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.
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.
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.
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.