Master's Programme in International Design Business Management - M.Sc. Degree in Technology

Degree:

Master of Science (Technology).
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ECTS:

120 ECTS

Field of Study:

Technology and Engineering

Duration:

2 years, full-time

Eligibility:

An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.

Tuition fees & scholarships:

Yes, for non-EU citizens.
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Language of Instruction:

English
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Organising school/s:

School of Chemical Engineering
School of Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering
School of Science

Application period:

2017-12-15 - 2018-01-24

Publication of Results:

2018-04-06

Further information:

admissions@aalto.fi

International Design Business Management Aalto University

The Master's Programme in International Design Business Management helps you become a future creative professional in integrating design and technology with global business development through transdisciplinary teamwork and real-life challenges provided by our renowned industry partners.

The multi-disciplinary International Design Business Management (IDBM) programme produces drivers of change and innovation to lead initiatives and undertake new business ventures within global environments.

The programme embraces design broadly as a method, mind-set and competitive advantage by focusing on product, service and business design, technology and innovation management.

Programme overview: multi-disciplinary community and challenge-based learning

The International Design Business Management (IDBM) programme is the first teaching and research platform to bring together students from all Aalto University schools.

One of the key components of the IDBM programme is the Industry Project, a challenge based assignment from a client organisation that you will undertake in small interdisciplinary teams during the first academic year.

In the programme, you will further have an opportunity to

  • Discover and make full use of your own potential in interdisciplinary teams
  • Acquire knowledge about current and future trends shaping organisations and societies
  • Expand your competences achieved at the bachelor’s level by bringing in design and business perspectives to better recognise and understand how to create value for end-users
  • Develop important interpersonal and communication skills through collaborative industry projects
  • Gain insights to how design can be managed, as well as how its impact can be evaluated and analysed
  • Learn from industry leaders how to create new ideas and execute them with design-driven strategies and processes
  • Improve on vital project management skills to make you a more effective team player

 

Study programme

All master students from the three tracks (Design, Science and Technology, Business) will study the same compulsory IDBM major courses during the first year of studies. The courses include topics such as creative teamwork, business model design, corporate entrepreneurship and global virtual teamwork. One of the core IDBM major courses is the six-month long Industry Project where multi-disciplinary student teams work together on real-life challenges provided by industry partners.

In addition to the major studies, students are expected to complete specialisation studies in his/her own field. The amount of specialisation studies may vary between IDBM study options.

Learning objectives

Graduates of the IDBM programme will be able to drive innovation and lead initiatives to undertake new business ventures within global environments.

This includes the ability to

  • Use design approach in product, service and business development
  • Lead and collaborate in multi-cultural and interdisciplinary teams, connecting one's own disciplinary expertise to a wider business context
  • Drive change and development activities in organisations
  • Communicate ideas and concepts both verbally and visually at operative and strategic levels
  • Understand and utilise academic research in defining and approaching problems in systematic and systemic manner

See further information at the programme website (idbm.aalto.fi).

Study options

Admission to the IDBM programme is granted through six tracks in three different fields depending on the applicant's background and the targeted degree.

Field of Science and Technology, leading to a Master of Science (Technology) degree with following study options

IDBM School of Chemical Engineering

 

IDBM at School of Chemical Engineering

Studies at IDBM CHEM provide you with great opportunity to deepen your core competence achieved at bachelor’s level. At the School of Chemical Engineering you can specialise in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering including subjects of Biotechnology, Chemical and Process Engineering, Chemistry, Fibre and Polymer Engineering, Functional Materials, Sustainable Metals Processing as well as Biomass Refining.

The specialisation area studies aim to

  • Form solid foundation of students’ expertise in his/her specialised field.
  • Provide profound engineering basis for working in an international, competitive and highly innovative environment.
  • Deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge base in specialisation area.

 

IDBM Degree Structure at School of Chemical Engineering

 

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IDBM School of Electrical Engineering

 

IDBM at School of Electrical Engineering

Studies at IDBM ELEC provide you with great opportunity to deepen your core competence in technology achieved at bachelor’s level and combine it with wider design and innovation framework. The specialisation areas at Aalto School of Electrical Engineering include Automation and Electrical Engineering, Computer, Communication and Information Sciences and Nano and Radio Sciences providing the full range of core competences to excel in modern ICT and Robotics driven developments.

