Would you like to have a career that revolves around management, leadership, and innovation? Uppsala University offers you a good base for a career in technology-intensive and innovative businesses within different industries. Whether you start your own business or work for an established company, the Master's Programme in Industrial Management and Innovation provides you a deep understanding and a variety of tools to manage complex innovation processes.
The industrial landscape of today is facing increased competition, rapid changes in consumer demands, political and regulatory instability, and growing environmental and societal challenges. For businesses to remain competitive and even excel in this new complex setting, it is important to be in the forefront of innovation and business development as well as to have an overall perspective on technology, leadership, and international business.
Complexity means that there are no pure technical issues - just as little as there are pure economic or organisational issues, neither in companies nor in society more generally. The steps between technology development, production, marketing and sales always involve considerations of a technical, economical, societal, and organisational nature. They often give rise to complex questions. Solutions will require deep understanding and practical skills.
Why this programme?
The aim of the Master's Programme in Industrial Management and Innovation is to teach future leaders the ability to create an overview of the complex processes and structures within and around technology-intensive companies. Our aim is also that students who have completed the programme will become innovators who can combine a deep understanding of technology and business with a strong practical know-how on how to manage and lead innovative work in different types of companies.
During the programme you can expect to:
become an innovator who can combine a deep understanding of technology and business with strong practical know-how on how to manage and lead innovative work
close connection to both industry and research
train to handle technical, societal and economical dimensions of the innovation process.
After completing the programme, you will have knowledge to resolve the following questions, amongst other things:
Business: What is needed for innovations to generate money? How do you estimate the economic value of new products? What investments should your company pursue?
Product development: How do you go from an exciting idea to a realised product? What are the requirements for the products to be launched within reasonable limits in terms of money, time and quality?
Marketing: How do you analyse markets? How do you understand customers and build customer relationships to successfully market technological products and services?
Organisation and leadership: How do you organise and lead the innovation process? How do you manage interactions within and between complex organisations, both in terms of formal and informal structures?
Project management: How do you lead projects, a common way of organising innovation work? How do you share know-how between the projects and the regular organisation?
Societal aspects: How do you ensure that the innovation work goes hand-in-hand with concerns of societal well-being, ethics, and environmental responsibility?
Presentation skills: How do you most successfully present your ideas and proposals to a variety of audiences, including boards of directors, partners, managers, and co-workers?
A unique feature of this programme is that it is close to both industry and research. The students of the programme come from different technological backgrounds and are trained to handle technical, societal and economical dimensions of the innovation process.
Student profile You have a Bachelor's degree in engineering, and you might have studied a few courses within the field of industrial management. You might have some practical experience working in the field after earning your Bachelor's degree but you have not forgotten your broad theoretical base and study techniques. You are now looking for an education that gives you a theoretical understanding and practical tools for working with management related issues in technology-based companies.
You know that experts in industrial management and innovation are in high demand in many areas so starting to work right after graduation is something you are considering. A future PhD education is a possibility you might have thought about and you would value an opportunity to get in closer contact with current research.
Name: Anisa Aini Arifin From: Indonesia Studying: Master’s Programme in Industrial Management and Innovation
Why did you choose to come and study in Sweden?
– In the beginning, I just heard that Sweden is one of the Scandian countries with an excellent education system. And it is offering a scholarship. I also use and see the product of Swedish companies like buses from Scania, clothing lines like H&M, and even Spotify.
Why did you choose to study this programme?
– I have a background in IT. Previously, I worked as a project manager in a software house company in my country. During my working period, I saw that I needed to study, learn more about management and related things. I looked for the best university in Sweden, and I found Uppsala University. That’s how I found the programme on the university’s website.
What is the best about studying at Uppsala University?
– The uni is located in a student city. So, it is perfect for students to hang out, study, or do great things here. We can easily find cafés in the city center if you want to fika with friends or just do your study stuff. Uppsala is also friendly for biking so that you can go around the town with your bike. Just make sure you lock it up, tho!
How does a normal day look like for you?
– It is kind of amazing and annoying at the same time when in Uppsala, you never know about the weather! It can be forecasted to be rain, yet it is sunny a whole day. Or the other way around, haha. But still I love to go around the town with my bike.
