Deptartment of Product Design

Master programmes

The department offers the following programmes:


Industrial Design Engineering (National 5-year Master programme)

The masters programme in "Industrial Design Engineering" is one of Norway's most popular. The 30 students who are admitted each year can look forward to a varied menu of courses. Upon completion, graduates have a broadly applicable Masters degree (MSc), built upon technological insight and accompanied by both aesthic and social consciousness.

A sometimes demanding, but always inspiring course selection contributes to a tight knit study environment. For details concerning courses and programme requirements see the university study handbook (available in Norwegian only).


Industrial Design Engineering (International 2-year Master programme)

From the 2015 autumn semester, the department will offer an international 2-year Master programme. This will replace the 2-year national master that was offer until 2015, meaning that also international students can apply. Most likely, 8-10 students will be accepted. In practice, these students will mostly take part in the same 4th and 5th year courses as the students taking the 5-year national master programme.

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PhD in Industrial Design

The doctoral programme is closely linked with the research activity at the Department of Product Design. Research fields, to name a few, are:

  • Design methodology
  • Interaction design (Man Machine)
  • Ecodesign
  • Design strategy

A list of recent publications can be found that reflect current research interests at the department.

Interested? - Contact us

The Department of Product Design encourages interested candidates that are interested in enrolling in our doctoral programme to contact the department. Candidates with (1) excellent research ideas/proposals that can be tied to the department's focus areas, and (2) who posess the relevant background (curriculum vitae) are likely to receive an invitation for further discussion. We strongly encourage you to include a funding plan with your research proposal, as generally, the department is not in the position to directly allocate funding to PhD positions.

For information regarding the programme structure, applicable rules and forms, see the doctoral programme pages for the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology.

Review and response

It should be noted that, although all applications will be read, candidates that send application e-mails which are not in line with the above, will receive a polite but standard rejection message, or no answer at all.


Illustrasjonsbilde/FOTO Industrial Design’s student society is called Leonardo. It is named after the universal genius Leonardo da Vinci who mastered art, aesthetics and technology, and thus is the ideal for a master in technology in industrial design. The society arranges social activities such as film nights, exercise and parties, and academic arrangements at night such as nude drawing and academic speeches.