Economics and Business Administration

Innovation Management

Innovation Management is a two-year full time international master's degree specialisation programme. You will gain knowledge and skills within innovation and learn how to plan and carry out innovative development projects in private and public companies and organisations.

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Economics and Business Administration

Innovation Management

Innovation Management is a two-year full time international master's degree specialisation programme. You will gain knowledge and skills within innovation and learn how to plan and carry out innovative development projects in private and public companies and organisations.

Apply now

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The MSc specialisation programme in Innovation Management is organised by the Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research and takes place at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in Beijing, China.

Innovation is the targeted process of creating value based on ideas and is a driving force for competitiveness and sustainability in companies, institutions and organisations. Although many companies and organisations understand that innovation is crucial to their survival and competitiveness, managing innovation is a complex task.

The purpose of the MSc specialisation in Innovation Management is to give you a deep understanding of what innovation is and to equip you to manage innovation processes.

Innovation is not just about being creative. Creativity can result in good ideas, but if the ideas can’t be used to create value, they may never turn into innovations. The Innovation Management programme teaches you to identify and develop creative ideas and bring them to life so that they create value and strengthen the competitive advantage of innovative organisations.

During the programme, you will receive professional guidance from researchers and practitioners from the business world. The purpose is to provide you with knowledge at the highest possible level that you can apply in both business and academia.

Upon graduation you will have:

  • acquired theories and methods in innovation that you can use in both research and practice to identify, analyze and solve relevant theoretical and practical problems.
  • competencies to create value in companies and organisations through systematic processes
  • tools for understanding and managing complex innovation processes.

As a graduate, you will receive both a Danish diploma from Aalborg University and a Chinese diploma (Double Master’s Degree) from UCAS in Beijing. You thus have optimal conditions for pursuing an international career in which China is an increasingly important player.

Academic content

The MSc specialisation programme in Innovation Management lasts two years. The programme consists of carefully tailored modules that include research areas within innovation management, planning, innovation systems, creativity, organisation, method, learning, globalisation, business models. In addition, there is project work and the final thesis.

The teaching is based on problem-based learning, which means that you learn to identify, process and solve real-world problems.

Semester descriptions

Company collaboration

In the third semester, you have the opportunity to complete a project-oriented company collaboration, where you can be associated with a company or organisation for a longer period in Denmark or abroad.

You also have the opportunity to take a semester at another Danish university or take a semester at another programme at Aalborg University. You can also choose to work on a research project at the university.

Read more about stays abroad at: https://www.internationaloffice.aau.dk/.

Read more about opportunities for business courses at: https://jobbank.aau.dk/da/.

Job and career

Innovation is an important driving force for future competitiveness and sustainability for companies, institutions and organisations. Employers therefore increasingly need experts and managers with competencies in innovation and business development who can make a company creative and innovative.

The MSc specialisation in Innovation Management meets this need for people with a detailed understanding of global market mechanisms, technological development, strategic insight, organisational skills, entrepreneurship and creativity.

Innovation Management not only gives you skills to apply for jobs in existing companies and organisations, but also promotes your interest in starting your own business.

The programme also offers you the opportunity to participate in academic research in the field of innovation.

As a graduate in Innovation Management with both a Danish and a Chinese diploma, you have an international job profile, which gives you a global competitive advantage in the labor market.

Get help at AAU to start your career in Denmark

AAU Career helps you on your way from student life to job life in Denmark by giving you the tools to examine your options and find out what to do.

While studying at AAU, you can participate in career and job-related events, find help on our website, and book a personal career counselling session to talk about e.g.:

  • Finding your way in your career
  • Danish working culture
  • Application and CV the Danish way
  • What you can offer an employer
  • How to go about job search in Denmark – both student job, internship and full-time job

Read more about AAU Career here

Application and requirements

Student counsellor

Fibigerstræde 2, room 6
9220 Aalborg Ø
Phone: +45 2097 8958 
E-mail: ha-studievejl@business.aau.dk
Office hours: Mondays 08:00-11:00.

Contact study department

Coordinator: Dmitrij Slepniov