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The new master’s programme in Design offers a studio-based, interdisciplinary approach to design, with collaborations tackling societal challenges. Read more
The new master’s programme in Design offers a studio-based, interdisciplinary approach to design, with collaborations tackling societal challenges.

This programme incorporates established and innovative design concepts in a unique interdisciplinary setup. Studio courses form the backbone of the programme, providing the fundamentals of working with societal challenges. The challenges are defined on a yearly basis, ranging from Food Waste and Civility to Nomadic Welfare.

The programme features three design tracks, allowing you to develop your skills within an area of speciality. Current tracks are Sustainable Futures, Transformative Service and Visual Media.

Please be advised that this programme has a multi-campus setup, with courses offered in Linköping and Norrköping as well as online.

Programme Description

The new master’s programme in Design offers a studio-based, interdisciplinary approach to design, with collaborations tackling societal challenges. Established and innovative design concepts are incorporated in a unique interdisciplinary setup across campuses.

Businesses, organisations and government agencies are facing ever more complex challenges that require innovative approaches. Increasingly, the field of design is expected to come up with answers and help achieve progress.

The purpose of this programme is to train qualified and confident designers who can enter these complex contexts, take on a leading role and co-create solid, sustainable solutions. We are reaching out to students with different backgrounds – not necessarily with previous academic design qualifications, but with excellent design abilities and a desire to develop design beyond specific materials and disciplines.

This programme incorporates established and innovative design concepts in a unique interdisciplinary setup. Studio courses form the backbone of the programme, providing the fundamentals of working with societal challenges. The challenges are defined on a yearly basis, ranging from Food Waste and Civility to Nomadic Welfare.

Theoretical courses and design projects run alongside studio work. You develop generic design skills and knowledge of design facilitation, co-creative practices and design history. You learn about designing and change and how to make design a strategic practice that is embedded in organisations.

Projects are carried out in mixed-competence groups, sometimes with students from other programmes, across campuses with blended learning, using physical and digital resources. You interact with companies, organisations and entrepreneurs.

Elective courses are structured into tracks allowing you to develop skills within an area of speciality.

Current tracks offered are:

Sustainable Futures
Design of sustainable systems, with accompanying business models, products and services. Project-based exploration of future solutions that may further a transition to a sustainable society and empower people interacting with those systems.

Transformative Service
Design and innovation for the service sector, including welfare and industrial service. Engaging humans at the centre of design projects and developing service concepts and social innovations to facilitate transformation of practices and co-creation of value.

Visual Media
Design of interactive visual environments, going beyond screens and handheld units towards augmented and immersive approaches. Studio-based exploration of advanced concepts at the intersection of graphic design, interaction design and information visualisation.

For your thesis, you are expected to undertake an individual project that comprises practical design work and writing a thesis.

Linköping University is one of Sweden’s leading design research universities, with world-class research into design for services, a state-of-the-art facility for visual media research, and a strong team devoted to design and sustainability.

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Design, construction and management of the built environment have a vital role in the development of a more sustainable society. The construction industry is resource intensive, so material, financial and human resources must be managed of responsibly and efficiently. Read more
Design, construction and management of the built environment have a vital role in the development of a more sustainable society. The construction industry is resource intensive, so material, financial and human resources must be managed of responsibly and efficiently. Handling the challenges that arise in complex construction and infrastructure projects requires engineers and architects with managerial as well as technical competencies.

Programme description

A construction project is a vehicle to bring about change. A built environment professional with responsibility for the construction and maintenance of e.g. roads, houses, airports, schools and hospitals needs to manage various vital resources for this change to happen, such as cost, time, people and materials. At the intersection between technology and management, the overall aim of the programme is to train you to manage projects in a built environment context.

To work as manager in the built environment sector means having knowledge on construction specific elements like technical, environmental, legal, and contractual demands. You will also be trained in skills needed to manage projects involving knowledge on project management methods, financial accounting methods, Building Information Modeling (BIM), logistics, quality management, strategic management, and, real estate and facility management. The strong collaborative characteristics of the construction industry, where projects are carried out in temporary and interdisciplinary project organizations supported by networks of colleagues, also needs training and knowledge related to organizational culture, leadership, communication, team work, decision making, collaborative relations, and knowledge and learning.

