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Digital Leadership Master´s Programme

Master's programme | 120 credits
Autumn 2020
100% Day
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

Digitalization offers almost unlimited opportunities for firms, public authorities, and citizens. However, digitalization is a force without conscience, and existing markets, organizations, and technologies can be steamrolled, exacerbating and causing new societal challenges. Digital leadership requires the capability to navigate competing concerns of digitalization, but also actively orchestrate digital innovation processes. In order to preserve valuable learned experiences, we must learn to navigate a new landscape where digitalization needs coexist with established proven practices. Our newly developed master’s programme in Digital Leadership has adapted to this changing landscape by providing you with capabilities in five distinct areas: technological change, value creation, organizing, market logic, and strategy.

A balanced response to digitalization

Departing from technological change, our programme primarily focuses on management and leadership, and relates classical theories to contemporary research and current practice. The overall purpose of the programme is to give you a deep understanding of how digitalization transforms society and to develop your capabilities for taking a leading role in embracing and shaping this transformation. We offer a broad theoretical foundation for understanding contemporary phenomena, and methods and techniques for analysing the implications of digitalization. This balance of theory and practice supports you in developing your practical skills to deal with change in complex environments.

A collaborative, practice-oriented education

Our programme works in close collaboration with industry partners, ensuring that we combine academic rigour with practical relevance, including in your project work and possible thesis collaborations. You will develop your own question and explore it while learning through project work, lectures, seminars, case studies, and individual supervision. Some of your classmates will already be active practitioners with experience, providing a mutually beneficial learning environment to explore the management and leadership aspects of digitalization.

A strong foundation with freedom to choose

Our mandatory courses introduce key concepts within the area of innovation strategy, governance and control, digital infrastructure, and organizing in the context of an increasingly digitalized society. Building upon this solid foundation, you will have the opportunity to pursue your individual interests with elective courses. You can deepen your perspective on digitalization of society through selected courses in entrepreneurship and innovation and research methods, or you can opt to broaden your education with optional courses offered by the University of Gothenburg or at another university in Sweden or abroad.

Who Should Apply?

Are you an established IT practitioner who wants to develop your skills and assess your practical experiences in light of theoretical knowledge?

Are you curious about management in a digitalized society and want to contribute your different perspective from a background such as management, sociology, political science, or law?

Do you have a background in technology or engineering and want to broaden your skillset?

If you want an exciting and unconventional career in an increasingly digitalized society, then apply for the master’s programme in Digital Leadership.

After Graduation

Graduates receive the degree Master of Science with a major in Digital Leadership.

You will be prepared for a career that extends far beyond traditional positions in consulting and corporate IT Departments. As digitalization enters ever more spheres of society, the potential is there for jobs to be created for specific situations. You can take advantage of this increasingly digitalized landscape by carving out your own role or position in a place that interests you, or you can pursue existing roles like the following:

  • innovation manager
  • digital strategist
  • digital designer
  • chief information officer
  • chief technology officer
  • chief digital officer
  • digital brand director
  • head of digital platforms
  • digital marketing manager
  • content acquisition manager
  • digital transformation officer

You will also be prepared to pursue further studies at the doctoral level.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: Bachelor's degree 180 credits including an independent project (degree project) of at least 15 credits or equivalent. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 286 000 SEK
First payment: 71 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Ida Sörbu E-post: Telefon: 031-786 5964


Department of Applied Information Technology
41296 Göteborg

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