Master Innovation Management

Degree structure

The 2-year master’s program contains 120 ECTS, comprising: 

  • Compulsory courses: 35 ECTS 
    • theory lessons and self-study 
    • group design project 
    • preparation for thesis 
  • Electives: 25 ECTS  
    • theory, lessons and self-study 
    • group design project 
  • Free electives (may include international experience) 30 ECTS  
  • Graduation project 30 ECTS 

Year 1 

Q1 (September-November) and Q3 (February-April) consist of core courses. All courses are 5 ECTS. In Q2 (November-January) and Q4 (May-June), students follow courses from a thematic track. Within their track 5 specialization electives are selected out of a list of 9. Each track also contains a restricted elective on design science methodology, which also includes application through a project. Innovation Management has two thematic tracks: “Business and Product Creation” and “Managing Innovation Processes”. The two tracks are structured around the concept of the innovation funnel. The first track focuses on the front end of the innovation funnel and entrepreneurs / start-ups that are in theses phases. The second track focuses on the back end of the funnel. Each track features a set of electives that deepen your knowledge in a particular IM domain. All IM tracks are explicitly oriented towards understanding, modeling, and redesigning innovation processes.  

Year 2

In the second year plenty of room is made for personal choices. There is ample opportunity to go abroad and gather 'international experience', which is highly recommended. Students also choose up to 30 ECTS of free elective courses, which can be at a foreign university. To prepare for the master's thesis project, a literature review elective may be chosen as one of the free electives. In the last two quartiles of the second year you conduct your Master's Thesis Project (30 ECTS). 

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