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Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design - Design

24 months
12363 EUR/year
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The two-year master programme in Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design - Design from Linnaeus University provides students with an understanding of how multidisciplinary knowledge supported by theoretical insight and emerging technologies can bridge with the social needs and values of our societies to provide the best possible local and global futures.

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Students engage with local and international companies and organisations to train in the innovation process in teams with different competences and work in an environment of collaborative creativity. This unique learning model empowers programme participants with the right skills and methods to apply business-, engineering- and design-led perspectives to complex societal issues by a co-creative approach and guides them to further evaluate innovative products and services to create a sustainable effect on the people and the planet.Complimentary to the core academic studies, students engage with IKEA, the program’s main industrial partner. IKEA contributes with Democratic Design principles, latest methods and tools as well as workshops and tutoring to train product development processes in real time, thus giving the students a hands-on opportunity to corporate projects and providing them the opportunity to implement knowledge and practices for IKEA’s goal to create a better everyday life for the many people.

The uniqueness of the master programme in  Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design - Design from  Linnaeus University is that it has students from three different faculties - Business, Engineering and Design and brings together a diversity of competences, backgrounds and experiences to enable the innovation process in all its complexity to address the challenges that humankind is facing regarding environmental and social issues. Eventually, the program deepens students’ understanding not only on knowledge and skills that influence the innovation process but also trains them in the professional way of working in a context where many fields of knowledge and practices are interacting.


Companies and organisations worldwide need professionals that can carry out collaborative creativity to innovate and support sustainable development. Students trained in multidisciplinary innovation teams are best suited to meet such expectations. The programme empowers the students with knowledge on key issues of the modern world such as design thinking, system engineering, circular economy , conscious consumption and frugal innovation, to name a few. Graduates of this program can effectively use their acquired knowledge from product and service design, new business approaches and technology application for sustainable development to create unique and cost effective solutions for the issue at hand. They become excellent co-workers as their multiple perspective training in the programme provides them with the right tools to encourage motivation, trust respect for diversity , leadership and communication skills, all essential characteristics of a valued employee and team member.

Programme Structure

  • The first term consists of two courses: Local innovation and Methods at work. The  course Local innovation deals with innovation work through an interdisciplinary process.  The course is based on the innovation process and studies the specific role of each  discipline in this process and how the process can be led. The course contains modules  in which students learn to work within the innovation process from the perspective of  other participating disciplines.
  • The second term includes project modules investigating how interdisciplinary project  groups can act in companies, organisations or authorities. The course includes in­depth  studies of the innovation process, conceptual development and creative thinking. The  projects require specialisation in the main field of study. In addition to this, professional  skills are also covered. Action research and interactive methods are studied in a  separate course.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
90 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
62 (required)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To meet the entry requirements for master's level (second cycle or graduate) studies, you must have been awarded a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognised university.
  • 90 credits in the main field of study Design (including an independent project of at least 15 credits) or the equivalent. 
  • English B/English 6 or the equivalent. 
  • Approved portfolio.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12363 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24726 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • Tuition fee, first payment: 65,000 SEK
  • Tuition fee, total: 260,000 SEK


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