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Design sciences offer courses and programs in many subjects, such as ergonomics and aerosol technology, packaging logistics, industrial design, innovation engineering, product development, rehabilitation engineering and universal design.

Within the various parts of the department, we work with sustainable development and the ambition is for circular thinking to be a natural part of the students' future professional life.

Ergonomics and aerosol technology

Work is central in the lives of most people and has significance for an individual’s identity. To understand how people at work interactive with each other and with technology requires knowledge from many different fields. This is the case no matter if you work in healthcare, social services or heavy industry. Among the many factors that determine how a work environment comes into being, technology and its design often play a decisive role. It is important that engineers and designers early on in their training are given the opportunity to study the work environment area.

Ergonomics and aerosol technology offer courses in the following areas: Work and health, architecture and design, interaction design, air pollution and health risks, organization and leadership, risk management, thermal environment, virtual reality, and ageing and design.

Read about courses given by Ergonomics and aerosol technology.

Industrial design

Industrial design means participating in the whole process around product development, from idea to final form. This requires fresh knowledge and awareness in many different areas. The industrial designer should also be able to reflect on cultural and technological shifts in society. A stronger connection between aesthetic, technological, industrial and economical aspects has become necessary.

The education is divided into two parts. A three-year industrial design programme leading to a Bachelors degree worth 180 credits (Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design). You can then apply for a Master’s programme worth 120 credits (2 years), leading to a Master’s degree (Master of Arts in Industrial Design).

Read more about the School of Industrial Design here

Innovation Engineering

Innovation Engineering is an interdisciplinary subject that deals with technical, human and business perspectives on innovation and the innovation process. If new products and services are to be innovations, i.e., in use, it is important to integrate technology with user needs and business models. User-friendliness, technical feasibility, commercial viability and sustainability are important criteria that should be considered for a successful innovation process. Since innovation processes almost always involve a journey into at least partially unknown terrain, it is important to work with an iterative method where experience-based learning is made possible and utilized.

We offer courses in Design Thinking (INTN01 - Innovation Engineering), in management of innovation processes in existing companies (INNN01 - Innovation Management), as well as innovation processes in start-up companies (INNN05 - Entrepreneurship). We are also happy to handle the degree projects in innovation engineering that concern the above knowledge areas.

Courses in Innovation Engineering

Packaging logistics

The role of packaging is becoming increasingly important and companies have started to realize that packaging can do more than just protect and promote products. Our courses provides students with extensive competence about packaging including everything from a basic understanding of packaging functions, properties, production and use to deep insights about how packaging affects logistics and transportation in supply chains.

In all our courses, you work actively in projects with companies where you learn how to develop consumer packaging and packaging systems based on a holistic perspective and the latest research results. Several approaches and methods are introduced and used in our courses to provide students with powerful tools and a knowledge basis that they can practically apply in industry.

Courses in packaging logistics

Product development

Product Development offers a range of courses which deal with different aspects of getting better products to market faster. At the core are a number of courses relating to engineering design and analysis, and to product development processes and methodologies.

We also have a number of more specialized courses that are of great importance to most types of product development, including industrial design, manufacturing methods, and mechatronics. These courses will give the engineering foundation, management skills, and problem solving abilities, required for our graduates to be of immediate use to industry upon graduation.

Courses in product development

Rehabilitation engineering and Universal design

Do you always remember that people are different? Certec´s courses in rehabilitation engineering and universal design aim to make sure that future professionals in engineering as well as industrial design graduates will be able to take into account people's different conditions and abilities. That way products, services and environments they develop can become accessible to as many as possible.

As our society strives for more diversity and inclusion, the knowledge and ability to understand people and their different life situations are important qualities to hold. 

Courses in rehabilitation engineering and Universal design

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Freestanding courses

Open to all who meet the essential requirements.

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Contract teaching

Information on commissioned education for your company.

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Centre for work environment and leadership

Commissioned education in the fields of work environment, working life and leadership.


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Educational Administrator

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Educational Administrator

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Research education administrator

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Director of first and second cycle studies

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Communications officer

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