Master of Science Programme (60 credits) in Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation

60 ECTS credits (start autumn-13)
For product and service system innovation, there is a unique possibility to support and speed up society’s development towards sustainability. The positive and negative consequences during the entire life cycle of a product are largely decided already during early phases in the innovation process.

Overview

Profile - General Content

For product and service system innovation, there is a unique possibility to support and speed up society’s development towards sustainability. The effects of resource extraction, production, distribution, usage and disposal of products that we see today on ecological and social systems show that current methods for product and service innovation are not sufficient. Positive and negative consequences during the entire life cycle of a product are largely decided through the decisions that are made already during early phases in the innovation process. Hence, it is important to integrate a sustainability perspective in the methodology for product and service system innovation. Also, the competitiveness of a company is highly dependant on the ability to create innovative products and services, both through value adding activities, and through reduced cost in development.
Increasingly more companies request skills for sustainable product and service system innovation to strengthen their competitiveness on an increasingly sustainability-driven global market. There is today a shortage of such competence and this programme aims to decrease this shortage.
The main field of study of the program is mechanical engineering with emphasis on the profiling areas at BTH: sustainability, innovation and systems engineering (applied IT).

A credit corresponds to a credit point in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Opportunity to study to 2-year Master (120 ECTS)
Students who chose to read 1-year 60 credit Master are able to read the second year of the master's program if they wish to continue their studies after the master's degree.

What is the difference between the Master and the Master's program?
The main difference between the educational objectives of the 60 credit s 120 credit programme is that students who choose to study for master's degree in the second year is expected to develop a deeper scientific approach in their work and to develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge in a specific application.

Qualification Awarded

The education leads up to a higher education qualification for second-cycle studies with the description:
Degree of Master of Science (One Year).
Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering.
To receive a Master of Science, at least 15 credits of mathematics or applied mathematics at university level must be included (see Appendix 2 in the BTH Degree Ordinance).

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2013-September-02 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Programme manager

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 100000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
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Number of seats

4

Admission

Prerequisites

For admission to the study programme, a Bachelor's degree (180 credits) in engineering, industrial economics, industrial design or equivalent is required together with English B.

Read about general admission requirements for second cycle.

Admission Criteria

If there are more qualified applicants than available places for the current programme start, a selection is made. This is done in the following way:

GENERAL
This method intends to assess the motivation of the applicant and her/his preconditions for studies on the Master's Programme in Sustainable Product - Service System Innovation.

Selection criterion
- Curriculum Vitae
- An essay that explains the applicant's interest in the programme and that gives information about his or her relevant personal or professional experiences (as a maximum 5 pages, 12 pt. font, double spacing)
- 2 reference letters (recommendations from two individuals who are familiar with the applicants' abilities and skills)
- higher education grades

SPECIFICATION OF SELECTION CRITERION
The ranking of the applicants will be based on the relative qualification level with respect to:
- Academic results from earlier higher education
- Relevance of higher education qualification (and the courses that are included) for scientifically based studies on master's level in sustainable product and service system innovation
- Relevant professional experience
- Manifestation of interest in “Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation”

HIGHEST TARIFF
As a maximum 8 credits are given, based on the following criteria:
1. Academic results from earlier higher education:
- 2 credits: very good results (i.e. a considerable number of courses with grades well over the average - for example “first class” or “pass with distinction”)
- 1 credit: good results (i.e. a considerable number of courses with grades over the average - for example “second class upper division” or “pass with credit”)
- 0 credits: weak or sufficient results (i.e. a considerable number of courses with grades on the average or under - for example “second class lower division” or “pass”)

2. Relevance of higher education qualification:
- 2 credits: engineering degree with a considerable number of courses within environment, sustainability, innovation, geoscience and/or socio-cultural studies or higher education qualification within industrial design or industrial economics with a considerable number of courses within natural sciences, sustainability, technology and/or socio-cultural studies
- 1 credit: other engineering degree or higher education qualification within industrial design or industrial economics with a number of courses linked to sustainability or innovation
- 0 credits: other engineering degree or higher education qualification within industrial design or industrial economics with few or no courses within sustainability, innovation, environment or natural sciences

