Structure & Content
This two-year full-time master's program provides you with an excellent academic and practice-oriented education and prepares you for a digital career.
Digital Economy is an interdisciplinary program because digitalisation touches and changes many different parts of our life, which in turn are the focus of many different academic disciplines. In our program, you will engage with people, methods and theories from business, economics, IT, IT law and other fields of study. While we will offer specializations in these subjects in the second half of our program. In the first half, we will build a common body of knowledge that will give you a thorough grounding in all these aspects.
We expect the backgrounds of our students to be as interdisciplinary as the program itself. Some of you may be more familiar with the “digital” side of Digital Economy, others with the “economy” side, some may know a little bit of both.
We do not expect you to know everything “from the other side” before you’ve even started the program! We do expect all of you to bring in enough basic knowledge in both IT and microeconomics to be able to follow the first-year lectures. For those of you who are uncertain whether your current knowledge meets these expectations, we have created the bridging courses.
They are offered as a service to you if you feel that you could do with brushing up on your IT skills and/or microeconomics knowledge. They are also suited for those of you who have never written code before, or who have never heard of a Nash equilibrium, and are looking for a guided start in learning, and partially self-teaching, the necessary foundations for the first year courses.
Find out more about our expectations and test your level of knowledge in the self-assessments prior to the bridging courses. The self-assessments help you gauge how helpful (or necessary) the bridging course will be in bringing you up to speed.
Attending the bridging courses is not mandatory. That said, if the self-assessment uncovers large knowledge gaps, we strongly recommend that you take us up on our offer. The first-year courses assume that you are conversant with the topics covered in the bridging courses.
To summarize: We offer the bridging courses as a service to help you transition into a truly interdisciplinary program where you get hands-on experience with both the digital and the economics side of current trends and developments. It is your decision and your responsibility whether to attend either or both bridging courses. As added benefit, the bridging courses will give you the opportunity to get to know your fellow students, and develop a culture of working together in learning groups. You will benefit from being able to work as a team player in the group projects that are distributed throughout the program.
In the first two semesters you will learn foundations of Digital Economy from several perspectives, covering Strategic Aspects, Design Aspects, Implementation Aspects und Legal Aspects. You will also gain hands-on experience in our Business Project course, where you will be trained in front-to-end project management, from writing a proposal to planning and monitoring of digitalisation projects.
1st semester (28 ECTS-credits)
2nd semester (32 ECTS-credits)
Building on this solid foundation you have the opportunity to specialize by choosing one of our electives - “Information Systems,” “Digital Law and Economics,” or “Digital Strategy, Marketing, and Transformation.” Moreover you will start to prepare and write your master theses. In addition, you can choose between a more business orented Industry Lab where you will have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to real life problems or a more research focused Research Lab to strenghen your academical career.