Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship, Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering
Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship, Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering
Information- and communication technologies such as web technologies, mobile communication and advanced digital services is rapidly evolving, and increasingly influences our daily lives. The technologies are combined in new ways, which results in exciting opportunities for new services and apllications and contribute to digital transformation. If you want to learn about this development, understand what's happening "behind the scenes", and learn how to support user needs and create value, then the master's programme Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneuship (ICTE) on Aalborg University is the programme for you. The education will arm you with knowledge about the newest developments within information and communication technology in a global perspective, and you will learn to develop services and to understand the social, market and ethical aspects of their applications.
You will work with
- The technologies behind interesting applications such as Google, Facebook and Amazon
- Business-related technical subjects and standards within programming, software architectures and communication technologies
- Relevant technical subjects such as IoT, 5G, machine learning and cloud computing
- Business models and business development
- Interaction with technologies, computer and data ethics
- Cyber security
ICTE contains a nice mixture of theoretical fundamentals and practical implementations of exciting technologies, with a good amount of business and entrepreneurship. A large part of the education is project-based, meaning you have responsibility for your own learning, and you have a large influence in which topics and technologies you want to focus on. ICTE is a technical education, which lets me be creative and innovative, while i get an engineer-technical introduction to many of the important technologies within the IT industry. The teachers are good at explaining the solutions that are currently used in large corporations, and at the same time they can introduce the newest and best solutions. The education will give you a proffessional profile that can be used in many different industries, whether you want to work in infrastructure, software, security or business development. I am aspiring to become an entrepreneur in the IT-sector, so for me ICTE is the perfect match.
Are you a team player?
Group work is an essential element at Aalborg University. Every semester, you will work on a big project together in a group. The semester project is typically around half of the study activity for each semester, so it is important that you can function well in groups and that you see yourself as a team player.
It can be challenging to work in groups, but the ability to do so is one of the capabilities that make AAU candidates very attractive for recruiters and companies.
As a student of ICTE at Aalborg University Copenhagen, you become part of an academic environment shaped by interdisciplinary research and start-up companies, and we cooperate with a long list of organisations and authorities. We are situated in the former Nokia headquarter in Copenhagen, a building which now hosts both Aalborg University and many start-up companies formed e.g. by ex-Nokia employees. Our neighbourgs are other telecom-, media and software companies. Often, research projects at CMI are continued as start-up businesses. There are also often opportunities for you as a student to work with the start-up companies.
The ICTE study programme is provided by a research center within Aalborg University - Center for Media and Communication technologies (CMI) under the department of Electronic Systems at Aalborg University. What characterises our research at CMI is that it is interdisciplinary: engineers work together with colleagues from economy, law, political science and design. They carry out research within the fields of law and regulation, interaction design, Internet of Things and market analysis. Your semester projects at ICTE and the teaching in general reflects this interdisciplinary approach. We connect engineering with business, markets, legislation and users.
We teach in English and we have an international atmosphere with researchers/teachers and students coming from all over the world. We have and have had students from more than 20 different countries. Software plays an ever-increasing role in our society and the solution to some of the largest challenges we currently face, e.g. climate changes.
Presentation of the ICTE programme
Nordic master in sustainable ICT solutions
This is a specialisation under the ICTE programme.
Software has an ever-increasing role in our society and in solving the greatest challenges humankind is facing at the moment, e.g. the climate change.
The double degree Nordic Master's Programme in Sustainable ICT Solutions of Tomorrow aims to produce experts that can design ethical, usable and privacy-aware software solutions for a sustainable future. The programme focuses on ICT and software knowledge, skills and competencies; the design, development and deployment of digital solutions and services; sustainable and ethical decisions; and user (human or machine) experience and privacy.
The programme gives competences in software development, technologies and system architecture, digitalisation, and innovation – all with a sustainable goal and underlying demand. Students can further specialise in sustainable digital transformations or innovation and digital sustainability.
The double degree Nordic Master's Programme in Sustainable ICT Solutions of Tomorrow is developed in cooperation with Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Finland. The programme combines the software engineering education of LUT with the ICT engineering education of AAU. Students admitted to this double degree programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both.
The 1st semester takes place in Finland at the Lappeenranta University of Technology. The 2nd semester takes place at AAU in Copenhagen, and the 3rd-4th semester will take place in either Finland or Denmark depending on the chosen specialisation, please see below.
You can specialise in one of two areas: sustainable software engineering or sustainable ICT services. The specialisations are offered during the third semester of the programme.
- The sustainable ICT solutions specialisation at Aalborg University Copenhagen builds on Internet technologies from a sustainable perspective.
- The sustainable software engineering specialisation at LUT is based on core studies of software engineering education and applies sustainable thinking.
Submit your application to this programme through either Aalborg University Copenhagen or LUT University admissions.
See more about the specialisation in the curriculum where you can find details about courses, information about legal aspects and more.
