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  • Foreign: $ 18.1k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 1 January 2016

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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. 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.

    First Year

    AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

    Compulsory courses

    • Industrial design engineering: theory and methodology, Written and oral assignments
    • Ergonomics design for all, Written and oral assignments

    Elective courses

    • Visual brand identity and product design, Written and oral assignments

    AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

    Elective courses

    • Materials selection and design, Project
    • Cognitive ergonomics, Written and oral assignments
    • Advanced form design 1, Written and oral assignments
    • Digital sketching and graphic design, Written and oral assignments
    • Design for experience, Written and oral assignments
    • Business marketing and purchasing, Examination
    • Finite element simulation in design, Examination

    SPRING TERM Study period 3

    Compulsory courses

    • Project industrial design engineering, Project

    Elective courses

    • Quality management, Examination
    • Computer aided modeling, advanced course, Written and oral assignments
    • Digital sketching and graphic design, Written and oral assignments
    • Applied mechatronics design, Examination
    • Applied mechatronics design, Laboratory

    SPRING TERM Study period 4

    Compulsory courses

    • Project industrial design engineering, Project

    Elective courses

    • Project management, Examination
    • Risk management and safety, Examination
    • Digital sketching and graphic design, Written and oral assignments
    • Advanced form design 2, Written and oral assignments

    Second Year

    AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

    Elective courses

    • Quality management, Examination
    • Visual brand identity and product design, Written and oral assignments
    • Manufacturing processes, part A, Examination
    • Manufacturing processes, part B, Laboratory

    AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

    Elective courses

    • Project management, Examination
    • Risk management and safety, Examination
    • Materials selection and design, Project
    • Cognitive ergonomics, Written and oral assignments
    • Digital sketching and graphic design, Written and oral assignments
    • Design for experience, Written and oral assignments

    SPRING TERM Study period 3

    Elective courses

    • Digital sketching and graphic design, Written and oral assignments

    SPRING TERM Study period 4

    Elective courses

    • Digital sketching and graphic design, Written and oral assignments

    Diploma thesis

    • Master's thesis in Product and production development, Diploma thesis
    • Master's thesis in Product and production development, part A, Diploma thesis
    • Master's thesis in Product and production development, part B, Diploma thesis

    Program requirements

    Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in: Industrial Design Engineering or Product Design Engineering.Prerequisites: Mathematics 15 credits, Mechanical engineering 45 credits (including Mechanics, Materials technology and Manufacturing technology), Industrial design 45 credits (including Design methodology, Visualization and Computer aided modeling), Human factors engineering 7,5 credits (including Ergonomics and Human machine interaction).A project portfolio containing three examples of design projects.English Language ProficiencyThe most common and important scores that are accepted areIELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test: 90

    All Scholarships administered by Chalmers have now been awarded and all applicants have been notified of their selection results.

    Important: Applications for scholarships should be made along with the application for Master's studies. Students should not wait until they receive an admission to do so.

    • The Avancez Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and are funded by the Chalmers Foundation. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.

    • The IPOET (International Programme Office for Education and Training) Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers funded by the Government of Sweden. They are awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and available to nearly all fee-paying students, with the exception of 12 countries.

    • The Mölnlycke Health Care Scholarships are 100% fee tuition waivers with possibilities for summer internships and a final master's thesis project.

    • The Sievert Larsson Scholarship Fund (within Friends of Chalmers) offers a 100% tuition fee waiver and living expenses to students of Thai nationality who aim to study on a Master’s programme at Chalmers University of Technology.

    • The US Friends of Chalmers Scholarship is a scholarship comprising USD 35 000 (i.e. a reduction of the tuition fee by USD 8750 per semester) and is awarded to one student with US citizenship.

    • The Volvo Car Corporation Scholarships are 100% tuition fee waivers awarded to 2 Chinese students with the guarantee of participation in the VESC (Volvo Engineering Student Concept) programme which includes a summer job, master thesis project, mentorship and possible employment at Volvo Car Corporation.

    • The Volvo Group Scholarship Programme is a 100% fee tuition fee waiver awarded to students of Indian nationality and Chinese nationality. The Scholarship includes possibilities for internships during the summer, a final Master thesis project and mentorship.

    Scholarships that will not be offered in 2014

    • The Chalmers MasterCard Scholarship (will be offered again in 2015) Available biennialy for a Master's student from Central America, South America or Mexico. The scholarship comprises a 280 000 SEK reduction of the tuition fee (70 000 SEK reduction/ semester).

    • The FlexLink Scholarship (not available in 2014) for a Master's Student from China is a 100% tuition fee waiver along with possibilities for internship and a final master thesis project.

    Note: Being granted alternative funding from external patrons does not affect the possibility of obtaining scholarships from Chalmers as an applicants financial status is not taken into account during the nomination process.

    Scholarships for current students

    Adlerbert 60th Anniversary Scholarships - Will be offered for the first time during 2014 to fee paying Master's Programme students who were admitted Autumn 2013, including scholarship holders whose scholarships do not include costs of living coverage. This means that, for instance, holders of Swedish Institute scholarships and Sievert Larsson, version 2 scholarships will not be eligible to apply. In order to be eligible the applicant must have passed at least 60 credits during the first year of studies. The scholarships, which amount to 60 000 SEK each, will be awarded based on the applicants' cumulative grade point average . Around 10 to 20 scholarships will be offered in 2014. More information about how to apply, etc., will be published soon.

    Adlerbert Foreign Student Hospitality Fund - Only open for international students who have been admitted to, and enrolled on, a Master's Programme at Chalmers. Thus, prospective students cannot apply. Students can be awarded the scholarship a maximum of two times. The application period opens in late January and closes in late February. Consequently, it is only possible to apply during this period of a student's first and second year.

    Scholarships administered by the Swedish Institute

    The Swedish Institute, a government agency, administers over 500 scholarships each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden to pursue their objectives at a Swedish university. Use their online guide in order to find out if any of the Swedish Institute scholarships are available for citizens of your country at your intended level of study.

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