Programme, master’s level
120 credits
Malmö daytime 100%
30 August, 2021 - 4 June, 2023
Full tuition fee: 230000 SEK
Apply by 15 April
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Malmö daytime 100%
30 August, 2021 - 4 June, 2023
Full tuition fee: 230000 SEK
Malmö has a lively and vibrant eco-system of businesses and organisations related to innovation and entrepreneurship. During the programme, students will be introduced to, and work with, many stakeholders within this eco-system.

Patrik Berander, Programme Coordinator

About the education

Are you looking to combine the engineering practices of computer science with a focus on innovation, business and management? Computer Science: Innovation for Change in a Digital Society is a two-year master’s programme that integrates these different disciplines to train future innovation leaders in a digital society.

Digitalisation has a major impact on society, industry and individuals, and comes with a number of opportunities as well as challenges. Fully reaping the benefits and successfully addressing the challenges, on a global and local level, requires both innovative technical solutions and skilled business leaders who understand and can engage with the rapid and continuous changes that characterise the digitalised society.

The programme is relevant for students who have studied computer science as part of their undergraduate degree. Rather than only pursuing advanced skills in computer science, the programme complements students’ prerequisite knowledge with its emphasis on skills in innovation, business, change and sustainability management. The programme focusses on user-centric innovation and change management within new and existing organisations and markets. Graduates of the programme will find job opportunities either as change agents in organisations, as entrepreneurs in the start-up sector, or as researchers in academia.

To survive the rapid change of digitalisation, organisations today need new capabilities and competencies in fields such as software engineering, business development, innovation, technology management and leadership. Organisations are therefore looking for people who understand both technology as well as business and managerial aspects. By integrating advanced computer science knowledge with skills in innovation and business, as well as change and sustainability management, the master’s programme prepares students for future careers as drivers of innovation.

During the programme, students learn theories and practice within software technologies, innovation, entrepreneurship and digitalisation. There is a specific focus on organisational theory, change and sustainability management, sustainability, and ethics. An overall challenge-based pedagogical approach allows students to work with real-world cases from client organisations as well as their own entrepreneurial projects.

The programme’s four semesters are organised around a series of sequential learning goals, starting with foundational courses during the first semester. The second semester’s theme includes practical courses and opportunities for applying different theories. The third semester focusses on specialisation, offering elective course options in the students’ individual areas of interest. The third semester also includes a research course in preparation for the master’s thesis, which is the focus of the fourth semester.

The programme is built around the research environments at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, including the Internet of Things and People research centre, the Software Centre, and the new Data Society Research Programme: Advancing Digitalisation Studies. The teaching staff includes experts in software engineering, business and innovation, digital innovation, research methods and design. The programme involves senior researchers, involved primarily as teachers during the first year and as supervisors during the second year.

Students in the programme have many opportunities for interaction and collaboration with external partners and client organisations, through for example thesis projects and internships. Graduated students will be well prepared for work in any number of industries currently undergoing rapid digital transformation, as well as for continued PhD studies at Malmö University or other universities.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree or the equivalent (at least 180 credits) in computer science or related subject areas. Examples of such subject areas include informatics, interaction design, information systems, computer- and information science, human-computer interaction, and media technology.
  2. At least 15 credits in programming, system development or the equivalent.
  3. The equivalent of English 6 at Swedish upper secondary level.

Selection

University credits completed 100%

The only costant thing is change

Patrik Berander is the programme coordinator for the Computer Science: Innovation for Change in a Digital Society master’s programme.

The only costant thing is change

Patrik Berander is the programme coordinator for the Computer Science: Innovation for Change in a Digital Society master’s programme.

Who should apply to this master’s programme?

Really anyone with an educational background that includes some computer science. This could for example be students with a bachelor’s degree in programming, systems development or interaction design, combined with an interest in innovation, entrepreneurship, business development and management.

What makes this programme unique?

The programme offers a unique dual focus on both technical aspects as well as on innovation, entrepreneurship, business development and management. Many master’s programmes are solely focussed on delving into one of these aspects while this programme blends these perspectives together.

In what ways do the knowledge and skills taught in the programme prepare students for the job market?

There is a saying that ‘the only constant thing is change’. This is very true in society today, with the big challenges we face on many different levels. The need for competent people who can deal with and drive change will only increase over time. Students in the programme will develop skills in change management and also complement their technical abilities with managerial abilities — a combination which is also sought after in the job market.

Why should students choose to study at Malmö University?

In 2013, OECD ranked Malmö as the fourth most innovative city in the world. Malmö has a lively and vibrant eco-system of businesses and organisations related to innovation and entrepreneurship. During the programme, students will be introduced to, and work with, many stakeholders within this eco-system.

How does the programme prepare students for future doctoral studies?

Students will interact with several of the research environments at Malmö University in different ways. This will ensure a smooth transition to doctoral studies if you are interested in pursuing a PhD.

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