Master's Programme in Management, Communication and IT
Programme syllabus, SMK2M
- Finalised by
- The Faculty Board of Social Sciences, 25 May 2023
- Registration number
- SAMFAK 2023/50 Doss: 3.2.1
- Responsible faculty
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Responsible department
- Department of Informatics and Media
- Other participating department(s)
- Department of Business Studies, Department of Informatics and Media
Bachelor's degree of 180 credits with 90 credits Information Systems, Informatics, Systems Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Media and Communication Studies or Business
In addition, Swedish and English language proficiency corresponding to what is required for
basic eligibility for education at first level is required.
In order to take advantage of the benefits of digitalization, but also for potential risks and challenges to be identified and dealt with, knowledge is needed about what the digital society is continuing to evolve into. The master's program in management, communication and IT gives in-depth knowledge of the effects of digitalization for society, organisations, groups and individuals.
The program provides an understanding of the different types of challenges and opportunities associated with digitalization in different types of businesses. Furthermore, the program aims to prepare the student to collaborate systematically by working in projects using whatever resources are available to ensure that developed and procured digital solutions provide value to a client. The program emphasizes the human and organizational aspects of digitization, with a particular focus on the role of communication for various stakeholders. The program is structured around four main fields:
- Information systems
- Media and communication science
- Human-computer interaction
- Business studies
Through this in-depth knowledge, the student becomes well equipped to take a strategic and leading role in the development of the digital information society.
In terms of knowledge and understanding, the student will have acquired upon completion of the programme:
- extensive knowledge and understanding of the effects of digitalization for society, organisations, groups and individuals, including broad knowledge of the area as well as significant, in-depth knowledge of information systems, communication and the organizational context of information technology,
- in-depth insight into research and development work relevant to the programme.
In terms of skills and abilities, the student will be able to demonstrate upon completion of the education:
- an ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge about the effects of digitalization for society, organisations, groups and individuals,
- an ability to analyse, assess and manage complex, strategic IT-related issues and situations, even with limited information,
- skill in using appropriate digital solutions to support management and communication in organisations,
- familiarity with methods of communication for planning and implementing complex IT projects,
- familiarity with applicable methods for management and control of complex IT projects in different organizational contexts,
- skill in researching and compiling requirements, acquisition, implementing and evaluating the usability of digital solutions to solve problems and to draw on the potential of individuals, organizations and society as a whole,
- an ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate researchable questions, to plan and with adequate methods carry out qualified tasks within a given time frame and thereby contribute to the development of knowledge and evaluation,
- an ability to solve problems in co-operation with others, as well as to reflect on and develop forms of co-operation in system development processes,
- an ability to, in both national and international contexts, orally and in writing clearly explain and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments that underpin those conclusions,
- such skills that are required to participate in research and development work or to work independently with similar qualified activities.
With regard to evaluation skills and approaches, the student will have acquired at the end of the programme:
- an ability to make assessments with regard to relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects within the framework of the programme's purpose and goals and to show awareness of ethical aspects in research and development work,
- insight into the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and people's responsibility for how it is used and
- an ability to identify their need for additional knowledge and to take responsibility for their knowledge development.
Layout of the programme
In the first semester, the students are introduced to the concept of digitalization and digital transformation as a phenomenon, and then during subsequent semesters examine its relevance in breadth and depth within and across disciplines in the programme. The education ends with a degree project, semester 4, which is presented in a master's thesis. Depending on the student's prior knowledge, the main area of the thesis is either Information systems, Media and communication studies, Human-computer interaction or Business studies. The education follows a fixed course of study, which means that the courses and semesters must be read in a fixed order.
The teaching takes place in several different ways such as lectures, labs, lessons, workshops and seminars. More practically oriented teaching is given in connection with computer lab work, and when supervising theses, memos and assignments. Varying forms of examination are applied dependent on the content and layout of the course in question.
Depending on the student's prior knowledge and choice of specialization, the program leads to a Master of Social Science with Information systems, Media and communication science, Human-computer interaction or Business studies as the main field of study.
The education gives access to postgraduate education in either Information systems, Media and communication science, Human-computer interaction or Business studies.