MSc in Engineering - Technology Based Business Development


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Program Description

About the program

  • Language: English
  • Place of study: Herning
  • Commencement: August / September and January / February


The Master of Science in Engineering - Technology-Based Business Development in Herning aims at providing graduates with a strong insight in engineering practices, the relationship between theory and practice and a relentless desire for generating new knowledge and technology-based business opportunities for companies.

The core courses take a technological view on engineering management processes including organization, research methodologies, business creation, and optimization. The degree program offers students the possibility of choosing individual technological specializations in close collaboration with companies in a spirit of problem-based learning.

The program is carried out with a strong emphasis on practice, as it has a long tradition of ensuring a strong link between the theory that the students acquire on the program and the practical challenges faced by companies.

The Master’s degree program in technology-based business development is now offered as a Master's degree program for working professionals. The Master's degree program for working professionals is a part-time program aimed at people who work alongside their studies.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a specialization in mechanical, chemical, electrical, electronic, construction, bioprocess, health technology or neuroscience engineering.
  • A Bachelor of Engineering with a specialization in mechanics, production or exports, including the Global Management and Manufacturing (GMM) study program at the Department of Business Development and Technology.
  • The first three years of the Business Development Engineer (BDE) study program at the Department of Business Development and Technology (corresponding to 180 ECTS, including completed Bachelor’s project).
  • A Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Geography, Bioscience, Nuclear, Biology and similar.
  • A Bachelor of Engineering in Global Business Engineering or a Bachelor of Value Chain Management from VIA University College in Horsens, Denmark.
  • A Bachelor in Materials Science and Product Design from VIA University College, TEKO Design + Business in Herning, Denmark.
  • Other similar programs, provided that the Board of Studies assesses that their level, extent, and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

The Bachelor’s program must contain an element of innovation and business development corresponding to at least 15 ECTS credits. These ECTS credits are typically obtained by means of a final project containing significant elements of innovation and business development or by means of minor subjects.

In addition, English language qualifications comparable to an English B level (Danish upper secondary school level with a minimum GPA of 3.0) in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium') is required.

Please note that applicants with a Danish professional Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (e.g. a top-up professional Bachelor’s degree) without a qualifying examination must supplement with a full entry examination, e.g. Adgangskursus (i.e. Admission Course for engineering programmes), containing as a minimum the following upper secondary subject levels: English B, Mathematics B, Physics B and Chemistry C. Examples are Bachelor’s degrees from the Danish academies of professional higher education, the Bachelor’s degree in Product Development and Technical Integration from VIA University College, the Bachelor’s degree in Technology Management and Marine Engineering and Technical Officers with a completed degree before 2014, to which applicants may have been admitted without an entry examination. However, an assessment of the academic content of the Bachelor’s degree with a view to admission to the MSc in Engineering (Technology-Based Business Development) is always required, and therefore, applicants are recommended to apply for an academic pre-assessment of their Bachelor’s degree before commencing a full entry examination.

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Program Structure

The program stresses the importance of the students’ interaction with practice and supports the fact that project assignments are carried out in collaboration with companies. Thus, students are invited to identify companies and assignments that could be relevant in the student’s technology specializations and Master's thesis. The technology specializations normally include field-work outside of campus, e.g. in companies.

Most teaching activities take place at the campus in Herning, and the language of instruction is English. The program is closely linked to current trends and is thus continuously developed.

Structure of the Degree Programme


1. semester

  • Management of Technology (10 ECTS)
  • Organisational Design and Human Resource Analytics (5 ETCS)
  • Research Design in Engineering (5 ECTS)
  • Technology Specialisation 1 (10 ECTS)


  • Technological Business Model Innovation (10 ECTS)
  • Optimization of Engineering Processes using Numerical Approaches (10 ECTS)
  • Technology Specialisation 2 (10 ECTS)

3. semester

  • Electives (30 ECTS)

4. semester

  • Master's Thesis (30 ETCS).


In the third semester, students must choose a number of electives. Below is a list of electives that have been offered in recent years:

  • Energy Engineering and Innovation
  • Advanced Product Development
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Engineering Modelling
  • Enterprise Architecture Practices
  • Digital Capabilities
  • Six Sigma Design and Innovation
  • Introduction to Persuasive Technology
  • Further project-based activities in the company or technology

Student Life

Campus Herning is situated on the outskirts of Herning in Birk Centerpark where you will find education, art and business life merged into one. With its central position in Central and Western Jutland, we offer degree programs within business economics, international business communication, and engineering. At campus Herning, there is a close interaction between the different degree programs that all cover the needs and requirements of the business community. As a student at campus Herning, you will experience the advantages of this interdisciplinary environment and get to work with students from different educational backgrounds in solving real-life business challenges.

Study Environment

"You should feel at home." It is as simple as that! Although your education is probably the most important factor when you decide where to study, the surrounding environment is decisive for a successful time at university. Earning a degree is hard work, but you should also make room for a fun social life. In Herning, we offer an outstanding academic environment, but you will also have time for friendships, events, get-togethers, love and all the other things that are being a student entail.

Campus Herning is a rather small institution with close interaction between the students and the teaching staff. Approximately 2,000 full-time and part-time students attend different degree programs. Campus Herning has about 125 full-time and 100 part-time lecturers.

Furthermore, we prioritize personal contact and counseling highly, and you can always contact the staff if you need help.

The campus building from 1995 is rather unique. Not only does it contain and offer many facilities to students, but the light and comfortable arrangement of the rooms also creates a perfect and inspirational study environment.

Many Possibilities and Great Facilities

At campus Herning, you can join a number of different committees and thus take part in developing campus Herning as an educational institution. You can participate in the weekly Friday bar, meet students from other educational institutions at the student house or use the facilities in the fitness room right above the student house – both are located within a few minutes' walks from campus.

Student life in Herning

Herning is known for hosting major concerts and sporting events, but the city offers so much more. Almost one in every five people in Herning is an upper secondary or post-secondary student. This means that the city is full of young people and offers everything that young people need. In Herning, nature is right outside the door, and a selection of lovely beaches have been established by the lakes, which are just a bike ride away from the university. What’s more, when you start life as a student in Herning, you don’t need to worry about finding a roof over your head. The Municipality of Herning har a lot of student flats. This allows you to stay in ultra-modern one or two-bedroom flats/student housing at a low rent, and if you are moving more 30 km to study in Herning, you will be first in line for the next available flat. Herning offers more than 20 bars, cafés and places to go out - as well as a number of cultural events throughout the year. These include everything from large concerts with international artists in Boxen to smaller concerts at the local music venue Fermaten.

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Job Functions for Graduates

  • Project management
  • Product and production management
  • Product development/Innovation
  • Management and organization
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Other

Job Opportunities

Graduates will be able to generate innovative product concepts, business concepts, and business areas. Graduates with an MSc in Engineering (Technology-Based Business Development) are typically employed as innovation managers, technical sales managers, product managers, business developers or research and development project managers.

Last updated October 2019

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