MSc Innovative Technology for Healthy Living (EIT Health)
The master's programme in Innovative Technology for Healthy Living focuses on technical solutions for wellness and active lifestyles. Big data obtained by sensors and wearables from regular citizens and professional athletes is translated into contributions to healthy living, boosting public health initiatives and wellness innovations. Graduates are R&D specialists with vital entrepreneurial skills, able to bridge human science, technology and health.
Innovative Technology for Healthy Living at KTH
The master’s programme in Innovative Technology for Healthy Living is a collaboration between EIT Health Partners from academia, research centres and industry. The programme will foster a new generation of master’s graduates with advanced skills and approaches within health-related engineering and innovation. The overall aim of the programme is to equip students with the skills to develop technical and business solutions for healthy living and active ageing. Their work will encourage good health habits in the general population and promote the future wellness of all citizens. A major goal is to enable future scientists and entrepreneurs to create engineering and business solutions that make it possible for citizens to monitor and manage their own health by being informed and skilled in making wellness-driven choices.
The academic faculty involved in the design of the programme has the knowledge and experience to develop, plan and implement sport and exercise activities for individuals (athletes, non-athletes and those with more sedentary lifestyles), and monitor the effects or the impact of such involvement and participation on their health and well-being, using evidence based on anthropometric, biomechanical, biochemical, physiological and psychological parameters. Today's rapid developments in sensor technology, mobile data acquisition, improved risk assessment methodologies combined with Big Data analysis allow the development of pervasive and personalised solutions. The potential with these personalised solutions can span all levels, from cellular through organismic to systemic.
The curriculum includes not only traditional theoretical and practical training gained from the scientific knowledge of the partners involved, but also courses that implement active learning and teaching strategies, team collaboration, aligned teaching, ideation, project management and entrepreneurship skills gained outside the university setting. Challenges within the multidisciplinary areas associated with healthy living and active ageing, and that relate directly to innovation and entrepreneurship, include personalised lifestyle plans. The programme combines advanced scientific education, entrepreneurship training, innovation workshops and round tables, learning-by-doing education as well as offering mobility schemes tailored to the individual student.
On successful completion of the programme, the graduates should be able to:
- Conduct independent research demonstrating a high level of discipline-specific skills;
- Illustrate a deeper understanding of practical translational research through laboratory and/or industrial rotations;
- Acquire skills relating to value-based healthcare to quantify the effect of the different interventions;
- Describe in detail the translation of innovative research to the clinical and commercial arena;
- Demonstrate awareness of the development and protection of Intellectual Property
International mobility during the programme
Each student will spend their third semester at one of the five EIT Health Partners universities, in order to gain additional I&E experience and to take courses that are not available at KTH. During the mobility semester, students will undertake an internship at the premises of the partner university, or through clinical, SME or industrial placements. The combined expertise of the university partners covers all current and future emerging biomedical engineering topics such as image processing and visualisation, medical engineering, biomechanics, mechatronics, rehabilitation technology, precision medicine, artificial intelligence and healthcare logistics. The consortium includes five highly ranked, academic partners with international reputations:
- Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Unina)
- Trinity College Dublin
- Université Grenoble Alpes
- Universidade de Coimbra
Non-academic partners such as LEITAT and GE Healthcare will support the programme by offering internships to the students, acting as guest speakers at the universities, where they will present real-life case and provide mentoring sessions. LEITAT is a private technological centre, with more than 110 years of experience in R&D, technology transfer and industrial innovation services across a wide range of industries and sectors. GE Healthcare connects streams of machine data to powerful analytics and people, providing industrial companies with valuable insights, helping them manage assets and operations more efficiently.
Such world-class academic and industry partnerships with recognized expertise in technology and inter-related disciplines make the programme unique. Committed industry partners with established links to academic partners and the broad range of mobility options attract the best students. A highly innovative environment is already available and ready to implement and exploit solutions commercially throughout Europe and globally.
This is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) held in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is held at the KTH School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, with activities mainly held at the KTH campus in Flemingsberg, Stockholm.
The master's programme in Innovative Technology for Healthy Living is a collaboration between EIT Health Partners to create a new generation of students with multidisciplinary research skills capable of translating research outcomes into innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives and business opportunities. Graduates will lead the creation of new devices, services and professions for a healthier Europe.
Keeping in mind that the topic of the final master’s thesis is industry and clinically motivated, a natural step further is to explore the commercialisation and business potential of this topic.
Graduates from the programme are qualified to join innovation projects at KI/KTH (e.g. We@Work, POSITIVE), and leading industrial companies (Philips, Maquet Critical Care, ContextVision), and have the potential to contribute to e.g. regulatory institutions and governing bodies.
Graduates may also be eligible to continue studies at doctoral level at KTH, an EIT Health Partners university or another prominent university. KTH has a joint PhD programme with Karolinska Institutet (KI), one of the world's foremost medical universities also located in Stockholm.