Programme Structure

Programme Structure

The Master’s programme is divided into four quarters of ten weeks each. The study load for each quarter is 15 credits (= 420 hours). The total study load for the two-year Master’s programme is therefore 120 credits.

The first five quarters (75 credits) are devoted to courses and projects, one third of which will be taken by all students on the programme. Another third are related to the specialization you choose, and you can select the remaining courses in line with your personal ambitions and the theme of your graduation assignment. These courses may also be taken at one of our international partner institutes.

The final three quarters (45 credits) are spent on your graduation assignment: an individual project focusing either on design or on research and culminating in a thesis. You can undertake this assignment at the university, a company or a design firm.


The Master’s programme focuses on the field of Industrial Design Engineering from three different perspectives. These perspectives are represented in the programme’s three specializations. While some overlap between the specializations is possible (and indeed welcomed), you will be encouraged to tailor the programme to your own interests and ambitions through your choice of specialization and electives.

Each specialization contains a number of core courses that reflect its central concerns and a Master’s project that reflects the nature of the specialization. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a wider selection of Industrial Design Engineering courses and some electives beyond the programme. In other words, as a Master’s student you will have ample opportunity to personalize your programme.

Your specialization coordinator will review your choice of subjects to make sure that your programme has enough coherence and depth before submitting it to the Programme Director for final approval.

The specializations are:

  • Human Technology Relations
  • Management of Product Development 
  • Emerging Technology Design


Human Technology Relations

The Human Technology Relations specialization is dedicated to the exploration and design of products that serve the problems and aspirations of people on an individual, social or societal level.

The mandatory courses all cover the human technology relations from a different angle. Some are focused on society and the cultural context like Science and technology Studies and Design Histories. Other are more related to process of how we should design for people, like Scenario Based Product Design and Interaction Design. Whilst Multi-sensory Design and Design and Emotion are primarily meant to extend the repertoire of the designer to develop meaningful solutions. In the last mandatory course before starting with the master assignment – Create the Future – one has to apply all insights in order to come to a plausible “vision of the future”.

A set of recommended electives is created that fits to the core objectives of the track, but also other courses can be incorporated on the basis of individual interests.

Management Of Product Development

You should consider taking the Master’s specialization in Management of Product Development if you aspire to manage the product creation process effectively and efficiently, while communicating with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, ranging from target groups and clients to suppliers, agencies and experts. On completion of this specialization, you will be able to purposefully select from a broad range of design methods and techniques in order to effectively lead multidisciplinary design teams. This programme consists of 15 credits of elective courses, 10 credits of elective IDE courses, 10 credits of free-choice elective courses and 35 credits of specialization courses such as:

  • Virtual Reality
  • Packaging Design & Management
  • Product Life Cycle
  • Scenario Based Product Design

Emerging Technology Design 

The Master’s specialization in Emerging Technology Design focuses on the introduction of new technologies on the consumer market. New technologies adapted for the consumer market become cheaper when they can be mass-produced. As a graduate of this specialization, you will be able to use new technologies to modify consumer products. Since technologies can differ considerably, various (individual) programmes exist within this specialization. Courses include:

  • Source of Innovation
  • Maintenance Engineering & Management
  • Biomechanics
  • Surface Engineering for Look & Feel
  • Durability of Consumer Products

More information about the courses can be found in the online education catalogue OSIRIS

Contact Hours

In the Master’s programme, the number of contact hours will depend on your individual programme. On average, your coursework will involve 12 contact hours per week. While you are working on your thesis at an external host organization, the number of contact hours with university staff will obviously be low. During this period, you will have more contact with an external supervisor at the organization. University staff will provide supervision and coaching, though you will be encouraged and expected to work on your thesis relatively autonomously.

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