• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The master's programme in IT Design and Application Development (iDA) at Aalborg University focuses on innovation, interaction design, usability, development processes and project management. The programme is aimed towards bachelors from other disciplines than IT who wants to add IT to their education. Your background could for instance be in humanities, social science or design.


The two-year full-time programme in IT Design and Application Development (iDA) at Aalborg University is designed to prepare students for the practice of contemporary software development in leading-edge software organisations and research institutions.

Its major themes are:

  • Agility
  • Innovation
  • Software engineering
  • Human-computer interaction.

Students are expected both to develop extended working software prototypes addressing real-world problems and to contribute to research on the programme’s themes.

Job and career

Graduates from IT Design and Application Development (iDA) are in high demand and some continue their careers as PhD students; others work as e.g. project leaders or system developers in private or public companies all over the world.

Graduates are well placed for a development career with a business or innovation-facing software organisation, or for a research career in the information systems discipline. Not least your experience from the problem-oriented project work from AAU will be to your advantage when you graduate and start looking for a job. In fact, many graduates from AAU already have jobs before they finish their studies.

Programme Structure

IT Design and Application Development (iDA) is a two-year master's programme (120 ECTS credits). Students can also choose to pursue one or two semesters.

The programme combines the latest advances in research and practice knowledge in a four-semester structure.

1st Semester: Model-driven and agile software development practice

On the 1st semester, you and your project group are going to do a project (15 ECTS) within the theme "Development of a software application". You will be working with basic techniques in development of applications which can solve real tasks to the benefit of the user. In addition, you will gain experience in developing large systems, quality control and testing.

1st semester courses

  • Systems development

  • Design and evaluation of user interfaces

  • Introduction to programming

2nd Semester: User-centred, sketchingbased and innovative development of complex software systems

On the 2nd semester, you will choose between two project themes (15 ECTS):

  • User-centred software development

  • Innovative software development

User-centred software development

If you choose to do your 2nd semester project within this theme, you will be working with application of concepts, processes and theories concerning user-centred development and software engineering. Here, you are going to utilise your programming competences obtained during the 1st semester.

Innovative software development

This theme focuses on application of concepts, processes and theories within innovation and software engineering. If you choose this theme, you will be working with among others chosen demands for a system, its design and implementation, and how these relate to each other.

On the 2nd semester, you will in addition learn about paradigms in developing programmes and systems, software innovation in modern companies, modelling of data and development of databases.

2nd semester courses
  • Software engineering

  • Software innovation

  • Database development

3rd semester

The project theme on the 3rd semester is "Empirical research in software development". This time, the project counts for 20 ECTS - two thirds of the semester. The problem that you and your group are going to work on must be a real problem, hence the empirical note, and empirical material must be utilised in solving it. This is an important part of the Software Development programme because this project involves working with software development in “the real world”.

3rd semester courses

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Specialisation course in human-computer interaction

  • Specialisation course in systems development

This course concerns subjects such as competition and market conditions, business models and –plans, market development, marketing, growth strategies, etc. All of the mentioned subjects are of course linked to software development. The purpose of the course is to present and implement a market strategy for software development.

Both specialisation courses involve production of a scientific article which you must present at an exam where you will give a 30 minute presentation. Choice of subject, etc., is typically discussed with your teacher who may also consult your project supervisor in order to create synergy between your chosen specialisation course and your semester project. You are given seven days in total for preparing the exam.

4th semester

This is your specialisation semester where you write your Master’s thesis (30 ECTS). The entire semester is devoted to working on your thesis, and hence, no courses are given. You will defend your thesis at an oral exam.

The master's thesis addresses a topic at the frontier of practice research: you will work with problems critical for software firms and software-dependent businesses, in collaboration with leading researchers and experienced developers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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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    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).

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Academic Requirements

The master's programme in IT Design and Application Development (iDA) is directed towards bachelors within e.g. humanities, social science or design, etc., who wish to add IT to their education.

Please note that bachelor's degrees in Computer Science, Informatics or similar degree do not qualify for the iDA programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12402 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12402 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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92,200 DKK

Living costs for Aalborg

  • 5936 - 8300 DKK/month
    Living Costs

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