Master in Innovation and Technology Management
Kongsberg - Full time
- Progression of study: Full time
- Campus: Kongsberg
- Teaching model: On Campus
- Application code: 8124
- Study level: Master's degree
- Credits: 120
- Closing dates: Non-EU/EEA applicants may apply from 1 October to 1 December. EU/EEA applicants may apply from 1 February to 15 April.
- Start up: Autumn 2022
- Teaching Language: English
- Semesters: 4
This is Innovation and Technology Management
This new MSc programme integrates innovation and technology management with the study of change processes and entrepreneurship, as in new ventures or existing organizations. The programme is a result of a dialogue with our local industry to capture their future needs. It is an interdisciplinary programme for both engineers and economists.
You will be able to manage and see opportunities in various trends such as globalization, digitization and working in multicultural conditions. All operations must be adapted to new conditions in order to be competitive. This requires modern leadership, the ability to innovate, be able to lead development and the ability to implement change (change agents and entrepreneurship).
An overarching issue is to minimize the footprint of organizations' activities and societal resource consumption, while increasing value creation and welfare, i.e. creating sustainable development.
For the second year of the MSc there are two specializations. As a rule of thumb at least one third of the class will be allocated to each specialization:
- Entrepreneurship is designed to provide the tools for change management, innovation and entrepreneurship with the focus on processes regarding new ventures in existing companies or working in advisory role to new venture processes. The entire second year is allocated to understand the processes needed within a new venture process project and ending with the Master’s thesis.
- Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary approach, which focuses on how to design and manage complex engineering systems throughout the life cycle of products. For the Master thesis, depending on the problem intensity, the candidate may work in collaboration with a company.
Why study Innovation and Technology Management?
The world is changing rapidly, and so do the demands of tomorrow’s leaders.
Through this MSc programme, you will develop strong multidimensional analytical skills. You will experience real life problems from the local business sector, and develop an understanding of the contribution of technology. You will study how technological solutions can increase value creation and welfare by embracing change, through new ventures, as well as contributing to effective implementation and efficient organizations. Consequently, you will understand how new ventures and entrepreneurs, as well as organizations and managers, can facilitate the development of new technology as new business models.
This programme focuses on practical study methods, with a problem-based approach that should help you to prepare for real-life situations.
This MSc-programme will offer you knowledge into innovation and adaptability for different types of work for instance project leaders, developers and entrepreneurs in high tech industries, public servants and the industry in general. You will increase your competence in conducting processes were change is needed.
Why study at USN?
USN campus Kongsberg is located next to a leading high-tech industrial cluster. Our lecturers have experience from a broad spectrum of business sectors, and we work closely with the local business and industry. As a student, you will be involved in this collaboration through projects and assignments.
USN Kongsberg, like its business neighbours, is internationally oriented. We are proud to be the number one alternative for international business and management students in the region.
We offer an informal and student friendly environment. Our campuses are small with an open-door policy where our staff dedicates time and attention to each student. USN offers a safe living and study environment as well as a multicultural society where English is widely spoken. Kongsberg is located in the middle of Norway’s magnificent nature, which offers the opportunity for a rich outdoor life. At the same time, it is easy to get to the metropolitan environment found in Oslo.
Gain international experience
You are encouraged to take courses at other approved universities abroad. USN has exchange agreements with several universities. Students intending to participate in our exchange programmes may do so in the third semester of the study programme. If you choose to study abroad during the third semester, you should choose one of the two specializations and take similar courses abroad. The choice of courses is made in consultation with specialization responsible who also approve the courses as part of the ITM program.
Further study opportunities
On completing the ITM programme, students shall be able to conduct R&D work in the business field, and/or proceed with doctoral studies at, for example University of Oslo (UiO), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), USN or at institutions abroad.
A study plan describes the content, structure and organization of a study programme. To each study plan there is a set of subject plans that describes the different subjects. In the subject plan you will also find a reading list. Below you will find a study model that shows you which subjects that are taught each term. In the study model you'll also find links to each subject plan.
This programme requires a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in business administration or engineering.
An equivalent education in science and engineering or social sciences may qualify for admission. Please note that any equivalent education in business administration or engineering must comply with the academic requirements stipulated by the Universities Norway Council of Representatives, Business and Administration and STEM, respectively.
You must also fulfill the English requirements, and have a cumulative grade point average equivalent to, or better than, a C in the ECTS system (we do the grade conversion).
The cohorts will be divided 50-50 between business administration and engineering. Up to 40% of the total places will be allocated to students holding a bachelor's degree from non-Nordic countries.
Please read all the information about the admission process before you apply.