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 (20 higher education credits, HEC):

  • A critical review of the Product Development Process literature (5 HEC)
  • Sustainable Development in Engineering Product Development (5 HEC)
  • Modelling, Simulation and Optimization in the Engineering Product Development Process (5 HEC)
  • Engineering and Innovation Management (5 HEC)

The modules run continuously with a new module starting (approximately) each semester. The modules 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. Courses can be subscribed to via Kunskapsförmedlingen (website in English/Swedish). Check for current dates at this site.


  • Engineering Product Development (20 HEC suite)
    • Module 1 – A Critical Review of the PDP (5 hp/HEC)
      Established literature is 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. Contact: Prof Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Read more and subscribe here.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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. 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. Read more and subscribe here. Contact: Prof Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck or Assoc prof Kerstin Johansen,
  • Get Your Paper Published (P09, 7,5 hp): Hands-on academic publication course guides participants through the journal publication process with their own contribution. Read more here. Course within Produktion2030, collaboration with ScAIEM. For info please contact: Prof Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck 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 will be run preliminarily during Spring, 2022. See here for more information. For more information about registration and course dates, please contact: Jessica Lagerstedt Wadin,, or Prof 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.(