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Year: 2013
 
Master’s Programme in INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT , 120 hp
 
Aim/Vision
  • An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping University is able to identify, analyse, solve and communicate complex interdisciplinary problems issues in industry, with a focus on integrating engineering and management knowledge and skills.
  • The master’s program in Industrial Engineering and Management will become one of the leading international master programs. The courses in the program shall be on a level comparable to similar courses provided within other relevant, excellent international education programs.
  • The master’s program in Industrial Engineering and Management will be the obvious choice for students who have a Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree and who have the ambition to increase and deepen their knowledge in industrial engineering and management, especially related to innovation management, finance, quality management and operations management.
 
Programme goals
After the completion of the master program the student is expected to have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

Technical knowledge and reasoning
An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping University is able to manage complex interdisciplinary problems related to innovation and operations management. From a thorough technical-economical-mathematical-management basis, an MSc is able to identify, analyse, solve and communicate problems related to innovation and operations management.

    Knowledge of underlying sciences, core engineering fundamental knowledge, and advanced engineering knowledge
    Students with Bachelors of Science or Engineering entering the program have already studied in-depth courses within a certain engineering discipline, e.g. mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering or industrial engineering, including at least 30 ECTS credits in mathematics and applied mathematics. In the master program there is a possibility to deepen the knowledge within these areas mainly in facultative courses, and to attain knowledge in managing complex industrial problems. Consequently, an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management is able to describe, formulate, and analyse industrial problems by using mathematical tools and technological applications.

    In-depth knowledge in one/some applied subject areas
    The above-mentioned advanced engineering knowledge should be further enhanced by integrating knowledge in organization management, operations strategy, leadership, finance, operations planning and control, quality management, and project management. In addition to general, compulsory courses in these fields, an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping University has in-depth knowledge within one of the following specializations:

    • Innovation Management
    • Finance
    • Operations Management
    • Quality Management

    Each specialization consists of at least 30 ECTS credits of courses and a master’s thesis of 30 ECTS credits. Within the chosen field of specialization, an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management is able to:

    • analyse complex problems based on relevant theory and practical knowledge
    • relate and synthesize different theoretical perspectives and develop their own models of analysis
    • apply academic principles, models and methodologies in industrial firms
    • critically assess methods, procedures and practices that are applied in technology based firms
Personal and professional skills and attributes
An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management has the individual and professional capability and attitude to take a leading role in dynamic industrial environments.

    Engineering reasoning and problem solving
    An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management is able to identify, formulate and examine complex engineering problems in a systematic way, both quantitatively and qualitatively.

    System thinking
    An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management is able to identify, analyse and develop complex systems by defining the system’s boundaries and properties, considering the whole system as well as subsystems and describing and examining the interaction between the different parts in the system including its important context variables.

    Experimentation and knowledge discovery
    An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management is able to adopt new knowledge by using relevant literature and performing quantitative as well as qualitative empirical studies. Quantitative empirical studies based on hypotheses can be tested in experiments as well as through statistical analyses. Qualitative studies include case studies which can be used to create theoretical constructs and propositions.

    Personal skills and attitudes
    An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management is able to take initiatives, work independently, creatively and to apply critical thinking. Self-knowledge and a will to develop personally throughout life are important. An MSc is also able to plan her/his time and resources in an efficient and effective way.

    Professional skills and attitudes
    An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management takes responsibility, is reliable and acts professionally. This includes being active in career planning and keeping up-to-date with the profession’s current developments.


Interpersonal skills, teamwork, and communication
An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management is trained to collaboratively work on complex tasks. Interpersonal skills, teamwork and communication are therefore of utmost importance.

    Teamwork
    An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management is trained to work together with other people in projects and groups. This includes contributing to group effectiveness by actively taking part, creating clear roles and responsibilities, actively sharing knowledge and collaboratively achieving goals. An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management is able to start, plan, manage and lead different types of projects and integrate the work of people from different specializations.

