Master of Science in Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation
For product and service system innovation, there is a unique possibility to support and speed up society’s development towards sustainability. The effects of resource extraction, production, distribution, usage and disposal of products that we see today on ecological and social systems show that current methods for product and service innovation are not sufficient. Positive and negative consequences during the entire life cycle of a product are largely decided through the decisions that are made already during early phases in the innovation process. Therefore, it is important to integrate a sustainability perspective in the methodology for product and service system innovation. Increasingly more companies request skills for sustainable product and service system innovation to strengthen their competitiveness on an increasingly sustainability-driven global market. There is today a shortage of such competence and this programme aims to decrease this shortage.
The main field of study of the program is mechanical engineering with emphasis on the profiling areas at BTH: sustainability, innovation and systems engineering (applied IT). Supporting fields such as natural sciences, strategic leadership, entrepreneurship and project management are also included to a certain extent.
A credit corresponds to a credit point in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The programme includes concepts, methods and tools within the subareas of strategic sustainable development, strategic life-cycle modelling and simulation, creativity methodology, entrepreneurship, business development, product planning, product development, product design, modelling - and simulation-driven design and product implementation.
Those who work with product innovation (product manufacturing) must have skills in strategic sustainable development and have the ability to evaluate the positive and negative socio-ecological influence of a product during its life cycle, as well as the related economic preconditions and implications. It is, therefore, necessary to have a structured overview of the system “society in the biosphere” and its innovation system. Furthermore, specialist competences that are put in service for a sustainable development of this system are needed.
In addition to the nationally regulated aims, further academic aims apply to the education. More specifically, this means that the student should be able to:
- analyse sustainability challenges for an organisation in a scientific way.
- introduce a strategic sustainability perspective in a product innovation process in a company.
- use new methods and tool and earlier engineering specialties, to work with sustainable product and service system innovation in the industry.
- support a change towards a more service-oriented economics.
An important aim with the programme is that the students should obtain good insight in and knowledge of how different companies work. The students will already at an early point during the education complete course modules in companies. During the course, the work together with the companies will increase in order to, during year two, result in a Master’s project or a degree project that is carried out in a company.
Mode of delivery
The programme is focused around BTH’ profiling areas: sustainability, innovation and systems engineering (applied IT). Supporting fields such as natural sciences, strategic leadership, entrepreneurship and project management are also included to a certain extent.
Certain courses are coordinated with students from the master's programme “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Business Development”. For example, courses about strategic sustainable development and innovation will be introduced early for both the master's programmes so that all the students from these programmes will obtain the same platform. Thereafter, an advanced study of product and service system innovation will characterize the first year on this master's programme.
During the second year of the programme it is possible to choose between two specialisations. One of the specialisations is more research-oriented and is intended for students who want to continue as doctoral students or specialists in a company. The other track is for students who want to have a more practical specialisation and learn how one can substantiate a business concept with an orientation towards sustainable product and service system innovation. In the second track, coordination of some courses will take place with master students from the programme “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Business Development”.
If there are more qualified applicants than available places for the current programme start, a selection is made. This is done in the following way:
This method intends to assess the motivation of the applicant and her/his preconditions for studies on the Master's Programme in Sustainable Product - Service System Innovation.
- Curriculum Vitae
- An essay that explains the applicant's interest in the programme and that gives information about his or her relevant personal or professional experiences (as a maximum 5 pages, 12 pt. font, double spacing)
- 2 reference letters (recommendations from two individuals who are familiar with the applicants' abilities and skills)
- higher education grades
SPECIFICATION OF SELECTION CRITERION
The ranking of the applicants will be based on the relative qualification level with respect to:
- Academic results from earlier higher education
- Relevance of higher education qualification (and the courses that are included) for scientifically based studies on master's level in sustainable product and service system innovation
- Relevant professional experience
- Manifestation of interest in “Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation”
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Last updated May 24, 2016