Master Programme in Innovation and Service Development
Degree of Bachelor of at least 180 ECTS credits with a major in Industrial Management or other technology specialisation, including 22.5 ECTS credits in Mathematics. Introduction to Business Administration for Engineering Master Students (FEGAT2), or Industrial Organisation (IEGA06), or equivalent. A degree project/essay at advanced level of at least 15 ECTS credits, or equivalent. Upper secondary level English 6 or A, or equivalent.
EducationThe programme includes two years of studies in the advanced level which is research driven and focuses on innovation management, service development and business development. The aim of the programme is that the student develops the knowledge and skills to identify and create new business opportunities, transform organisations into the service economy, and manage creativity and innovation processes. Education is given in an active form where students often work in groups with a strong focus on both theoretical and practical relevance.
Form of InstructionWithin the programme, education is given in the form of lectures, exercise and presentations, together with supervised projects.
ExaminationCourses in the programme are examined through written, oral, individual and group assignments that are presented and discussed in mandatory seminars.
Professional ContactThe programme has been developed in collaboration with Swedish companies from industries, such as industrial production, IT development, and consumer goods.The skills that you develop are therefore aligned with the needs of the job market. Some courses are also linked to practice through guest lectures by practitioners, live case assignments and projects from companies.
Course of StudyThe programme consists of 8 periods (4 per year), where the students take two courses at a time.
The first period focuses on industrial transformation, where students are introduced to the core issues related to technology development and innovation management.
Thereafter, periods 2 to 4 focus on service management, idea management and core business skills related to entrepreneurship, sales, servitization and digitalisation.
In periods 5 and 6 will the students take a 15 credits project course focused on sustainable product- and business development in which they integrate knowledge about innovation and service development and apply it to a practical problem. In parallel to the project-based course, the students have a course in research methodology, in which they are prepared for the final master's thesis performed in period 7 and 8.
Course of study
|Semester 1||ECTS credits|
|Industrial Transformation (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Innovation Management (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Service Management for engineers (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Sales management (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Idea management in the Front End of Innovation (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Servitisation for engineers (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|Research methods in Industrial Engineering and Management (Obligatory)||15|
|Sustainable Product Development (Obligatory)||15|
|Semester 4||ECTS credits|
|Industrial Management - Degree Project (Obligatory)||30|
Elective course: Students are free to choose among certain alternative courses, often depending on their choice of specialisation.
Optional course: Students are free to choose any course offered at Karlstad University or at other universities. Courses listed are examples of recommended or frequently chosen courses for a specific programme.
Läsårs- och programvärderingar
Employment MarketAfter graduation you are able to work, for instance, in business development, product and service development or technical sales. The programme also prepares you to become an entrepreneur and build your own start-up. Alternatively, you will have the prerequisites to continue your studies towards a doctors degree in innovation and service development.
DegreeThe programme concludes with a Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) in Industrial Management.
Further StudiesUpon completion of the programme, you can go on to further studies at doctoral level.
You can find more information about doctoral studies at kau.se