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Duration
4
semesters (120 ECTS)
Degree
MSc
Master of Science
Study places
20
per year

Study Program

Highlights

  • Studying technology at a business school – if you want to combine the application of technology with applied economic thinking
  • 60 % online learning, often in teams – if you need to balance your studies, job and family but still don’t want to study on your own

Organization

Type of degree program

Part-time (PT)

  • 60 % digital learning (often in teams)
  • 6-8 on-campus weekends per semester

Language of instruction

German and English – you decide in which language you want to perform

Study abroad

Possible in the 4th semester in connection with the Master’s thesis

Start of the degree program

Always at the beginning of the winter semester

Place of study

wko campus wien, Währinger Gürtel 97, 1180 Vienna
(U6 metro station Währinger Straße/Volksoper)

Focus & Qualifications

Graduates combine skills from the fields of “digital technology” and “innovation“.

Digital Technology

You will acquire in-depth knowledge of digital technology. This puts you in a position to

  • make technology decisions,
  • design complex information systems and implement them as prototypes in agile teams and
  • familiarize yourself with emergent technologies.

The focus is on:

  • cognitive systems: machine learning, generative artificial intelligence, intelligent assistance, data science
  • cyber-physical systems: internet of things, robotics, assistance systems, augmented reality

 

Innovation

You can lead interdisciplinary teams through innovation processes and mediate between different stakeholders. You attach great importance to user-centered, iterative and holistic working methods.

Applied Research and Development

You understand the benefits of academic integrity and are able to critically evaluate research and development results and make them comprehensible to others.

Personal and Social Competencies

The study program promotes your personal and social development:

  • You will improve you leadership skills in the context of complex projects.
  • You will learn to act as an expert in a technical environment.
  • You will train your creativity and resilience in a particularly dynamic environment.

On campus weekends and live online sessions

The lessons take place

  • about 60 % online: For live online sessions, please reserve Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30 pm.
  • about 40 % takes place on 6 to 8 weekends per semester at the campus of FHWien der WKW, on Fridays from 3.45 pm and on Saturdays from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.

On campus weekends

Winter term 2024/25

September 27-28, 2024

October 4-5, 2024
October 18-19, 2024

November 8-9, 2024
November 22-23, 2024

December 6-7, 2024
December 20-21, 2024

January 17-18, 2025

Curriculum

Digital technology modules – 48 ECTS
Interdisciplinary modules on innovation – 30 ECTS
Module on strategic management – 6 ECTS
Research and development modules – 30 ECTS
Final overall exam – 6 ECTS

1st semester

Module: Data Science (6 ECTS) 

You will expand your skills in working with data, get to know selected data science concepts and deal with questions of data governance in companies.

Module: Agile Software Engineering (6 ECTS) 

You will learn to implement smaller software projects in agile teams using an advanced programming language (Python).

Module: Human-Technology Interaction (6 ECTS)

You will deal with human-technology interfaces and learn about design principles as well as iterative and human-centered approaches.

Module: Innovation Design (6 ECTS)

You will get to know the topic of innovation from three perspectives: methods for developing innovative solutions, innovation management and selected approaches to innovation economics.

Module: Innovation Teams and Networks (6 ECTS)

You will optimize your ability to work in a team (a central learning and working mode during your studies) and sharpen your understanding of the function of innovation networks.

2nd semester

Module: Technology Lab: Cognitive Systems (6 ECTS)

You will develop your technical expertise in machine learning, generative artificial intelligence, intelligent assistance and data science by getting to know selected systems and independently designing specific functions in a lab environment and implementing them in teams.

Module: Technology Lab: Cyber-Physical Systems (6 ECTS)

You will develop your technical expertise in the Internet of Things, robotics, assistance systems and augmented reality by getting to know selected systems and independently designing specific functions in a lab environment and implementing them in teams.

Module: Strategic
Transformation (6 ECTS)

You will train your eye for the strategic perspective on the two core topics of the study program, “digital technology” and “innovation”.

Module: Innovation Challenge ― Project Work (6 ECTS)

You will apply innovation methods from the field of design thinking to develop new solutions for specific practical challenges in teams.

Module: Technology Management (6 ECTS)

As part of an international field trip, you will get to know the innovation culture of another country and deal with methods from the field of technology management.

3rd semester

Module: Thesis Preparation (6 ECTS)

You will develop an exposé for your Master’s thesis and receive feedback from other students and lecturers.

Module: Seminar: Emergent Digital Technologies (6 ECTS)

You will gain an overview of current trends in digital technology from a technical and interdisciplinary perspective.

Module: Innovation Challenge & Prototyping - Project Work Continuation (12 ECTS)

In agile teams, you will develop software prototypes for the innovative solutions you developed in the “Innovation Challenge” module (2nd semester) – with input phases, advice and coaching from lecturers.

Module: Innovation Deployment (6 ECTS)

You will deal with technical, technical-organizational and economic challenges in the roll-out of digital innovation.

4th semester

Module: Thesis Coaching (6 ECTS)

Your Master’s thesis will be accompanied by feedback and exchange with other students and lecturers.

Module: Master’s Thesis (18 ECTS)

You will plan and implement an independent research, development or innovation project – usually with a concrete connection to your professional activity.

Final Exam (6 ECTS)

You will complete your studies with an overall examination. You will present your Master’s thesis and put the skills you have acquired during your studies to the test.

Jobs & Career

Fields of activity

As a graduate of the Master’s program, you will be able to take responsibility for the use of current and emerging digital technology in complex innovation projects.

Areas

You will usually work in one of the following areas:

  • Digital or IT Consulting
  • IT Management and IT Project Management
  • Digital Engineering
  • Innovation Management
  • Digital Transformation
  • Digital Product Development
  • IT Research, Development and Innovation

Application

Curious about our study program? Inform yourself about the requirements and the admissions procedure at FHWien der WKW.

Admission requirements MSc Digital Technology & Innovation
Specific admissions procedure MSc Digital Technology & Innovation

Subsidies

The waff, the Vienna Employee Promotion Fund, supports Viennese women who want to study digitalization, technology and ecology while working with a scholarship program.

Requirements

Women, with main residence in Vienna, who

  • are at least 25 years old or can prove at least 24 months of employment above the marginal employment threshold,
  • whose highest educational qualification is a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree in a non-technical field,
  • do not earn more than € 36,000 gross per year during their studies,
  • who have a study place commitment in a part-time study program according to the list of study programs that can be supported in this program
  • and who do not receive a student grant or a self-employed scholarship during their studies.

Scholarship amount

The total amount of the scholarship is € 7,500 for the intended duration of the Master’s program.

Information & advice

If you have any questions, please contact the waff directly via e-mail (bbe@waff.at) or telephone (01 217 48 555).

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