In today’s fast-changing global market, engineers need advanced knowledge and highly developed skills in how to create competitive and sustainable products, services and business models. The master's programme in Integrated Product Design focuses on processes and methods for strategic product development and innovation to create usable, competitive and sustainable products, services and systems and also dare to look beyond “business as usual” to support the transformation needed in society.
Integrated Product Design at KTH
The master's programme in Integrated Product Design offers two specialisation tracks: Industrial Design Engineering and Innovation Management and Product Development. The programme comprises a mixture of mandatory courses, track-specific courses and elective courses offering students the opportunity to select courses that match their interests and career goals. During the programme, students will have contact with industry, and projects are often conducted in co-operation with companies or organisations, providing students with valuable experience from practice.
In the final degree project, students perform in-depth work on a problem from industry, society or academic research that is in line with selected specialisation. The degree project is supervised by an experienced researcher and can be performed in an industrial setting or an academic environment.
The two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) is in English. Graduates are awarded a Master of Science degree. Activities within the programme are mainly held at the KTH Campus in Stockholm by KTH’s School of Industrial Engineering and Management.
Industrial Design Engineering track
The Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) track focuses on design, functionality and communicative aspects of products in relation to users and markets. You will study and work with product design and service design as well as system design. You will improve your skills in product development, merging a mechanical engineering point of view with an industrial design point of view. The activities covered in the design process include user insights, ideation, concept screening, form-giving and visualisation, branding, prototyping, overall systems design, choice of materials, manufacturing and sustainable development.
In development projects throughout the programme track, you will work in close collaboration with companies and organisations that have identified a potential in developing a new product or service or improving an existing one. From an IDE perspective, these cases need to include various types of user interactions and technical complexities to ensure that knowledge in both industrial design and mechanical engineering is required. The result of our efforts should address user needs and be adapted to user behaviour.
As IDE integrates the fields of industrial design and mechanical engineering, the teachers at IDE have a background in both or either of these fields. This also requires that the students applying have completed both industrial design courses and mechanical engineering courses in their bachelor’s degree.
Topics covered: Industrial Design Engineering track
Product development, user studies, product design, service design, branding, sustainable design, engineering design.
Innovation Management and Product Development track
The Innovation Management and Product Development track focuses on managing innovation and product development processes. You will study and work with innovation in three ways: you will develop results in terms of new products, services and business models, you will organise and manage innovation processes from both a development project perspective and an organisational structure perspective and, finally, you will work on innovation strategies in terms of new business development. In this programme, you will approach cutting-edge research in the area of innovation management and product development and have a firm collaboration with industry.
Elements or projects in courses in the track deal with innovation from several perspectives: the innovation process, including all activities from understanding the user and customer needs, idea creation, product and service development and understanding the business model (value creation activities); the innovation strategy, setting the direction for an organisation, project portfolio and business strategies; innovation results in terms of products, services and business models relating to different levels of newness.
Depending on the degree of newness of the results from an innovation process, different demands are placed on the managers of an organisation. It entails different ways of organising, leading and conducting product development projects. In some development projects, in which you improve existing products and services, you must be capable of being efficient and use methods to enable such outcomes.
In other projects, you must understand how to challenge the organisation to move beyond current knowledge and create something completely new. In this programme you will become familiar and well-equipped with tools that will help you systematically organise, lead and manage these different types of product development projects and their attendant challenges; knowledge and skills identified as being crucial for organisations to survive and prosper and for being able to meet the grand challenges facing our society.
Topics covered: Innovation Management and Product Development track
Innovation management, R&D management, strategy, organisation, product development and related processes, methods and tools.
The master's programme in Integrated Product Design offers students a comprehensive education and refined expertise applicable to a wide range of industrial and business sectors as well as to organisations and consultancies.
The Industrial Design Engineering track provides skills necessary to work with product development and design, user-driven design, either as a creative engineer, technical expert, project manager, or as a commissioner of design and other related positions.
The Innovation Management and Product Development track provides opportunities for a variety of jobs in areas related to innovation, including project management, business development and product planning. You also instil competence to work on complex multidisciplinary product development projects, either as a technical expert, project manager, R&D manager or consultant.
After graduation: Industrial Design Engineering
Product developer, creative engineer, technical or design consultant or user experience designer.
After graduation: Innovation Management and Product Development
Innovation manager, product manager, technical or management consultant.
"The programme is very interdisciplinary. Other than just design and engineering, a lot of focus is put on human needs, sustainability and socio-economic factors. Students are really encouraged to speak their minds and express their opinions."
Vivek from India
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 Integrated Product Design are:
9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
12 Responsible Consumption and Production
The challenge to transform the industry into a fully sustainable system is paramount. In our programme we try to tackle this on at least three levels;
On a system level, we push a circular approach. This means moving into a service paradigm with business models based on providing shared functionality rather than just pushing stuff to the market.
On a product level, meaning that the products need to be designed for use, repair, refurbishment and reuse. Obviously, we also need to take the choice of materials and ways of production into close consideration.
Finally, our research has pointed to the need of being innovative also regarding management, organisation and business models to change the present linear paradigm into a circular one.
Faculty and research
At the Division of Integrated Product Development and Design, the research area covers organisational and technical processes for the efficient and effective development of innovative technology-oriented products, services and systems. IPD includes technology, tools, procedures and work organisation for increased efficiency and learning in industrial product development processes.
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 Integrated Product Design
A bachelor's degree, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, within Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent, including courses in Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electrical Engineering, Machine Elements, Manufacturing Technology, 3D-CAD, Product Development and Engineering Design.
Applicants to the Industrial Design Engineering track must also have good knowledge in Industrial Design Engineering: Ergonomics, Design Processes, Materials, Sketching, Rapid Prototyping, and Digital 3D-visualisation.
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 Integrated Product Design
Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages).
Letters of recommendation (at least 2 letters).
Completed summary sheets (separate summary sheets for each track)