Master in Product Development and Materials Engineering

Jönköping University

Program Description

Master in Product Development and Materials Engineering

Jönköping University

As competition between companies is getting tougher as the number of products on the market increases, many are realising the importance of product development and material knowledge as a competitive means. This programme covers the entire product development process, from conceptual engineering design to materials and manufacturing processes.

The work of engineers within product development is creative and offers a great deal of variety. This Master's programme (two years) qualifies students for positions with the manufacturers and suppliers that develop and produce components or as consultants. Emphasis is placed on design and construction of technical components and products in regards to customer demands, use, producibility and production methods. Vehicles, household appliances, medical equipment and certain sporting goods are all examples of products made up of complex components.

Making complex things simpler

The steady increase in the use of computer support makes possible new methods, which are parallel to the entire product development process. With the help of advanced computer tools in design and construction, real and virtual prototypes can be produced much faster, and the time needed for development can be shortened. In addition, a product can be studied and tested at an early stage of product development for its design, usability, durability, safety and producibility. Important aspects of work with the development of components and products include the analysis of function and performance, the choice of materials and the methods of production. This programme gives an understanding of the theory behind and the practical use of the computer based tools needed for these tasks.

Industry contacts and guest speakers

Some of the courses include project work. Students can, in smaller groups, analyse and make suggestions regarding real-life problems taken straight from the industry. Guest speakers from the field also take part in instruction. A thesis at the end of the programme helps students apply their theoretical knowledge and gain insight as to the research and development within the industry and the university. Extensive knowledge about materials is also acquired. The School of Engineering has well-equipped research labs for materials engineering and computer simulation.

Next generation of engineers

The School of Engineering, Jönköping University, is a member of the prestigious collaborative between leading engineering schools worldwide - the CDIO Initiative™. The CDIO Initiative is an innovative educational framework to conceive and develop a new vision of engineering education and for producing the next generation of engineers.

The programme qualifies you for positions with manufacturers and suppliers that develop and produce components, or as consultants.


Courses within the programme

NB Preliminary list of courses

Year 1

  • Industrial Product Realisation:
  • Process - Methods - Leadership 9 Credits
  • Materials And Design 6 Credits
  • Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis 9 Credits
  • Elective Course:Advanced CAD 6 Credits
  • Elective Course:Multivariable Calculus 6 Credits

    The course multivariable calculus is compulsory to students
    who have not studied this course during their bachelor studies.
  • Computer Programming For Design Automation 6 Credits
  • Functional Materials And Surfaces 6 Credits
  • Integrated Product Development 12 Credits
  • Optimisation Driven Design 6 Credits

Year 2

  • Advanced Materials Technology 6 Credits
  • Computer Supported Engineering Design 9 Credits
  • Industrial Placement 9 Credits
  • Modelling And Simulation Of Casting 6 Credits
  • Final Project Thesis, Master 30 Credits


  • Credits: 120,0 credits
  • Level: Master's
  • Rate of study: Full-time
  • Place of study: Campus-based
  • Language: English
  • Start date: Autumn 2016


The applicant must hold the minimum of a bachelor's degree (ie. the equivalent of 180 ECTS credits at an accredited university) with at least 90 credits in mechanical engineering or equivalent.

The bachelor's degree should comprise a minimum of 21 ECTS credits in mathematics.

Proof of English profiency is required.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
270,000 SEK
Sweden - Jönköping
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