Digitalization is a signature of our time. It offers almost unlimited opportunities for firms, public authorities and citizens. At the same time, it makes a steamroller of existing markets, organisations, and technologies, causing deep societal challenges.
Given this background, the overall purpose of the Digital Leadership programme is to give students a deep understanding of how digitalization transforms industries and society and to develop capabilities for taking a leading role in embracing and shaping this transformation.
About the programme
Digital leadership relies on the capability to navigate the competing concerns of digitalization, but also involves active orchestration of digital innovation processes. The study programme in Digital Leadership seeks to provide individuals and organisations with such capability from five distinct perspectives:
- technological change
- value creation
- market logic
We are taking on a wide range of classical theories and relate them to contemporary research and current practice. Departing from technological change, the study programme is primarily focusing on management and leadership. What does the digitalized society mean for management? How do organisations reach the full potential of digitalization, and how do they avoid the pitfalls?
- Degree: Master of Science (MSc)
- Credits: 120
- Duration: 2 years
- Level: Second Cycle
- Rate of study: 100%
- Instructional time: Daytime
- Language of instruction: English
- Teaching form: On-campus
The Digital Leadership programme prepares students for a career path that extends far beyond traditional roles in consulting or at corporate IT Departments, including novel roles such as innovation leader, chief information officer, chief technology officer, digital strategist or head of digital platforms in the industry and public sector.
We seek to attract students from diverse educational backgrounds including business administration, software engineering, industrial economics, computer science, behavioural sciences, or equivalent.
Entry requirements and application
Bachelor’s degree 180 credits including an independent project (degree project) of at least 15 credits or equivalent.
Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example, TOEFL, IELTS.
Specific entry requirements for admission to a course within the study programme
Within the study programme, there can be specific entry requirements for admission to individual courses. These specific entry requirements are documented in each course syllabus and state which entry requirements are necessary to be registered on a course within the study programme.
Selection is according to the Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg admission regulations for education on first and second cycle.
Higher education qualification and main field of study
The main field of study for the programme is Informatics. After the completion of the programme with 120 credits of which at least 90 credits are a specialised study in the main field Informatics on request, a degree certificate is issued with the designation Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Informatics.
For a Degree of Master of Science (120 credits), the student must have accomplished an independent project (degree project) of at least 30 credits within the specialised study in the main field.
Second-cycle courses and study programmes shall be based fundamentally on the knowledge acquired by students during first-cycle courses and study programmes, or its equivalent.
Second-cycle courses and study programmes shall involve the acquisition of specialist knowledge, competence and skills in relation to first-cycle courses and study programmes, and in addition to the requirements for first-cycle courses and study programmes shall:
- further develop the ability of students to integrate and make autonomous use of their knowledge,
- develop the students' ability to deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, and
- develop the students' potential for professional activities that demand considerable autonomy, or for research and development work.
The first two semesters consist of compulsory courses which introduce key concepts within the area of innovation strategy, digital infrastructure, governance and control and organizing in the context of an increasingly digitalized society.
The third semester offers an opportunity to broaden the perspective on digitalization of society through selected courses in entrepreneurship and innovation, and research methods.
Alternatively, students can opt for broadening their education through optional courses offered by the University of Gothenburg or at another higher education institution.
The final semester of the study programme consists of an independent project (degree project), allowing students to deeply engage in a specific research question related to the main field of study.
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Last updated January 31, 2018