Innovation and Technology Management
- UT is ranked in the top 250 universities globally in business and economics, and computer science.
- An interdisciplinary programme combines management, innovation, digitalisation and IT.
- Turn your business ideas into reality with the help of UT sTARTUp Lab and participate in weekly start-up and entrepreneurship events.
- After graduation, you can work as an innovation or process manager, start your own company or work in innovation policy or digitalisation.
- Study in the University of Tartu Delta Centre, which brings together a vibrant community of students, researchers and innovators in computer science, business and economics, mathematics and statistics.
The programme aims to educate specialists who can implement ICT solutions to management processes of enterprises and thus help companies grow through more added value created. Qualified students should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent in economics, mathematical sciences, technology sciences (including IT)
We welcome students who would not only like to be programmers or system managers but are also interested in management, innovation and entrepreneurship. We can also turn it another way around – students who already are interested in the latter but would like to know more about implementing ICT solutions to those processes.
What will you get from this programme?
Upon completion the curriculum successfully, a student:
- has a systemic overview of innovation theories and innovation policy;
- has deep knowledge in some field of research and/or application of innovation or technology management;
- is independently able to identify and formulate research questions in the field of innovation and technology management as well as find suitable methods to answer those;
- can collect, analyse and interpret data of company from strategic and operational level using appropriate methods and evaluation criteria to measure the productivity of the company;
- can use different methods to analyse company business processes to propose improvements and to measure implementation efficiency;
- is able to do business with digital products and manage those;
- is familiar with developments in technology and has a positive attitude towards life-long learning;
- is collaborative and can communicate with different stakeholders, is able to lead meetings and workshops.
The following structure of the programme applies to the current academic year. To view the most updated version, please visit the University of Tartu Study Information System and choose the next academic year (if available).
The following people teach courses that belong to the Innovation and Technology Management programme.
- Lecturer of Economic Modelling/ Research Fellow of Economic Modelling
- PhD in Economics (European University Institute, 2016)
- Research interests: international finance/macro, sovereign debt, fiscal policy, political economics
- Teaching: Evaluation of Economic Policies, Decision Making and Choice Behavior
- CV (Estonian Research Portal)
- Personal homepage
- Lecturer of Econometrics / Research Fellow of Econometrics
- PhD in Economics (University of Alicante, 2012)
- Research interests: modelling and estimation of financial volatility models, financial networks, theoretical and applied financial econometrics, time series econometrics
- Teaching: Econometric Analysis, Financial Econometrics, Multivariate Statistics, Introduction to Matlab
- Personal homepage & CV
- Professor of Research and Innovation Policy
- PhD in Economics (University of Tartu, 2008)
- Research interests: innovation policy, science policy, research funding
- Teaching: Public Sector Economics, Innovation Policy
- CV and full list of publications (Estonian Research Portal)
- Senior Analyst, Estonian Centre for Applied Research CENTAR
- Economics PhD student (University of Tartu, since 2006)
- Research interests: economics of education, infrastructure investments, psychometric measurement
- Teaching: Introduction to R software, Data Munging, Visualisation and Communication
The studies take place in the University of Tartu Delta Centre. Opened in 2020, the Delta Centre comprises academic and research and entrepreneurship buildings and brings together more than 3000 students, lecturers, researchers, and company development employees.
The academic and research building accommodates the Institute of Computer Sciences, the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and some laboratories of the Institute of Technology.
After graduation, students have an opportunity to work as innovation or process managers in any company that is already implementing or planning to implement ICT solutions in their processes. Students can also start their own company, especially as a consultation business in implementing ICT solutions or work in the public sector in innovation policy or digitalisation. Student can also continue their studies at PhD level.
Admission requirements for Innovation and Technology Management
bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (must be obtained by the end of July) in economics, mathematical sciences, technology sciences (including IT) – see our country-specific document requirements.
English language proficiency – see our acceptable tests and exempt categories.
