Master in Integrated Product Design

General

Program Description

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 program in Integrated Product Design focuses on processes and methods for strategic product development and innovation in order to create usable, competitive and sustainable products and services and also dare to look beyond “business as usual” to support the transformation needed in society.

Integrated Product Design at KTH

The master's program in Integrated Product Design offers two specialization tracks: Industrial Design Engineering and Innovation Management and Product Development. The program comprises a mixture of mandatory courses, track-specific courses and elective courses offering students the opportunity to select courses that match their individual interests and career goals. During the program, students will have contact with industry, and projects are often conducted in co-operation with a company or organization, 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 the chosen specialization. The degree project is supervised by an experienced researcher and can be performed in an industrial setting or in an academic environment.

The two-year program (120 ECTS credits) is in English. Graduates are awarded a Master of Science degree. The program is given mainly 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 concentrates on the design, functionality and communicative aspects of a product in relation to user and market. You will study and work with both product design and service 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 at IDE include user insights, ideation, concept screening, form-giving and visualization, branding, prototyping, overall systems design, choice of materials, manufacturing and sustainable development.

In the development projects throughout the program track, you will work in close collaboration with companies and organizations that have identified the potential in developing a new product or service or improving an existing one. From an IDE perspective, these cases need to include some kind of user interaction and technical complexity in order 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 behavior.

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.

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 organize and manage innovation processes from both a development project perspective and an organizational structure perspective and, finally, you will work on innovation strategies in terms of new business development. In this program, 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 a number of perspectives: the innovation process, including all activities from understanding 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 organization. It entails different ways of organizing, 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 organization to move beyond current knowledge and create something completely new. In this program you will become familiar and well-equipped with tools that will help you systematically organize, lead and manage these different types of product development projects and their attendant challenges; knowledge and skills identified as being crucial for organizations to survive and prosper and for being able to meet the grand challenges facing our society.

Career

The master's program 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 organizations and consultancies.

The Industrial Design Engineering track provides the skills necessary to work on 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 instill competence to work on complex multidisciplinary product development projects, either as a technical expert, project manager, R&D manager or consultant.

Students

Find out what students from the program think about their time at KTH.

Avantika Mohapatra, Qatar: "To anyone looking to move to Sweden for their master’s, I would say that this is a great choice. Stockholm greets you with a warm hug, thanks to the fika culture. You’re also surrounded by some of the best innovators and creators in the world."

Sustainable development

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 programs. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's program in Integrated Product Design are:

  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production

The challenge to transform the industry into a fully sustainable system is paramount. In our program 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, organization and business models in order to change the present linear paradigm into a circular one.

Courses

The two-year master's program in Integrated Product Design consists of three terms of courses and one final term dedicated to the master's degree project. Each term consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits. Depending on which track you choose, you will study different courses. The courses presented on this page apply to studies starting in autumn 2020.

Industrial Design Engineering track

Year 1

Mandatory courses

  • Eco Design (MF2032) 6.0 credits
  • Service Design (MF2038) 6.0 credits
  • Research Methodology in Management and Organization (MF2086) 6.0 credits
  • Machine Design (MF2101) 6.0 credits
  • Machine Design Project Course (MF2102) 6.0 credits
  • Mechatronic in Product Design (MF2104) 6.0 credits
  • Advanced Product Design (MF2112) 12.0 credits

Year 2

Mandatory courses

  • Industrial Design Engineering Advanced Course, Part 2 (MF2061) 12.0 credits
  • Degree Project in Industrial Design Engineering, Second Cycle (MF227X) 30.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Research Methodology in Machine Design (MF2072) 6.0 credits

Innovation Management and Product Development track

Year 1

Mandatory courses

  • Systems Engineering (MF2011) 9.0 credits
  • Product Innovation (MF2046) 6.0 credits
  • Managing Research and Development (MF2084) 6.0 credits
  • Innovation- and Product Development Processes (MF2085) 6.0 credits
  • Research Methodology in Management and Organization (MF2086) 6.0 credits
  • Machine Design (MF2101) 6.0 credits
  • Modularisation of Products (MG2020) 6.0 credits

Year 2

Mandatory courses

  • Innovation Management - Theory and Practice (MF2087) 7.5 credits
  • Innovation and Product Development (MF2088) 22.5 credits
  • Degree Project in Innovation Management and Product Development, Second Cycle (MF230X) 30.0 credits

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programs, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English proficiency

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: 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)

Specific requirements for the master's program in Integrated Product Design

A bachelor's degree, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, within Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.

Applicants to the Industrial Design Engineering Track are required to have good knowledge in Industrial Design Engineering: Ergonomics, Design Processes, Materials, Sketching, Rapid Prototyping, and Digital 3D-visualisation.

In addition, applicants to the Industrial Design Engineering Track must also have good knowledge in both mechanical engineering and industrial design:

  • Mechanical Engineering: mechanics, solid mechanics, thermodynamics, electrical engineering, machine elements, manufacturing technology, 3D-CAD, product development, and engineering design
  • Industrial design: ergonomics, the design process, material selection, sketching, rapid prototyping, and digital 3D-visualisation.

Application documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents

Specific documents for the master's program 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):
    • IPDE – Innovation Management and Product Development
    • IPDC – Industrial Design Engineering
    • Design portfolio (optional for the Industrial Design Engineering track)

Last updated Oct 2019

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