As a complement to your engineering degree, this programme offers a possibility to acquire competencies required to perform on a high professional level in the construction and built environment sector.

Educational methods

By providing you as a student with a broad repertoire of problem-solving methods and by integrating theory and practice, we train you to understand the complexity in the actualisation of a construction project.

The programme offers a mixture of conventional lectures and seminars, supported by online resources and a variety of external sources of information. It benefits from the use of case studies, real life projects and collaboration with industry. Student presentations and group work are important parts. To stimulate an efficient exchange of experiences and knowledge, a main pedagogical idea is to enhance your co-operative and communicative skills.

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Human activities, not the least manifested in the built environment, are responsible for a large amount of the stress our societies put on the environment and there is a global challenge in meeting the need for sustainability while adapting to a local reality and situation. Read more
Human activities, not the least manifested in the built environment, are responsible for a large amount of the stress our societies put on the environment and there is a global challenge in meeting the need for sustainability while adapting to a local reality and situation. This programme focuses on methods and design approaches for understanding and analysing different local contexts in order to propose adequate solutions in designing for a sustainable future.

Programme description

Sustainable development is a political vision that entails huge challenges for social and technical innovation all over the world. It has consequences for all professions, not least for urban planning, architectural design and the full complexity of societal development can be addressed and managed through design for sustainable development.
This programme provides you with the skills and methods valid where design approaches are required. As a student, you are trained to find solutions that support sustainable development in a large variety of contexts and in dynamic situations. The perspective is holistic and systemic, comprising system levels and scales from urban structures, buildings and technical support systems to detailed construction elements. The programme is based on studios where real life situations and problems faced by society are handled in close contact with local stakeholders and actors.

The overall point of departure is the everyday life of people and the support of dignified lives and livelihoods in rapidly changing and sometimes extreme environments, through the development and implementation of aesthetic, affordable, socially and culturally appropriate, energy and material efficient, healthy and user friendly design solutions.

The programme offers a selection of courses and design studios from which the students can build upon in order to shape an individual profile during two years. Potential profiles are:

Sustainable building with a focus on building scale, building systems and sustainable solutions
Sustainable Urban planning & Design with a focus on urban (or regional) scale, planning processes, development and design of the built environment
Sustainable Conservation and Transformation with a focus on building or urban scale, relation to redevelopment within the existing built environment
Design for Sustainable Development in Local Contexts Internationally on multiple scales and with a socio-technical approach.

The Chalmers School of Architecture fosters a humanistic view of architecture and emphasises an explorative orientation and research by design approach in order to unfold the professional profile, skill and scope of the design professions. The ambition is to promote convincing joint future visions for the development of the built environment.

We also emphasis the integration of research in education, the respect for existing built structures as cultural, social and economic resources and interdisciplinary co-operation.

Educational methods

The pedagogical approach is to support you in developing your design skills through a series of design studios, dealing with complex design tasks in very different situations and contexts e.g., neighbourhoods and municipalities in Sweden, informal settlements in developing countries, and technical and social challenges of sustainable building and transformation.

This approach challenges and develops your ability to analyse and situate local situations in relation to broader contexts. Such design studios contain experience-based learning, fieldwork, tailored lectures, literature studies, seminars, workshops and exhibitions. A common thread through the studios is the use of a systems approach to design although both problems and potential solutions will vary significantly.

Research facilities

Studio spaces - all students have personal desks and storage areas in studio spaces with 24/7 access. Studio spaces are equipped with workstations, printers and large scale plotters, as well as Wi-Fi.
Architecture Library - has an extensive collection of printed volumes, journals and magazines within the fields of architecture and urban design.
CAD-lab - houses workstations with software for CAD-drawing, 3D-modelling, desktop publishing, video editing, and GIS.
A-Workshop - is a fully equipped architecture workshop with wood, plastics and metal working equipment. It also contains a number of computer controlled (CNC) machines for model building and rapid prototyping, including: Laser cutter, 3D-printers (2), CNC Mill and CNC Foam cutter.
Robot Lab - is a research facility that investigates robotic technology in architectural design. Equipment includes three robotic arms.
Centre for Healthcare Architecture - conducts research and graduate studies and encourage education and training within the field of physical environments for care.
Centre for Housing - is a national platform for transfer of knowledge, debate, development and research in the field of residential housing.
Mistra Urban Futures - is a centre for sustainable urban development with the ambition to become a world leader in the field in the near future.
The Spatial Morphology Group - is engaged in urban research within the fields of urban morphology, space syntax and design theory.

