Level: Master
Application period: 2021-10-18 - 2022-05-02
Start date: Autumn 2022
City: Jönköping
Degree: Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Product Development, specialisation in Product Design, 120 credits

This program is ideal for students who love to develop new product and improve existing ones. The programme takes a holistic approach to product realization incorporating all life-cycle aspects of it from design to manufacturing to use and finally remanufacturing, reuse or recycling. Students get to be creative and develop new product ideas and concepts and to visualise them and test their functions using both virtual models and physical prototypes. The programme highlights the importance of successful manufacturing so the integration between design and manufacturing play an important role.


Product Design has two tracks, i.e. design and product life-cycle management (PLM). Students need to choose either of the two tracks.

  • In the first track, the consumer experience, product aesthetics and product and user interaction are in focus.
  • The second track address the development towards more individualized products, to better meet the specific needs of each costumer. This encompass, preparing for the individualization of products and automating repetitive tasks by using software and PLM.


The integration of the products and their manufacturing is emphasized in the program as well as the sustainability of the products. The two tracks form a perfect combination in product realisation giving students a great opportunity for careers as product developers.

Many courses contain real industrial cases from companies in collaboration with the department of industrial product development, production and design. To further strengthen the connection to industry there is a industrial placement course for the design track, which contains practical work in industry.

Students will after graduation be able to have leading the roles in the development of new or improved products, considering the needs and wants of the customers. They will be able to analyze product proposals and to specify how to manufacture them and make assessments of the expected sustainability during the life-cycle of the proposed products.


Graduates from the program will also be able to take on the task of improving the product development process in companies and proposing how to improve knowledge reuse and to make the product development more efficient. In addition to the creative aspects of the programme, engineering analyses are also trained, involving for example structural analysis and optimization.


Students who have graduated from Product Design will be attractive in job market in that they will have insights in both the creative and analytical sides of product development. The program is also preparatory for a role as PhD students in Universities and institutes.

The programme is conducted at School of Engineering
Credits: 120 credits
Level: Master
Rate of study: Full-time
City: Jönköping
Place of study: Campus-based
Start date: Autumn 2022
Requirements: The applicant must hold the minimum of a bachelor’s degree (i.e the equivalent of 180 ECTS credits at an accredited university) with at least 90 credits in mechanical engineering, civil engineering (with relevant courses in construction), or equivalent. The bachelor’s degree should comprise a minimum of 15 credits in mathematics, 7.5 credits in CAD and 15 credits of independent, theoretical based work, i.e. a thesis or the equivalent. Proof of English proficiency is required.

Read more about our Admissions Requirements.
Application code: HJ-MU120
Degree: Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Product Development, specialisation in Product Design
Tuition fee: For the first semester: 75000 SEK
Total tuition fee: 300000 SEK

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

Pathway Programme

If you don't fulfil our language requirements, you can enter our Pathway Programme, designed to strengthen your English and academic skills. Read more.

Year 1

Period 1

Integrated Product Realization, 7.5 credits

Design Philosophy and Practice *, 7.5 credits

Multivariable Calculus ***, 7.5 credits

Digitalization and Automation in Engineering Processes ***, 7.5 credits

Period 2

Advanced CAD, 7.5 credits

Integrated Product and Production Development, 7.5 credits

Period 3

Design Methodology In Industrial Design Project *, 7.5 credits

Numerical Analysis ****, 7.5 credits

Product and Production Platforms **, 7.5 credits

Sensation, Perception and Interaction in Design *, 7.5 credits

Period 4

Materials in Design, 7.5 credits

Continuum Mechanics ****, 7.5 credits

Realization of Industrial Design Project *, 7.5 credits

Year 2

Period 1+2

Project Course, 15 credits

Period 1

Elective course *****, 7.5 hp

FEA and Optimization Driven Design ****, 7.5 credits

Mathematics for Intelligent Systems *****, 7.5 credits

Period 2

Research and Inquire Methodology, 15 credits

Period 3+4

Final Project Work in Product Development, 30 credits

*Design track courses
**PLM track courses
***Elective courses, Multivariable Calculus conditionally mandatory for the PLM track
****Elective courses for PLM track are taken with the Materials and Manufacturing master program
*****Elective courses for the Design track. Math course is mandatory for those who do not have 22.5 credits math

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  • School of Engineering