Master’s Degree Programme in Global Innovation Management


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 the crossroads of international business, entrepreneurship and innovation management.

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

The competence gained in the Programme opens up numerous career opportunities in different kinds of organizational 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

Turku School of Economics (TSE) at the University of Turku is one of the largest faculties for education in business science in Finland.

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 the 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 utilize 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 in your area of specialization in an independent research work that follows the good scientific practice.
  • are able to choose and formulate a research problem and develop a research plan for conducting your study.
  • can describe and analyze 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 analyze 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 become 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 crowdsourcing. Case: Large government-owned company.


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.


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

The Programme has a strong international business component. It is designed to teach you to understand the complex interactions and the 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 organizational roles.

The innovation management that is part of the Programme provides a deep and broad understanding of the nature of innovations, their development, and commercialization. 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 specialized 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 commercialization of successful innovations.

Job options

In summary, the design of GIM opens up a number of possible career opportunities in all kinds of organizational 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 careers in research and other positions of expertise.


A Bachelor’s degree that formally qualifies the applicant to access Master’s level studies in the country where it has been completed. This degree should correspond to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to a minimum of three years of full-time study. You must also prove your English language skills when applying. Please visit the website of the programme for more information.

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Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated February 18, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
2 years
10,000 EUR
per academic year. Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries.
Jan 31, 2020
Application period (approx.): 1 Dec 2019 – 31 Jan 2020
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