Master Programs

Product Service System Design

1. Introduction

Product-Service Systems stand on business models that shift the focus from selling products to selling their performance moving the accent from Products to Values.

A well-designed PSS can provide competitive advantages and can contribute to the dematerialization of the society, with substantial environmental benefits.

Designers suitable for PSS Design have a systematic mindset, able to conceive complex systems where not only the design of the single elements is important (products, furniture, interior and technical components, etc.), but also the relationships between them and how products enter the system of market, community and everyday life.

2. Program Duration

1) A regular Master's program takes 2.5 years, in which 1-1.5 years are for course learning, and graduation project or thesis work should be no less than 1 year. Length of schooling extends to 3 years if the student participates in a one-year exchange program. The duration of a Master's study should be no more than 4 years.

2) Through three phases, i.e. course study, professional design practice, and thesis writing (design projects), the master program aims at cultivating full-time graduates who are capable of innovation, as well as problem analysis and solving in ways of case study and heuristic teaching methodologies, combining theory and practice. 

3. Credit

Graduate students should complete at least 44 credits, including 5 credits for common degree courses, 21 for professional degree courses, 8 for non-degree (i.e. specialized elective) courses and 10 for compulsory courses.

In non-degree courses, 2 credits must be completed for one cross-disciplinary or cross-faculty course.

Mutual credits recognition rules that apply to students participating in exchange master programs shall be determined specifically according to specific agreements.

4. Curriculum (2019)



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