Master’s Degree Programme in Global Innovation Management


Program Description


Innovative leaders for the future world!

The Master's Degree Programme in Global Innovation Management is designed to bring a scientific mindset to managerial challenges at crossroads of international business, entrepreneurship and innovation management.

In the Master’s Degree Programme in Global Innovation Management, you will acquire advanced knowledge in innovation management related theories and practices and be able to develop and apply frameworks, which will help to understand how innovations are created, launched and managed in an international setting. You will also learn how entrepreneurial activities are formed and which key strategies companies use in order to expand.

The competence gained in this programme opens up numerous career opportunities in different kinds of organisational settings and roles as well as the possibility to apply for doctoral training.

Programme structure

The extent of the Programme is 120 ECTS credits and the degree is designed to be completed in two years. In addition to major and minor studies, students must take language studies and need to complete methodology courses. Students should note that this is a full-time Programme and most courses have compulsory attendance.

In addition to courses focusing on international business, entrepreneurship and innovation management, students can take elective courses.

Academic Excellence & Experience

The program is offered by Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku (TSE). TSE has earned AACSB Accreditation (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the highest standard of excellence in business education worldwide. We have been accredited since 2019 and are committed to continually improve the quality of education we offer.

The studies include a comprehensive choice of economic sciences, other business and finance-related subjects and foreign languages. You will be part of a solid scientific community – set in a modern and demanding study environment – in which you can develop your skills and competence.

The expertise of TSE in international business combined with Finnish global competitiveness in technological innovation provides unique conditions that make this Programme an unparalleled experience, enabling students to think in new and constructive ways.

Turku School of Economics employs a variety of teaching methods that are carefully combined to give students the opportunity to learn effectively. In addition to interactive lectures, case studies, problem-solving exercises and e-learning models complement traditional learning methods.

This combination allows for the integration of theoretical insights into the real-life aspects of business. The graduates of the Master’s Degree Programme in Global Innovation Management acquire knowledge, accumulate experience and develop important personal skills.

The Programme offers lectures and seminars with class sizes varying between 10 and 30 students on average. On most courses, you will gain experience of intercultural communication by engaging in team-sized collaborative learning groups. Graduates from the Programme have a very strong foundation in research and inquiry. They are trained to utilise scientific methods to solve real-world problems. They can actively apply their expertise to new situations and generate new knowledge.

Master's Thesis & Topics

At its best, a Master’s thesis is a productive and advanced study in the problematics of a specific subject. The process involves a set number of compulsory seminar group meetings since a fundamental part of the learning process is the oral presentation of one’s own work and the ability to discuss the works of others.

Upon completion of the Master’s thesis, you:

  • Are able to apply the research methods on your area of specialisation in an independent research work that follows good scientific practice.
  • Are able to choose and formulate a research problem and develop a research plan for conducting your study.
  • Can describe and analyse previous research connected to the research problem and select an appropriate research method for the study.
  • Can apply the selected research method to collect data and to critically analyse and report the research results.
  • Can identify the most significant research findings and communicate them both in writing and orally.

Examples of Master’s thesis topics:

  • Scouring uncharted waters – managing outbound open innovation in the maritime industry.
  • Interactions of decision mechanisms in an entrepreneurial firm’s journey to becoming a major player in its industry.
  • The role of diaspora networks in opportunity exploitation by ethnic entrepreneurs in Finland.
  • Motivating employee engagement in in-house crowd-sourcing. Case: Large government-owned company.

Studies and Learning

The Global Innovation Management (GIM) Programme consists of courses in which teaching is performed with pride but where learning is the ultimate focus.

That means that the classes you attend during GIM might differ a little from your previous experience of studying and lectures.

In GIM, the focus is on your transformation and learning. To achieve this, the academic staff designs courses in different ways so that students take responsibility for their own learning and development.

Much of the studying is done within collaborative learning groups, which have been shown to produce superior learning outcomes. Furthermore, they are beneficial in a holistic personal development process, which includes intra- and interpersonal skills in a very international setting.

