Innovation Management Programme

MSc in Innovation Management

We innovate the future – join us!

The SDC MSc programme in Innovation Management is:

  • A full Master’s programme (120 ECTS)
  • Taught in English
  • A double-degree programme. Upon successful completion the graduates will receive a Master’s degree from Aalborg University as well as from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS)
  • Recognized by the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Educational Support and Danish students are hence entitled to receive SU. Chinese students get an opportunity to get financial support and visit Denmark for project work and academic activities
  • Truly international program (50% Danish and 50% Chinese students)

Innovation is seen as the driver for future competitiveness and sustainability for companies, institutions and organisations of all sizes. The globalisation and the increased pressure from competitors all over the world ushers in the need for companies to have an enhanced capability of translating current – as well as future – needs for customers into new processes, products and services.

While it is apparent to many organisations that innovation is crucial for survival and competitiveness, it is at the same time a complex task to manage. It entails detailed understanding of market mechanisms, technological development, strategic insight, organisational skills, entrepreneurial drive and creativity.

The Master of Science (MSc) programme in Innovation Management combines these disciplines, providing competences for the students on:

  • How innovation systems work, including innovation policies in a global context
  • How to analyse the need for different activities that can enhance the innovation capabilities of companies and organisations
  • How to formulate strategies/policies at various levels (company, industry, macro), including the execution of initiatives for innovation

The SDC programs, and the Innovation Management among them, are dynamic, forward looking, transnational, transdisciplinary and team-based initiatives. The pedagogy of the programme is founded on problem/solution-based learning, i.e. the students identify, process and solve problems guided by professors from the leading Danish and Chinese universities. The learning process is underpinned by lectures, cases, project work and other learning activities in close engagement with practice.

Structure and Content

The design of the Innovation Management programme recognizes that a modern education combines different learning modes. Our programme integrates theory and practice. This requires close collaboration with companies and organizations in China. The first two semesters of the programme provide the students with an in-depth understanding of the multiple ways innovation is permeating companies, organizations and society at large. During the 3rd semester, students are challenged by doing a project-oriented internship in a company or organization. The 4th semester is devoted to the master thesis, which can also involve collaborating with a company.

Increasingly, companies are focusing on innovation and business development and are in need of experts and managers, who are qualified in these fields. The programme has this areas in focus. Furthermore, it provides the candidates with knowledge in entrepreneurship, equipping them with the necessary skills to start up their own companies. The programme also offers its candidates to participate in top-level research in the field of innovation, opening up opportunities both in academia and the public domain.

By being part of the truly global classroom in China, our graduates enter the job market with a double degree providing relevant skills and knowledge that give a competitive global edge.

Admission requirements

The programme is designed for students with a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Economics and Business Administration or the equivalent. Students with other backgrounds may also qualify for enrollment. The qualifications will be assessed on an individual basis.

Who is behind the programme

The MSc in Innovation Management has been developed by Aalborg University in collaboration with University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School, Roskilde University, Tsinghua University, Renmin University, and Zhejiang University contribute to the programme.

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Questions regarding admissions, courses, academic profile and more:
Dmitrij Slepniov, Head of Educational Program, Associate Professor, Aalborg University