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.
Technology, Work and Health at KTH
The master’s programme in Technology, Work and Health 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 programme connects closely to the UN Sustainable Development Goal #8: Decent work and economic growth. It includes one elective course, “Ergonomics in Challenge Driven Product Development”, which is given in collaboration with Botho University (Botswana), and connects to several of the UN goals.
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). At the second half of the second year a 30-credit degree project is carried out in an area of focus of the student. The project may be done individually or in groups of two students. There is a possibility to choose a one-year master degree (60 credits), and instead do a 15-credit degree project, in the second half of the first year.
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.
Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.
Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Technology, Work and Health are:
The programme overall is closely linked to SDG #8: Decent work and economic growth. Work is an important part of people lives. Work-related accidents and diseases are common in all countries, and since students obtain an in-depth understanding of worker’s health, i.e. that of blue and white collar workers, of both genders and of all ages and socioeconomic classes, and how to achieve sustainable and competitive work systems with a minimum of physical, chemical and psychosocial risk factors, the programme also relates to SDG #3: Good health and well-being, and SDG #10 Industry, innovation and infrastructure.
Faculty and research
The programme faculty include teachers that are employed at the Division of Ergonomics, all of them have PhD within the area of the programme, and work environment experts from outside the university with substantial experiences of their specific parts in which they are teaching.
The programme is closely related to the research projects of the division, and the majority of the student projects includes data collection from real work places. The faculty includes several well-known researchers within the field of ergonomics, work environment risk assessments, and organisation management. The senior researchers are: