New products are introduced to the market daily and at an increasing pace to meet the growing demands of customers.
As a result, the competition between manufacturers is entering a new phase.
Since product development is considered transdisciplinary, it requires intensive knowledge of manufacturing and design methods, design and production tools, ergonomics, aesthetics and sustainability. Skills in these areas help to respond to market demands rapidly and produce justifiable and usable products on a competitive market.
The Master's Programme in Industrial Design Engineering provides students with knowledge of innovative design, manufacturing methods, human factors, creative problem solving, advanced materials, industrial and business challenges, and environmental considerations. This knowledge is needed at different stages of product development to meet the needs of industries, support product users, and respond to environmental issues.
This Master's programme combines knowledge and working methods in production engineering, industrial design and material development. It emphasises a combination of engineering qualifications and design skills through project courses in which the students apply their knowledge to practice. The projects are carried out in close cooperation with industries.
The Master's Programme in Industrial Design Engineering employs massive open online courses (MOOCs), enabling students to complete nearly half of their studies remotely. The online courses and internet-based course exercises are a flexible and dynamic way to complete studies.
Intended learning outcomes
Graduates will have acquired comprehensive knowledge of production processes and the designing of products. The products may vary from simple stationary ones to something as sophisticated as a car.
As an industrial design engineer, you need to cooperate with experts from other fields and provide solutions. This programme prepares you to shape the future. You will learn to see problems from multiple perspectives and respond optimally with innovative solutions.
You will learn about innovative design, manufacturing methods, human factors, creative problem solving, advanced materials, industrial and business challenges, and environmental considerations.
The programme will prepare you for multidisciplinary project work with other engineers, marketers, procurers, and project managers. You will carry out theoretical and methodological studies integrated into projects with regional companies.
By graduation, you will see problems from multiple perspectives and find innovative solutions to production processes, consumer products, interactions and processes. You will learn about practical issues in design and production processes in applied projects in close collaboration with Finnish companies.
You will be able to develop and design new products and services effectively on the global industrial scale. During your studies, you will gain skills in concept visualisation, product development, and technological and commercial perspectives. You will acquire in-depth knowledge of modelling and visualisation in 3D CAD systems.
- learn practical communication, collaboration and presentation skills in an actual project;
- be able to identify and solve problems in designing a product or service based on studies on consumers, producers and products;
- be able to identify and apply your experiences to creating a successful product or service;
- be able to plan, lead and organise a research project according to established scientific practices, and write and present a scientific research plan and research report;
- have understood how products are manufactured with various methods and solve real-life problems related to high-performance products;
- recognise and compare different production methods using diverse materials, including sheet metal, composites and wood, and understand how related 3D design software, assemblies and 3D software simulation work;
- understand the role of ergonomic design in human performance in everyday work and life;
- understand the meaning of material selection and design for manufacture and sustainability;
- learn theories, methods, design and manufacturing skills, and which tools to apply to different problems and product development scenarios;
- understand the importance of package design, consumer behaviour, development trends and value addition through new techniques;
- be able to define problems and connect with other research groups and Finnish industry;
- be able to apply and develop systematic and analytical means and tools to solve cross-technological material selection tasks;
- be able to define and analyse the properties, strengths, weaknesses and application areas of the main groups of construction materials for different types of applications;
- be able to evaluate and utilise recent results and documents of material science and derive analytical models based on the principles of LCC, LCA and MIPS factors in material selection;
- be familiar with different technologies of additive manufacturing and be able to select suitable processes for different applications and product design for additive manufacturing;
- be familiar with the possibilities of additive manufacturing in product development, prototyping and part manufacture;
- gain comprehensive knowledge of manufacturing as an essential part of the production process.
Degree structure and studies
The Master's programme in Industrial Design Engineering is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.
The programme is arranged on the Lahti Campus. Certain lectures and tutorials also take place on the Lappeenranta campus.
This programme is well suited for people with a full-time job in Finland or abroad.
The programme includes core studies and specialisation studies.
Core studies (32 ECTS credits) deal with research methods, structural materials, applied mathematics, 3D printing, and high-performance products.
Specialisation studies (88 ECTS credits) include topics such as package design, package manufacture, sheet metal production, sustainable design engineering, design communication and visualisation, ergonomics in design, product design, production processes, design thinking, structural and mechanical system design, and forming and assembly for metal product design.
The Master's thesis, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of the specialisation studies. The thesis is an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. Students complete it during their fourth semester.
The demand for industrial design engineering experts is growing due to new technological developments and their importance in the development of our society.
Programme graduates have diverse possibilities for careers in companies' design departments as industrial designers, brand managers, product designers, production managers, design engineers, interaction designers, packaging designers, etc., in research or even in your own design company.
How to Apply
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You can apply to this Master's programme through either the rolling or the regular admission process:
- Regular admission: 2 December 2019-22 January 2020
- Rolling admission: 1 October 2019-31 May 2020
About the School
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