ICT Innovation is a master’s programme which combines technical competences with skills in innovation and entrepreneurship. The programme has a strong focus on integrating education, research and business modules in its curriculum, and with active industry involvement. Graduates work with system and software development, product management, business development, start-ups and consulting.
ICT Innovation at KTH
The master's programme in ICT Innovation’s main subject is Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. The programme combines advanced technical education in information and communication technology (90.0 ECTS credits) with business-oriented courses focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship (30.0 ECTS credits).
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) education within the ICT Innovation master´s programme prepares future ICT engineers to exercise an entrepreneurial mindset to contribute to digital transformation. The courses focusing on I&E are taken by all students in the programme, regardless of the chosen track.
There are six tracks offered through the programme that provides further technical specialisation.
The Autonomous Systems track is a combination of computer science and mechatronics engineering. The track is well aligned with market demand in the automobile industry, manufacturing, logistics, shipping, mining, and recycling industries. Autonomous software systems are also widely spreading in application areas, such as media, finance, customer service, and healthcare.
Data Science KTH
The Data Science track concerns methods and technology for collecting, organising and analysing data to generate new knowledge. This includes implementing and applying machine learning algorithms, platforms for distributed handling of very large data, large-scale machine learning, algorithms and systems for descriptive and predictive modelling, including the analysis of complex data such as networks, text and images.
Visual Computing and Communication
The Visual Computing and Communication track combines computer science and information technology in the areas of image processing and communication, image analysis, computer vision, computer graphics, augmented reality, visualisation, visual analytics, as well as web-based and network applications.
The Embedded Systems track focuses on enabling technologies and design methodologies for computing systems which are embedded as an integral part of larger systems, designed for specific control functions of devices with various electronic and mechanical components. This is particularly useful in the cyber-physical systems and Internet of Things domains.
Human-Computer Interaction and Design
The Human-Computer Interaction and Design track take an interdisciplinary user-centred design approach by placing the users at the centre of the design process. The track combines human aspects (both at a cognitive, aesthetic and sensory-motor levels) with technological and business aspects, to create new products and services with great usability and user experience, and solid customer demand.
Cloud and Network Infrastructures
The Cloud and Network Infrastructures track focus on communication network design, management and operation on the one hand and cloud service and deployment models, and application design on the other. The track also addresses future directions of cloud computing, for example, in the fields of edge and fog computing as well as blockchains and distributed ledger applications.
A key component in all specialisations of ICT Innovation is the integrated combination of a master’s degree project (30 ECTS), an “internship” (which should be included in the degree project credits) and an I&E project (6 ECTS). The industry-based degree project (typically integrated with the "internship") is together with the I&E minor well integrated with the technical majors.
The programme covers two years of study at KTH in Stockholm. However, students who would like to attend the second year of the programme abroad can do so under the EIT Digital scheme to which this programme is attached. This creates flexibility for students who would like to continue their second year on the programme by either staying at KTH or decides to do the second year abroad at one of the other EIT Digital university members.
This is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science, with a major in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science and Engineering. The programme is given mainly at KTH Kista campus in Stockholm by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (at KTH).
Marketing and market analysis, business formation, project work and management, advanced ICT.
With the business-oriented focus combined with the technical specialisation, students will find a plenitude of jobs and carriers opportunities. Examples of includes; innovative start-ups, research-driven organisations and advanced IT business worldwide. The programme works closely with a wide range of first-class businesses to connect and prepare students for their future careers. You will interact with business and industry partners throughout the whole programme. You will also get the chance to prepare your master’s thesis with our partners on real-life projects. In addition to improving students cultural and language skills, this experience will give students expertise in their chosen technological field, as well as provide them with excellent qualifications for managerial posts in global markets.
System and Software Developer, Product Manager, Business Developer, Startup Founder, Consultant
Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in ICT Innovation are:
8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
Overall, digitalisation can play an important role in leading sustainable development in the use of more effective ways to use resources and improve everyday life. In the programme, we provide a foundation for sustainable development in engineering, as well as providing more specific knowledge about digital innovation systems for decent work conditions and economic growth to achieve a more sustainable industry and infrastructure for sustainable cities and communities.
Faculty and research
We have a broad group of teachers that is also active in different research areas represented by the different tracks.
To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English, and meet the programme-specific requirements.
A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.
English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:
TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)
The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognized English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions.
​Specific requirements for the master's programme in ICT Innovation
A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, corresponding to 180 ECTS credits in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or Information Technology, including at least 60 ECTS credits in computer science, basic digital and analogue electronics, basic control theory, computer systems/computer architecture and programming and at least 30 ECTS credits in mathematics, including analysis (calculus), linear algebra and mathematical statistics.
Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme-specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:
Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
Proof of English proficiency
A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents
Specific documents for the master's programme in ICT Innovation
Curriculum Vitae including details on your academic and professional career.
A letter of motivation in which you prove your innovative potential. For this purpose, we ask you to discuss or propose an entrepreneurial idea (one page with a summary and two additional pages for details).
Two letters of recommendation (from professors of the most recently attended higher institution or recent employers).
Optional: Document stating the GPA or the Relative Ranking