Master's Degree Programme, 2 years, Trondheim

(MSc in) Industrial Design

– 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.

Illustration photo: master of industrial design

Matriculation day 12 August

Matriculation ceremony 

Time: 09:30-11:30

  • NTNU in Trondheim, Gløshaugen 
  • Ceremony for all students 


Matriculation event by the Faculty

Place: Workroom 324, 1st grade architect

Time: 13:00-15:00

  • Entertainment by Andreas Aase
  • Welcoming speech to our new students by Dean Fredrik Shetelig 
  • Entertainment by Andreas Aase
  • Presentation of the studyprogramms by the program leaders
  • Proclamation of students by the program leaders and academic handshake by the Dean.
  • Student Welfare Association, presentation
  • Studentdemokracy, presentation by student representatives
  • Presentation of the student associations at the Faculty

Orientation week 13-16 August


Orientation Week for international students

From 13 to 19 August, the Office of International Relations organise a full week of activities for new international students. The programme is a mix of information meetings and social events, and includes a full-day hiking trip. It is not mandatory to participate, but it is strongly recommended.

Full Orientation Week programme

Information meeting 14 August

Information meeting and practical information

Place: Department of design, Kolbjørn Hejes vei 2B, room 136
Time: 10:00-11:15

Presentation of possible directions for your study.


The Faculty mingling event

Place: Gallery KIT, Innherredsveien 7, entrance A

Employees and students at the Faculty meet socially at The Academy of Fine Art (KIT).
Basic refreshments.

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 Design.

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 Master Industrial Design.


Facts about the programme

  • Programcode: msdesig
  • Study level: Master
  • Study programme: Industrial Design (Master's Programme)
  • Degree type: Master of Science in Industrial Design
  • Duration: Full-time
  • Credits: 120.0
  • Restricted admission: Yes
  • Unit: Department of Design
  • Location: Gløshaugen, Trondheim
  • Valid for 2018

Application deadlines

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2018

EU/EEA students: 
1 March 2019

Norwegian/Nordic students:
15 April 2019

The application portal is now open


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Contact information

Telephone: (+47) 73 59 01 41

Postal address: 
Faculty of Architecture and Design
Alfred Getz vei 3, NTNU
7491 Trondheim