The specialisation area studies aim to

  • Provide specialisation and engineering skills for working in an international, competitive and highly innovative environment.
  • Understanding of of modern ICT and robotics related technologies and developments.
  • Establish solid foundation of students’ selected expertise field in electrical engineering.
  • Deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge base in their specialisation area.

 

IDBM Degree Structure at School of Electrical Engineering

 

IDBM CHEM Degree Structure .jpg

 

IDBM School of Engineering

 

IDBM at School of Engineering

Studies at IDBM ENG provide you with great opportunity to deepen your core competence achieved at bachelor’s level. The specialisation studies at Aalto School of Engineering include topics such as Energy Technology, Engineering Design and Production, Applied Mechanics, Civil and Structural Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Surveying and Planning.

The specialisation studies aim to

  • Form solid foundation of students’ expertise in his/her specialised field.
  • Provide profound engineering basis for working in an international, competitive and highly innovative environment.
  • Deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge base in their specialisation area.

 

IDBM Degree Structure at School of Engineering

 

IDBM ENG Degree Structure .jpg

 

IDBM School of Science

 

IDBM at School of Science

Studies at IDBM SCI provide you with great opportunity to deepen your core competence achieved at bachelor’s level. The specialisation areas at the School of Science include Engineering Physics, Mathematics, Operations Research, Computer Science (including Computer Science, Software and Service Engineering, Human Computer Interaction minors). Students need to complete 25 cr minor of these areas.

The specialisation area studies aim to

  • Form solid foundation of students’ expertise in his/her specialised field.
  • Provide profound engineering basis for working in an international, competitive and highly innovative environment.
  • Deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge base in their specialisation area.

 

IDBM Degree Structure at School of Science

 

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In addition to the field of Science and Technology, IDBM Programme is available in the following fields:

Field of Business and Economics, leading to a Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration) degree

Field of Art and Design, leading to a Master of Arts degree.

 

Broad career prospects: from entrepreneurs to internal innovators

IDBM studies prepare you for a career in the creative industries and in businesses and other organisations that draw on creativity, design and technology as key components of their competitive positioning.

After their graduation, our students embarking on a career in the private or public sector typically work in domains such as:

  • service design
  • business design
  • design and technology strategy
  • product and project management
  • development of product and service offering
  • academic or design research
  • innovation management, marketing
  • creative direction, export management
  • trend analysis and forecasting

These career opportunities exist both in large multinationals and in small start-ups, in a variety of fields. All kinds of organisations are starting to recognise the importance of design to retain their relevance and create better value. These businesses typically leverage design to create new products and services, often involving the latest technology and business venturing and entrepreneurship. These activities have been further supported by the vibrant start-up communities in Aalto University.

During studies, the departments involved may offer the best students summer job/research assistant positions. Aalto University Career Services provides information on employers, job and thesis opportunities, and hints for job hunting for all Aalto students.

 

Tuition fees and scholarships

Non-EU/EEA students selected to the IDBM programme in the application round 2018 will be charged tuition fees. Further information on the tuition fees and scholarships offered can be found here.

 

Admission requirements

Admission to the IDBM programme is granted through six tracks in three different fields depending on the applicant's background and the targeted degree. In the field of Science and Technology the applicant is required to choose the track based on his/her background degree and eligibility.

Please note that applicants holding the Bachelor's degree in Architecture can apply both through science and technology admission or through art and design admission depending on their background studies and career intention.

General admission requirements in the field of science and technology

The general eligibility requirements are the same for all Master's programmes in the field of science and technology. Please see also the requirements concerning language skills.

Eligible applications are then sent to the academic evaluation described in more detail below.

 

IDBM School of Chemical Engineering

 

Programme-specific requirements and evaluation criteria (CHEM)

The Master’s programmes offered by the School of Chemical Engineering apply the following principles during the academic evaluation of eligible applications. These principles are revised annually.

The student selection process is competitive. The applicant’s suitability for the programme is evaluated. The best applicants are granted admission to the programme. The selection of students is primarily based on the application documents. Not all eligible applicants will necessarily be admitted, CHEM Master’s programme does not have a minimum quota to be fulfilled.

The programmes reserve the right to interview the applicants if it is necessary to clarify the applicant’s motivation or other information in the application.

