MFA Advanced Product Design

The Master's programme in Advanced Product Design will develop you a into a skilled industrial design consultant with the tools to design products and technical solutions for industry, institutions and public authorities. The education is project-based and a majority of projects are carried out in collaboration with external partners.


The Master's programme in Advanced Product Design develops your design competence by providing professional tools, modern methods and a creative mindset. During your education, individual work is mixed with group work and supervised practical exercises. The programme integrates advanced form treatment, problem identification, analysis, creative and visualisation techniques with business oriented subjects such as strategic design and professional practice.

Develop design in real projects

The curriculum is project-based and projects are carried out in collaboration with industries, research institutions, organisations and public authorities. Most projects concern problems that the students identify themselves, not problems that have already been solved countless times by other designers. The projects can address anything from developing medical technology products and design for the disabled to design of public services and professional tools.

The programme is international in its scope and all education is conducted in English. About 80 per cent of students come from abroad. For instance, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, France, England, Turkey, Spain, China and New Zeeland.

Degree show with invited companies

All degree projects are presented at a big end-of-semester event - the UID Design Talks & Degree Show. Here, students from all programmes participate. In addition to students, relatives and friends, the audience includes representatives from NGO's and multinational companies from across the globe.

Footwear Creation Kits - A Degree Project: Ruben Eriksson created a starter kit for designing footwear.


Internships allow you develop your professional skills as well as your own business networks in preparation for a future careern in design. Internships are arranged with Swedish as well as international companies and organisations. Some students take the opportunity to get some valuable experience during the summer months. Many students take further advantage of the school's broad network of industry connections and do a full year of internships between the first and the second year of the programme. 



Our students become skilled at working with comprehensive holistic concepts as well as the small details of product design. Umeå Institute of Design is a top-ranked design education and the industry appreciates UID alumni because the breadth of the education and their ability to collaborate. Numerous well-known companies around the world continue to employ graduates from the Umeå Institute of Design. 

Further studies?

Following your degree you have the opportunity to progress your academic career through PhD studies.

Thomas Degn BW

Thomas Degn
Programme Director
Associate Professor (Universitetslektor i industridesign) 





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  • Facts & Figures

    14 nationalities. The programme has students from: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Serbia, The Netherlands and Turkey.

  • Recent internships

    Designworks, Germany. EGGS, Norway.  IKEA, Sweden.  Laerdal, Norway. Logitech, Switzerland. Nokia, USA.  NOVO Nordisk, Denmark. Philips, The Netherland. Phoenix Design, China.  Swift Creatives, Denmark.  Veryday, Sweden. Whipsaw, USA.