Competitive production systems

  • Credits Credits: 5 credits
  • Study location Eskilstuna
  • Education level Avanced level
  • Main area Product and Process Development

This course will provide insight into the demands and challenges posed by competitive production in industrial production systems and develop the ability to participate in and to drive improvement work.

About this course

This course will provide insight into the demands and challenges posed by competitive production in industrial production systems and develop the ability to participate in and to drive improvement work.

  • The course gives insight into the current requirements and challenges of competitive industrial production and focuses on efficient Lean production. Through theory and project work you will learn useful techniques, methods and strategies.
  • You get the necessary knowledge and training to carry out a value flow analysis and other forms of improvement work.
  • You will get current and competitive knowledge, a path to new developing work tasks.
  • The course is developed and linked to reality in close collaboration with our successful research and cooperating companies.
  • The course provides a basic knowledge and understanding of the modern view of Lean production in industrial activities.
  • The teaching consists of lectures, exercises and supervision. Independent studies and industry-applied improvement projects in groups.

Learning outcomes

To demonstrate:

  • knowledge and understanding of competitive and sustainable production
  • knowledge and understanding of basic philosophy, strategies and principles for lean production
  • ability to integrate, plan and implement a value-flow analysis of a production segment in an industrial activity
  • ability in group work to plan, implement and report a project assignment in writing as well as verbally and to provide feedback on such work
  • ability to propose and compare various options for enhancing a production system section through the selection and application of methods and tools for continuous improvement.

Within the course you will study

  • Competitive and sustainable production systems.
  • Customer value versus waste.
  • Basic philosophy, strategies and principles for Lean production.
  • Value flow analysis, customer value and elimination of waste.
  • Lean management and organisation, business process development.
  • Maintenance and equipment efficiency in competitive production systems.

Entry requirements

  • Completed courses of at least 45 credits in Product and Process Development, of which at least 7 credits in production/logistics/quality and at least 12 months of professional experience in industry


  • University studies in the field of engineering of at least 60 credits and at least 24 months of professional experience from technology in industrial production/logistics/quality.
  • In addition English course A/English course 6 is required.

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.

Course title in Swedish

Konkurrenskraftiga produktionssystem



Course syllabus

You can read in detail about the course, it's content and literature and so on in the course syllabus

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The course is planned to start in the autumn semester 2020.

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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