3. Professional experience:
- 2 credit points: in all equivalent to 3 or more years of work or voluntary experience in fields that are assessed as relevant for the Master's programme in Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation by the admission committee of the programme
- 1 credit point: in all equivalent to 1-3 years of work or voluntary experience in fields that are assessed as relevant for the Master's programme in Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation by the admission committee of the programme
- 0 credit points: in all equivalent to less than 1 year of work or voluntary experience in fields are assessed as relevant for Master's programme in Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation by the admission committee of the programme

4. Manifestation of interest in the Master's programme “Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation”
- 2 credit points: Expresses a clear interest for the programme and describes clearly how the relevant professional experience or the personal experiences are or can be relevant for system innovation from a sustainability perspective
- 1 credit point: Expresses interest for the program and describes how the relevant professional experience or the personal experiences are or can be relevant for system innovation from a sustainability perspective
- 0 credit points: Expresses no interest for the program and does not describe how the relevant professional experience or the personal experiences are or can be relevant for system innovation from a sustainability perspective

Working method
Applications that have been accepted for review based on the basic entry requirements for the programme will be ranked according to the above by the admission committee of the programme, consisting of teachers for the programme.

Admission Procedure

Read about the admission procedure.

Recognition of prior studies and studies abroad

Student who has been admitted to the programme and has earlier completed a course that corresponds to a course within the programme, can apply for recognition of prior studies. If possible, the student will be offered admission to an alternative course. Studies abroad within the programme can normally be partly or fully recognised. In these cases a decision is made via the Learning Agreement, prior the study period.

Read more about studying abroad.

Practical Information

Practical information is found under 'Prospective students'.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2013-September-02 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Programme manager

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 100000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

4

Learning Outcomes

Profile - General Content

For product and service system innovation, there is a unique possibility to support and speed up society’s development towards sustainability. The effects of resource extraction, production, distribution, usage and disposal of products that we see today on ecological and social systems show that current methods for product and service innovation are not sufficient. Positive and negative consequences during the entire life cycle of a product are largely decided through the decisions that are made already during early phases in the innovation process. Hence, it is important to integrate a sustainability perspective in the methodology for product and service system innovation. Also, the competitiveness of a company is highly dependant on the ability to create innovative products and services, both through value adding activities, and through reduced cost in development.
Increasingly more companies request skills for sustainable product and service system innovation to strengthen their competitiveness on an increasingly sustainability-driven global market. There is today a shortage of such competence and this programme aims to decrease this shortage.
The main field of study of the program is mechanical engineering with emphasis on the profiling areas at BTH: sustainability, innovation and systems engineering (applied IT).

A credit corresponds to a credit point in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Opportunity to study to 2-year Master (120 ECTS)
Students who chose to read 1-year 60 credit Master are able to read the second year of the master's program if they wish to continue their studies after the master's degree.

What is the difference between the Master and the Master's program?
The main difference between the educational objectives of the 60 credit s 120 credit programme is that students who choose to study for master's degree in the second year is expected to develop a deeper scientific approach in their work and to develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge in a specific application.

Learning outcomes

The programme includes concepts, methods and tools within the subareas of strategic sustainable development, strategic life-cycle modelling and simulation, creativity and innovation methodology, concept generation, product planning, product- and service development and innovation, design methodologies, modelling and simulation-driven design, product realization and systems engineering.

Those who work with product, and service innovation (development of innovative solutions) must have skills in strategic sustainable development and have the ability to evaluate the positive and negative socio-ecological influence of a product during its life cycle, as well as the related economical preconditions and implications, together with knowledge of the value adding properties of the product solution.

In addition to the nationally regulated aims, further academic aims apply to the education. More specifically, this means that the student should be able to:
- analyse sustainability challenges for an organisation in a scientific way.
- use new methods and tools and engineering skills, to work with sustainable product and service system innovation in the industry.
- support a change towards a more value-, and service-oriented economics.

An important aim with the programme is that the students should obtain good insight in and knowledge of how different companies work. The students will already at an early point during the education complete course modules in companies.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2013-September-02 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Programme manager

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 100000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

4

Structure

Mode of delivery

The programme is focused around BTH’ profiling areas: sustainability, innovation and systems engineering (applied IT). Supporting fields such as natural sciences, strategic leadership, entrepreneurship and project management are also included to a certain extent.

Certain courses are coordinated with students from other programmes.

Compulsory courses
Creativity for Product- and Service Development, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
Introduction to Strategic Sustainable Development, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
Engineering for a Sustainable Society, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
Strategic Management towards Sustainability, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
Methods for sustainable product - and service system development, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
Systems Engineering, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.