Updated on 8 March 2022:
1) The application deadline for Ukrainian citizens for the first and second level of study (excluding Medicine) will be extended to 1 June.
2) As of 7 March 2022, University of Tartu has decided that citizens of Russian Federation and Belarus can submit applications for first and second level programmes offered in the academic year 2022/2023 only if they hold a residence permit or long-term visa of the European Union or are currently studying in Estonia.
Applications are evaluated based on
the score of the motivation letter (yields 60% of the final score)
the average grade of the previous study level (yields 40% of the final score)
The motivation letter must be submitted with your online application by 15 March at the latest.
The motivation letter consists of two parts: a written part (essay) and a video recording.
1. Written part (essay)
The essay should be written in English, contain approximately 3000-3500 characters with spaces and contain following aspects:
1) Explanation on which innovation and/or technology topics are attractive for the student to write the master’s thesis. The applicant should propose a potential master’s thesis topic and
a) explain the research topic, including what is novel about it
b) motivate why it is interesting and important to study this topic
c) discuss how to explore this topic and what would be the methodology
2) Description on the innovation and/or technology career that the applicant would like to follow, which
a) explains what attracts the applicant in this career path
b) discusses how ITM programme would help to achieve this career goal
c) argues what would be the biggest challenges in achieving this career goal
2. Short video CV
The applicant should record a video of up to 3 minutes in length, where the applicant’s face is clearly visible, voice clearly audible. The video should be in the “pitch” format: thoroughly thought, covering the catchiest attributes of the applicant. The video does not have to be done professionally – for example, it can be produced with a smartphone camera or webcam of the computer.
NB! The applicant must include a link to the video file in the motivation letter. When submitting the video link make sure the video can be accessed by anyone reading the motivation letter.
The video should address the following aspects:
a) highlights from the applicant's CV, including how the applicant’s background (previous studies and/or work experience) is related to ITM programme;
b) qualifications and job/entrepreneurial experience (if applicable) to help the student complete the studies in ITM programme and to achieve the career goal stated in the motivation letter;
c) if the student has programming knowledge in Python and/or R; has taken Statistics and Econometrics courses before, it is good to mention here;
d) which courses and topics from the ITM programme curriculum would support the career goal stated in the motivation letter.
Evaluation criteria for the motivation letter
- argumentation regarding the career goals and ITM programme´s contribution in future career (max 15 points);
- the skills of argumentation in written text (max 15 points);
- the ideas for potential master´s thesis – idea, aim, topicality of the research, previous literature on the topic, proposed methods (max 30 points);
- in the video CV – public speaking skills, structure of the speech, relevance of presented information (max 40 points).
The maximum score for the motivation letter is 100 points and the result is positive only if the applicant gains 51 points or more.
Only those applicants who score 66 points or higher (out of 100) as a combined score from both the motivation letter and average grade of the previous study level, will be considered for admission.
For further information on assessing candidates´ academic performance and calculating admissions´ score see here.
How to apply
The following information applies to international students and Estonian students who graduated abroad:
Application system opens on 2 January and closes on 15 March. The following documents must be submitted electronically via DreamApply by 15 March:
- online application
- motivation letter
- official certified copy of the bachelor's diploma or its equivalent and Diploma Supplement (transcript) in the original language (must include description of the grading scale).
NB! Applicants graduating in the upcoming spring/summer and having their diploma and final transcript issued later than the application deadline should electronically submit their most recent official transcript (including also the grades/results for the last autumn semester) by the application deadline. The transcript should be supplemented by an official statement from the issuing institution indicating current enrollment and expected graduation date. Admitted candidates are required to post certified copies of their graduation documents as soon as these have been issued (no later than by the end of July).
- official certified translation of the bachelor’s diploma and Diploma Supplement (transcript) into English. As certified translations we consider 1) official translations made by the issuing institution (university) bearing their original signature, stamp etc, or 2) translations certified by a sworn translator or notary.
