Master's Programme in International Design Business Management - MSc in Technology (CHEM, ELEC, ENG, SCI)

The Master's Programme in International Design Business Management (IDBM) 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. IDBM students tackle these complex challenges in multidisciplinary teams and develop holistic perspectives on the questions of tomorrow. The IDBM curriculum integrates business, design and technology to enable students to create new value and meaningful innovation.

Graduates of the program earn a master’s degree in business, design or technology, and gain extensive interdisciplinary teamwork experience that enables them to work in a wide variety of fields.
IDBM student explaining a concept to IDBM Impact 2018 event visitors


Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

3.12.2018 - 11.1.2019

Language of instruction:



2 years, full-time


Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering


120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Business

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €15000/y (Master’s studies)

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Previous application period was closed on 11.1.2019
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General information

Study objectives

The mission of IDBM is to produce 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

IDBM is also the first teaching and research platform to bring together students from all Aalto University schools.

One of the key components of the 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.

The objectives of the programme are to enable students 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

Content of studies

The learning outcomes are achieved through compulsory and elective studies. The compulsory IDBM core studies are linked to an extensive joint industry project and related teamwork. The business, design and technology components of the programme ensure that the students gain the necessary business, design and technology perspectives. Parallel to these the IDBM industry project deepens participants’ understanding of the real-life processes of the participating firms in global design intensive businesses. Skills in project management and business planning are developed through the projects.


For further details on the education content, see the study guide for the academic years 2018-2020.

Language of instruction

The Master’s programme in International Design Business Management is completed in English.

    Structure of studies

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

    Students from all of the tracks will study the same compulsory IDBM major studies during the first academic year. At the core of the programme is the semester long Industry Project where multi-disciplinary student teams work together on real-life challenges provided by industry partners.

    See the IDBM programme website for more detailed structures of the degree.

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

    Admission requirements

    General admission requirements

    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.

    Programme-specific admission requirements

    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 based on the criteria below based on the submitted application documents.

    1. University or Higher Education Institution

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

    2. Degree and relevance of studies

    Applicant should hold a B.Sc. or equivalent degree in a relevant field. The compatibility and relevance of previous studies is evaluated in relation to the desired engineering specialization area as stated in the letter of motivation. Required previous knowledge:


    To be considered for admission, the applicants should have completed a high quality Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering or related fields.

    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.


    To be considered for admission, the applicants should have completed a high quality Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or related field (excellent candidates with degrees in other fields such as natural sciences, mathematics, or computer science will be considered).


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

    • 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.

    The applicant's degree certificate must clearly state both of these study entities.


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

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

    3. Academic study performance

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

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

    4. Motivation and commitment to the Programme

    Applicant must show his/her motivation for studying in the IDBM programme by providing a motivation letter. The letter is written in English into the electronic application system and the maximum length of the letter is 4000 characters (including space characters). The motivation letter 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?
    • What specialisation area studies would I choose and why?
    • What can I contribute to fellow students and to 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 above evaluation 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 based on the interviews. The student can be admitted only to one Master’s Degree Programme in International Design Business Management.

    Career opportunities

    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 & scholarships

    The tuition fee is 15 000 euros per year for non-EU/EEA students. More information on Scholarships and Tuition Fees page (

    Contact information

    For enquiries regarding the application process, application documents and language tests, please contact [email protected]

    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 [email protected].

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