Industrial Engineering is about to see "the big picture" when one is dealing with complex processes and systems. The field focuses on analyzing the many 'wheels' that must work together so that an organization is able to function in the most efficient and effective way. As a student, you will get deep insights into diverse methodologies, techniques and tools that you may apply to enhance the organization's performance. The capability you gain through this study makes you particularly well suited for both engineering and management positions.
A Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering will provide students with the knowledge and capabilities to use appropriate techniques, skills, and tools to identify, formulate, analyze, and solve complex problems in both engineering and management. With normal progress, a student will be able to obtain a master degree after two years, corresponding to 120 credits. If the student wants to combine the master study with work in an external company, it is possible to extend the program to three or four years. A customized education plan will then be suggested. After finishing this education, students will have a solid foundation to enter a variety of positions at global base. The typical positions are senior engineer, project managers, developers, consultants, managers and researchers. Many of our former students are holding managerial or senior research positions in public organizations or private companies.
In Week 33 a two-days refresher course in linear algebra is
offered. In this course, central concepts and methods from
previous linear algebra courses will be repeated. Experiences
from previous years are that students who participate in this
refresher course benefit greatly from this in SMN6190 Linear
All teachings in this programme are in English.
The programme involves lectured courses, as well as a high degree
of problem-based education (i.e. learning-by-doing), where the
students spend their time working on relevant projects under
supervision of a highly qualified staff. The projects are
concerned with relevant topics within the field of industrial
Form of assessment
Through the two-year master’s programme of Industrial Engineering, students are evaluated in both theoretical knowledge and engineering skills. This evaluation is based on written or oral exams, in addition to written reports and presentation of project results. The programme aims at being international and research-based, and the students will therefore acquire state-of-the-art competence in both technology and management.
Mandatory safety training in health, security and environment (HSE)
All students must complete mandatory safety training before they are allowed access and given permission to work in laboratories, workshops and the like. This also goes for participation in fieldwork/research cruises and similar. Please contact your immediate supervisor for the list of mandatory courses.
Bachelor degree in Engineering programme in mechanical, electrical power, electronics, mechatronics, material science, industrial engineering, process engineering or other equivalent majors with minimum 25 credits mathematics, 5 credits statistics and 7,5 credits physics topics.
The basis of admission is
Bachelor degree in Engineering programme in mechanical, electrical power, electronics, mechatronics, material science, industrial engineering, process engineering or other equivalent majors with minimum 25 credits mathematics, 5 credits statistics and 7,5 credits physics topics. (Some of the courses in the bachelor engineering programme may have a certain amount of physics included and can be accepted*)
In most bachelor's degrees in engineering, you must expect to take some elective science subjects to qualify for the master's degree. At UiT you can take TEK-2800 Mathematics 3 (5 ects) and TEK-2801 Physics 2 (5 ects) to meet the requirement of mathematics and physics.
*)Courses at UiT with content of
acceptable physics: See attachements to the Studyplan
for more information.
If the bachelor's degree has been taken at another university, confirmed documentation must be attached of which courses and the number of credits in physics are included.
Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:
- The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester
General admissions requirements for Norwegian and Nordic applicants - Master.
Online application is via Søknadsweb, study code 4603
Applicants from outside the Nordic
- The application deadline for applicants outside the Nordic countries is December 1st for admission to the autumn semester.
Online application, study code 9006
Are you an international applicant? How to apply.
The aim of the program Industrial Engineering is to provide the students with knowledge, skills and general competence in Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing, Industrial Robotics, Optimization, Data Management, Computer Integrated and Virtual Manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma, Production Logistics, and Supply Chain Management. Students will develop action skills to meet the needs and challenges of private and public sectors.
K1: Has broad knowledge within the academic field of mathematics, physics and engineering, and specialized and relevant knowledge within the field of industrial engineering.
K2: Has thorough knowledge of the different theories and methodologies that enhance industrial enterprise performance from a holistic perspective.
K3: Has specialized knowledge on different industrial processes especially related to manufacturing and relevant technologies, concepts and systems such as robotics, CAD/CAM, CIM, virtual manufacturing, manufacturing logistics, supply chain management, operations research, quality management & improvement (Lean Six Sigma), project management as well as new development within the academic field of industrial engineering.
K4: Has broad knowledge on the history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society of the academic field of industrial engineering.
S1: Can analyse and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments.
S2: Can use existing theories and interpretations in the field of industrial engineering, work systematically and team oriented on practical and theoretical problems.
S3: Can use relevant methods in industrial engineering to perform research and development work in an independent and team-oriented manner.
S4: Can carry out an independent, limited research or development project within the field of industrial engineering under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics.
GC1: Can analyse relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems as an engineer and/or a manager.
GC2: Can apply the knowledge and skills within industrial.
engineering in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects, both as a team member and a project leader.
GC3: Can communicate about academic issues, analysis and conclusions in the field of industrial engineering by using the terminology in the field to communicate with both specialists and the common public.
GC4: Can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes by using the knowledge from the methods and theories in industrial engineering.
With a M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering, you will have excellent job opportunities as the study equips you with a comprehensive set of knowledge in dealing with technical and managerial challenges in manufacturing industries, i.e. automation, oil and gas, mechanical and electrical, logistics and shipping.
The students have great possibilities to take some parts of the study programme at other universities abroad, especially in connection with the final master thesis. UIT Narvik has active collaborations with other universities in countries like China, Japan, USA, Hungary, Sweden, Germany and Spain.