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Master's programme in Innovation and Design

  • fiber_manual_record Credits 120  credits
  • home Study location Eskilstuna
  • access_time Time 2 years  (full time)
  • timeline Education ordinance Second cycle

In this programme you develop knowledge of innovation management, design processes and the importance of communication in innovation and design. On completion of your studies you can work for example as a project manager or an innovation manager.

MDH students help bank to make use of the staff’s ideas

Students at MDH have produced an innovation process for Sparbanken Rekarne in Eskilstuna. It is a process that will be implemented this autumn, with the purpose of being able to make use of the staff’s suggestions for improvement.

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The Programme

This is an interdisciplinary programme combining subjects such as engineering science, social science and the humanities, but also perspectives taken from the world of art. You acquire knowledge of innovation processes for the development of services and products, considering sustainability and how innovation and design affects users and organisations. The courses within the programme helps to develop your ability to work in interdisciplinary projects with both national and international organisations. You can also choose to specialise within your own field of interest, such as user experience (UX), design processes, agile methods or simply any kind of creative field of knowledge.

Several of the courses obtains different projects in collaboration with external companies, who are global leaders within their respective branches, such as ABB, Bombardier Transportation and Volvo Construction Equipment. Collaboration also takes place with the public sector at the municipal, regional and national levels. Working with current challenges and real-life problems will guarantee that the programme is relevant and that there is a clear link to the labour market.

In addition, several of the courses have a clear link to the research conducted within Innovation and Product Realisation at the University, and you take an active part in MDH’s prototype workshops, digital cooperation platforms and Living Lab.

Employment and Future Prospects

After your studies you have a deeper understanding of key concepts and theories in innovation and design. Thanks to the breadth and individual depth of the programme you are well prepared for managerial posts in the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally.

Possible future professions could be project managers, innovation managers, research and development managers, product developers or designers. You can also pursue a career as a researcher in academia.


Watch our webinar to get even more information about the programme.

Course overview for programme

Year 1

Innovation and Design


Year 2

Innovation and Design




Questions about the programme?

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Occasions for this programme

Autumn 2021

  • Master's Programme in Innovation and Design, 120 credits


    120 credits


    Autumn 2021 (start 2021-08-30)

    Time and study pace

    2 years (full time)

    Education ordinance

    Second cycle

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    Study location


    Specific requirements

    A completed Bachelor's degree from an institution of higher education of three years or more, equivalent to 180 credits. A TOEFL test result, with a minimum score of 575 with a TWE score of at least 4.5 (PBT) or 90 with a TWE score of at least 20 (iBT) or an IELTS test result with an overall band score of at least 6.5 and no band score below 5.5 or equivalent is required.


    University credits



    Tuition fee

    For students outside EU/EEA
    Per installment prior to each semester: 67500 SEK
    Annual tuition fee: 135000 SEK
    Total programme fee: 270000 SEK


Study advisor for the programme

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Bachelor's and Master's programmes

We offer a variety of programmes that are strongly interrelated with the research environments of the university.

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Application and admission

Great that you are interested in Mälardalen University. One of the first questions are often about how and when to apply. That and more will be answered on this and related pages.

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Mälardalen University scholarship programme

Every year Mälardalen University offers a limited numbers of scholarships to students applying for a Master's programme with us as their first choice.

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How it works

Read up on the process and which documents to complete your application with. On universityadmissions.se you can find all the information you need. It’s a lot to read but it’s so worth it.

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