Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design - Specialisation Business, Master Programme

120 credits

To be able to find innovative solutions for a sustainable development, experts from different fields need to collaborate. On this two-year master’s programme, you bring your competence and knowledge of business into a collaborative creative environment. You study together with students from business as well as design and engineering to find the most innovative solutions, both from theoretical and practical perspectives.

We need to collaborate across different fields of competence to tackle the challenges that humankind is facing regarding environmental and social issues. Having your profession in business whilst you have an in-depth knowledge of other fields will be an important factor in the work towards a sustainable development. This master’s programme in Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design is unique in that way since it enables you to collaborate with students from the programme’s three different specialisations; business, engineering and design. This means that you get several perspectives on the different projects and assignments that are carried out during the course of the programme, both from theoretical and practical perspectives. By learning how to collaborate with people who have different competences and experiences you become attractive on the labour market due to your unique multidisciplinary competence.

As a student of the business discipline, you can further your knowledge in a large number of academic subjects such as marketing, consumer behavior and consumption models, supply chains and circular economies, innovative business models and frugal innovation mindsets. Some other subjects you can focus on are targeting and costing, product development and business canvases, entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and social enterprises. These aspects are developed in a unique way through an integration of academic subjects such as systems engineering and design thinking, thereby giving the innovation process a complete and holistic framing.

In order for the programme to give you the knowledge on how to meet the challenges humanity faces concerning environmental and social issues, you will also work together with the trade and industry during your studies. We have a particularly close partnership with IKEA and Södra, through a strategic collaboration called ‘The Bridge’. This collaboration is based on the UN’s global goals with focus on sustainability, innovation and optimal management of local natural and human resources. We see that this type of collaboration is necessary to be able to handle sustainable societal transformation to ensure a secure today and tomorrow, serving as a good example of how academy and industry can collaborate for a sustainable development.

Knowledge platform

This programme is part of the knowledge platform Sustainable co-creation – through interdisciplinary solutions.


The programme trains you in project and innovation management, process and product development, business and systems development, and social entrepreneurship. You develop in-depth knowledge in business, while you also interact and share with the subject areas of technology and design. After completing the programme you will be able to create sustainable solutions that take into account function and form as well as resource efficiency.


Master of Science or Master of Science in Business and Economics (120 credits) with specialization in Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design

Main field of study: Business Administration

Programme of three disciplines

The programme is offered in three different diciplines, business, engineering and design. Information on the design discipline. Information on the engineering discipline.

International opportunities

The language of tuition is English. In this way, you will become prepared not only for a career in Sweden, but also for a career in international contexts. The programme admits students from all over the world, which means that you will get international and multicultural experience throughout the programme. Further opportunity for internationalisation is provided through the opportunity to study a semester abroad at one of our partner universities around the world.


Collaboration between the disciplines - and with companies

Meet students from the three disciplines and hear them talk about the unique disposition of the programme where design, engineering and business collaborate in projects with companies.

Students within business, engineering and design collaborate to develop products

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During the autumn term, first-year students on the master programme Innovation through business, engineering and design work in groups with one company each to develop their own products.

The sustainability focus on the programme was appealing to Juliana


For Juliana, the road to Linnaeus University went from Colombia via London, where she met a Swedish guy. Then love took her to Växjö. Today, she is a PhD student and is passionate about teaching and having time to work with her research on design and sustainability and how we can live in harmony with our planet.

Anna works with marketing at IKEA

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Anna Hamlin wanted to start studying at Linnaeus University because of her interest in design and furniture. Since she had earlier taken a bachelor’s degree in business administration at University of Hawaii, a Swedish master programme in Småland seemed attractive.

”It is a very unique and multidisciplinary program”

Ameet talks about the masters programme in Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design and the reason why he decided to study at Linnaeus University 

More information about the programme

Students from the innovation master’s programme receive prestigious award

Astrid Cox, Eliot Bota, Erik Ström, Jonas Thordeman Andersson och Varun Kishore vid Linnéuniversitetet.

The Swedish Institute has announced The Hackathon Spirit Award 2021 winners, and this year the award was received by students from Linnaeus University, for their solution Vip pit stops.

IKEA's and Linnaeus University's collaboration programme The Bridge is a multidisciplinary education and research collaboration dealing with life at home and conditions of production.

Växjö – the student city with a living campus

Just south of Växjö’s city centre you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. In Växjö, many students choose to live on campus.

Here you will have five minutes’ walking distance to friends, restaurants, lecture rooms, gym, grocery store, the University Library, nature trails, and student pubs. If you live in another part of Växjö, you can quickly get to the university by bus or bicycle.

With its 90 000 inhabitants, Växjö is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. Here you will find the famous Småland entrepreneurship spirit and a lot of companies, for instance within the IT industry – perfect for when you are looking for an internship position or a job. Växjö is also one of Europe’s greenest cities where you have easy access to nature, forest and lakes.

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