted in a design studio. Generally, courses within the program are designed so that the connection to related subjects is made clear. Educational methods are adapted to courses, teachers and students. Project work under industrial-like forms and thus prepare the student for the upcoming professional role. For most courses, the grade scale 3, 4, 5 and Fail are used, where the grade 3 is the lowest approved grade. In some cases, only the grade approved is used.

Teaching materials:

The course literature is in Swedish or English. The literature is stated in the respective syllabus.


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