How would you describe the programme to a potential student?
"Production and material engineering are the backbones of the economy in our modern society. The Master’s programme in Production and Materials Engineering provides students with a solid competence in both areas. Through the programme, the students acquire knowledge, skills, and a vision in the area of sustainable production, manufacturing technology and material engineering, digitalised production, production automation and insights into international production trends and developments. The students who are graduating from this program will have access to a broad and very interesting job market."
Are there any key courses in the programme?
"I would say that the key courses in this programme are production technology; sustainable production systems; advanced materials; material and process selection; automation; applied robotics, and global product realisation etc."
Is there any cutting-edge research going on in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences that the students benefit from? If yes, how?
"In the Master’s programme, students can benefit from our previous and on-going cutting-edge research in production and materials engineering sponsored by the EU and the Swedish government. Research projects are related to replacing CRMs in cutting tools, developing sensors for extreme conditions, bio-based lubricants, and systematic production system analyses. Students will have the opportunity to attend our scientific seminars, research days and guest lectures. They may also have chances to participate in different projects as part of their degree projects and other course projects, to gain opportunities for training their skills and methodology in scientific research."
Could you please give concrete examples of student-industry interaction during the programme?
"The Master’s programme has close connections with the Swedish industry, for instance, Alfa Laval, Tetra Pak, SECO TOOLS and Volvo, and students have a great opportunity to engage in the student-industry interaction. Typical examples can be, attending the guest lectures and seminars given by the industry in our courses, study visits to different companies to get the feeling of the operation on the factory floor, and conducting degree projects directly with the industry, and working with supervisors from both the industry and the academia. At the Department, we have several affiliated industrial partners."
What do students need to be successful in this programme?
"I would say motivation, strong engagement and being organised are three important characteristics in order to succeed in this Master’s programme."
What do you say about the future labour market of the students of the Production and Materials Engineering programme?
"Production is the area of continuous development, driven by the development of new materials and new product design, especially with a global emphasis on sustainability. The labour market of the students who graduated from this programme is broad and stable.
Well-trained students in production and material engineering have numerous career opportunities. They will be able to find employment in diverse functional areas all around the world, such as production and operation planning, production engineering, product design, production maintenance, materials engineering, and production management."
What kind of positions, if not PhD, are suitable/possible to the recently graduated students of the programme?
"I think positions that have production engineering, product development and realisation, materials engineering and operations planning are some of the possible job openings for recently graduated students."