 

Common criteria at the School of Chemical Engineering:

1. Study success

The applicant's success in previous studies (those that give basis for applying into the programme) will be evaluated based on the grade point average (GPA) and results in key courses. Preference is given to students with a GPA average equivalent to minimum of 3.0 (on a scale 5.0 max).The time taken to complete previous studies will also be taken into account. Applicants, who have previously studied at Aalto University, e.g. as exchange students, will also be evaluated according to the grades in those studies and the number of credits obtained in comparison to the time taken for completion.

 

2. Recognition and quality of the home university

The applicant's previous degree will be evaluated based on the recognition and quality of the university.

 

3. Recommendation letter

Max. two recommendation letters can be attached to the application. Recommendation letter should be in English written by professor. It can be original letter or certified copy of it.

 

4. Other relevant achievements

The applicant's other relevant achievements may be considered if documented in the application.
These can be, for example:

  • experience of work in the field of the programme
  • participation in scientific research which has led to publications, posters
  • for applicants whose Bachelor's degree is from a Finnish university of applied sciences, prior completion of required complementary studies with good grades (transcript required)
  • other previous studies (transcript required)

 

Master’s programme in International Design Business Management, School of Chemical Engineering evaluation criteria

1. Content of the previous degree

B.Sc. or equivalent degree in the natural sciences or engineering of a relevant field. Relevant degrees are e.g. in the following fields

  • Chemistry or chemical engineering including process systems engineering and polymer engineering
  • Oil and gas engineering, energy technology
  • Biotechnology, bioengineering life sciences, bioinformatics, biomaterials, food science / technology / engineering,  biomedical
  • Polymer science/engineering, fibre science/engineering, pulp and paper technology / engineering
  • Materials science and engineering, physics, nanotechnology and metallurgy
  • Process and chemical engineering, minerals engineering

This Master’s programme should provide genuinely new knowledge and enhance the career prospects of the applicant. Thus, applicants who already have a Master’s degree in the closely related field will only be accepted onto the programme for very specific reasons. These reasons must be stated in the application.

 

2. Motivation and commitment to the Programme

Applicant must show his/her motivation for studying in the IDBM programme by providing motivation statement. The statement can be provided as motivation letter of 1-2 pages OR motivational video of max 2 minutes long. The statement should answer at least the following questions:

  • Why I am applying for admission to the IDBM Master's Studies Programme?
  • What I am expecting to learn or gain by participating in the IDBM Programme?
  • The contribution I will bring to fellow students and the continued success of the IDBM Programme?

 

3. Professional Experience

Applicant’s professional experience is looked at broadly and is considered to include work experience relevant to the IDBM programme as well as experience in scientific and artistic work, entrepreneurship and /or other relevant civic activity. Professional experience will be evaluated based on the CV.

 

4. Interview

Based on above listed evaluation of criteria, the best applicants are invited for an interview. The maximum number of applicants invited to the interview is double the amount of the quota. The applicants’ practical skills and ability to communicate in English are evaluated and the applicants are required to give a short oral presentation in English on a subject given when invited to the interview. The applicants are asked a series of questions regarding their motivation, abilities, and attitudes. Interviews can be conducted by phone or SKYPE if necessary.

 

The final acceptance of applicants will be made on the basis of the interviews. The student can be admitted only for one study option of the Master’s Degree Programme in International Design Business Management.

 

IDBM School of Electrical Engineering

 

Programme-specific requirements and evaluation criteria (ELEC)

To be considered for admission, the applicant must fulfill the minimum requirements for the studies leading to a M.Sc.degree in Technology. The minimum requirements include good academic performance and previous studies compatible with the degree studies.

The applicant should have a Bachelor’s degree (minimum 180 ECTS credits or equivalent), preferably in electrical engineering related fields. Excellent candidates with degrees in other fields such as natural sciences, mathematics, or computer science will be considered.

The following are used as criteria for academic evaluation:

  • University or Higher Education Institution
  • Degree and relevance of studies
  • Academic study performance
  • Motivation and commitment to the Programme

 

Required prior knowledge

The following background knowledge is required for studies in School of Electrical Engineering. The applicant shall have basic knowledge on:

  • mathematics
  • physics
  • basic software engineering and programming skills

Knowledge of at least some of the following areas is considered an advantage for successful study performance in the chosen study track:

  • electronics
  • circuit design
  • software engineering
  • communications systems and components
  • fundamentals of communications and information theory
  • robotics
  • radio engineering
  • basics of control engineering
  • industrial automation
  • user-interface design
  • signal processing

This knowledge is typically obtained by studying a Bachelor degree at a research university. The prior knowledge is evaluated based on provided application documentation.
 

