M.Sc. Production Engineering

Chalmers University of Technology

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • € 15,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

This programme aims at conveying the knowledge, judgment and skill required to lead design, development and improvement of manufacturing processes, high-performance production system and its sub-parts as well as managing them in full operation.

Chalmers University of Technology is a leading Swedish university in the production engineering area, in terms of research as well as education. Within the programme, there is a close cooperation with industry and represents an attractive environment also for international students as several of the collaborating companies operate on the global market.

Why apply

Manufacturing is of fundamental importance for the welfare in the society and is related to the capability of fulfilling the demands for economic, ecologic and social sustainability.

Career opportunities

The professional area for a production engineer goes across sectors - from automotive, medicines and health care industry to food production. With a broad production engineering knowledge base the programme gives a wide spectrum of career opportunities including advancement as specialists in the areas of Production Systems, Material and Manufacturing Technology or Production Management.

Contents

The programme includes six compulsory courses and a mandatory Master’s thesis project. In addition, the programme architecture enables students to select courses across three main occupational tracks:
  • Production systems engineering - prepares for taking an active role in developing complex production systems. The work tasks include planning for new or updated industrial facilities, e.g. with purchasing of automation technology and design of efficient production flows. Furthermore, the profile track emphasizes the need for safe and profitable involvement of human resources. Skills in building virtual models of products, machines, cells, and production lines are central as a sustainable way of working for future engineers.
  • Manufacturing Process Engineering - contains the work tasks to select suitable processes, tools and machines for value adding manufacturing operations in the physical materials. Computer-based tools are frequently used as virtual aids for preparing manufacturing processes such as forming, cutting, casting, and joining as well as planning the manufacturing of polymer and composite materials.
  • Production Management Engineering – focuses on the management of resources and activities, typically on a factory and/or enterprise level. Important aspects are: to align the production systems design to the strategy of the company, to initiate and manage design and change initiatives in production, to plan and control the effective use of materials and production units to meet customer demands, and to ensure that modern production technologies and philosophies are efficiently implemented.
Research connections

The programme is part of Chalmers’ Production Area of Advance and the courses are given by four different departments: Materials and manufacturing technology, Product and production development, Signals and systems and Technology management and economics.

These all have prominent research activities, and the students can thereby take advantage of up-to-date research advancements. For students interested in an occupation in the academic field, the programme offers preparatory courses for starting a research career.

Audience

The master's programme in Production Engineering is aimed at students with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics, Industrial Economics, or an equivalent degree as Industrial Engineering.

Requirements

Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in Mechanical Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics Engineering or Industrial Engineering and Management

Prerequisites: Mathematics (at least 30 credits) (including Linear algebra, Numerical analysis, Multivariable analysis and Mathematical Statistics), Mechanics, Strength of materials, Engineering materials, Manufacturing engineering, Automation or Automatic control, Industrial economics, Computer-aided design and Programming.

Preferable course experience: Maintenance, Production planning, Human factors, Virtual production and Logistics.

English Language Proficiency

The most common and important scores that are accepted are

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Funding

Scholarships administered by Chalmers

For Master's studies starting September 2015.
Important: Applications for scholarships should be made along with the application for Master's studies. Students should not wait until they receive an admission to do so. Please note that additional scholarships may be appended to the below list. Applicants are therefore encouraged to check this webpage regularly.
  • The Avancez Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and are funded by the Chalmers Foundation. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.
  • The IPOET (International Programme Office for Education and Training) Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers funded by the Government of Sweden. They are awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and available to all fee-paying students.
  • The Sievert Larsson Scholarship Fund (within Friends of Chalmers) offers a 100% tuition fee waiver and living expenses to students of Thai nationality who aim to study on a Master’s programme at Chalmers University of Technology.
  • The Volvo Car Corporation Scholarships are 100% tuition fee waivers awarded to 2 Chinese students with the guarantee of participation in the VESC (Volvo Engineering Student Concept) programme which includes a summer job, master thesis project, mentorship and possible employment at Volvo Car Corporation.
  • The Volvo Group Scholarship Programme is a 100% fee tuition fee waiver awarded to students of Indian nationality and Chinese nationality. The Scholarship includes possibilities for internships during the summer, a final Master thesis project and mentorship.
  • The Chalmers MasterCard Scholarship Available biennialy for a Master's student from Central America, South America or Mexico. The scholarship comprises a 280 000 SEK reduction of the tuition fee (70 000 SEK reduction/ semester).
  • The Lars Eriksson Scholarship is funded through a generous donation made by Chalmers alumnus Lars Eriksson. It will be awarded as a 100% tuition fee waiver in 2015 to an applicant from Latin America. The scholarship can be awarded for studies on any of Chalmers Master's Programmes, with the exception of Arichitecture and Urban Design and Design for Sustainable Development.
Scholarships that will not be offered in 2015
  • The Mölnlycke Health Care Scholarships are 100% fee tuition waivers with possibilities for summer internships and a final master's thesis project.
  • The US Friends of Chalmers Scholarship is a scholarship comprising USD 35 000 (i.e. a reduction of the tuition fee by USD 8750 per semester) and is awarded to one student with US citizenship.
  • The FlexLink Scholarship for a Master's Student from China is a 100% tuition fee waiver along with possibilities for internship and a final master thesis project.

Note: Being granted alternative funding from external patrons does not affect the possibility of obtaining scholarships from Chalmers as an applicant's financial status is not taken into account during the nomination process.

Scholarships for current students

Adlerbert 60th Anniversary Scholarships - Was awarded for the first time during 2014 to fee paying Master's Programme students who were admitted Autumn 2013, including scholarship holders whose scholarships did not include costs of living coverage. This means that, for instance, holders of Swedish Institute scholarships and Sievert Larsson, version 2 scholarships are not eligible to apply. In order to be eligible the applicant must have passed at least 60 credits during the first year of studies. The scholarships, which amount to 60 000 SEK each, are awarded based on the applicants' cumulative grade point average . Around 10 to 20 Scholarships will be offered each year.

Adlerbert Foreign Student Hospitality Fund - Only open for international students who have been admitted to, and enrolled on, a Master's Programme at Chalmers. Thus, prospective students cannot apply. Students can be awarded the scholarship a maximum of two times. The application period opens in late January and closes in late February. Consequently, it is only possible to apply during this period of a student's first and second year.

Scholarships administered by the Swedish Institute

The Swedish Institute, a government agency, administers numerous scholarship programmes each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden to pursue their objectives at a Swedish university. Use their online guide in order to find out if any of the Swedish Institute scholarships are available for citizens of your country at your intended level of study.

Note: Students will be awarded only one scholarship from Sweden. Keep in mind that, students can hold extra funding in the form of scholarships or grants administered by governmental or non-governmental entities from their own home countries or abroad, in addition to a scholarship awarded by Chalmers or SI.

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