About the programme
Language: English  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)

Introduction

MSc in Economics and Business Administration - Information Management is a master’s degree programme developing graduates, who know how to lead digital transformation, manage information, and build information systems that meet complex organizational needs.

The programme offers great career prospects such as IT manager, project manager, change manager or consultant, often in global and international organisations. Through a challenging and interesting degree programme, you will be provided with professional qualifications that enable you to play a key role in a modern organisation, working with digital transformation and digital innovation. Information systems and IT are enablers for innovation that transforms the economy and create value.

You will thus be capable of participating creatively in the management of information resources and information technology (IT). You will learn how to deliver value from IT to make businesses as well as their services and products more attractive and competitive. You will learn how to create and manage new IT systems that support business goals and strategies frequently in an international scope. You will be able to participate in strategic planning, to formulate requirements for new IT systems and to implement such systems in businesses and organisations. 

Working with information and IT requires the ability to perform multidisciplinary functions. This programme prepares you for this by focusing on a close dialogue and contact between students and teachers and by integrating project work and cooperation as tools in your learning process.

*NOTE: Please note that this MSc programme is relevant for all students with a bachelor's degree within the field of business administration wishing to combine IT and business studies - and not only for students holding a bachelor's degree with IT elements.

Admission Requirements

Students that hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration (HA) or variants hereof from Aarhus University, can pursue direct admission to MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration after they complete their Bachelor’s degree programme. Please note that there are specific requirements to the composition of the electives for the Danish Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Commercial Law.

Students holding a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD) can also pursue admission to the MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration. However, it is required that you complete supplementary courses corresponding to 20 ECTS. For information on which supplementary courses you should take please check the overview of supplementary courses for HD (available only in Danish).   

Students that hold a degree from another university

If you hold a degree from another university, you can have your qualifications assessed by Aarhus University, Admission in order to find out if you meet the admission requirements. Please contact ma.admission@au.dk for further information. You can receive a pre-assessment between 1 September and 1 December. The assessment will prioritize the sufficient content of the following subjects and ECTS-points, cf. below.

Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

15 ECTS

Managerial economics and Operations Management

15 ECTS

Marketing

7,5 ECTS

Finance and Accounting

15 ECTS

Organisation-  and Leadership Theory

7,5 ECTS

Microeconomics

5 ECTS

Additional ECTS points within the abovementioned areas

15 ECTS

Total ECTS within Economics and Business Administration

80 ECTS

Language Requirements

Since English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency.  


 

Programme Structure

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

Below is an outline of the courses:

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PREREQUISITE COURSES

Information Systems Research Methods

This course focuses on the production of qualified and justified knowledge,  meeting the requirements of scientific quality criteria. This is essential for any candidate in business economics, who wishes to make decisions on an informed background. The course introduces a variety of research designs applicable, when carrying out research in the area of information management and related areas. In the first part of the course, focus will be on the philosophical issues pertaining to the creation of valid knowledge. In the second part of the course, focus will be on techniques in terms of data collection and analysis. These techniques include qualitative, quantitative as well as design research approaches.

IS Development & Implementation in a Business Context

This course focuses on IS development and implementation in a business context. It focuses on the challenges that we face in practice and how to cope with the complexities. The course introduces a range of methods and techniques that can be used to understand, plan and execute the processes in which IS are developed, implemented, evaluated and modified, to enable the student to participate in the IS acquisition processes of the businesses.

Project Management: The Managerial Process including PRINCE2

The aim of the course is to provide the student with knowledge about central topics related to working in projects. The course discusses several project types and relates tools and techniques and project management behaviour to different types of projects. The content in the course is inspired by the classical project life cycle, which means that focus will be on planning, carrying out and project evaluation, and from that perspective the course focuses on the content of the project management toolbox (stakeholder analysis, risk analysis, time schedule, estimation, monitoring progress etc.). The course also discusses more “soft topics” (project organisation, implementation of team building, handling of conflicts etc.).


