Study Programme

The Master’s programme Business Informatics (MBI) is a two-year programme (120 EC). The first year consists of 60 EC coursework. In the second year, you are required to conduct research and write a Master’s thesis (45 EC). Furthermore, you also choose two elective courses in the second year (15 EC).

Year one - Course work (60 EC)

The course work of the programme consists of:

  • 4 compulsory Business Informatics courses (30 EC)
  • 3 mini-courses including Introduction to Business Informatics (2 EC)
  • 4 elective courses (22,5 – 45 EC)

For all course options and more detailed course descriptions, please see the courses page.

Year 2 – Electives and thesis research project (60 EC)

During the second year of the Master’s programme, you are expected to conduct research, write a Master’s thesis, and participate in seminars.

Research can be done on all subjects related to the list of courses or related to the interests of the staff of the department, with a focus on information science. The Master’s thesis will contain both a scientific and an applied study on a specific business informatics topic. Students often carry out their research in collaboration with an external organisation, i.e. a knowledge or IT-intensive company.

The thesis results are presented and discussed in the Master’s programme colloquium, in which all graduating students and staff meet biweekly. The research project and Master’s thesis can be started when all compulsory and elective courses have been completed. Exceptions need to be approved by the program coordinator.

In addition to the Master’s thesis and research project, the second year of the Master’s programme also consists of two elective courses (15 EC). Please see the courses page for more detailed information on all courses.

Study Plan

During the first weeks of the programme, you will create a study plan. This is an indicative plan for how you want to go through the programme, but it is not binding and you are free to change courses during the programme.

The curriculum of this Master’s programme consists of a compulsory and an optional section. All courses are 7.5 EC, unless indicated otherwise.

Only three seminars can be followed in one MBI programme. Apart from these courses, students can choose a small number of courses from other master programmes, after approval of the MBI Coordinators. Bachelor's courses are not allowed in the Master’s programme, unless they are deficiency courses, prescribed during the admission process. See the courses page for an overview of the different courses.


Within the MBI programme research and education, integrity plays an important role. Ethical aspects of the research (e.g. privacy, hacking, information security, scientific integrity, etc.) are topics in several courses (Advanced Research Methods, Introduction to Business Informatics, Method Engineering) and an integral part of the research training. In addition, all students of the entire Graduate School of Natural Sciences must participate in the course Dilemmas of the Scientist (0.5 EC), which focuses on integrity and social responsibilities of the scientist.

Educational Methods

  • Lectures with guest speakers
  • Workshops
  • Virtual business management
  • Business simulation
  • Individual papers
  • Group projects
  • Seminars and masterclasses
  • Excursions and visits
  • International study trip
  • Graduation (also abroad)

Examination Methods 

  • Individual papers
  • Presentations
  • Assignments
  • Master’s thesis: In the final thesis project and colloquium (43 EC), you will plan and conduct your own research under the supervision of one of our staff members and an external coach. The thesis project will contain both a scientific and an applied study on a specific business informatics topic. Students often perform these in collaboration with an external organisation, i.e. a knowledge- or IT-intensive company. The project concludes with writing a thesis and a publishable paper based on your research. Thesis results are presented and discussed in the Master’s in Business Informatics Colloquium, where all graduating students and staff meet during a biweekly gathering.
  • Written exams


The Business Informatics programme has a wide choice of subjects available with a professional and interesting atmosphere, while also keeping the lectures informal, entertaining and personal.
David Lautenschutz

Interdisciplinary profiles

A profile is a coherent set of courses totaling 30 EC and can be chosen to expand the thematic range of your Master's programme. The courses are on a single theme that is usually not a standard part of the programme.

Educational profile – teacher degree

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Communication Profile

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Science-based Entrepreneurship Profile

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