The master’s programme in Industrial Management is designed for students with a profound engineering background who aim to take leadership positions in industrial and technology-based organisations.
Industrial Management at KTH
The main focus of the programme is understanding the creation of value for customers. We address this issue at three different levels. Firstly, the industry level, where the focus of attention is the economic and technical transformation in national and global markets. Secondly, the firm level, which focuses on the management of value-creating functions and processes such as research and development, operations and sourcing and marketing and distribution. Thirdly, the individual level, which focuses on the people leading change.
The programme consists of a number of tailored courses exclusively provided for the programme. They form a detailed understanding of the three levels of value creation, as well as the interrelation between them. The learning process throughout the programme is enhanced by the integrated design of the compulsory courses – where case assignments, problem-based learning, and interaction with the industry are of central importance. The programme is designed around a number of mandatory courses covering theoretical knowledge and skills related to management of the key functions in industrial organisations. Furthermore, the individual and the industrial level of analysis are also covered, providing students with the capability of handling industrial challenges based on a systems perspective. Through the elective courses, students can specialise in a number of areas such as management, control, supply chain, project management, economics and leadership.
The programme takes pride in having close contact and frequent interaction with industry leaders and their organisations. For example, all courses have guest lecturers from industry. Moreover, interview assignments, study visits and industrial projects are core activities in the curriculum, preparing all students to take on leadership positions in industrial and technology-intensive organisations after completing the programme.
This is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Industrial Engineering and Management (at KTH).
Finance and control, project management, leadership, operations and supply chain strategy, strategy and industrial marketing, industrial transformation, managing research and innovation, research methods, change project.
The master’s programme in Industrial Management offers a unique opportunity of combining and developing comprehensive engineering knowledge with advanced management and leadership skills. This particular combination is very attractive for most industrial businesses worldwide. After completing the programme, the student will have developed suitable skills to take on a technology/management consultant role or a functional/project managerial position in international technology-based firms.
"The students will acquire a strong academic background as well as insights into the industry through case assignments and interactions with companies."
Nishapa from Thailand
Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Industrial Management are:
5 Gender Equality
9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
12 Responsible Consumption and Production
The overarching approach to sustainable development in the programme is based on three design principles:
Creating a common knowledge base among all students at the start of the program. This part is based on materials and content from the KTH Sustainability Office.
Integrating sustainable development in mandatory courses to equip students with knowledge about and expertise in sustainable development close to the application area of each subject area (for example supply chain strategy).
Applying a strong focus on sustainable development in the programme’s integrative courses, projects, and degree project. Making sustainable development a mandatory part of research conducted by students at master-level represents the program’s core strategy in going beyond “studies about sustainable development” towards “studies in sustainable development”.
Among the 17 sustainable development goals, the three goals listed above represent central focus areas related to the different levels of the programme – the individual, functional and industrial. As early as in the first course of the programme you will conduct a case study focused on gender and diversity. Here you will meet researchers who specialise in this field, discuss with industry experts and conduct a case-based investigation related to the individual level. There is also a focus on the footprint of production activities in, for example, the subject area of operation and supply chain strategy, where sustainable development is part of both casework and game activities – representing typical challenges at the functional level. Finally, the sustainability goals of industry, innovation and infrastructure represent areas where engineers and industrial companies must take a dominant role in investigating how we can transition our society toward a sustainable future. In courses such as industrial dynamics and technical change and managing research and innovation, the pressure for change, for example from global warming, represents a starting point for how we need to transform industrial activities, business models and leverage innovation to meet climate goals.
Faculty and research
The department of Industrial Economics and Management coordinates the Industrial Management master’s programme and contributes with all mandatory courses. Through these courses you will meet with professors from all three research units at the department, which are:
Accounting, Finance & Changes (AFC)
Management & Technology (MT)
Sustainability, Industrial Dynamics & Entrepreneurship (SIDE)
The programme curriculum offers integration of research conducted at the department in most courses. On an overall level, research at the department fall within four themes:
Structural transformation and growth
Business creation and development
Operations control and finance
Leadership, work and organization
To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English, and meet the programme-specific requirements.
A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.
English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:
TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)
The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognized English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions.
​Specific requirements for the master's programme in Industrial Management
A technical Bachelor's degree with a specialisation in one of the following fields: Mechanical Engineering, Design and Product Development, Information and Communication Technology, Computer Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or equivalent. A Bachelor's degree with a specialization in Industrial Management does not fulfil the specific requirements.
A basic course in Industrial Management is however required to fulfil the specific requirements.
Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme-specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:
Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
Proof of English proficiency
A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents
Specific documents for the master's programme in Industrial Management
Letter of motivation
Completed summary sheet*
*In order for your application to be considered complete, you need to fill out the summary sheet. If you do not include a summary sheet, this may negatively affect your evaluation score.