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INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Master's Degree Programme

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. Thus providing the skills to design and implement the information systems landscape for the future.

Information systems (or IT) are everywhere and are an inevitable part of our lives. For companies, IT provides opportunities for increased competitive advantages (across all types of business) and in our daily lives, IT provides opportunities for increased life quality. As an Information Management student you will learn about what is an IT system and how can IT be used to achieve strategic business goals.

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 transform 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, formulate requirements for new IT systems, and 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. The programme furthermore offers close contact as well as collaboration with a range of companies; increasing the student’s skills to apply theory in practice as well as increasing their professional network.

*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

Bachelor's degrees with direct admission

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 the MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration after they complete their Bachelor’s degree programme.

If you hold a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration, Bsc (HA) from one of the Danish universities, you fulfill the specific admission requirements for the Master’s degree programmes in Economics and Business Administration (cand.merc.).

If you hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration (HA) or variants hereof from Aarhus University or Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration, Bsc (HA) from one of the Danish universities, with a diploma older than 2000, your Bachelor’s degree will be assessed according to the specific admission requirements described under the section: “Students that hold a degree from another university”. 

Students that hold a degree from another university

If you hold a degree from another university, your qualifications will be assessed once you have applied for admission. The assessment will prioritize the sufficient content of the following subjects and ECTS-points:    

Subject

ECTS

Methods*

15 ECTS

Marketing

7,5 ECTS

Finance

7,5 ECTS

Accounting

7,5 ECTS

Organisation- and Leadership Theory

7,5 ECTS

Microeconomics

5 ECTS

Operations Management

5 ECTS

Additional ECTS points within the abovementioned areas

25 ECTS

Total ECTS within Economics and Business Administration

80 ECTS

*Please note, applicants must have at least 15 ECTS within methods including at least 10 ECTS within quantitative methods or statistics.

Admission to the MSc in Economics and Business Administration for applicants with a professional bachelor’s degree (professionsbachelor)

In order to meet the admission requirements for the MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration, applicants with a specific professional bachelor’s degree must have completed specific elective courses as part of their qualifying exam. In this table the requirements for elective courses are laid out.

Language requirements

As English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency.
Please see the page on language requirments.

Restricted admission from 2022

As from the intake 2022, the Master’s degree programmes in Economics and Business Administration (cand.merc.) only admits a limited number of students each year. Therefore, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme. 

Please note, for programmes with restricted admission special rules regarding supplementary Bachelor’s courses apply. Therefore, we no longer offer pre-assessments for the programme in Economics and Business Administration (cand.merc.).

Read more about supplementary Bachelor’s courses.

Selection criteria

If there are more qualified applicants than available seats, the Admissions Committee assesses each applicant based on the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA. The Admissions Committee assesses each applicant’s marks based on the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Programme Structure

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

Below is an outline of the courses:

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The study programme consists of two semesters in the first year which cover the compulsory courses in the programme specialisation and two semesters in the last year which are reserved for the student's own specialisation.

In the first semester you follow the prerequisite courses that form the methodological and academic basis for the further study programme.

In the second semester you follow the specialisation courses of the programme.

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 300 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in project-based internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.

The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and so 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.

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 2016 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)

Read more about what a number of our alumni work with in their first job after graduation.

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