Studying this master's program will give you the skills to design better products and services, provide meaningful user experiences, improving and make a real difference in people's everyday lives. The program is user-centered and sustainability-oriented, with a holistic systems perspective on product development.
The program address demands from the industry for effective and efficient product development, with a strong user focus to ensure commercial success — as well as growing societal demands for more sustainable options. In addressing these two perspectives, the program thereby prepares students for a successful professional career designing products, product service systems, and interactions in varying contexts. You will develop your ability to handle complex design problems and propose innovative, user-centered, sustainable solutions. The program will encourage you to increase your knowledge of state-of-the-art theories, methods, and tools as well as hone your practical skills through hands-on project work. Your ability to make informed design decisions, balancing demands from users, industry, society, and the environment in an integrated systems perspective will be highly refined.
The program is suitable for students who are interested in working to improve people’s lives by making their experiences and interactions with technology better. A strong focus on the interplay between humans, technology, and design will give you the unique combinations of skills required to work within the humanistic dimension of technology – a highly sought-after quality. This entails a mixture of creativity, empathic ability, deep theoretical knowledge of human behaviors, and a sense of responsibility in considering potential solutions.
During the education you will train to see problems from multiple perspectives, working strategically to open up the possibility for truly innovative solutions. The program integrates theoretical and methodological studies with applied project work where knowledge is put into practice, often in collaboration with leading industrial companies outside Chalmers. Graduates of the program are uniquely well-equipped with the knowledge of methods, tools, theories, and ideas for adapting basic design processes to tackle a wide variety of diverse challenges.
Graduates from the program work with user-centered development in the industry, either in-house or as consultants. Common job titles are UX designer, UX architect, product designer, service designer, product planner, product manager, human factors specialist, and design team leader.
The industries and applications vary greatly. You will be able to create interfaces for advanced systems in the vehicle industry, develop essential systems for power supply and traffic control, and invent innovative services in healthcare and mobility. Others design meaningful and attractive consumer goods and electronics. Some graduates also work with design and human factors research in an academic context.
General entry requirements
A Bachelor's degree in Science, Engineering, Technology, or Architecture
To fulfill the general entry requirement for a Master's program at Chalmers (at advanced level/the second cycle), the prospective student must hold a degree that is equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree (minimum 3 years, 180 Swedish higher education credits) in either Science, Engineering, Technology or Architecture.
All applicants must document their formal academic qualifications to prove their eligibility. Only documentation from internationally recognized universities will be approved by the Swedish Council for Higher Education which manages the website universityadmissions.se.
If an applicant is also a holder of a second degree such as a Master's degree, that may be to fulfill specific (course) requirements, it cannot be used to fulfill the general entry requirement on its own.
In your final year of Bachelor's Studies
Students in their last year of studies who don't yet have documentation of their soon-to-be-completed degree can be accepted.
Degrees that are constructed on one another cannot consist of the same course
Applicants who fulfill the general entry requirements for the second cycle (master’s level) programs and eventually specific entry requirements can be admitted to a master’s program. Applicants cannot be evaluated as unqualified in the qualifying academic merits which include courses from the program’s plan in those programs that they have applied for if that occurs.
Courses included in an earned first cycle degree (bachelor’s level) or professional qualification of at least 180 cr. (180hp) or the equivalent foreign qualification that are prerequisites for master’s qualifications may not be included in the higher qualifications. This also applies to prerequisite courses for master’s programs, regardless of whether they are included in the underlying qualification. *
*) Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology - first and second cycle qualifications.
Restrictions for Citizens from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
Chalmers cannot admit applicants with citizenship of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea only to any program or course, due to the Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1509 of 30 August 2017 concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and repealing Regulation (EC) 329/2007.
For applicants with double citizenship of which one is of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the other of another country, the citizenship of the other country has precedence in this respect.​