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Industrial Design - Master's Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

Someone sanding and working on a wooden shape


Design is a creative and intellectual activity which questions, shapes and visualises objects, systems and interactions. The discipline of design is firmly embedded into cultural frameworks. Today, almost any issue can become the subject of a design processes.

The international master programme offers students a platform to further develop their individual skill set and philosophy to be able to shape their future role within the design profession. In depth studies within artistic, sociological and technological contexts and theories broadens students' creative and intellectual perspectives. Building on previously acquired knowledge, students plan, visualise, and implement concepts and strategies for new products and services.

By organising exhibitions, taking part in seminars and workshops, students communicate their work, participate in the public debate and contribute to advancing the field of design at large. As designers they will be responsible for conceiving of and ultimately making systems work.

Programme modules/courses and credits

Semester 1

  • Introduction, 5
  • Industrial Design Project I, 15
  • Aesthetics, 5
  • CAD Evolution, 5

Semester 2

  • Industrial Design Project II, 20
  • Production and Materials, 5
  • Philosophy of Mind and Design, 5

Semester 3

  • Industrial Design Project III, 20
  • Design Management, 5
  • Research Methods in Industrial Design, 5

Semester 4

Master’s degree project, 30

For further information on each course please see:

Study trips

Study trips and exhibitions forms a natural part of the Master's programme in Industrial Design. Except for an introduction study tour in the start of the programme, all trips are optional. If a student is unable to participate in the optional activities, alternative assignments in Lund will be given.

  • Introduction study tour 4 days (mandatory) - takes place during study week 1
  • Study tour NASA, Houston U.S. 2 weeks (optional) - normally during the third semester as part of one of the industrial design projects
  • Exhibitions (optional) - normally two exhibitions outside Lund during year 1 or 2: Stockholm Furniture Fair (Sweden) and Milano Fair (Italy)

Please note: Field trips may be subject to cancellation/alteration due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as natural disasters and/or visa denial. 

Career prospects

The Master's programme in Industrial Design fortifies the knowledge and tools required for interdisciplinary collaboration, leadership and being team members who manage complex tasks and situations. Graduates have gone on to successful careers at companies such as IDEO, Google, Sony and IKEA, as well as within entrepreneurship, the public sector and academia. As future designers, students will become key agents of ethical systemic transformations that contribute to the advancement of long-term sustainable development.

Closed for applications

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Programme Director

Anna Persson

Email: mfa [dot] design [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se

International Coordinator

Sabine Richardson

Email: mfa [dot] design [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree with relevance to the applied education. A digital portfolio of the applicant’s own work in the field that clearly proves that the applicant has good potential to benefit from the programme. English 6

Selection criteria

The selection is based on the submitted portfolio and on a statement of purpose. Portfolio instructions.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

How to prove your English proficiency –

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:

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Start Autumn Semester 2024

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

2 September 2024 - 7 June 2026


Closed for applications

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
    Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, to be considered for admission to the Master's Programme in Industrial Design, you need to submit a PDF file containing a portfolio summary page, your portfolio, a statement of purpose, and a CV.

Detailed instructions on the portfolio for Industrial Design

Please note that the portfolio-file must be submitted directly to Lund University (do not upload the file to University Admissions in Sweden).

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 490 000

First payment: SEK 122 500

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.

Scholarship information on the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations

Scholarship for the Master's Programme in Industrial Design

The Ingvar Kamprad Scholarship is available for students who are applying to the Master's Programme in Industrial Design.

About the Ingvar Kamprad Scholarship

Testimonials about this Master's