The Nordic Master for Sustainable ICT Solutions of Tomorrow is a program aimed at building a nexus between the realm of IT and technology and sustainable development. This master is a great opportunity for those who are seeking to develop their technical background and skills with an orientation towards a mindful and green future. As a double degree you will get the experience of studying in LUT, one of Finland's leading sustainable universities and AAU, one of the world's leading engineering programs. Both universities bring their focus in software development and ICT, under the scope of project-based learning. This creates an education that is balanced between theory and practice and enables you to learn how to learn. You will also gain notions of business intelligence and entrepreneurship, to complement your scientific knowledge. As a professional, this will enable you to quickly pick up on the skills you might lack and make you a dynamic and flexible team player for tech and sustainability companies. My goal is to explore a future where technology brings future that is mindful, humanitarian and naturalist. For those like me, who are seeking to develop technology that creates a positive impact, Sustainable ICT Solutions is the right education for you!
During your studies at Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship (ICTE), you will study with both danish and international students. Some of the international students read one or two semesters as guest students, while others are reading the full masters programme.
See the curriculum for Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship. Here you can find details about courses, information about legal aspects and more.
See also the curriculum for the specialisation Nordic Master in Sustainable ICT-solutions.
Mandatory course for all non-AAU bachelors
All bachelors who don't have their bachelor degree from Aalborg University, must participate in a course about Problem based Learning (PBL) as part of their first semester project. Read more about PBL here.
The 4 semesters
- All courses on first and second semester are mandatory
- There is one mandatory course on the third semester
- The master's thesis is mandatory on the fourth semester
Semester descriptions 1. and 2. Semester
Semester descriptions 3. Semester
Semester descriptions 4. Semester - Master thesis
On the 3rd semester of the master's programme in Innovative Communication Tehnologies and Entrepreneurship (ICTE), you have the option of doing a traineeship or a semester abroad. Businesses call for candicates with international experiences, and therefore, it will often be an advantage when seeking a job if you have experience from abroad as a part of your education.
During your studies at ICTE, relevant businesses will participate as guest lecturers on each of the semesters during the education. Here, you can network with representatives from the companies if you are interested in making a project in collaboration with them or an internship. Additionally, ICTE can help establish contact to industry businesses for possible internships.
For studying abroad, the international office at AAU are ready to give advice, but you have to do the preparing work yourself. This work can for instance be checking if you need startmerit, finding a place to live in the country in question, take care of insurance, visa, vaccines and more as well as look for financial support.
Startup in practice
In collaboration with Supporting Entrepreneurship at Aalborg University (SEA) and Fonden for Entreprenørskab, AAU offers the opportunity to use the 3rd semester of the ICTE master's programme to carry out a project-oriented academic internship in your own company.
Admission and requirements
Job and career
The Master's programme in Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship (ICTE) from Aalborg University gives you job opportunities within a large number of private companies and public institutions. You can e.g. be employed in major private companies in the field of telecommunications, software development, cybersecurity, IT and media, equipment manufacturers, infrastructure companies, content providers, service providers, the service sector, consulting companies, educational and research institutions and public authorities.
With a master's degree in ICTE, you will be qualified for a position with high demands for overview and analytical skills. Many companies are increasingly in demand for engineers with broader competencies who can be part of interdisciplinary project teams and can contribute to the companies' strategy and business development.
You can choose to work concretely with development of new concepts, services and solutions, or you can choose a more consultant-oriented profile, for instance with focus on strategy and business development.
Check out former ICTE students
Find below a handful of LinkedIn profiles of some former ICTE students. See their professional journey since graduating from ICTE, and feel free to message and ask them about their experiences and advice.
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
My choice to enrol in the ICTE Master’s programme was almost natural after I got my BSc Eng. in IT from Copenhagen University College of Engineering (IHK). For me, it was an opportunity to learn about different communication technologies used in modern mobile devices. However, I was a little bit sceptical about the business part of it since I couldn't make sense of the relationship between IT, engineering and business. Today, I know that combining business aspects with ICT engineering makes complete sense. During the programme, I learned how innovation in communication technologies has impacted the business around it, generating more revenues, and how business and economic considerations blocked promising technologies from flourishing and evolving in favour of inferior ones. The programme includes other very interesting subjects such as Interaction Design, Service Development and Application Security. As a result, this programme has provided me with the missing building blocks of my career allowing me to have a solid understanding of the communication technology field from design considerations to business models development, and how to use this knowledge to build innovative applications and services. The practical part of the programme involved working on exciting projects based on different communication technologies. In one of the projects, we designed and developed a Second Screen application as companion to broadcast television, while for my master’s thesis; I designed and developed a system that can monitor viewers' emotions while they watch a TV show by analysing their brain activity via a portable Electroencephalography (EEG) headset and a smartphone. The skills I developed while working on the different projects allowed me to get a job in a young company that is working on developing innovative solutions for TV services.
Testimonials from previous students
ICTE student at Volvo Car Corporation User Experience Competence Center, Copenhagen
Meet Christoffer - former student at MSc. ICTE at AAU in Copenhagen
Meet Robert Lapins from the MSc programme ICTE at AAU, Copenhagen
Attila on his biggest surprise