Master’s programme in Technology, Work and Health

Functional and well-designed work systems, organisations and work environments are essential for a sustainable working life. This programme offers knowledge in proactive occupational safety and health management. You will learn how to plan, design and analyse work environments, from the perspectives of sustainable work and organisational performance.

Application dates for studies starting in Autumn 2019

16 October 2018: Application opens
15 January 2019: Application deadline
1 February 2019: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
4 April 2019: Notification of selection results
August 2019: Arrival and start of studies

Information for newly admitted students

Technology, Work and Health at KTH

The programme provides a deeper understanding of the interplay between human, technology and organisation, from the perspectives of sustainable work and organisational performance. As a student, you will gain knowledge and proficiency in proactive occupational safety and health (OSH) management, as well as in how to plan, design and analyse work environments. You will acquire advanced theoretical and applied knowledge of physical, cognitive and organisational ergonomics. This is applicable for work with the development of organisations and processes, with a focus on improvements of work and ergonomic interventions for a sustainable working life.

The education in the programme is based on blended learning. Most of the courses offer teaching on campus over four to five days every three weeks. In between the campus meetings, you will study independently or in groups with course projects and e-learning activities.

During the first year the student has the opportunities to specialise within: Work Environment Engineering (WEE), or Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE).

Work Environment Engineering (WEE) 

Work Environment Engineering include elaborations on the theory and practice of technical and physical work environments, as well as organisation and OSH management. This specialisation focuses on the technical work environment, from the organisation of work, via change management and risk assessments, to the effects of the work environment on an organisation’s operational and financial performance. After completion of your studies, you will have suitable knowledge, understanding and proficiency to work as a Work Environment Engineer

Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) 

Human Factors and Ergonomics elaborates further the topics of OSH management and product development, as well as the planning and design of work environments. You will learn how to apply the theory, principles, data and methods to design work environments and works systems for human well-being and overall system performance. After completion of your studies, you will have suitable knowledge and proficiency to work as a Human Factors Specialist or Ergonomist.

This is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given at KTH Campus and KTH Flemingsberg in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (at KTH).

Topics covered

Occupational safety and health; physical, cognitive and organisational ergonomics; human factors; change management; risk assessments; product and production development.

Courses

Career

As a graduate of this programme, you will have comprehensive career opportunities, and employment prospects are good. Employers of Work Environment Engineers and Human Factors Specialists can be found nationally and globally in the public, municipal, and private sectors. You will be able to actively influence and manage change and development projects within the field of technical work environments. You will have a knowledge of risk assessment methods, safety strategies and project management within production development.

The programme is designed for professional careers as specialists within public authorities and administrations, in municipal or private OSH organisations, or consultancies. It facilitates graduates to work with investigations, risk assessments, management of change, and planning and designing of products, work environments, and work organisations. After this programme it is possible to pursue an academic research career and continue on studies leading to a PhD at KTH or other universities.

After graduation

Work environment engineer, human factors specialist, ergonomist, labour inspector, occupational safety and health consultant, project manager.

Students

Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.

"Getting involved with student activities is a great way to meet new people and have fun."

Brady Nilsson, USA

Meet the students