Industry 4.0 - Introduction

  • Credits 5 credits
  • Study location Independent of location
  • $stringTranslations.StartDate 2023-03-27 - 2023-06-04 (part time 33%)
  • $stringTranslations.StartDate 2023-03-27 - 2023-06-04 (part time 33%)
  • Education level First cycle
  • Course code PPU218
  • Main area Product and Process Development
  • Application code: MDU-14596

Would you like to know what Industry 4.0 is about? Then this course is for you!

In the course, we look at enabling technologies of Industry 4.0 from a human and industrial perspective. The course covers many topics and you will learn the basic terminology related to Industry 4.0 as well as insight and understanding of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how it is set to affect industry and individuals.

The course is fully online.

You will learn what Industry 4.0 is about and discuss potential benefits and challenges with these new enabling technologies. On completing the course, you will have a conceptual understanding of key terms and technologies related to Industry 4.0.

You will learn to

  • Understand and exemplify the impact of digitalization on industry and humans in daily life both now and in the future.
  • Understand the system landscape in Industry 4.0 and its terminology/technology (VR, AR, AM, AI, IoT, Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics, Cyber-physical system, etc.)
  • Exemplify Industry 4.0 technologies in industrial cases and describe potential benefits and challenges.
  • Assess maturity level of digitalization transformation in production system.

Entry requirements

30 credits in completed courses in mechanical engineering, production engineering, product and process development, computer engineering and/or computer science or equivalent.

You can also apply for the course and get your eligibility evaluated based on knowledge acquired in other ways, such as work experience, other studies etc. Read more in Application information below.




Course syllabus

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Application information

You’ll find the entry requirements in the course description. After submitting your application, the next step is to submit documentation to demonstrate your eligibility for the course. Most academic credentials from Sweden are retrieved automatically. Wait a few days after submitting your application - if you still can’t see your academic credentials om My pages, please upload them.

If you have studied in another country, you must provide transcripts of your academic studies and of your English proficiency. Exactly what you need to submit and how, depends on several factors. You can read more on universityadmissions.se or antagning.se.

If the course requires work experience, you need to provide an employer’s certificate. You can download a template for employer’s certificate below.

No academic qualifications?

Many courses requires that you have previous academies studies, but we validate work experience to assess if you have the knowledge that is equal to the eligibility requirements for the course.

If you don’t have the formal qualifications required, please send in a certificate of employment (current or previous) and a CV/Description of competence that describes your educational and professional background. Please include a short description of your work experience, not only the work title.

Use the CV/ Description of competence template below and fill in the information requested.

You can also use our template for Employers certificate if you like.

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If you have any questions regarding eligibility or application please send an e-mail to lifelonglearning@mdu.se


The course is part of the Premium project in which MDU offers courses aimed at giving the industry the competence needed for sustainable and smart production.

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