Innovation Management, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
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

1st semester

  • Contemporary Theory of Innovation and Innovation Management 
  • Organisation and Management of Innovation 
  • Research Methods 
  • Semester project 

2nd semester

  • Innovation Value Chain 
  • Innovation Systems and Government-Business Relationships 
  • Globalization and Innovation 
  • Business Models and Strategic Planning 
  • Semester project 

3rd semester

  • An internship at a company, institution or organisation, which is concluded by a written project. The focus is on Chinese, Danish or other international companies in China or companies in other Asian countries. 


  • A written research-based project on an innovation or innovation management topic of theoretical or practical relevance. 


  • One-semester of course activities at another university which complement the innovation management curriculum.

4th semester

  • Master's Thesis


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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    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

A bachelor degree in Economics and Business Administration (three years) or equivalent to it is required. However, students with a bachelor 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 Applies to you

    5316 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5316 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5316 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5316 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • For all non-EU citizens: 40,000 RMB a year
  • EU citizens: you do NOT have to pay tuition if you at the time of application are enrolled at a Danish University

Living costs for Beijing

  • 5000 - 8300 CNY/month
    Living Costs

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


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