For product and service system innovation, there is a unique possibility to support and speed up societys 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. Therefore, it is important to integrate a sustainability perspective in the methodology for product and service system innovation. 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). Supporting fields such as natural sciences, strategic leadership, entrepreneurship and project management are also included to a certain extent.
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 the master's programme Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Business Development. For example, courses about strategic sustainable development and innovation will be introduced early for both the master's programmes so that all the students from these programmes will obtain the same platform. Thereafter, an advanced study of product and service system innovation will characterize the first year on this master's programme.
During the second year of the programme it is possible to choose between two specialisations. One of the specialisations is more research-oriented and is intended for students who want to continue as doctoral students or specialists in a company. The other track is for students who want to have a more practical specialisation and learn how one can substantiate a business concept with an orientation towards sustainable product and service system innovation. In the second track, coordination of some courses will take place with master students from the programme Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Business Development.
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.
The programme is completed with a written degree project equivalent to 30 HE credits.
Studies abroad can either be carried out at some of our partner universities or at other appropriate universities.