Degree structure

Director of degree programme: Professor in Practice Anne Stenros

Professor in charge at the School of Science: Matti Vartiainen

Degree: Master of Science (Technology), 120 ECTS

Abbreviation: IDBM

Description of the programme

The IDBM Master’s degree is a 120 credit joint offering between the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business and Schools of Technology (coordinated by School of Science). The program is taught completely in English. The first year of studies consists of set of intensive compulsory study modules and requires full time commitment from the students. The second year of studies allows more individual flexibility.

The IDBM programme has an overarching objective of enabling students to act as future world-class professionals in global business development in design and technology. It is seen to be achievable through developing systemic and integrative competences within the two-year programme. The objective for learners is to gain competences in multiple dimensions of design, business and technology and on both strategic and operative levels. The objective is therefore for learners to gain a multi- and interdisciplinary understanding of design needs in the globalized context, being able to acknowledge the value and tools, practices and mental models of other professions in joint undertakings and apply them creatively. This is needed in complex design projects and turbulent operational environments.  Achieving systemic competences requires a deep understanding of multidisciplinarity in the globalised context, together with well-developed abilities in strategic foresight and agile working methods. Global and international approach of the programme is based on the interaction of individuals beyond national and cultural groups.

Degree structure

The degree consists of a major (65 cr), elective studies (25 cr), and the master’s thesis (30 cr).         

Degree structure, long major


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