Committing to a Programme like GIM involves more than just following a curriculum. We also have an elaborate tutoring programme, which gives every student three tutors and advisors:

  • A student tutor who will introduce you to the social, cultural and practical every-day life in Finland.
  • An academic advisor, who is designated to support you in your studies, research and life planning.
  • An education coordinator who will develop a personal study plan with you on a one-to-one basis.

These efforts are made in order to safeguard your overall learning experience.

Educational and research collaboration is conducted with the Indo-Finn Diagnostic Research Center.


Competence Description

GIM is designed to transform your thinking so that you will be able to contribute to the international success of various types of organisations.

The Programme has a strong international business component. It is designed to teach you to understand the complex interactions and big picture of an ever more globally interdependent world. This capability enables graduates to become valuable actors in areas like general management, the management of small and medium-sized enterprises and similar organisational roles.

The innovation management that is part of the Programme provides a deep and broad understanding of the nature of innovations, their development and commercialisation. Our focus – in terms of innovation management – ranges from macro-systems (i.e. national innovation systems) to business concept innovations, to more traditional innovation management tasks in R&D, product, service and process innovation management. This more specialised focus complements the acquired general skills set.

Entrepreneurship studies, the third fundamental emphasis of GIM, involves working on cognitive and behavioural abilities. These have been found to positively correlate with the development and commercialisation of successful innovations.

Job Options

In summary, the design of GIM opens up a number of possible career opportunities in all kinds of organisational settings and roles.

Possible job titles are:

  • Category manager – external supply operations
  • Branch manager
  • Senior manager
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Managing director
  • Development manager

Career in Research

The Master of Science degree opens up the possibility to apply for doctoral studies. Quite a few former Master’s students continue to pursue the Doctor of Science degree after completing the Programme.

GIM graduates are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes, which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.

Together with the doctoral programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high-quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.

Entry Requirements

General Admission Requirements

General Requirement

You are an eligible applicant for Master’s-level studies if:

  • you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
  • your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
  • your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to. Please check the programme page for detailed degree requirements.

Language Requirements

Applicants must have excellent English language skills and a certificate that proves those skills. You can indicate your language skills by taking one of the internationally recognized English language tests.

Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to the University of Turku. No exceptions will be made.

Programme-specific Admission Requirements

Requirements for the 2020 intake will be published soon.

Academic Requirements

All applications are pre-screened and shortlisted based on the eligibility of the applicants. To be short-listed applicants must fulfil all of the following requirements:

  1. Degree Requirements
    1. Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration
    2. Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering
    3. Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Food Chemistry, Molecular Biotechnology or In-Vitro Diagnostics or
    4. Bachelor of Business Administration degree from a University of Applied Sciences in Finland or a corresponding degree from a foreign university of Applied Sciences giving eligibility for Master’s level studies in that particular country.

    The required degree must be completed by 10 July 2020. If the required degree is not completed by the application deadline, applicants should enclose a statement from their home university stating the expected date of graduation.

    Applicants with a Finnish Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration (kauppatieteiden maisteri) are not eligible.

  2. Studies in Business Science
    Previous university-level studies must include a minimum of 30 ECTS credits in business science studies:
    1. Accounting and Finance
    2. Marketing
    3. International Business
    4. Management and Organisation
    5. Operations and supply chain management or
    6. Entrepreneurship

    Due to the differences in the subject names, studies in other subjects might be accepted as well.

  3. Minimum Grade
    The grade of the applicant’s major studies should be 3 or better for students graded on a grading scale of 1 to 5. The minimum for all other grading systems is the average grade. If the applicant’s certificate does not indicate the grade for their major studies, the average grade will be calculated from all courses indicated in the transcript of records.

Application Evaluation

The eligible applicants will be graded on pre-determined points based on the following criteria:

  1. Bachelor’s thesis
  2. Previous business studies
  3. International Business Studies
  4. Grade of major studies
  5. Studies abroad
  6. Technology-related studies

Here you will find more information on how and when to apply to the University of Turku and about our scholarships options.

Last updated Jan 2020

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The University of Turku (UTU) is an international research university located in Southwest Finland in the Student city of Turku. We are an active academic community of 25,000 students and employees wi ... Read More

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