    Communication and communication in English
    An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management is able to communicate, orally and in writing, in a correct, inspiring way orientated towards achieving goals. Effective communication is comprised of both task-related and relationship oriented skills. As the program is given in English, an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management is proficient enough in English to take into account the state-of-the art knowledge within the field and, based on this knowledge, understand, analyse, compare, and reflect on complex engineering problems, in written text and orally.

Conceiving, designing, implementing and operating systems in the enterprise and societal context
An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management has deep knowledge of systems in an innovation or operations environment, including different external factors in society, the prerequisites of the business context. An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management is able to participate and actively contribute to all phases of the development of these systems, including conceiving, designing, implementing and operating them.

    External and societal context
    An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management understands the importance of technology in society, including economic, social, and sustainable development.

    Enterprise and business context
    An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management has deep knowledge regarding management of enterprises and regarding important factors in international business contexts.

    Conceiving and engineering systems
    An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management has the knowledge and skills needed to determine requirements for systems and products and is able to understand and evaluate systems in an industrial context.

    Designing
    An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management has knowledge about suitable development processes for different kinds of systems.

    Implementing
    An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management is able to design and manage implementation processes by testing, validating and verifying activities, including an understanding of change processes and the formulation of strategies to overcome resistance to change.

    Operating
    An MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management has the knowledge and skills needed to design, optimize and manage operations and service of technically advanced systems.

 
Common rules and information about student service
Common rules and information about student service at LiTH are available in sections b1-b6.
 
 
Programme Contents
The program starts with one semester of compulsory courses, and from the second semester the students select one of the following specializations:

Innovation Management:
The innovation management specialization focuses on developing and commercializing innovative products and new solutions within large established firms as well as smaller entrepreneurial start-up firms. The students follow subjects in operations, logistics and supply chain planning and control, advanced planning and scheduling, operations management, manufacturing operations activities and processes in innovation such as technology management, product development, project management and entrepreneurship, innovative entrepreneurship, innovation management and organization management. The specialization and the program conclude with a master’s thesis of 30hp within the field of innovation management.

Operations Management:
The objective of this specialization is to provide a holistic view of production and operations management issues in both manufacturing and service industries. The emphasis is to address technological trends and developments and to explore economic and engineering consequences of operations decisions. The students follow subjects in operations, logistics and supply chain planning and control, advanced planning and scheduling, operations management and manufacturing operations. The specialization and the program conclude with a master’s thesis of 30hp within the field of operations management.

Finance:
This specialization deals with both theories and tools used in financial markets. The topics cover financial instruments, asset pricing, risk management, portfolio evaluation and optimal asset management. The students follow subjects in financial risk management, financial valuation methodology, portfolio management, financial markets and instruments, financial optimization and investment valuation. The specialization and the program conclude with a master’s thesis of 30hp within the field of finance.

Quality Management:
Quality management is a set of concepts and practices characterized by core principles such as customer focus, process management, continuous improvement, everyone’s participation, base decisions on facts and committed leadership. One of the central questions is how an organisation can improve its processes to provide maximum benefits to customers through the best use of available resources. This specialization provides knowledge about approaches for creating and sustaining an effective organisation and the students follow subjects in lean production, six sigma quality, quality and process development and customer focused product and service development. The specialization and the program conclude with a master’s thesis of 30hp within the field of quality management.
 
Thesis Work
The main subject of studies, in order to receive a master’s degree from the Industrial Engineering and Management program, is Industrial Engineering and Management.
 
Degree Requirements
  • All compulsory courses in the program completed
  • Optional courses from the curriculum so that 120 hp is reached
  • 90 hp courses on advanced level, including master’s thesis (30hp), where 60 hp (master’s thesis and courses) are in the main subject of studies Industrial Engineering and Management
  • At least 45 ECTS credits from courses in mathematics or applications of mathematics from the Bachelor level (basic) or Master level (advanced), see list of specific courses
  • Master’s thesis (30 hp) on advanced level, in the main subject of studies Industrial Engineering and Management, examined at Linköping Institute of Technology
 

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