Functional and well-designed work systems, organizations and work environments are essential for sustainable working life. This program offers knowledge of proactive occupational safety and health management. You will learn how to plan, design and analyse work environments, from the perspectives of sustainable work and organizational performance.

Technology, Work and Health at KTH

The master’s program in Technology, Work and Health provides a deeper understanding of the interplay between human, technology, and organisation, from the perspectives of sustainable work and organizational performance. As a student, you will gain knowledge and proficiency in proactive occupational safety and health (OSH) management, as well as in how to plan, design and analyse work environments. You will acquire advanced theoretical and applied knowledge of physical, cognitive and organizational ergonomics. This is applicable for work with the development of organizations and processes, with a focus on improvements of work and ergonomic interventions for sustainable working life.

The program connects closely to the UN Sustainable Development Goal #8: Decent work and economic growth. It includes one elective course, “Ergonomics in Challenge Driven Product Development”, which is given in collaboration with Botho University (Botswana) and connects to several of the UN goals.

The education in the program is based on blended learning. Most of the courses offer to teach on campus over four to five days every three weeks. In between the campus meetings, you will study independently or in groups with course projects and e-learning activities.

During the first year, the student has the opportunities to specialize in Work Environment Engineering (WEE), or Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE).

Work Environment Engineering (WEE)

Work Environment Engineering includes elaborations on the theory and practice of technical and physical work environments, as well as the organisation and OSH management. This specialization focuses on the technical work environment, from the organisation of work, via change management and risk assessments, to the effects of the work environment on an organisation’s operational and financial performance. After completion of your studies, you will have suitable knowledge, understanding, and proficiency to work as a Work Environment Engineer.

Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE)

Human Factors and Ergonomics elaborates further on the topics of OSH management and product development, as well as the planning and design of work environments. You will learn how to apply the theory, principles, data, and methods to design work environments and works systems for human well-being and overall system performance. After completion of your studies, you will have suitable knowledge and proficiency to work as a Human Factors Specialist or Ergonomist.

This is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The program is given at KTH Campus and KTH Flemingsberg in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology, and Health (at KTH). In the second half of the second year, a 30-credit degree project is carried out in an area of focus of the student. The project may be done individually or in groups of two students. There is a possibility to choose a one-year master's degree (60 credits), and instead do a 15-credit degree project, in the second half of the first year.

Career

As a graduate of this program, you will have comprehensive career opportunities, and employment prospects are good. Employers of Work Environment Engineers and Human Factors Specialists can be found nationally and globally in the public, municipal, and private sectors. You will be able to actively influence and manage change and development projects within the field of technical work environments. You will have a knowledge of risk assessment methods, safety strategies, and project management within product development.

The program is designed for professional careers as specialists within public authorities and administrations, in municipal or private OSH organizations, or consultancies. It facilitates graduates to work with investigations, risk assessments, management of change, and planning and designing of products, work environments, and work organizations. After this program, it is possible to pursue an academic research career and continue on studies leading to a Ph.D. at KTH or other universities.

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Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programs. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's program in Technology, Work and Health are:

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

The program overall is closely linked to SDG #8: Decent work and economic growth. Work is an important part of people's lives. Work-related accidents and diseases are common in all countries, and since students obtain an in-depth understanding of worker’s health, i.e. that of blue and white-collar workers, of both genders and of all ages and socioeconomic classes, and how to achieve sustainable and competitive work systems with a minimum of physical, chemical and psychosocial risk factors, the programme also relates to SDG #3: Good health and well-being, and SDG #10 Industry, innovation and infrastructure.

Courses

The two-year master's program in Technology, Work and Health consists of three terms of courses and one final term dedicated to the master's degree project. Each term consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits. The courses presented on this page apply to studies starting in autumn 2020.

Year 1

Mandatory courses

  • Occupational Safety and Health Management and Change (HN2015) 7.5 credits
  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Ergonomics) (HN2021) 7.5 credits
  • System Safety and Risk Management (HN2022) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Advanced course in Technology, Work and Health applications (CH2000) 7.5 credits
  • Leadership and sustainable work (CH2001) 7.5 credits
  • Evaluation and Measures of Biomechanical Workload (CH2002) 3.0 credits
  • Evaluations and Measures of the Acoustic Work Environment and Vibrations (CH2003) 4.5 credits
  • Project Work (HN2005) 15.0 credits
  • Evaluation and Measures of the Physical and Chemical Work Environment (HN2017) 15.0 credits
  • Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (HN2018) 7.5 credits
  • Cognitive Ergonomics (HN2019) 7.5 credits
  • Work Environment Economics (HN2020) 7.5 credits
  • Ergonomics, Human Factors and Patient Safety (HN2025) 7.5 credits
  • Degree Project in Technology, Work and Health (HN205X) 15.0 credits

Year 2

At least two of the following courses must be taken: HN2023, HN2024 and HN2025.

Mandatory courses

  • Work Environment Economics (HN2020) 7.5 credits
  • Degree Project in Technology, Work and Health (HN206X) 30.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Advanced course in Technology, Work and Health applications (CH2000) 7.5 credits
  • Leadership and sustainable work (CH2001) 7.5 credits
  • Ergonomics in Product Development (HN2023) 7.5 credits
  • Planning and Design of Physical Work Environments (HN2024) 7.5 credits
  • Ergonomics, Human Factors and Patient Safety (HN2025) 7.5 credits

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programs, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English proficiency

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
    TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
  • TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
  • IELTS Academic: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
  • The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)

Specific requirements for the master's program in Technology, Work and Health

A bachelor's degree, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, in technology, natural or medical sciences including courses in

  • Mathematics or statistics corresponding to a total of at least 15 ECTS credits.

Application documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents

Specific documents for the master's program in Technology, Work and Health

  • Letter of motivation
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated October 21, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
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Full time
Price
310,000 SEK
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Deadline
Jan 15, 2020
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