International Design Business Management - Technology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #137 (QS) ,
The purpose of the International Design Business Management - Technology program at Aalto University is to develop world-class expertise in global design business management through multidisciplinary research and learning that cuts across the areas of business, design and technology.


The International Design Business Management - Technology programme is a joint teaching and research platform of the three Aalto University schools: the School of Business, the School of Art, Design and Architecture, and the School of Science.

The programme is intended for all students with interest in interdisciplinary work, design driven innovation, creative business models and product development.

The purpose of the IDBM programme is to develop world-class expertise in global design business management through multidisciplinary research and learning that cuts across the areas of business, design and technology. The IDBM programme aims to train skilled professionals for key roles in global design business.

The programme emphasises the importance of design as a competitive factor, linked with state-of-the-art technology and business models.

Study programme

All master students from the three tracks (Arts, Technology, Business) will study the same compulsory IDBM courses during the first year of studies. At the core of the program is the Industry Project, lasting a full academic year, where multidisciplinary student teams work together on real-life challenges provided by industry partners

The programme gives future marketers, engineering experts and designers an opportunity to practice important interpersonal skills through cooperative industry projects and specialised courses. The programme builds on the business, design or technology skills and competence achieved at the bachelor’s level, enabling students to make full use of their own potential as members of interdisciplinary teams, often within project-based work.

Career opportunities

IDBM studies prepare for work in the creative industries and in businesses that use and manage creativity as a key component of their competitive positioning. On one hand this can involve very large multinational corporations, and on the other hand, small start-ups, operating in a variety of fields. These businesses typically engage design to create new products and services, often involving the latest technology and business venturing and entrepreneurship.

The tasks that graduates undertake typically involve doing and managing design, product, service and business development, consulting, intra- and entrepreneurial initiatives and research. The initial specialist roles usually evolve into managerial ones over time.

During studies, the departments involved may offer the best students summer job/research assistant positions. Aalto University Career Services provides information on employers, job and thesis opportunities, and hints for job hunting for all Aalto students.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Research Assignment in Leadership and Knowledge Management
  • Creative Teamwork
  • Interdisciplinary Product Development
  • Innovation Management
  • Creative Leadership
  • Integrated Design Management
  • Design Business Management
  • Business Model Design
  • IDBM Industry Project
  • IDBM Project
For more information, please visit programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Programme-specific requirements and evaluation criteria

To be considered for admission, the applicant must fulfill the minimum requirements for the studies leading to a in Technology. The minimum requirements include good academic performance and previous studies compatible with the degree studies.

The previous degree is usually considered compatible, if it was completed in the field of technology (including industrial engineering and management). The compatibility of the previous studies depends on the content of the bachelor’s degree of the student. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Tuition in bachelor's and master's programmes taught in English are subjected to annual fees for non-EU/EEA citizens.

Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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



There are several ways to fund your studies at Aalto University. Prospective non-EU/EEA students applying to Aalto University Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes as well as Nordic Master programmes are eligible to apply for scholarships awarded from the Aalto University Scholarship programme. Certain international joint degree programmes have their own tuition fees and scholarship schemes. By a decision made by the Vice President in charge of Education, Aalto University's scholarships are not available in the CCIS second application round.

For more information, please visit programme website.

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