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MScZero Defect Manufacture for a Circular Economy

Tuition fee €15,000 per year

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The Zero-Defect Manufacture for a Circular Economy programme (ZD) is a Master of Science level programme within the EIT Manufacturing (EITM) Master School. The EITM Master School is a highly prestigious Manufacturing Engineering and Science education provider on advanced level with a focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E). The education at EIT Manufacturing Master School combines technical competence with skills in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. EIT Manufacturing Master School students will be an elite group of forthcoming engineers, operators, innovators, and other relevant professionals.

The EIT Manufacturing Master School students will:

  • improve their knowledge on up to date manufacturing innovation and learn
    how to turn this knowledge into successful business;
  • take part in events such as Summer Schools and Kick-offs;
  • exchange ideas with business partners and researchers at Co-Locations Centres (CLC) and during internships;
  • have access to renowned European research facilities;
  • earn double degree and the EIT Manufacturing Certificate.

Zero Defect Manufacture for a Circular Economy is a combination of studying manufacturing science including physics of equipment and processes, data analysis, including the methodology to use gained process data in the context of process quality, and process management including the flexibility enabled for smaller lot production. During the programme students will gain new skills in these areas.

  • In manufacturing science, relevant fields include main thermal and mechanical processing technologies, with special reference to new processes with growing industrial importance and applied in different sectors, including automotive, aerospace, biomedical and energy.
  • In data analysis, relevant fields include modelling, monitoring and improvement methods to design and manage data in industrial and service scenarios.
  • In process management, relevant fields include analysis, design, and implementation of business and industrial processes as well as their business performance.

Students will have a solid background with well-founded scientific knowledge with a significant technical and application content, favouring immediate entrance to job market. Typical functions of a ZD engineer includes quality management, design and management of manufacturing processes, industrial installations as well as production and logistics systems, maintenance management.

A student who graduates from the Zero-Defect Manufacture for a Circular Economy programme (ZD) shall:

  • be able to implement the gained engineering expertise in ZD to create new or improved methods, techniques, products, and services in the field;
  • be able to think out-of-the-box to find innovative solutions to real-world problems and to come up with new ideas;
  • be able to draw up plans and to make decisions foreseeing future consequences from a scientific, ethical, and societal perspective;
  • be able to turn innovations in the area into feasible and successful business solutions;
  • be able to profitably work in small size teams and contexts by taking into account all relevant elements and showing effective decision-making and leadership abilities.

Merit based scholarship and 2000€ as Mobility Grant
To learn more about scholarship click here

Programme structure

The first year is spent at one university (entry) and second year at another (exit) university in two different European countries. There is a choice of 4 entry points and 3 exit points.

The following universities provide an entry year (first year):

  • Aalto University (Aalto), Finland
  • University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland
  • Grenoble INP (GINP), France
  • University of Trento (UNITN), Italy

The following parties provide an exit year (second year):

  • Aalto University (Aalto), Finland
  • Grenoble INP (GINP), France
  • University of Trento (UNITN), Italy

NB: EIT Manufacturing reserves the right to change the exit universities of this programme

The two years programme (120 ECTS) includes an Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) Module (30 ECTS) and a Technical Major Module (90 ECTS) structured as follows:

  • 45 ECTS for Host Programme technical courses
  • 15 ECTS for Host Programme AM specialization courses
  • 30 ECTS for the I&E Module courses
  • 30 ECTS for the Master thesis

Students are committed to collect a total of 40-50 ECTS related to the Technical Major and of 10-20 ECTS related to the I&E Module in the first year (60 ECTS total) whereas in the second year they are committed to collect 10-20 ECTS for the Technical Major, 10-20 ECTS for the I&E Module and 30 ECTS for the Master Thesis Project (60 ECTS total). The total of technical courses and specialization courses must be 60 ECTS, within the boundaries above. All Master School education will be held in English and all partner universities are assumed to use ECTS units.

NOTE: Each university can have, in addition to the general programme above, compulsory requirements for the student study plan, such us mandatory local language courses. You you will be informed by your university about this.

DEGREES and EIT Label Certificate

At the end of the EIT Manufacturing Zero-Defect Manufacture for a Circular Economy programme (ZD) of 120 ECTS, students will get two degrees from each entry and exit university, according to the following list:

  • Aalto: Diplomi-insinööri, Diplomingenjör, Master of Science (Technology), Decree of the Council of State on University Degrees (1136/2009) – 120 ECTS degree
  • Grenoble INP: Master of Industrial Engineering => 120 ECTS
  • UNITN: Management and Industrial Systems Engineering => 120 ECTS

In addition to the National Accredited degrees, the students receive the EIT Label Certificate, documenting the EIT accreditation and high quality of the programme.

Career opportunities

The EIT Manufacturing Master School will prepare you for high level technical positions, Innovation roles and business profiles, including the capability to create your own start-up. It will allow you to create a professional network at national and international level through the several initiatives and the EIT alumni communities.
The degrees also grant you the eligibility (120 ECTS degrees only) for post graduate doctoral studies, eventually to be done at EIT Manufacturing Doctoral School

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