Department of Informatics

Umea, Vasterbotten, Sweden
Information Systems


Umeå University was founded in 1965 and is Sweden's fifth oldest university. Today, we have a strong international presence with students, teachers and researchers from all over the world. As one of the leading comprehensive universities in the nation, we are alive with enthusiasm, innovation, creativity and fresh ideas.

We have developed interaction between research, education, collaboration and innovation that challenges boundaries and plays a crucial role in the region's development.

The University is a dynamic meeting place where interdisciplinary knowledge is generated and disseminated. Creative envionments attract students, resarchers, teachers and collaborating partners nationally and globally.

Master Programs

The programme is designed for students seeking to gain skills in harnessing the challenges and opportunities linked to digital fabrication and its associated maker-movement. The programme integrates knowledge from the fields of social sciences, humanities, engineering, and design. It is offered in close collaboration with industrial partners and the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. After graduation, you will be well prepared for conducting qualified tasks in digital fabrication and innovation in for example R&D-labs of large organisations, or in start-ups. This could consist of professional responsibilities related to designing new digital products, services, and processes. Possible careers for a student with a Master's Degree in Digital Fabrication and Innovation include roles as a consultant, researcher, project manager, product developer, designer, within the realm of digital fabrication and innovation.

The master’s programme in IT management is designed for those who want to affect the ways in which IT is applied to make a positive change. The programme gives you the opportunity to combine knowledge from your bachelor studies with new insights on IT and its application in business and organizing through projects, case work and thesis work. The program thus gives you the possibility to develop a unique competence profile. With a master’s degree in IT management you are equipped to act as the link between organizations and IT. You have a strategic perspective and see the development potential in new IT. You have the capability to evaluate organizations and businesses, design appropriate IT solutions, and manage changes in the organizational process required for implementing a new IT solution. The program gives you the skills to work with a scientific approach and prepares you for qualified tasks in areas such as evaluation work, planning, and development work.

PhD Programs

Graduate studies comprise the equivalent of 160 weeks (four years) of full-time work for a doctoral degree. These studies include the equivalent of 100 weeks of work on the doctoral thesis. The rest of a student's time is devoted to graduate courses and project work.

Education for a PhD is carried out in close collaboration with leading researchers at the department. The PhD education is not focused on any specific topic within Informatics. Rather, the diversity in both subjects and methods at the department enables PhD students to choose their own subject of research but the content of the thesis should be within the framework of existing research at the department.

The group of PhD students consist of swedish as well as international students, several connected to national research schools. Positions and deadlines are advertised on the department’s and university's webpage.


Master's Programme in IT Management

IT development in most organizations is not very well managed and thus a majority of these projects result in failure. Selecting, implementing and manage IT in use to support critical business needs or to seize opportunities are key challenges for organizations. With a particular focus on the role that IT managers plays in the development and delivery of business solutions, this course gives students an understanding of processes, tools, and techniques that supports IT development.
The course examines how innovations in information technology (IT) and the digital capabilities, which these provide, can be used for developing business processes. The course covers the development of organisational flexibility and how to stimulate IT supported innovation of business processes. An important dimension in this connection is to understand and anticipate trends and changes in both technology and market development. Especially important is to include customers in innovation processes since these can contribute with both insight and competence in process development, with important implications for business processes. The course covers key issues in innovation research that relate to issues concerning digitalisation. An encompassing view is provided of the debates around the nature of innovation processes and how IT and digitalisation influences innovation processes.
The course examines how organisations manage information technology (IT) as a resource in their operations. Emphasis is placed on how organisations manage structures, processes, human resources and technology in order to achieve their objectives. More specifically the course focuses in the social, technological and political aspects associated with the management of IT in organisations. The course includes a critical analysis of the opportunities and risks which IT incurs for organisations. This analysis integrates concepts and frameworks from a number of disciplines such as innovation theory, organisation studies and IT management.
Although information technology (IT) has long since become an integral part of modern organisations’ activities it is only in the past 20 years that the strategic significance of IT has been illustrated in literature. The development of Internet based technology from the mid 1990s until today has increased the strategic importance of information technology, which is reflected in the IT budgets found in organisations in both the public and private sectors. The starting point for the course is that today’s IT intensive age demands new strategic approaches. Against this background the course covers, firstly, the concepts and models which can be used to identify and understand the strategic significance of information technology and, secondly, detailed studies of innovation strategies and global IT strategies.

Information technology (IT) is transforming business models, structures and processes, and the instruments for innovation and organisational performance. IT is no longer only a functional resource, rather it is now integrated into the very fabric of many organizations. This course provides an overview of how organisations are using IT in their operations and how envisioned performance improvements can be realized. The focus of the course is on digital transformation which requires an understanding of 1) what the organisation is trying to accomplish, 2) what IT can do, and 3) how to leverage what IT can do to facilitate or enable what the organisation is trying to accomplish. To facilitate development of such understanding, the course deals with issues such as: How do information technologies improve and transform processes, business models, and innovation activities? What structures, processes and managerial actions allow organisations to achieve and sustain organisation performance by leveraging IT? How can we use IT to improve work processes and practices? To explore such issues, the course outlines topics such as business platforms, IT infrastructure, competition in digital markets, IT investments, IT risk management and IT governance.



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