Evaluation criteria

The application process is competitive. First the applicant’s suitability for the programme is evaluated based on submitted documentation. The applicants are then ranked and the best applicants are selected for interviews.


The applicants are evaluated and ranked on the basis of the criteria below based on required application documents.

 

1. University or Higher Education Institution

The applicant’s previous degree will be evaluated based on the international reputation and academic quality of the university and the programme.

 

2. Degree and relevance of studies

The applicant should have a Bachelor's degree (minimum 180 ECTS credits or equivalent) in electrical engineering related field. Excellent candidates with degrees in other fields such as natural sciences, mathematics, or computer science will be considered.

 

3. Academic study performance

The IDBM programme is looking for applicants with excellent study success in their previous studies. The applicant's study success in previous studies will be evaluated based on the grade point average (GPA) and results in key courses. The grades will be evaluated in relation to how demanding the studies have been. The time used for the previous studies will also be taken into account. The GPA is calculated of the bachelor’s degree (or the degree giving the eligibility).

All the applicant's previous university studies, including incomplete degrees and non-degree studies, will be considered when evaluating study success. Applicants who have previously studied at Aalto University, e.g. as exchange students, are also evaluated according to the grades in those studies and the number of credits obtained in comparison to the time used.

The evaluation is done based on submitted documents based on completed grades.

 

4. Motivation and commitment to the Programme

The applicant should be motivated to study the chosen field and committed to full-time studies with a plan to complete the Master's degree in two years.


Applicant must show his/her motivation for studying in the IDBM programme by providing motivation statement. The statement can be provided as motivation letter of 1-2 pages OR motivational video of max 2 minutes long. The statement should answer at least the following questions:

  • Why I am applying for admission to the IDBM Master's Studies Programme?
  • What I am expecting to learn or gain by participating in the IDBM Programme?
  • The contribution I will bring to fellow students and the continued success of the IDBM Programme?

 

5. Professional Experience

Applicant’s professional experience is considered broadly, especially for

  • work experience relevant to the IDBM programme
  • experience in scientific work (evaluated based on publications)
  • entrepreneurship activities
  • special achievements and competition prices

 

6. Interview

Based on the evaluation of above listed criteria, the best applicants are invited for an interview. The maximum number of applicants invited to the interview is double the amount of the quota. The applicants’ practical skills and ability to communicate in English are evaluated and the applicants are required to give a short oral presentation in English on a subject given when invited to the interview. The applicants are asked a series of questions regarding their motivation, abilities, and attitudes. Interviews can be conducted by phone or SKYPE if necessary.

The final acceptance of applicants will be made on the basis of the interviews. The student can be admitted only for one study option of the Master’s Degree Programme in International Design Business Management.

 

Advice for applicants from Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences

The minimum GPA for applicants from Finnish universities of applied science is 3.2. Applicants with GPA below the limit cannot be admitted unless they have other exceptional qualifications. Meeting the minimum does not guarantee admission to the programme.


Previously, all admitted students whose previous degree was from a Finnish university of applied science were required to take complementary studies. This is no longer a requirement, and complementary studies are assigned only in individual cases. Therefore, it is important to demonstrate the depth of the required prior knowledge in the application. This can be achieved, for example, with excellent grades in the relevant Bachelor courses, and by completing a small number of demanding courses in the areas of required knowledge.

 

IDBM School of Engineering

 

Programme-specific requirements and evaluation criteria (ENG)

To be considered for admission, the applicant must fulfil the minimum requirements for the studies leading to a M.Sc. degree in Technology. The minimum requirements include good academic performance and previous studies compatible with the degree studies.

The following are used as criteria for academic evaluation:

  • University or Higher Education Institution
  • Degree and relevance of studies
  • Academic study performance
  • Motivation and commitment to the Programme
  • Professional experience
  • Interview

The applicants are evaluated and ranked on the basis of the criteria below based on required application documents.

 

1. University or Higher Education Institution

 

2. Degree and relevance of studies

The previous degree is usually considered compatible, if it was completed in the field of science, technology or engineering. The compatibility of the previous studies depends on the content of the bachelor’s degree of the student. Generally, an applicant’s previous studies are considered compatible if they include

  • basic studies in mathematics and natural sciences, and
  • a minor subject or a comparable study entity based on the aforementioned basic studies from a technical field or from a field clearly related to mathematics or natural sciences.