What has been the most fun and interesting so far
– Uppsala may not have a big mall, but it has a great nature! I love to go to the forest and pick up some wild mushrooms!
What is typical for your programme?
– We intensively discuss many things ranging from innovation, management, industrial, accountant, supply chain, marketing, and so on. The teachers build an environment for the students to be able to think critically and innovatively. Sometimes, they invite people from the industry to tell their stories, inspire us, and discuss the real situation in the market.
How was it coming to Sweden for the first time?
– Because It was my first time visiting a European country, it was mesmerizing for me, yet, when the winter came, it shocked me with the darkness. I am still trying to get used to it even on my last winter in Sweden. But it was paid off when I had an opportunity to see the aurora borealis just outside my window. It was wonderful!
How did you meet and get to know new people?
– I see that the locals do not easily say hi in the beginning. They tend to sit around the other Swedes. But then I managed to befriend them; even I have some close Swede friends. I am happy that they want to share some stories and cultures with me. In general, I approach the people first in the beginning. Sometimes it is more natural yet a bit challenging for me.
What is your future goal with your education?
– I am finishing my education this semester and I will start my internship in a big company in Stockholm this summer. I hope I can manage to build my career in Sweden, fingers crossed.
What do you do beside your studies?
– During my last year in this Master's study, I was working as a course assistant. It was also a great opportunity to be able to see how the department works in Uppsala. I also have experience as a teaching assistant back in my Bachelor’s study. Thus, this chance was a way to compare what I did back then and how people here do the work. It was great!
Three quick questions Favorite place in Uppsala?
– The library (anywhere) became my most favorite place since I was working on my thesis project.
Best studenttradition at Uppsala University?
– Kulturnatten (Culture night) and Valborg (Walpurgis)
What do you do in five years?
– Married, two kids maybe? Have my own business or/and manager in a multinational company xD.
The first year of the programme consists of courses in innovation management, project management, industrial management, industrialisation, engineering ethics, etc. Towards the end of the first year, you apply your knowledge in a larger commercialisation project carried out as a group project.
During the second year, you specialise in the field of management of technological innovation. You take courses such as Innovation: Traditions, Theories, Trends or Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, and other elective courses. In the final semester, you conduct an independent degree project.
To be well prepared for your future job, teaching is based on methods and models used in business, to understand existing markets, product development, and market launch. At the same time, the latest academic research is an important part of our courses to keep up with the latest developments.
The teaching consists of lectures, group exercises, labs, seminars, project work and field trips. During the programme you will attend seminars where you, together with other students, discuss concrete business problems and different cases. All the students are expected to be active participants in all forms of discussions. The aim is to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills. Many courses contain project work in small groups. You will need to complete the work together with your classmates outside the classroom. This way, you learn from each other and you train to be a team player. Both the capabilities to work in teams and think critically will make you standout in your professional development.
The teachers in the programme are active researchers with extensive expertise in their fields. Also, close ties with the industry are ensured in the form of field trips, guest lectures and various projects, where you will meet people with considerable experience of innovation outside the university.
Studying in one of the world's most innovative countries like Sweden will allow you to learn from outside the campus as well.
The programme takes place in Uppsala. The language of instruction is English.
Technology and knowledge-intensive companies have a great need for well-trained professionals who understand technology and also business, management and innovation. In other words, there is a great need for people with a broad expertise in several areas of knowledge who want to lead and drive development and innovation forward. We therefore work determinedly to train you to successfully manage complex problems where technology, organisation, business, and markets, meet and interact.
Examples of industries and companies where our students can pursue careers:
the automotive industry, for example, Scania, Volvo
the energy/utilities industry, such as ABB
steel and mechanical engineering industries, such as Sandvik, Atlas Copco
major consulting firms such as Accenture, ÅF
telecom, for example Ericsson
Examples of possible work roles:
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Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fee. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you also need to fill in the programme-specific Application Summary Sheet (click to fill in the form).
Master's Programme in Industrial Management and Innovation
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be engineering or technology. Also required is 20 credits in mathematics.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
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