- proof of English language proficiency
- copy of the passport page stating the applicant’s personal particulars
- confirmation/receipt of application fee payment (if applicable). All international applicants are required to pay the application fee EUR 100, unless they have completed the previous study level in Estonia. An application will only be processed after the fee has been received by the UT.
Submitted applications can not be edited. It is only possible to upload new documents (e.g. graduation certificates). Applicants will receive feedback and notifications through the DreamApply system to their e-mail. Incomplete applications or those submitted by e-mail will not be considered for admission.
The evaluation of applications will be made based on the electronic copies added to DreamApply. A general ranking list will be formed based on the electronically submitted applications and admission results (including offers) will be announced to all applicants personally via DreamApply by May 15 at the latest. Admitted candidates are expected to accept or decline the offer in DreamApply in 7 days. If the decision is not communicated to UT via DreamApply by the stipulated deadline, UT reserves the right to withdraw the admission offer.
NB! It is not possible to postpone the beginning of studies to the next academic year.
Terms and conditions of the admission offer
Admission offers are conditional. This means that there are conditions in the offer which the applicant needs to fulfil in order to be admitted (e.g. sending application documents by post; obtaining the required level of education). If the conditions are not met, UT has the right to withdraw the offer. Also, UT reserves the right to withdraw or amend any offer or revoke the matriculation of a student, if it becomes evident that the application contains fraudulent information, the qualification does not provide access to the chosen study programme or the student is found to have omitted key information from the application. Should such circumstances occur, UT will not be liable for any material or immaterial loss which the student may suffer as a result.
Once the admission results have been announced, all admitted students are required to send the application documents by post to: Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-133, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA.
The documents are expected to be mailed only by those receiving the admission offer (unless instructed otherwise by the admissions staff). The documents must reach the university within 3 weeks from the announcement of the offer. If the application documents do not reach us by the deadline, the university has the right to withdraw the admission offer. Applicants will be informed when their documents have arrived.
Requirements for educational documents
All copies of educational documents (diplomas and Diploma Supplements/transcripts) must be officially certified. By certified we mean that the copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original document(s). The copies can be certified either 1) by an authorised official of the issuing institution, or 2) by a notary, or 3) with an Apostille attached. NB! Country-specific requirements may also specify the way documents from certain countries must be certified.
Please note that UT does not accept simple copies made on the basis of already certified copies (primary copies are needed).
All admitted students are required to present their original qualification certificates upon arrival (unless these were sent directly from the issuing institution).
Paying the tuition fee (applicable to those receiving a fee-based study place offer)
- EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are required to pay the fee for the first semester once they arrive in Tartu (by 20 September at the latest after signing the fee contract, please read more here).
- Admitted students from other countries are required to pre-pay half of the first semester's tuition fee. The invoice along with the pre-payment deadline and payment details will be sent to applicants via DreamApply after they have accepted the admissions offer and the University has received the hard copies of the application documents. Second part of the fee is due on 20 September. NB! The official admission letter (necessary for visa application) will only be issued once the University of Tartu has received the pre-payment.
- NB! Once you have been offered a fee-based study place, be aware that it will not be changed into a fee waiver study place. By transferring the pre-payment to the university, you confirm that you have informed yourself about the process of the visa and temporary residence permit application and you are able to arrive in Estonia by the start of the academic year. If you have any questions please contact email@example.com.
The official admission letter will be sent to admitted students electronically via DreamApply only after the admissions office has received and reviewed hard copies of the application documents, and received the tuition fee pre-payment (if a pre-payment was required, please see Step 3 for more details).
NB! The electronic admission letter is also sufficient for non-EU students for applying for visa/residence permit at an Estonian embassy.
Once the admission letter is issued, accepted students may proceed further with arranging their arrival. All non-EU students should first consult information on the process of visa and temporary residence permit application to be sure, as where and when the relevant documents need to be applied. Note that housing at the UT dormitories can be applied during a limited period of time, unless specified otherwise on the website. For housing alternatives please find further information on Tartu Welcome Centre website.
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