Functional and well-designed work systems, organisations and work environments are essential for a sustainable working life. This programme offers knowledge in proactive occupational safety and health management. You will learn how to plan, design and analyse work environments, from the perspectives of sustainable work and organisational performance.
Technology, Work and Health at KTH
The programme provides a deeper understanding of the interplay between human, technology and organisation, from the perspectives of sustainable work and organisational performance. As a student, you will gain knowledge and proficiency in proactive occupational safety and health (OSH) management, as well as in how to plan, design and analyse work environments. You will acquire advanced theoretical and applied knowledge of physical, cognitive and organisational ergonomics. This is applicable to work with the development of organisations and processes, with a focus on improvements of work and ergonomic interventions for a sustainable working life.
The education in the programme is based on blended learning. Most of the courses offer teaching on campus over four to five days every three weeks. In between the campus meetings, you will study independently or in groups with course projects and e-learning activities.
During the first year, you can choose one of two tracks for specialist competence: Work Environment Engineering (WEE), or Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE).
- Work Environment Engineering (WEE) include elaborations on the theory and practice of technical and physical work environments, as well as organisation and OSH management. This specialisation focuses on the technical work environment, from the organisation of work, via change management and risk assessments, to the effects of the work environment on an organisation’s operational and financial performance. After completion of your studies, you will have suitable knowledge, understanding and proficiency to work as a Work Environment Engineer
- Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) elaborates further the topics of OSH management and product development, as well as the planning and design of work environments. You will learn how to apply the theory, principles, data and methods to design work environments and works systems for human well-being and overall system performance. After completion of your studies, you will have suitable knowledge and proficiency to work as a Human Factors Specialist or Ergonomist.
After graduation, you will be able to actively influence and manage change and development projects within the field of technical work environments. You will have a knowledge of risk assessment methods, safety strategies and project management within production and product development. The programme is a suitable foundation for research studies within technology, work and health.
Occupational safety and health; physical, cognitive and organisational ergonomics; human factors; change management; risk assessments; product and production development.
As a graduate of this programme, you will have comprehensive career opportunities, and employment prospects are good. Employers of Work Environment Engineers and Human Factors Specialists can be found nationally and globally in the public, municipal, and the private sector.
You will be prepared for a professional career as a specialist within public authorities and administrations, in municipal or private OSH organisations, or consultancies. As such, you can work with investigations, risk assessments, management of change, and planning and designing of products, work environments, and work organisations. You will also be able to pursue an academic research career and continue on studies leading to a PhD at KTH or other universities.
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