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Digital Leadership Master's Programme

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 292 000 SEK
First payment: 73 000 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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The master’s programme in Digital Leadership provides you the opportunity to gain deep understanding of how digitalization transforms industries and society. As a student of the programme, you will develop a toolset for a leading role in responsibly shaping this transformation. Methods and techniques for analysing the implications of digitalization will complement your skills to manage and lead change in complex environments. Our programme focuses on strategies to simultaneously leverage digitalization and address potential negative effects.


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
  • 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.

Programme structure and content

The first two semesters provide a solid foundation with four mandatory courses:

  • Innovation Strategy for the Digital Economy
  • Governance and Control for Digital Capabilities
  • Digital Infrastructure
  • Organizing for Digital Transformation

During the third semester, you can choose elective courses from the University of Gothenburg or another university, or choose the following recommended courses:

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Digital Society
  • Research Methods

The final semester consists of your independent master’s thesis.

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.

Prerequisites and selection


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

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

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

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

Exchange opportunities

During year two of the master's programme there are elective courses equivalent to 30 credits. As a student you have the opportunity to apply for exchange studies in Europe or in other parts of the world. Former students from our master's programmes have gained valuable experience when they have studied at our partner universities in, for example, Paris, Japan and Singapore. As an exchange student, you do not need to pay any semester fees and since the study abroad is credited in your degree, no extra study time is added to your education.

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