Design and Innovation

Society and the business community are under constant pressure to develop new, innovative products and systems. Pressure created by our common need to exploit technological opportunities to improve our welfare and prosperity—and industry’s particular need to increase competitiveness and earnings. As a design and innovation engineer, you can help develop new technological solutions that conserve resources and support the development of a sustainable society.

 

What will you learn?

There is plenty of work to be done. As consumers, we all have the same need for gadgets and services to help improve our quality of life. We want mobile phones, means of transport, kitchen appliances and computer systems that do not just follow technological development, but are also tailored to our specific needs and lifestyle.

Industry, on the other hand, would like these products to be designed in such a way that they are as cheap and easy to mass-produce as possible. Society requires the development of new and more efficient energy, transport and recycling systems in order to improve infrastructure, while research needs new equipment for use in space travel, medical technology, biomechanics, and nanotechnology.

Study programme structure

Design and Innovation will give you the practical experience and technological knowledge you need to be able to design the products and systems of the future. An interdisciplinary approach, creativity, teamwork and cooperation are key to the programme. That is why project work is a recurring theme throughout the course, with basic science subjects such as thermodynamics, materials science, mathematics, physics, and chemistry forming a natural part of the work.

All the projects are designed to include realistic but challenging problems, which increase in difficulty as the course progresses. Later in the study programme you can specialize through electives. You can put together your own profile based on your interests, or choose one of the three recommended courses of study.

Career opportunities

With further studies you can graduate with an MSc in Design & Innovation, acquiring a highly sought-after combination of competences in the technical and social sciences. You can get jobs in both private and public companies, or become self-employed in your own business. Example job titles include product developer, design engineer, innovation leader, innovation consultant, and design advisor.
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