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Your smartphone is probably the most well-known example of an advanced embedded system; a handheld low-power device that carries out signal processing at the same time as it is able to entertain its user with computer games, internet sessions, and streaming audio/video. Read more
Your smartphone is probably the most well-known example of an advanced embedded system; a handheld low-power device that carries out signal processing at the same time as it is able to entertain its user with computer games, internet sessions, and streaming audio/video. What makes a system embedded is that system functionality must be implemented in hardware and software within very challenging constraints, such as performance, power consumption, real-time demands, reliability, and size.

The aim of this programme is to educate engineers that can design, implement and verify advanced embedded electronic systems based on hardware and software. The programme graduates will gain knowledge and skills in a variety of areas, such as integrated circuit technology, computer design, industrial design methodologies and industrial design software suites. Programme graduates will be qualified to work as productive engineers in industrial teams designing state-of-the-art embedded products or intellectual property, or to undertake graduate studies leading to a doctorate in the field of electronic system design.

Who should apply

As far as study background, most of our students have a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or in Computer Science and Engineering. In particular, you need skills in electronic and computer fundamentals, including digital system design using VHDL/Verilog and basic programming.

Why apply

This programme is designed to address the entire design challenge of embedded systems. During the first fall semester three compulsory courses will give you a solid design platform in preparation for the spring design project, when all students will participate in a programme-wide embedded system design project; here, the knowledge and skills acquired during the fall are put to use in the design of a prototype embedded system. By adding elective courses from one of the three main profiles - System Design, Computer Systems and Electronics Production - each student can combine breadth with a certain depth.

An overarching idea of the programme is to facilitate progression of key knowledge and skills throughout the courses that lead up to the big spring project. The programme makes use of progressive educational methods such as small projects, hands-on design exercises, flipped classroom teaching and scientific writing. Also, examination is adapted to the learning outcomes which means that the traditional written exam is complemented by, for example, report and log book writing, project demonstrations and oral examinations.

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New products are being introduced to the market at a constantly increasing pace. Demands and expectations from customers are also increasing, as is competition in the market. Read more

Programme aim

New products are being introduced to the market at a constantly increasing pace. Demands and expectations from customers are also increasing, as is competition in the market. The combination of these factors demands an effective product development process. Knowledge of user requirements is needed to increase the probability of a product becoming commercially successful.

The Master’s programme in Industrial Design Engineering is designed to meet these needs from industry for competencies with a holistic perspective on product development and to encompass a humanistic view on design, technology, the interplay between humans and technology and the increasing demands for environmental consideration.

The programme integrates theoretical studies in engineering, human factors and methodology with extensive project courses where the acquired knowledge is applied in practice. The projects are carried out in collaboration with companies outside Chalmers.

Who should apply

To apply for the programme, a combination of knowledge in industrial design and human factors engineering is required in addition to the traditional technological know-how. Design skills are presented in a portfolio.

Why apply

On a Master’s level the combination of technology, industrial design and human factors engineering is a unique combination. This makes the programme suitable for students who are interested in product identity and functionality from a user’s point of view.

As a result of assignments being given in collaboration with various companies, students are given the opportunity to further develop their skills in product design and development by presenting and reporting the results of their work, both orally and in writing in a professional manner for different target groups. During the course of group assignments and project work, students are given the opportunity to develop their collaboration and group work skills.

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Interaction design is the practice of designing interactive digital products, environments, systems and services. It focuses on behaviour – how users act and how products respond to user behaviour. Read more

Programme aim

Interaction design is the practice of designing interactive digital products, environments, systems and services. It focuses on behaviour – how users act and how products respond to user behaviour.

As such, it is a necessary discipline in any design project aiming to create something complex and computer-augmented that is to be used by humans: computer software, games, interactive products such as smart phones or MP3-players, “intelligent” homes, cars, clothes and so on.

