Master's Degree Programme, 2 years

(MSc in) Industrial Design Engineering

– About the programme


Good industrial design is a necessity in order to create useful and ecologically justifiable products that can compete in a market flooded with goods and services. A Master's Degree in Industrial Design will enable you to develop strategically important products for the Norwegian and global industry.


Localized in its own building in the middle of Gløshaugen campus, Norway's technological centre of knowledge, this programme holds an ideal position to contribute to the creation of quality goods and services based on the state-of-the-art knowledge. This programme combines basic knowledge, insight and working methods from aesthetics, engineering and industrial design, and it emphasizes a combination of engineering qualifications and designer skills that gives students an excellent foundation for participation in product development projects, and after a few years of industry experience, qualifications for establishing and managing such projects. Hence, the degree programme is built around projects related to the design of products, goods and services. The tasks are developed around real problems and with a focus on user needs and abilities

Is this a suitable programme for you?

The advanced engineering programme Industrial Design is suited for students with a background from engineering/design hybrid educations who wish to specialize within certain areas of this field. An interest in and skills within academic work are expected in addition to practical design qualifications. This programme is best suited for students who see the challenge in formulating their own problems and establishing connections within Norwegian industry and the research environments at NTNU and SINTEF.

Programme Structure

The degree programme has a common frame of design strategy and product development methodology. On the master level, students have much freedom to specialize in areas such as human factors in design, sustainable design, applied aesthetics, healthcare and welfare design and strategic design. 

Many of the courses have a close connection to ongoing research at the Department of Product Design Engineering.

For further information about the academic content for the first three years of the 5-year Industrial Design Engineering curriculum, please refer to the pages for the 5-year advanced engineering programme.


Degree: Master of Science in Industrial Design Engineering (MSc)
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MSDESIG
Language of instruction: English
Location: Trondheim, Gløshaugen

Host Faculty:
Engineering Science and Technology

Host Departement:
Product Design

Validity of information: 2015/2016

Application deadlines

The application deadlines for master's degrees starting August 2016 have passed.

The next round of admission will open in autumn 2016, with the following application deadlines: 

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2016

EU / EEA / Norwegian students: 
1 March 2017


How to apply

Contact information

Telephone: (+47) 73 55 10 51

Postal address: 
Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology
Høgskoleringen 6, NTNU
7491 Trondheim