The manufacturing industry now faces globalization challenges and this is the starting point of this Master's program. The aim is to provide knowledge and competence that prepare the students for leading positions within the manufacturing industry.

Making globalization work

Today, the manufacturing industry is an international industry. Product development and production may be carried out at different geographic locations, which require communication and coordination of the activities. The competitiveness of manufacturing companies relies to a high degree on their abilities to benefit from the increased globalization.

Preparing for leadership

This Master's program focuses on the role that production plays within manufacturing companies. Central themes include how production systems are developed, how the design of the products and the supply chain interrelate with the production system design, and how production systems are operated and managed. The program begins with a number of courses that provides the students with a common basis for these central themes. It ends with a final thesis work, at which the students applies the knowledge and skills gained during the program.

Connect theory with practice

An underlying idea of the program is that the students are given the opportunity to connect theory with practice. Therefore, important parts of the program are carried out as project assignments. This provides the students with possibilities to relate their theoretical understanding to the real conditions of the manufacturing industry. The program is led by a management team that includes persons representing leading positions in industry, students, and teachers. The management team ensures the relevance and quality of the program.

International perspective

All courses are conducted in English and you study together with other international students. There are possibilities for you to study one semester abroad at one of our partner universities.

Industrial placement course

In this course, you have five weeks of internship in a company or another organization. The purpose is to you an understanding of future work tasks and how these are related to your education.

Career prospects

A student that has graduated from the program is ready to take up various positions in industry, including areas such as production development, production management, production planning, or logistics. The student will also be prepared for doctoral studies.

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.


Courses within the program

Year 1

  • Industrial Product Realization: Process - Methods - Leadership 9 credits
  • Human Factors Engineering 6 credits
  • Integrated Product and Production Development 9 credits
  • Production Management 7.5 credits
  • Production Development I, Strategy and System 7.5 credits
  • Production Development II, Methods, and Tools 7.5 credits
  • Supply Chain Design 7.5 credits
  • Elective Course: Sustainable Production 6 credits
  • Elective Course: Mathematical Statistics 6 credits
  • Elective Course: Mathematical Statistics 6 Credits

The course Mathematical Statistics is compulsory for students entering the program with fewer than 21 ECTS credits in Mathematics in order to obtain a master’s degree.

Year 2

  • Industrial Placement Course in Production Systems 9 credits
  • Elective Course: Research and Inquiry Methodology 6 credits
  • Elective Course: Leadership and Change Management 15 credit
  • Final Project Work in Production Systems 30 credits


  • Credits: 120,0 credits
  • Level: Master's
  • Rate of study: Full-time
  • Place of study: Campus-based
  • Language: English
  • Start date: Autumn 2018


The applicant must hold the minimum of a bachelor´s degree (i.e the equivalent of 180 ECTS credits at an accredited university) with at least 90 ECTS credits in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, and management, civil engineering, or equivalent. The bachelor´s degree should comprise a minimum of 15 ECTS credits in mathematics. Proof of English proficiency is required.

Program taught in:
  • English

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
2 years
270,000 SEK
Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.
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