Master's Programme in Industrial Management and Innovation

120 credits

Would you like to have a career that revolves around managing innovation? Uppsala University offers you a good base for a career in technology-intensive and innovative businesses. Whether you start your own business or work for an established company, the Master's Programme in Industrial Management and Innovation provides you with a deep understanding and a variety of tools to manage complex innovation processes.

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

Autumn 2024 Autumn 2024, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

The Master's Programme in Industrial Management and Innovation educates future leaders in a holistic perspective of the complex innovation processes within and around technology-intensive companies. The industrial landscape of today is facing increased competition, rapid changes in demands, political and regulatory instability, along with growing environmental and societal challenges. To remain competitive in this complex setting, it is important to be at the forefront of innovation and business development.

Innovation is a complex process that not only entails new technology but is also connected to the economy, organisation and society. Our goal is that students who have completed the programme will be able to combine a deep understanding of new technology and business with a solid practical knowledge of how innovations can be managed in technology-intensive companies.

During the programme, you can expect to:

  • have a close connection to both industry and research,
  • train to handle technical, societal and economic dimensions of the innovation process,
  • get knowledge of project management and how to organise and lead innovative projects.

After completing the programme, you will know what is needed for innovations to generate money, how to go from an exciting idea to a realised product and advice on what investments companies should pursue. The programme will also include marketing and teach you to understand customers and build customer relationships to market technological products and services successfully. After graduation, you will have a good base for a career in technology-intensive and innovative businesses.

Student profile

You have a background in engineering and might have studied a few courses in the field of industrial management. You might have practical experience working in the field 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.


The programme leads to the degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with Industrial Engineering and Management as the main field of study.

Year 1

The first year of studies will focus on the main functions of firms, including strategy, organisation, marketing, production, and research and development. You will be trained to lead innovation during courses in innovation management as well as project management. Courses in Engineering Ethics and Industrialisation connect the innovation processes in a larger industrial and societal context. During the first year, there are also elective courses for broadening and deepening some parts of the innovation work such as technology-based entrepreneurship, agile project management and supply chain management etc.

Year 2

During the second year, you specialise in the field of management of technological innovation through the course Innovation: Traditions, Theories, Trends. In the course Industrial Development Project, you will work in a group to solve a sharp industrial project related to innovation such as the potential of new materials and technologies. The course Qualitative and Quantitative Methods gives you a good base to do scientifically based investigations. During the spring, you will conduct an independent degree project together with an industrial partner or within a larger research project.

Courses within the programme

See the programme outline for courses within the programme.

The teaching consists of a variety of teaching activities including 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. Many courses involve working in smaller groups to teach you how to collaborate in different group constellations. You will have the opportunity to meet and interact with people with vast industrial experiences during site visits, industrial guest lectures and industrial projects.

As a student, you are expected to actively participate and take responsibility for your own learning. A lot of emphasis is on reading and scrutinising academic articles and texts within the field of innovation management and innovation as a complement to your technical background. The written examination can be found in all courses and the written language is a central tool during the programme.

The teachers in the programme are active researchers with extensive expertise in their research fields and they use some of their research in their teaching. You can apply for writing the independent degree project within a research project.

The programme takes place in Uppsala at the Ångström Laboratory. The language of instruction is English.

Technology-intensive companies have great use of well-trained professionals who understand new technology and innovation and how it relates to business, organisation and society at large. In other words, there is a great need for people with broad expertise in several knowledge areas who want to engage in development and push innovation forward. The programme will train you to successfully manage complex problems where technology, organisation, business, and markets interact.

Some examples of industries and companies where our students can pursue careers are:

  • the automotive industry, such as Scania and Volvo,
  • the energy/utilities industry, such as ABB and Northvolt,
  • steel and mechanical engineering industries, such as Sandvik and Atlas Copco,
  • engineering consulting firms such as ÅF and Sweco,
  • the telecom industry, such as Ericsson,
  • innovation support, such as Uppsala Innovation Center,
  • the university sector.

Examples of possible working positions:

  • Business consultant
  • Process engineer
  • Innovation manager
  • Product developer
  • Product manager
  • Project manager
  • CEO
  • PhD candidate
  • Researcher

Career support

During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career.