 

3. Academic study performance

Cumulative grade point average is calculated of the bachelor’s degree (or the degree giving the eligibility). Applicant’s grades from studies completed and of which the applicant has provided the appropriate documents by the end of the application period will be evaluated.

 

4. Motivation and commitment to the Programme

Applicant must show his/her motivation for studying in the IDBM programme by providing motivation statement. The statement can be provided as motivation letter of 1-2 pages OR motivational video of max 2 minutes long. The statement should answer at least the following questions:

  • Why I am applying for admission to the IDBM Master's Studies Programme?
  • What I am expecting to learn or gain by participating in the IDBM Programme?
  • The contribution I will bring to fellow students and the continued success of the IDBM Programme?

 

5. Professional Experience

Applicant’s professional experience is looked at broadly and is considered to include work experience relevant to the IDBM programme as well as experience in scientific and artistic work, entrepreneurship and /or other relevant civic activity. Professional experience will be evaluated based on the CV.

 

6. Interview

Based on the evaluation of above listed criteria, the best applicants are invited for an interview. The maximum number of applicants invited to the interview is double the amount of the quota. The applicants’ practical skills and ability to communicate in English are evaluated and the applicants are required to give a short oral presentation in English on a subject given when invited to the interview. The applicants are asked a series of questions regarding their motivation, abilities, and attitudes. Interviews can be conducted by phone or SKYPE if necessary.


The final acceptance of applicants will be made on the basis of the interviews. The student can be admitted only for one study option of the Master’s Degree Programme in International Design Business Management.

 

IDBM School of Science

 

Programme-specific requirements and evaluation criteria (SCI)

To be considered for admission, the applicants should have completed a high quality Bachelor’s degree in:

  • computer science, information technology or a related field
  • physics, materials science or a related field
  • mathematics, operations research, statistics or a related field

In addition to compatible previous studies, the applicants are expected to have very good previous study success (GPA and results in key courses).


The applicants that fulfil the above requirement of previous studies are ranked according to the criteria below. If the minimum requirements (very good academic performance, compatibility of previous studies) are not met, the evaluation will not be continued.


The applicants are evaluated and ranked on the basis of the criteria below based on required application documents.

 

1. Motivation statement (letter OR video)

Applicant must show his/her motivation for studying in the IDBM programme by providing motivation statement. The statement can be provided as motivation letter of 1-2 pages OR motivational video of max 2 minutes long. The statement should answer at least the following questions:

  • Why I am applying for admission to the IDBM Master's Studies Programme?
  • What I am expecting to learn or gain by participating in the IDBM Programme?
  • The contribution I will bring to fellow students and the continued success of the IDBM Programme?

 

2. Academic Excellence

Applicant’s grades from studies completed and of which the applicant has provided the appropriate documents by the end of the application period will be evaluated and scored.

 

3. Professional Experience

Applicant’s professional experience is looked at broadly and is considered to include work experience relevant to the IDBM programme as well as experience in scientific and artistic work, entrepreneurship and /or other relevant civic activity. Professional experience will be evaluated based on the CV.

 

4. Interview

Based on the evaluation of criteria 1-3, the best applicants are invited for an interview. The maximum number of applicants invited to the interview is double the amount of the quota. The applicants’ practical skills and ability to communicate in English are evaluated and the applicants are required to give a short oral presentation in English on a subject given when invited to the interview. The applicants are asked a series of questions regarding their motivation, abilities, and attitudes. Interviews can be conducted by phone or SKYPE if necessary.


The final acceptance of applicants will be made on the basis of the interviews. The student can be admitted only for one Master’s Degree Programme in International Design Business Management.

 

 

Application documents

The compulsory application documents  in the field of science and technology are listed here.

 

Contact information

Location:
Coordination: Aalto University School of Business, Töölö Campus, Helsinki. Note that learning activities take place on all Aalto University campuses.

Contact:

  • For enquiries regarding the application process in the field of science and technology, application documents and language requirements, please read instructions first. If you cannot find an answer to your question, contact Aalto University Admission Services at admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi.
  • For enquiries regarding the contents of studies in the IDBM programme in the field of science and technology, please contact Programme Manager Anna-Mari Saari anna-mari.saari [at] aalto [dot] fi.

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