INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Introduktion

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 bachelors degree within the field of business administration wishing to combine IT and business studies - and not only for students holding a bachelors degree with IT elements.

Adgangskrav

Direkte adgangsgivende bacheloruddannelser

De erhvervsøkonomiske bacheloruddannelser HA og B.Sc. in Business Administration herunder alle toninger fra Aarhus BSS ved Aarhus Universitet giver adgang til cand.merc. og cand.merc.aud. Bemærk at der er særlige krav til valgfagssammensætningen ved HA (jur.).

Har du en bacheloruddannelse i erhvervsøkonomi, HA (Generel erhvervsøkonomi) fra en dansk uddannelsesinstitution opfylder du automatisk de specifikke adgangskrav, og kan optages direkte, hvis der ikke er adgangsbegrænsning på specialiseringen.

Du vil også med en HD (erhvervsøkonomisk diplomuddannelse) kunne optages på en erhvervsøkonomisk kandidatuddannelse, dog med krav om supplerende fag svarende til 20 ECTS. Du kan i oversigten over suppleringsfag se hvilke fag du skal supplere med, hvis du ønsker at starte på kandidatuddannelsen. Fra optagelsen i 2018 og fremad skal suppleringsfagene være bestået inden studiestart på kandidatuddannelsen.  

Adgang med anden uddannelse

Hvis du har en uddannelse med tilsvarende fagligt indhold, kan du få den vurderet ved Optagelse til kandidat og tilvalg. Vurderinger laves mellem 1. september og 1. december. I vurderingen vil der blive lagt vægt på, at din bacheloruddannelse har et tilstrækkeligt indhold af erhvervsøkonomiske fag, således at følgende fagområder er dækket i det angivne ECTS-omfang, se nedenfor.

Kvantitativ og Kvalitativ Metode

15 ECTS

Driftsøkonomi

15 ECTS

Marketing

7,5 ECTS

Finansiering og Regnskab

15 ECTS

Ledelses- og Organisationsteori

7,5 ECTS

Mikroøkonomi

5 ECTS

Ekstra ECTS inden for ovennævnte fagområder

15 ECTS

I alt inden for Erhvervsøkonomi

80 ECTS

 

Sprogkrav

Undervisningssproget er engelsk, og derfor skal alle ansøgere dokumentere engelsk på dansk gymnasialt B-niveau eller tilsvarende.

Uddannelsens opbygning

STUDIEORDNING

I studieordningen kan du finde yderligere oplysninger om, hvad de enkelte fag indeholder. Du kan også se studiets opbygning, og hvilke krav, der bliver stillet til dig som studerende – herunder eksamensformer og eksamenskrav.

I studiediagrammet nedenfor kan du klikke på de forskellige fag og læse de enkelte fagbeskrivelser.


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.

Studieliv

Undervisning

Som studerende på en universitetsuddannelse skal du regne med at undervisningsformerne er noget anderledes, end hvad du kender fra gymnasiet eller handelsskolen. Som studerende er du i langt højere grad end tidligere ansvarlig for din egen indlæring og uddannelse.

Undervisningsåret er delt ind i to semestre. Der er rusintroduktion i uge 35. Første semester starter i uge 36 (ca. 1. september) til ca. midt december med eksamensperiode fra ca. midt december til 31. januar. Anden semester løber fra ca. 1. februar til midt i maj, hvor der eksamensperiode indtil 30. juni. 
Bemærk, at dette er udgangspunktet, og der kan forekomme variationer.

Vores undervisning og undervisningsformer gør vores studerende og vores dimittender attraktive for erhvervslivet.

Gruppearbejde

Ved at løse opgaver i grupper, som typisk består af tre til fire studerende, lærer du at arbejde sammen med dine medstuderende omkring en given opgave.

Læsegrupper har også en funktion uden for eksamensperioderne. Her har du mulighed for sammen med gruppen at diskutere faglige problemer og gennemgå materialet til næste undervisningsgang.

Læsegrupper får på den måde både en social og en faglig funktion.

Forelæsninger og holdtimer

Til forelæsninger i et auditorium kan der være plads til op mod 300 studerende. Den anden halvdel foregår som holdtimer eller øvelsestimer, ligesom du kender det fra gymnasiet eller handelsskolen. Her er der mulighed for at stille spørgsmål, gennemgå øvelser og diskutere stoffet.

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Arbejdsopgaver som færdiguddannet

Data er indsamlet via AU’s beskæftigelsesundersøgelse 2012. Data repræsenterer ikke et udtømmende billede af den pågældende uddannelses arbejdsmarked og alumnernes arbejdsopgaver, men giver udelukkende et billede baseret på undersøgelsens respondenter det pågældende år. Bemærk, at der for denne uddannelse er tale om et lavt respondenttal.

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 that give 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

Jobs

Below you can find information about what a number of our alumni work with in their first job after graduation.

IT
Error findings (fejlundersøgelse), IT design, IT implementation, IT purchase, IT counselling, IT development, programming, data warehouse, support and tests.

Administrative
Coordination, follow up on meetings, read about technology, reporting (fx BI reports) and presentations.

Project Management

Other
SAP, controlling, efficiency improvement (effektivisering), change management (forandringsledelse), client contact, project and proces management, sales, education, communication and economic analysis.

From studies to first job
”Be positive even when it is boring, and the work tasks are routine. If you do not do them, you do not get to do the exciting tasks”.
(Msc in Information Management)

”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)