Upscaling and Materials Economy

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1TE070

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Technology A1N
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 18 April 2016
Responsible department
Department of Engineering Sciences

Entry requirements

120 credits within Science and Technology.

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide basic knowledge and skills required to be able to perform financial and organisational assessments of how changes in production volume affect a growing company in the materials industry.

After a completed course, the student should be able to:

  • understand and manage financial models to make assessments of product- and production costs as well as investment needs related to changes in the production volume for a growing company within the materials industry,
  • evaluate and assess how the relationship between the materials company, its suppliers and its markets (customers) is affected by volume changes,
  • analyse industrial challenges that decision makers in a materials company face when scaling up, and identify relevant strategies to address these challenges.


Based on a number of real projects related to the field of materials, from companies and research at the university, the course highlights the relationship between volume changes and costs as well as the need for investments and the market needs that arise. The course covers various economic models and market models often used to make strategic decisions for growing companies in the materials industry.


Practical projects are supported by lectures, guest lectures, seminars and supervision. The students work in groups with a specific case, which gives them the opportunity to work concretely with making assessments according to the course objectives.


Written report. The examination also includes an oral presentation of the report, as well as opposition and discussion of another group’s work.