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Product Development and Materials Engineering

Course Description

Master of Science with a major in Product Development, specialisation Product Development and Materials Engineering, 120 ECTS credits.

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.

More information, see CDIO - http://www.cdio.org/


2 years, 120 credits. The programme leads up to a Degree of Master of Science with a major in Product Development, specilaistion Product Development and Materials Engineering.

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


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. Read more about our English Requirements - http://ju.se/en/study-at-ju/admissions/language-requirements.html

Read more about our Admissions Requirements - http://ju.se/en/study-at-ju/admissions/masters-admission-guide.html

[[Tuition fees:]]

SEK 135,000 per year

Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students

Preliminary syllabus PDF - http://kursinfoweb.hj.se/en/program_syllabuses/TAMP3.pdf?revision=2,000


"I implement casting processes in GM plants across the world"

Alan Gonzalez, Lead manufacturing process engineer at General Motors in Beford, Indiana, USA.

"After graduating from JU in 2010, I entered General Motors’ Engineering Center as a Design Engineer on the Heat Ventilation and Air Conditioning team. Now I work as a Lead Manufacturing Process Engineer.

From the conceptual design to the start of regular production, I help develop and implement casting processes in different GM plants across the world. I am in charge of setting up the process, debugging the equipment, and launching the new products while meeting quality metrics.
JU gave me the knowledge I needed to become technically sound in the foundry industry. Entering an industry that has been doing the same things the same way opens up possibilities to make a positive impact. The two JU courses that really helped me in my career were Advanced Materials Technology, which made me understand the uniqueness of each material and determine what material fits best in each situation, and Modeling and Simulation of Castings, which helped me grasp the design concepts in the science of castings, from software simulation to complex math calculations.

There are no shortcuts to success, just hard work. And remember that the people you encounter throughout your life and your education could become your bosses, your subordinates, your customers, or your suppliers, so always treat them the way you would like to be remembered."

"School of Engineering is world renowned for its research in casting"

Ali Mirbagher Ajorpaz, student

"My main subject of my Bachelor's degree is Metallurgy, which I have been studying in my home country, Iran. I wanted to study this Master's programme because JTH is world renowned for its research and expertise in casting.
I want to learn more in my field materials and product development from an international point of view. It is very good and interesting that the courses are closely linked to industry/companies and the needs they have."

Entry Requirements

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.

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