Master's Programme (120 credits) in Digital Service Innovation
Digitalisation is fundamentally transforming society for individuals and organisations alike. Innovative and skilled service designers in the IT sector play an important role in meeting the challenges of the future. The Master’s programme in Digital Service Innovation increases your knowledge of digital services, sustainability and digital business models and makes you even more attractive in the labour market.
About the education
Innovative environments, methods and tools
The education at Halmstad University is characterised by our profiling as a university that drives innovation. Here you will have a master's programme that develops new thinking and design so as to promote sustainable societal development.
You intersperse theory with practical elements in our design studio, a modern and creative learning environment where you practice by working on real design assignments from large and small companies, the public sector and various research projects. The design studio is both a physical place and a pedagogical approach. Here students can sit and work in their groups throughout the working day on both analogue and digital design work.
During the programme, you and your fellow students are "academic peers". This gives you the opportunity to develop as both a designer and a person, through exchange of experiences, review and evaluation of other students' design proposals, project results etc.
Courses and competencies in focus
The Master's programme in Digital Service Innovation is a design-oriented social sciences IT programme in which you study how digital services can be designed to solve problems and create values for different stakeholders in society.
The studies are based on research and literature in informatics, service science and innovation science. You primarily study informatics at an advanced level but the programme also has multi-disciplinary elements that broaden your competence.
The teaching is conducted in English and prepares you for a global labour market.
In the programme’s design studio you and your fellow students work in small groups with companies, authorities and researchers to develop and evaluate concepts, models or prototypes of new digital services. Research placement also gives you the opportunity to work on a real research project or on research and development in an organisation for a period of time.
Bachelor's degree (equivalent of 180 Swedish credit points / ECTS credits at an accredited university) within the field of Informatics, Information Systems, Computer Science, Interaction Design, Software Engineering, Information Technology, Service Science, Innovation Management, Business Administration, or equivalent. 15 credits in courses within the field of Information Technology or Informatics. Applicants must have written and verbal command of the English language equivalent to English course 6 in Swedish Upper-Secondary School.
The courses listed below are included in the programme starting autumn 2022. Click on a linked course to search for the course syllabus, including course literature. Please note that you need to scroll down the page to find the syllabus.
All courses are included in the programme main area of Informatics.
- Services in the Digital Society, 15 credits
- Academic Communications and Emergent Themes in Digital Service Innovation Research, 15 credits
- Design Research Methods, 15 credits
- Intelligent Services, 7.5 credits
- Ethics and Sustainability in Digital Service Innovation, 7.5 credits
- Research Placement, 15 credits
- Design Studio Digital Service Innovation, 15 credits
- Master Thesis Project in Informatics, 30 credits
The course Research Placement can be exchanged for other courses at advanced (second) level. This is to be done in consultation with the programme co-ordinator.
After the education
The education leads to a Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Informatics.
Opportunities for further studies
After the programme, you are qualified to apply for doctoral and PhD studies, for example in the University's own third cycle courses.
Our Master's programme in Digital Service Innovation prepares you to work on the design of smart sustainable digital services, qualified tasks in the IT sector and qualified investigative and development work. Perhaps you will choose a career as a service designer in Sweden or abroad, or perhaps you prefer a research career.
Business leaders, heads of public authorities and politicians are looking for people who understand digitalisation, services and the possibilities and limitations of digital technology. Smart and sustainable digital services can make a big difference for individuals and organisations. They can, for example, facilitate contact between people and authorities, give us better health care, increase patient safety, reduce mental ill-health, make our homes more intelligent, contribute to safer vehicles and more efficient public transport and help to reduce environmental impact.
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Bachelor's degree 180 credits within the field of Informatics, Information Systems, Computer Science, Interaction Design, Software Engineering, Information Technology, Service Science, Innovation Management, Business Administration, or equivalent. 15 credits in courses within the field of Information Technology or Informatics. Applicants must have written and verbal command of the English language equivalent to English course 6 in Swedish Upper-Secondary School.
Selection is made on the basis of the required educational background.
Language of instruction:
Teaching is in English.