Given the increased focus on interaction design in general, and on social media, entertainment and new physical products in particular, the programme aims to provide interaction designers with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the ever-shifting demands of this emerging job market segment.

The programme allows the following specialisations

Interaction designer focused on user interface design and information visualisation
Interaction designer focused on tangible interaction
Interaction designer focused on entertainment, games and social media
Game developer with some experience of gameplay design and interaction design

Who should apply

The programme is intended for anyone with a keen interest in the interaction between humans and digital artefacts . This means that the programme attracts students from different educational backgrounds – from psychology and cognitive science to computer science and information technology, including those with different design backgrounds.

Why apply

It is no longer enough to build a system, product or application that is only functional or efficient; there is an increasing demand for products that are not only efficient but also have other values, such as being pleasurable to handle and use or even fun or intriguing. As a result of the new demands, there is a whole new set of interaction design-oriented jobs on the market.

Interaction designers can now be found in any software company, as well as in the game industry, or in companies that combine hardware and software, e.g. mobile phone producers like Apple or Sony Ericsson. Other key areas include web design and web marketing, information visualisation and design of physical interactive products like toys, GPS etc.

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This programme aims at conveying the knowledge, judgment and skills required to design and improve manufacturing processes and high-performing sustainable production systems. Read more

Programme aim

This programme aims at conveying the knowledge, judgment and skills required to design and improve manufacturing processes and high-performing sustainable production systems. This includes leading development projects as well as managing such systems in full operation. Chalmers University of Technology is a leading Swedish university in the production engineering area, in terms of research as well as education. Within the programme, there is a close cooperation with industry providing an attractive environment both for national and international students as several of the collaborating companies operate on the global market.

Who should apply

Are you passionate about developing the next generation of production plants in global manufacturing companies? Then you should apply for the Master’s programme in Production Engineering and learn about the latest advances on digital production and train your knowledge and skills in fundamental production principles and engineering tools.

The Master's programme in Production Engineering is aimed at students with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics, Industrial Engineering, or similar degrees.

Why apply

Manufacturing is of fundamental importance for the welfare in society and is closely related to the capability of fulfilling the demands for economic, ecologic and social sustainability. Around one third of the jobs in the European Union are related to the manufacturing sector and there are many global manufacturing companies located in Gothenburg, e.g. Volvo Cars, Volvo Trucks, and SKF. The Production Engineering programme is continuously interacting with these companies and many more through real-world project courses, master thesis projects, field-trips, guest lectures etc.

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Evolution never stops and customer expectations on products continue to grow. At the same time, resource consumption for both development and production are expected to decrease to ensure profitable business and a sustainable society. Read more

Programme aim

Evolution never stops and customer expectations on products continue to grow. At the same time, resource consumption for both development and production are expected to decrease to ensure profitable business and a sustainable society.

Specifically, individual companies want to increase their competitive advantage by offering products that stand out from the competition. Moreover, modern development work is typically characterised by multi-disciplinary, international teamwork, as well as efforts to simultaneously consider several issues related to the product and its life cycle.

Product development is a core industrial activity that addresses all of these aspects – it is a multidisciplinary process of identifying and envisaging the needs of the user, company and society, and bringing those needs to life.

Who should apply

The programme is aimed at students with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, automation and mechatronics, industrial economics, industrial design or an equivalent degree, and who is ambitious to help develop the next generation of outstanding product offers.

International students are greatly appreciated, especially during teamwork activities, since they contribute unique experiences and enriching viewpoints. International students typically appreciate the open study climate and easy access to teachers and professors.

Why apply

Students of this programme acquire knowledge and practical skills to master multi-disciplinary product development while taking all phases of the product life cycle into consideration. The course called “Product Development Project” is the most central part of the programme. Student teams plan and execute a product development project to solve an industrial problem in close collaboration with a partnered company.

Students are also given the opportunity to enrich their knowledge in business development, product innovation and manufacturing, which are the domains most related to product development. Thus, a master’s degree in product development provides a broad competence base, which is suitable for developing a career in R&D for large corporations, business development, start-up entrepreneurship, consultant and research. The students have the opportunity to groom their interest by choosing courses offered from both technical and management areas.

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