Innovation Management

Aalborg University

24 months
6496 EUR/year
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Innovation Management is offered at Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research in Beijing.  The programme is a double-degree programme. The Danish degree is awarded by Aalborg University and the Chinese degree is awarded by the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). 


Innovation Management, offered at Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research in Beijing, is a two-year double-degree master’s program taking place in China at UCAS, Beijing. The program is taught in English. The program is organized under the Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research. Both Aalborg University and UCAS are responsible for this specialization.

Innovation Management gives you knowledge and skills in innovation at community and company level. As a graduate you will be able to plan and execute development projects in both private and public organizations.

Innovation is a crucial driver of competitiveness and sustainability for companies, institutions and organisations of all sizes. The objective of this programme is to give you a profound understanding of what innovation is and equip you with tools to help you understand and manage complex innovation processes.

Being good at innovation is not just about being creative. Creativity may result in good ideas, but if these ideas are not geared towards creating value through their application and commercialisation, they may never become innovations. The innovation management programme not only teaches you how to identify creative ideas, it teaches you how to develop and bring them to life in various contexts, creating value and enhancing the competitive advantage of innovating organisations.

Job and career

Employers are increasingly focusing on innovation and business development and are in need of experts and managers, who are qualified in these areas. Innovation is today seen as a very important driver for future competitiveness and sustainability of companies, institutions and organisations of various sizes. The IM-curriculum reflects this need for innovation managers and experts, who can build an organisation to be creative, innovative and who have a global mindset. It entails detailed understanding of global market mechanisms, technological development, strategic insight, organisational skills, entrepreneurial drive and creativity. By incorporating these disciplines in the curriculum, the IM education aims at meeting these demands of the job market.

Furthermore, the programme has aspirations not only to equip the candidates with basic skills of finding their place and integrating into organizational structures of existing entities, but also to encourage their interest to start up their own companies. The programme also offers its candidates opportunities to participate in academic research in the field of innovation, opening up opportunities for them both in academia and the public domain.

Lastly, a large emphasis is put on developing the international profile of candidates. After being part of the truly global classroom in China, the graduates of the programme enter the job market with a double-degree from Denmark and China providing them with relevant skills and knowledge that gives them a competitive global edge on the labour market.

As a graduate of the programme, you have expertise in the following areas:

  • How innovation systems (corporate, technological, national) work and the various factors affecting them in both local and global contexts
  • How to identify, develop and implement activities that can enhance the innovation capabilities of companies and organisations
  • How to formulate innovation strategies/policies at various levels (project, company, value chain, industry, macro) and how to successfully implement them

Possible career positions include innovation manager, project manager, product developer, operations manager or business developer, to mention just a few examples. The programme also offers you opportunities to participate in academic research in the field of innovation, which opens up opportunities both in academia and the public sector.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Contemporary Theory of Innovation and Innovation Management 
  • Organisation and Management of Innovation 
  • Research Methods 
  • Semester project 
  • Innovation Value Chain 
  • Innovation Systems and Government-Business Relationships 
  • Globalization and Innovation 
  • Business Models and Strategic Planning 
  • Semester project 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines






On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

A bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration (three years) or equivalent to it is required. However, students with a bachelor's degree in other fields are also encouraged to consider the programme and apply especially if they have relevant practical experience.

The programme offers a limited number of seats. After the assessment of applications, the best professionally qualified students will be offered enrolment on the programme. Professional qualification includes the student's GPA (grade point average) as well as other factors, which provide an additional insight into the professional qualification of the student.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6496 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3248 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.

24,225 DKK


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