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The challenge of sustainable design is to develop products and networks, which can transform systems of consumption and production to be more sustainable.
The masters programme in Sustainable Design combines sustainable product design with tools from innovation theory, practice theory and user-oriented design. Visualisation and experimentation are important strategies to develop new innovative solutions, which can overcome system dependencies and achieve sustainable system transformation in various societal sectors.
You engage in challenging design-oriented problem solving in collaboration with NGO´s, companies, public institutions and professional groups. Perhaps you design and develop future relief tents, robot vacuum cleaners or bike airbags. You can also work with rehabilitation of older, energy-efficient mobility or waste systems in cities.Job and career
Graduates may work in industry and public organizations to conceive, stage and carry out innovative processes leading to design and implementation of sustainable products, services and socio-material system solutions.
Graduates from the programme are expected to have many possible career paths, for example:
- Design Engineers who develop sustainable products or systems in a public or private company.
- Process Consultant who produce innovative processes
- Consulting engineer
- Self-employed entrepreneur
1st semester: Exploring design and innovation possibilities
The first semester focuses on exploring design and innovation possibilities in relation to the organisation, economics and market. You explore how design and innovation can be realised in organisations and on the market, with point of departure in a realistic problem definition.
2nd semester: Sustainability challenges
On this semester the focus is on sustainability challenges and how it is possible to face these challenges through a design approach.
3rd semester: Holistic design
On this semester you are given the opportunity to take a semester at another university, do a design project in an international context or do a research project. Please go to Traineeship/Study abroad for more information.
4th semester: Masters thesis
In the final semester the main focus is on the writing of the masters thesis. Students work individually or in small groups, under the guidance of supervisory staff.