The Product Development Academy has an ambition to unite resources in PhD education where one important part is securing that relevant and high quality PhD courses are available to PhD Students. Other activities in Education is sharing experiences and supporting life-long learning for teachers in the Product Development area. Courses are part of the Produktion2030 Graduate School.

PhD courses

The Product Development Academy has a four module course suite in Engineering Product Design. These modules are:

  • A critical review of the Product Development Process literature
  • Sustainable Development in Engineering Product Development
  • Modelling, Simulation and Optimization in the Engineering Product Development Process
  • Engineering and Innovation Management

The modules run continuously with a new module starting each semester. The modules are courses of 5 higher education credits (HEC) and are given at the universities enrolled in PDA.

Besides this 20 HEC course suite, there are other PhD courses that may be of interest for PhD candidates in the product development field. Please see list below.

Upcoming courses

  • Engineering Product Development (20 HEC suite)
    • 2019/20 – Module 2 – Sustainability in Engineering Product Development (5 hp/HEC)
      Societal and industrial activities call for a need to relate research and practice on Engineering Product Development to the pressing issues of sustainable development. In this course, we will address how various sustainability aspects relate to Engineering Product Development and focus on why, how and when sustainability needs to be integrated and implemented in the product development activities. Contact: Prof Glenn Johansson, Read more and subscribe here.
    • Jan 2020 – Module 3 – Modeling, Simulation and Optimization (5 hp/HEC)
      The course aims to provide a basic understanding for how modelling, simulation and optimization can be employed to support the product development process. Contact: Prof Ola Isaksson Read more and subscribe here.
    • Aug/Sept 2020 – Module 4 – Engineering Management (5 hp/HEC) 
      The course aims to provide a basic understanding and knowledge of research in engineering management of product development in industrial contexts. Content: 1. Course introduction (Aug/Sep), 2. Strategy, processes and execution (Sept), 3. Organization and knowledge management (October), 4. Research and practice of engineering management, course project presentation (Nov/Dec). Contact: Prof Björn Fagerström, Read more and subscribe here.
    • Jan 2021 – Module 1 – A Critical Review of the PDP (5 hp/HEC)
      Established literature will be revisited and compared with more recent advances in academic research. The objective is primarily to provide a theoretical reference base for conducting research in product development. Planned dates 2021: January at 9.15-10.00: Web meeting (zoom) with course information (not compulsory), March: Physical meeting in Luleå (Monday – travel Sunday evening or Saturday if you want a day extra for skiing), April: Web meeting, May: Web meeting, June: Physical meeting in Linköping or Gothenburg (place TBD Linköping or Chalmers). Contact: Prof Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Read more and subscribe here.
  • Production Innovation (P01, 7,5 hp): Course within Produktion2030 that combines industry production visits with theory on innovation management applied for manufacturing industrial cases. Run for the fourth time 2019-20. Dates: Oct 23-24 (Luleå), Dec 4-5 (Jönköping), Jan 29-30 (Stockholm/Kista), Feb 12-13 (online), March 23-24 (Norrköping). Contact: Prof Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck or Kerstin Johansen,
  • Get Your Paper Published (P09, 7,5 hp): Very popular hands-on academic publication course guides participants through the journal publication process with their own contribution. Now back for the fifth time 2020. Upon request, also with a program also for senior researchers planned at session 2 (February). Course within Produktion2030, collaboration with ScAIEM. Dates not yet announced for 2020, but preliminary start and sessions are: Feb 17-19 (Luleå), May dd-dd (Jönköping), Sept dd-dd (Linköping/Chalmers-Gothenburg). For info please contact: Prof Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck (email as above) or Prof Kristina Säfsten, JU:
  • Innovation and Value Creation in Research (4 hp): A course organised by LTH with support from LU Innovation system and PDA. The aim of this course is to broaden the idea about what innovation is, and to equip PhD students with tools and process, ”innovation and value creation lenses”, needed to enable to put their research in a utilization and societal perspective. This will stimulate the transfer of research results to society, and contribute to enhanced innovation and cooperation between academia, investors, business society and society as whole. The course was given Spring 2019. The number of particpants is limited. New course dates not yet announced. See here for more information. For more info, please contact: Jessica Lagerstedt Wadin,, or Anders Warell,

All courses: Limited number of attendees (and minimum is 12, otherwise courses may be postponed). Please subscribe according to links above, or email your “interest subscription” (not binding) to the contact persons above as soon as possible, so that details can be planned properly.

In addition to the course program provided by PDA, universities engaged in PDA can use this forum for informing of courses at their department/universities.

PADOK collaboration

PADOK is the Swedish network for PhD students in production-related research fields and we collaborate. Please visit the PADOK site and become a member of the PhD network for research in product development and production. More info at PADOK web site.(