WRITTEN WORK
The programme is completed with a written degree project equivalent to 15 HE credits.

INTERNATIONAL ELEMENT
Studies abroad can either be carried out at some of our partner universities or at other appropriate universities.

NOTE! It is the start term of the course that is stated below. See each course to find out the actual length of the course.
 

Courses autumn semester 2013

Compulsory courses

Creativity for Product- and Service Development, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The purpose of the course is for the students to gain a deeper understanding and practical experience of creative concept development methods at the early phases of the product development process. It is an introduction to methods that can help the student to consider and predict how we currently fulfill human needs through methods that help identify user needs and generate and test concept ideas. Apart from learning about and practicing these methods, the students will acquire some foundational knowledge about how to manage creativity in organizations and how to plan creativity sessions.

Read all information about the course 'Creativity for Product- and Service Development' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Introduction to Strategic Sustainable Development, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The purpose of this course is to learn about and
apply core concepts of Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD) to planning for sustainability.
This includes a theoretical understanding and practical application of a structured planning and decision-making model for solving real-world issues. Students will gain an understanding of the major sustainability challenges facing our society today, and learn the importance of taking a whole-systems perspective when trying to identify problems and plan solutions.

Read all information about the course 'Introduction to Strategic Sustainable Development' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Engineering for a Sustainable Society, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The purpose of this course is to enlighten possibilities and limitations of engineering for supporting the transformation of society towards sustainability.

Read all information about the course 'Engineering for a Sustainable Society' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Strategic Management towards Sustainability, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The purpose of the Strategic Management for
Sustainability course is to provide technical and non-technical already advanced students with an overview of strategic management concepts and for students to apply a generic management system to an organization transitioning strategically towards sustainability. It is a response to the need to develop practical management tools and methodologies to realize a strategic organizational vision. This builds on the related overview content covered in Introduction to Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.

Read all information about the course 'Strategic Management towards Sustainability' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Courses spring semester 2014

Compulsory courses

Master’s Thesis (60 credits) in Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation, 15 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The Master Thesis work is the culmination of several years of studies in a major subject and shall show that the author has matured to such a level where a scientifically valid contribution can be made to the field.
The course aim is for the participants to further develop and demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to work independently and professionally in the main field of study.
The thesis also aims to apply the theories and methods for sustainable product- and service system innovation taught in the programme.

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Systems Engineering, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
Complex systems have many components – hardware, software, people, machinery, buildings, all of which interact – and many stakeholders with requirements to be met. The essence of systems engineering is that it combines technical, interpersonal and managerial knowledge and skills. The student will create an understanding for the principles, tools and techniques of a multi-functional approach to increasingly complex systems planning. The course will explore the processes of design, development, implementation and management of multi-functional team-based projects. Case studies will provide a practical context.

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Written Work

The programme is completed with a written degree project equivalent to 15 HE credits.

International element

Studies abroad can either be carried out at some of our partner universities or at other appropriate universities.

Read about study abroad

Job Profiles

Students with higher education qualifications from the programme can work within different sectors within the industry or public activities. Typical professions are project manager, product and service system developer, product-service developer, designer/innovator, leadership role in the area, consultant.

The education is particularly interesting for students that want to work on a global arena.

Further Studies

Students with higher education qualifications from the programme can generally apply to third-cycle studies (research studies leading towards PhD) within the main field of study Mechanical Engineering. At BTH, there are several fields for third-cycle studies that are open for students with a higher education qualification from this program.

Programme Advisory Board

The program has a Programme Council that has the assignment of ensuring the usability of the education on and for the labour market.

The Programme Council consists of students, alumni, external representatives and teachers and representatives of the main field of study.

The Programme Council meets 2 times a year.

Contact for the Programme Council is: Stefan Sjödahl.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2013-September-02 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Programme manager

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 100000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

4

Examination

Qualification Awarded

The education leads up to a higher education qualification for second-cycle studies with the description:
Degree of Master of Science (One Year).
Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering.
To receive a Master of Science, at least 15 credits of mathematics or applied mathematics at university level must be included (see Appendix 2 in the BTH Degree Ordinance).

Assessment and grading

Assessment and examination vary between different courses in the program. See information for respective course in the programme.

Programme Evaluations

Alumni

For student statements and further info on how the programme is perceived, please visit http://www.bth.se/mspi.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2013-September-02 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Programme manager

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 100000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

4

 

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