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Master's Programme in Digital Fabrication and Innovation

  • Number of credits 120 Credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2018

The programme is designed for students seeking to gain skills in harnessing the challenges and opportunities linked to digital fabrication and its associated maker-movement. The programme integrates knowledge from the fields of social sciences, humanities, engineering, and design. It is offered in close collaboration with industrial partners and the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, preparing students for qualified tasks in digital fabrication and innovation.

While studying

The Master's programme in Digital Fabrication and Innovation is for students who want to engage in the new challenges brought forth by the emergence of new digital fabrication technologies that question the industrial mass production paradigm. For example, the rapid emergence of 3D-printing technologies is triggering new forms of small scale experimentation, while at the same time gaining attention from large corporations that need to assess how their business may be affected by its applications.

As a student, you will be exposed to a multidisciplinary set of perspectives on digital fabrication and innovation. This entails both the theoretical underpinnings of these perspectives, as well as the application of the practical tools, techniques, and methods from each tradition.

In the first term, the focus lies on a design-based perspective. Here, students will take courses that focus on topics such as user-centred design, prototyping, design thinking, and the specific nature of the tools and techniques involved in digital fabrication (e.g. CAD/CAM, 3D-printing). After being introduced by a humanistic perspective on the processes and outcomes of digital fabrication, the second term continues with an innovation and entrepreneurship based perspective on digital fabrication. Finally, the third term approaches digital fabrication from an engineering-perspective.

Whether you choose to study one or two years you will be well prepared for working in any context in which the innovative use of digital fabrication technologies is in focus. The programme contains courses given by multiple departments and faculties. However, the programme also provides flexibility, as the third term consists of 15 ECTS of elective courses.

Thesis

Students finishing the programme after one year are required to undertake a 15 ECTS thesis in the spring, their second term, before they graduate. Students studying for two years can choose whether they want to do two 15 ECTS thesis courses, one in the second term and one in the fourth term, or only one large 30 ECTS thesis course during the fourth term. Students will select their topic independently and the thesis is written under the guidance of a supervisor. In order to pass the Master's thesis, the students must not only write and defend their thesis but they must also be opponents of another student's thesis.

Career opportunities

After graduation, you will be well prepared for conducting qualified tasks in digital fabrication and innovation in for example R&D-labs of large organisations, or in start-ups. This could consist of professional responsibilities related to designing new digital products, services, and processes. Possible careers for a student with a Master's Degree in Digital Fabrication and Innovation include roles as a consultant, researcher, project manager, product developer, designer, within the realm of digital fabrication and innovation. The programme also gives you eligibility to proceed with studies at a doctoral level.

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Digital Fabrication and Innovation, 120 hp

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Autumn Term 2018 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2018

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

A Bachelor´s Degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS ) from an internationally recognised university including 90 ECTS in one of the following subjects; Engineering, Design, Architecture, Informatics, Business Administration or equivalent studies. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-M2074

Application

Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Universityadmissions.se. Application deadline is 15 January 2018.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK67,500

Total fee

SEK270,000

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2018

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

A Bachelor´s Degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS ) from an internationally recognised university including 90 ECTS in one of the following subjects; Engineering, Design, Architecture, Informatics, Business Administration or equivalent studies. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-02074

Application

The online application opens 15 March 2018 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 16 April 2018.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK67,500

Total fee

SEK270,000

Contact us

Contactperson for the programme is: Daniel Nylen

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Programme is given by
Department of Informatics