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

120 credits

Are you a technologist or an engineer who is passionate about creating change for a sustainable development? On this master’s programme, you will meet students with an engineering background as well as students with a background in design or economy. Together, you demonstrate a breadth of different competences and experiences. This contributes to dynamic learning and broadened perspectives, which lead to more innovative solutions, from a theoretical perspective as well as from a practical one.

The strive towards sustainable development involves both an industrial and a social transition of societies. Technologists and engineers who have in-depth understanding of other fields of knowledge will play an important part in this transition.

As a student on the master’s programme Innovation through business, engineering, and design, you will be challenged with complex issues that force you think in new ways and reflect on how your unique competence can contribute to change. Through interaction with other fields of knowledge on common projects, you will gain in-depth insights into problem-solving that will make you prepared to meet the sustainability challenges of the future.

The purpose of the programme is to give you the opportunity to develop your ability to initiate, lead, and work for the creation of innovations, together with others. You deepen your knowledge within the technical field while also collaborating and exchanging experiences and competence with other fields of knowledge. You also learn how different academic fields deal with specified knowledge and how to conduct scientific work. These aspects of the programme have been developed in a unique way by integrating academic subjects like systems engineering and design thinking. This gives the innovation process a complete and holistic perspective.

What makes this programme unique is the collaboration between students from all three specialistions on the programme; design, business, and engineering. This means that you get several perspectives on the different projects and assignments that are carried out during the course of the programme, theoretical as well as 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.

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 was initiated by Linnaeus University and 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 the transition in society. The Bridge also serves as a good example of how the university and the trade and industry can collaborate for a sustainable development.


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 engineering while you also interact and share with the subject areas of design and business. 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 (120 credits) with specialisation in Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design

Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering or Forest and Wood Technology

Programme of three disciplines

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


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

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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.

"A master programme where engineering students study together with business and design students is quite revolutionising"

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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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