Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design - specialisation design, Master Programme

120 credits

In the work towards a sustainable development, designers play an important role. But in order to find innovative solutions, we need to collaborate across different disciplines. On this two-year master’s programme, you get to study in teams with students from the fields of business and engineering to find the most innovative solutions, both from theoretical and practical perspectives.

To tackle the challenges that humankind is facing regarding environmental and social issues, we need to bring competences and experiences together. Having your profession in design 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 design student, you can further your knowledge in the theory and practice of emerging design disciplines towards sustainability and creative collaboration. You also learn how different disciplines articulate knowledge and how academic work is conducted. 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.


Companies and organisations worldwide need professionals who can carry out collaborative creativity to innovate and support sustainable development. As a graduate of this master’s programme, you can effectively use your acquired knowledge to create unique and cost-effective solutions for the issue at hand. You will be an excellent co-worker as the programme provides you with the right tools to encourage motivation, trust, respect for diversity, and to develop your leadership and communication skills.


Master of Fine Arts (120 credits) with specialisation in Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design.

Main field of study: Design

Programme of three disciplines

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

Application and portfolio

You need to apply to the programme online and submit your portfolio at

You find instructions for the portfolio below. Please submit your entire application, including the portfolio assignments below, by last day of application.

Deadline to apply for international students is 15 January 2024 och application code: LNU-F2290

The IKEA and Södra Scholarship

Through The Bridge, IKEA, Södra and Linnaeus University offers a student scholarship that covers all of the tuition fees and living costs. Read more about the IKEA and Södra Scholarship.

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

Picture of Sebastian, Ramona and Joe

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.

It’s rewarding to meet people from different cultures

Shilla chose to study Innovation through Business, Engineering, and Design because of the uniqueness of the programme and she appreciates how helpful everyone at Linnaeus University has been in making her feel welcome. In the future, she would like to use innovation and design to make a difference.

Shilla Anjadini vid Linnéuniversitetet

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

Anna Hamlin

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.

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.

Collaboration partners

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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 a picturesque city where you are always close to forests and water.

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