SPECIALISATION COURSES

Digital innovation and Business Transformation

The course centres on the impact of digital technologies on society in general and modern companies in particular. More specifically, the course focuses on the potential for innovation and business transformation in new and emerging digital technologies. This digital transformation course helps to assess how a company should evolve to extract utmost most value from digital technologies and business models. Learn how digitalization across an organizational value chain allows to both preserve core business and compete in new markets.

IS Strategy and Management

The aim of this course is to provide the students with an understanding of IS strategic management and how IT resources can be managed within organisations in order to create long business opportunities and benefits. The course takes the offset in the observation that planned strategy and realised strategy often diverge. To study this divergence in practice the course includes a residence period in organisations where the students can observe the creation of IS strategy “in the wild”. The final learning will emerge from comparison between practice and theory.

IS Enterprise Architecture

This course introduces the students to strategic and technological aspects of Enterprise Architecture. IS Enterprise Architecture is one of today’s best performing tools to enable long term strategic advantage. Enterprise Architecture provides a long-term view of a company’s processes, systems and technologies that create and support the core capabilities of organisations. The purpose of the course is to give the students the knowledge and tools to lead and carry out Enterprise Architecture initiatives. The course will provide the link between Enterprise and IS architecture as a tool to improve business performance through IT.


In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at Aarhus BSS during the semester, at the Summer University or at one of our more than 200 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.


The fourth semester

The fourth semester is devoted to the master's thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. When the thesis has been submitted it is defended before the academic advisor as well as an external examiner.

Student Life

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Learning in an International Context

At Aarhus BSS, we conduct research at the highest academic level.

All researchers employed are engaged in research projects covering a wide range of different subjects and focusing on knowledge and skills considered essential for professional business activities in the global marketplace. All faculty have both research and teaching responsibilities, which means that our teaching is continually based on the latest research results.

Aarhus BSS is very internationally oriented. The broad scope of our research activities and educational programmes enable us to attract researchers, teachers, and students from all over the world, and this creates an international environment for research and learning in which academic views are exchanged, experiences are gathered and friendships are formed.

Aarhus University is a leading university in Denmark in building student exchange opportunities. The university encourages all students to spend time studying abroad. Every year, more than 700 students from Aarhus BSS go abroad to participate in exchange programmes around the world at our more than 300 partner universities. About the same number of students from all over the world come to participate in the exchange programme in Aarhus, and this contributes to a truly international learning atmosphere.

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Career

Tasks as a Graduate

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represents the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

JOB PROFILE

The specialisation, Information Management/cand.merc.it, opens up for a wide range of job opportunities and gives you the qualifications to take up positions such as:

  • Manager of IT functions in a company
  • Management and ERP Consultant (e.g. SAP Consultant)
  • Project Manager for business projects and IT projects
  • Business innovation and development through IT

PROFILE OF COMPETENCIES

The research-based MSc study programme in Economics and Business Administration builds on the competencies and insights acquired in the BSc study programme in Economics and Business Administration.

The study programme provides the graduate with specialist knowledge within the disciplines of the study programme, which gives the graduate high academic qualifications to develop solutions to issues pertaining to business administration in companies and organisations in the public and private sectors.

The study programme also qualifies the graduate for further studies, including PhD studies.

Through the study programme, the graduate has acquired knowledge that enables the graduate to

  • Manage and utilize information systems and information technology (IT) in organizations
  • Assess, choose, analyze and implement information systems / information technology to use it optimally and strategically
  • Discuss the wider consequences of technology and information technology in organizations and society
  • Understand and consider knowledge pertaining to the various disciplines as well as identifying academic issues
  • Master the scientific methodologies and tools of the various disciplines as well as mastering general skills associated with employment within the areas studied
  • Assess and choose among the scientific methodologies and tools of the various disciplines as well as developing new analysis and solution models
  • Discuss professional and academic issues with both specialists and laymen
  • Manage work and development situations that are complex, unpredictable and require new solution models
  • Initiate and carry out, on an independent basis, monodisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration and take professional responsibility
  • Take responsibility, on an independent basis, for own professional development and specialisation

”Do not work 'irrelevant' jobs too long. Try to find a specialty or an area you are interested in and thereby achieve some skills that make you valuable for the job market.” (Msc in Information Management)