Master of Science - Industrial Engineering


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Program Description

Industrial Engineering is about to see "the big picture" when one is dealing with complex processes and systems. The field focuses on analyzing the many ¿wheels¿ that must work together so that an organization is able to function in the most efficient and profitable way. As a student, you will get insight into diverse methodologies, techniques, and tools that you may apply to enhance the organization's performance. The capability you gain through this study makes you particularly well suited to a management position.

A Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering will provide students with the knowledge and capabilities to use appropriate techniques, skills, and tools to identify, formulate, analyze, and solve industrial engineering problems. With normal progress, a student will be able to obtain a master degree after two years, corresponding to 120 credits. If the student wants to combine the master study with work in an external company, it is possible to extend the program to three or four years. A customized education plan will then be suggested. After finishing this education, the students will have a solid foundation to enter a variety of positions at the global base. The typical positions are a senior engineer, project managers, developers, consultants, managers, and researchers. Many of our former students are holding managerial or senior research positions in public organizations or private companies.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge (K):

K1: Has advanced knowledge within the academic field of mathematics, physics, and engineering, and specialized and updated knowledge within the field of industrial engineering.

K2: Has a thorough knowledge of the different theories and methodologies that enhance industrial enterprise performance from a holistic perspective.

K3: Can apply knowledge as to different industrial processes especially related to manufacturing and relevant technologies, concepts and systems such as robotics, CAD/CAM, CIM, virtual manufacturing, manufacturing logistics, supply chain management, operations research, quality management & improvement (Lean Six Sigma), project management as well as new development within the academic field of industrial engineering.

K4: Can analyze academic problems based on the history, traditions, distinctive character and place in the society of the academic field of industrial engineering.

Skills (S):

S1: Can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments.

S2: Can analyze existing theories and interpretations in the field of industrial engineering and work systematically and independently on practical and theoretical problems.

S3: Can use relevant methods in industrial engineering to perform research and development work in an independent manner.

S4: Can carry out an independent, limited research or development project within the field of industrial engineering under the supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics.

General competence (GC):

GC1: Can analyze relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems.

GC2: Can apply the knowledge and skills within industrial engineering in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects.

GC3: Can communicate about academic issues, analysis, and conclusions in the field of industrial engineering by using the terminology in the field to communicate with both specialists and the general public.

GC4: Can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes by using the knowledge from the methods and theories in industrial engineering.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the study program, a bachelor degree in mechanical, electrical power or electronics is required. Applicants with other backgrounds may be admitted based on a professional evaluation.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

The study program is structured with concentrated courses where students work on one subject at a time. This provides for a uniform workload throughout the program. The program is R&D-based, and the professors are often using their own research results in lecturing. Most courses are based on traditional lectures, theoretical exercises, laboratory exercises, excursions, and self-studies. Exercises can be either voluntary or mandatory and performed individually or in teams.

Mandatory project works are also often used in connection with the different subjects. The projects are normally executed by student teams. The teams are preparing project reports that are presented to the professors, examiners and sometimes also to the fellow students. The projects may be based on laboratory experiments, business cases or similar. Some subjects are entirely based on a project supervised by the actual professor.

The final thesis is characterized by a topic of scientific nature and can be performed in close cooperation with a relevant industry partner and/or based on an existing R&D-project. The work is divided into two phases where the first phase normally consists of a literature study in order to provide the students with a stronger theoretical basis to execute phase two. Phase two is the main part of the thesis and is a dedicated R&D task where the students will gain in-depth knowledge of the chosen topic. The result of the work is to be presented in the form of a scientific report in order to document all work that is performed in connection with the thesis. The work is normally performed individually, but in special cases by a group of two or three students. There will be milestone status meetings and presentations during the working period, and the final results are presented to faculty staff and fellow students.

Form of assessment

Throughout the program, various forms of evaluation methods are used in connection with the different subjects. In most cases, individual written examinations are used as the main form of subject grading. In addition, mandatory projects (individually or in groups) are used in order to set the final grade.

Some subject evaluations are based on a portfolio of performed assignments, while others are based on project works in which the grades are determined based on written reports, sometimes followed by oral presentations.

The grading of the final master thesis is based only on the written report with relevant attachments.

Further information about the evaluation method of each subject is defined in the respective course description, but the grading is normally based on the ECTS system with grades A, B, C, D, E and F, where F is "not passed".

Exchange possibilities

The students have great possibilities to take some parts of the study program at other universities abroad, especially in connection with the final master thesis. Our university college has active collaborations with other universities in countries like China, Japan, USA, Hungary, Sweden, Germany, and Spain.

Job prospectives

With an M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering, you will have excellent job opportunities as the study equips you with a comprehensive knowledge set in dealing with technical and managerial challenges in manufacturing industries; i.e. automation, oil, and gas, mechanical and electrical, logistics and shipping.

Last updated Oct 2018

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