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Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE)

Danube University Krems

24 months
6000 EUR/year
6000 EUR/year
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The Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE) programme of Danube University Krems focuses on the management of higher education, research and innovation institutions.


Institutions in higher education, research and innovation play a central role for the advancement of societies and economies. They foster economic growth, strengthen technological progress and enhance job creation. In addition, higher education institutions contribute to personal development of individuals and help to educate proactive citizens in societies. In order to achieve the best possible results these institutions require modern and effective management.

The Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE) programme of Danube University Krems trains students to be change agents that can take the lead in developing these institutions, can critically assess and employ managerial instruments and can turn policy advice into strategic management practice. At the same time they are ready to formulate agendas and policies for the advancement of research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Graduates of MARIHE are equipped to work as managers, development experts, policy makers, analysts, researchers and consultants in HE, research and innovation institutions, as well as for private companies, in public administration, international organisations and NGOs. They also can move on to PHD studies for an academic career.

MARIHE is a four semester master programme of 120 ECTS credits. It is jointly offered by six partners from Europe and Asia: Danube University Krems in Austria (coordinator), Tampere University in Finland, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences in Germany, Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary, Beijing Normal University in China and Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (deemed to be University) in India.

MARIHE students spend the 1st semester in Austria and the 2nd semester in Finland. They attend an internship at well-known organisations in higher education, research and innovation, providing them with the opportunity to gain experience in a real work setting. For the two-month study-trip to Asia, students can choose to join the partners in either China or India. For the specialisation part, students return to Europe and choose between the specialisations “Research and Innovation” (Finland), “Leadership and Management” (Germany), “Institutional Research” (Austria) and “Learning and Teaching” (Hungary). Depending on the chosen specialisation, graduates will receive a joint degree or a double degree.

Target Group

University graduates that want to pursue a career in the higher education and research sector as managers, administrators, consultants, policy analysts, researchers and decision makers. Possible employers are higher education and research institutions, public bodies such as ministries for science and education, enterprises specializing in education, think tanks and non-governmental organizations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Systems in Transition
  • New Public Management
  • Theories of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Institutional Management
  • Research Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Registration and application for admission
  • Annex admission fee
  • Letter of intent (motivational letter)
  • Europass CV
  • A valid passport or personal ID card (original)
  • Evidence of tertiary level education (certificate of award and transcript of records, notification). Foreign documents must be submitted together with the required notarial certifications and legalization.
  • Evidence of general qualification for university entrance (baccalaureate, matriculation certificate, proof of suitability to study).
  • Notifications, provided they do not have a digital official signature.
  • Evidence that specific criteria for admission required in the respective curriculum are met (language skills, professional experience, training).
  • Documents concerning name changes (marriage certificate), if applicable.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.

Living costs for Krems

800 - 1200 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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