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Sustainable Production Development at KTH

Rational and cost-effective production systems have been key to industrialisation and wealth for decades. However, the area is experiencing change, altering the role of production systems based on the requirements of renewable energy and circular material flows, increased digitalisation and automation, new manufacturing technologies, as well as service integration and new business models. Based on a systemic understanding and courses run in close collaboration with manufacturing companies, programme graduates will be prepared for leading the development and design of production systems, as a part of the solution towards a sustainable society, attractive workplaces and competitive industries.

The programme is run within KTH’s research and education environment for Sustainable Production Development, with courses targeting the environment’s three specific profile areas: production management, production logistics and industrial dependability.

The course content is based on the close relationship between development and operation of production systems in the context of digitalisation and sustainability. Different teaching methodologies that place student-centred learning at the core are applied to the programme. Industrial participation is a key component of this programme and is based on close proximity to the world-leading manufacturing facilities of Scania CV and AstraZeneca in Södertälje, as well as a number of SMEs and the infrastructure of Södertälje Science Park. Invited guest lecturers from industry combined with real-life problems give students the opportunity to learn from proven practices.

As the programme is run within the expanding research environment at the Department for Sustainable Production Development, the programme closely interacts with industrial-academic research projects and research labs. Students are also encouraged to take elective courses both with KTH and externally to enhance their knowledge and skills in their areas of interest. Methodological teaching and project work also prepares students for academic and research careers, for those interested in such pursuits.

This is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus and KTH Södertälje by the School of Industrial Engineering and Management (at KTH).

Topics covered

Sustainable manufacturing, production development, production systems, production management, production logistics, industrial dependability, sustainability, digitalisation.

 

Specific requirements for the master’s programme in Sustainable Production Development

A bachelor of Science in Engineering, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, or equivalent degree, with a specialisation in one of the following fields: mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, supply chain management, industrial management, design and product development, vehicle engineering, sustainable development, information and communication technology, computer science and engineering, or corresponding field.

A basic course in industrial engineering including systems engineering, production systems and operations management, is required to fulfil the specific requirements.

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