Master of Science in International Design Business Management (CHEM, ELEC, ENG, SCI) - M.Sc. Degree in Technology


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Program Description

IDBM is a pioneering and renowned study programme that truly embodies the vision of Aalto by integrating design and technology with global business development. Through transdisciplinary teamwork and real-life business challenges provided by our prominent industry partners, the programme prepares students as the next generation of creative professionals. IDBM is uniquely positioned as the only programme offered in all six schools of Aalto, allowing programme graduates to earn a Master’s degree in either business, design or technology.

Objectives of studies

We do not work in silos, so why should we study in one? IDBM students tackle complex, real-life challenges in multidisciplinary teams and develop holistic perspectives of tomorrow’s challenges. The programme embraces design more broadly as a method, mindset and competitive advantage. It does so by focusing on product, service and business design, technology and innovation management. IDBM graduates have:

  • The ability to work in and lead diverse teams. Graduates have discovered and unlocked their potential in multidisciplinary teams. They have developed important interpersonal and communications skills through collaborative industry projects. Become an effective team player by improving vital project management skills.
  • A forward-looking view of the world. Graduates possess knowledge about current and future trends shaping organisations and societies.
  • Not only business sense but design and tech-savviness. Graduates have expanded their competence achieved in business by bringing in design and technical perspectives to gain a more holistic view on how to create value for end-users.
  • Competence to manage, develop and lead design-driven strategies. Graduates have gained insight into how design is managed and how can its impact be evaluated and analysed. They have learnt from industry leaders how to create new ideas and execute them with design-driven strategies and processes.

Upon graduation from the IDBM programme, graduates are ready to take on significant roles in teams working in the intersection of design, business and technology. They are able to drive innovation and lead initiatives to undertake new business ventures in global environments.

Post-graduate study options

IDBM graduates are eligible to apply for doctoral studies.

Study language

The language of instruction is English.

Structure of studies

IDBM programme comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The two-year programme consists of:

  • IDBM major (40 ECTS cr)
  • Engineering specialisation/minor studies (20-30 ECTS cr)
  • Electives (20-30 ECTS cr)
  • Master’s thesis (30 ECTS cr)

At the beginning of their studies, students define their Personal Study Plans (PSP) together with an academic advisor. The primary purpose of the PSP is to ensure that the studies support the student’s interests and are completed in a logical order.

Content of the studies

As an IDBM student, you complete courses together with an international, tight and diverse community of students. Compulsory IDBM core studies are linked to an extensive industry project and related teamwork, which enables students to learn how to utilize and apply different knowledge, tools and methods in practice. Moreover, the IDBM industry project deepens the understanding of students about real-life processes of the participating firms in global design-intensive businesses. Skills in project management and business planning are developed through the projects. In addition to the major studies, students are expected to complete specialisation studies in his/her own field. The number of specialisation studies varies between IDBM study options.

Areas for specialisation:

  • Automation and Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics and Nanotechnology
  • Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Operations Research
  • Computer Science (including Computer Science, Software and Service Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction minors)
  • Chemical and Process Engineering; Chemistry; Biotechnology
  • Fibre and Polymer Engineering; Biomass Refining
  • Materials science and engineering: Functional Materials, Sustainable Metals Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Energy Technology
  • Geoengineering
  • Geoinformatics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Surveying and Planning

Career opportunities

IDBM prepares you for a career in creative industries and in organisations that draw on creativity, design and technology as key components of their competitive positioning. These career opportunities exist both in large multinationals and in startups, in a variety of fields as organisations are starting to recognise the importance of design in retaining their relevance and creating better value. In positions ranging from service design to design and strategy, IDBM graduates leverage design to create new products and services, often involving the latest technology.

Aalto University has well-established career services which help you get employed in Finland and abroad. Aalto students tend to find good positions with ease upon their graduation. There is also a very active entrepreneurship community at Aalto, which can help as a springboard for founding a company. Finally, if an academic career is of interest, the Master’s programme in International Design Business Management is a great foundation for doctoral studies and post-doc positions.

Scholarships and Tuition fees

The tuition fee is 15 000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students.

Prospective students subject to tuition fees are eligible to apply for the Aalto University Scholarship.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

At Aalto University, we believe in curiosity and we encourage our students to explore the unknown and do things in a totally new way. We offer the highest level of education in business, art and desig ... Read More

At Aalto University, we believe in curiosity and we encourage our students to explore the unknown and do things in a totally new way. We offer the highest level of education in business, art and design, architecture, and technology in Finland. Read less
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