Digital Business Master Class is a challenge-based course with a focus on digital technologies as tools for building businesses. During the intensive course, students work in international teams to plan digital solutions for real business cases from partnering companies.
Digital Business Master Class
Included in the Master Class
Digital Business Master Class is an interactive and fast-paced graduate-level course (6 ECTS) focusing on digital technologies as tools for building businesses. During the Master Class, students learn how companies transform their processes and systems by implementing digital technologies.
During the intense 2 weeks, student teams build a project, planning a digital solution for a real-life company problem. Concepts covered include data-intensive business, service design, platforms and ecosystems, business models, digital marketing, working in international teams and project management frameworks.
In addition to intensive weeks, the course includes independent pre- and post-work periods. Learning experiences range from insightful discussions in class to multidisciplinary teamwork and corporate collaboration.
- Explore and implement key topics in digital business
- Differentiate between digital transformation and digital optimisation
- Evaluate the constantly evolving digital business landscape both locally and globally
- Gain theoretical and practical knowledge on digital strategies
- Work in international multidisciplinary teams
- Apply project management in virtual and on-site projects
- Develop recommendations for real-life case
The course includes three phases: self-paced pre-work and post-work and two intensive weeks of lectures and project work in teams.
6-17 February: Pre-work (online)
- Self-paced course orientation
- Individual research for the team project
6-17 March: Intensive weeks (on-site at Aalto)
- Daily lectures (Monday-Friday)
- Company meetings
- Teamwork on a company project
- Commitment to full-time studies during the intensive weeks is required
18-24 March: Finishing project work and course reflection (online)
- Finishing touches on the project work
- Individual reflection assignments on key takeaways, teamwork and course experience
- Project report deadline Friday 24 March
The total course workload of 160h (6 ECTS) is divided as follows:
- 10h Pre-work exercise
- 40h Contact hours
- 40h Class preparation
- 60h Project work
- 10h Post-work
The course is graded on a scale of 0-5, where
0 = fail, 1 = poor, 2 = satisfactory, 3 = good, 4 = very good, 5 = excellent
Experience early spring in Finland
Helsinki and Espoo offer a lot to see also outside of the summer season. Local cafés and restaurants welcome visitors with a warm cup of coffee and Finnish delicacies. Popular sights like the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress have a unique atmosphere in the colder months, not to forget about interesting museums, picturesque libraries and Finnish design. And what better time to truly appreciate your sauna experience than after a cold day?
Snow in March is not a rare occurrence in Helsinki. However, if students want to maximise their chances of visiting a winter wonderland, they can travel further up north before or after the lecture weeks and visit Lapland. Another popular option for a mid-course weekend getaway is the city of Tallinn, located just a short boat ride away from Helsinki.
Read more tips for making the most of your time at the Master Class in our interview with DBMC alumnus Tyler Spring.
Ángela Velásquez Bellido, Digital Business Master Class student 2022
Finland and Aalto have given me a whole new view on digital business
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With 35 students from 16 different countries, this summer’s Digital Business Master Class by Aalto University Summer School taught the students all things digital business and allowed them to collaborate on real-life business cases by partnering companies.
With a background in Marketing and Brand Management, Cordelia Blanchard was looking for short-term exchange possibilities and found the Digitial Business Master Class by Aalto University Summer School.
International students experienced the Finnish spring and deepened their knowledge of digital business at the Aalto University Summer School’s Digital Business course in March.
Digital Business Master Class – exactly the course that is needed to keep up with today's business landscape
Shane McMahon attended the DBMC in the summer of 2021 and was particularly happy about working with environmental solutions during the course company project.