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MSc in Digital Innovation & Management enables you to understand and contribute to digitalisation processes in a wide variety of organisations. As a Digital Innovation & Management graduate, you will be equipped to recognise and manage complex interactions between people, technology and society. You will be able to identify the new possibilities that digitalisation creates and have the tools to shape future IT development.
The world faces many significant challenges in the years to come. Developing new and creative ways of thinking about e.g. growth, energy, health and welfare is crucial. To tackle these challenges, companies and organisations will need university graduates with strong analytical and proactive skills.
The MSc programme in Digital Innovation & Management combines a social science-approach to technology and its practical operations with skills in IT development, governance, business and management.
With academic staff at your disposal for professional discussion and supervision, you will work independently on cases where IT poses the essential challenge in society and organisations. You will also acquire knowledge about different opportunities and challenges related to innovation strategies, IT deployment and the use of IT in society as a whole.
As a student, you will collaborate with public institutions and private companies. This ensures that you will work with real and up-to-date challenges faced by organisations, businesses and enterprises. This is both a great opportunity to learn and an excellent way of establishing professional relations for the benefit of your future career
The programme has a strong international outlook and is conducted in English. As part of the high-quality learning environment at the IT University, the programme focuses on training students to build bridges between technology, societal needs and the goals of private and public organisations. Graduates of the Digital Innovation & Management programme will be well equipped to create robust relations and value in the intersection between IT and society.
An MSc in Digital Innovation & Management will provide you with a keen global perspective and with the skill set you acquire during the programme, you will be well prepared for an international career in the private or public sector. You will, for example, be able to identify new opportunities and manage the changes they entail in large organisations and institutions.
Information technology is everywhere. Therefore, you will be an asset for a wide array of employers in the private as well as the public sector.
You should be ready to shape your own career possibilities in a changing professional environment but the jobs listed below are examples of positions and tasks, you would be qualified for:
- Organisational Consultant working with the development of organisational processes, management models, optimisation of management/communication processes etc.
- Project and Team Manager with tasks related to developing and managing projects, project teams and processes.
- Special Advisor with advisory tasks within the areas of information technology, digitalisation, innovation, research and development etc.
- Business Analyst and Developer working with the identification of and expansion into new areas of IT business - e.g. business analy¬sis, concept development, implementation etc.
The MSc programme has a flexible structure. It provides solid analytic skills while leaving ample room for you to define and shape your own unique profile. It contains mandatory as well as elective modules and the choice of at least one specialization.
During the programme, you have to choose at least one of three specialisations:
- Process Innovation and New Business Models
- Digital Governance and Enterprise Services
- Global Relations and Networked Practices
And take six mandatory modules, consisting of the five following courses:
- Navigating Complexity: Mapping, Visualization and Decision-making (15 ECTS) will equip you with a set of analytical and practical tools to analyse and visualise complex knowledge fields. You will be able to manage and act constructively in complex and challenging situations and work with how decision-making can be informed.
- Foundations in Development of IT (7.5 ECTS) will enable you to understand and participate in IT development cycles. The course will equip you with a fundamental understanding of important aspects in the design and development of IT systems.
- Business & Management Foundations (7.5 ECTS) will provide you with different perspectives and tools for business and strategic management, including knowledge of how to do business models, and new and classic strategic management theories related to organizations in different situations and development stages.
- Digital Accountability (7.5 ECTS) will enable you to identify, manage, understand and act in relation to IT infrastructures put in place to meet demands for transparency and controllability. The course provides students with tools for analysing techno-managerial practices and the infrastructures and constraints that make such practices accountable. The course traces, for instance, historical, political, ethical or cultural relations in which accountabilities are embedded.
- Innovation and Technology in Society (7.5 ECTS) will provide you with a range of theoretical perspectives and conceptual tools to critically approach, understand and analyse complex relationships between IT, innovation and society. This will, among other things, enable you to reflect upon your own role as an active participant in future technological and societal developments, as well as to reflect on the politics and values embedded in the design and use of technologies.
And one of the following two courses:
- Open Innovation and Design (7.5 ECTS) equips students with techniques and tools for understanding and using the fundamental concepts of open innovation. It explores how all types of organisations (private, public and NGOs), as entities within broader ecosystems, purposively use inflows and outflows of knowledge to progress and promote innovation. How do they incorporate ideas from outside their boundaries with the use of technology acquisitions, alliances, crowd sourcing, open source and other mechanisms?
- Digital Change Management (7.5 ECTS) gives you tools to analyse and understand challenges of change management related to digitalisation.
A specialisation is a well-organised collection of courses that allows you to work with advanced topics within a specific area, and prepares you for writing your MSc thesis. The programme offers a total of 3 specialisations. You must complete one specialisation during your studies.
- Global Relations and Networked Practices provides you with tools to analyse challenges and opportunities for organisations in a globalised world. You will learn to use concepts from anthropology, Science and Technology Studies, computer supported cooperative work and organisational studies to analyse global phenomena and transformations related to IT.
- Process Innovation and New Business Models provides you with tools to organize and govern process and service innovation with state-of-the-art theories and frameworks. You will learn how current and future digital technologies enable fundamentally new business models, and you learn how to cope with the challenges organizations may face trying to balance exploration and exploitation.
- Digital Governance and Enterprise Services work with IT governance, strategy, planning, organisational development and development of new services both in private companies as well as public organisations. You will understand what it means to work with IT in times of fading private and public enterprises boundaries and how services work in innovative ways.
It is possible to apply for an individual specialisation, where you combine a package of 22.5 ECTS point of connected and relevant courses. Taking a look at the specialisations offered by the other MSc Study Programmes may inspire you. An individual specialisation can also be obtained at another university in Denmark or abroad.
You also have an excellent opportunity to shape your own profile through electives. You can choose between all the courses offered at the IT University at a Masters level, as well as take electives at a different university.
The teaching method in the MSc programme in Digital Innovation & Management alternates between traditional lectures and project work, which demands a responsible, independent effort, collaborative skills and project management. Your professors and lecturers are among the best in the field and your abilities and effort will be challenged accordingly. Project work is an important part of the MSc Programme in Digital Innovation & Management. This method of working gives you the opportunity to delve deeper into specific areas that interest you or your project group. Project work also hones your collaboration skills, not just with fellow students or teaching staff but also with businesses and organisations.
The programme is designed for you to collaborate with public or private companies on at least two projects during the programme, ensuring that you will always be working with current industry or societal chal¬lenges, and enabling you to network with the business community even before you graduate.
The IT University of Copenhagen offers state scholarships to three or four exceptionally talented MSc applicants (full-degree students) from outside EU and EEA every year. The scholarships will be offered to the applicants who achieve the best scores according to the criteria in our admission rules. The state scholarships consist of free tuition and partly covering of living expenses.
Applicants cannot apply for the scholarships. The IT University considers all admitted MSc students for the scholarships and informs the students chosen for the scholarships in their letter of admission.
Please note that if you recieve a scholarship, you will have to follow and pass full time studies.