A tailored approach to creating global leaders

At Blekinge Institute of Technology, engineers can look forward to boosting their technical careers with a two-year master’s program in Industrial Economics and Management (MIEM).

Students will acquire the advanced skills and knowledge needed to navigate a rapidly changing business environment. By exploring hot topics – such as globalization, digitalization, innovation, entrepreneurship – as well as delving into market and investment analysis, management strategies, econometrics, management of project and research method and design, they will emerge as graduates ready to tackle real-world challenges.

The MIEM begins with eight required courses. These include economic analysis of markets, companies and industries; Management and organization of technology and knowledge-intensive projects and enterprises; Globalization, digitization and internationalization strategies; Statistics and econometrics; Economic analysis of technology, technological change and strategy; finance and investment analysis; Innovation and business development; and advanced research method and design.

The program focuses not only on scientific and theoretical understanding, but also on applied knowledge and practical solutions. Mathematics and quantitative analysis are also emphasized.

Two specialized courses – “Competition, production and financial analysis” and “Marketing analysis, entrepreneurship and strategy” – are then based on this base.

Students will have the opportunity to supplement their previous technical training while adapting their educational path according to their interests. The first course is aimed at those who wish to develop their skills in quantitative analysis and optimization in connection with production, financing and investment issues. The second track focuses on strategy and business development. For those who are globally minded, a third option is also available: students can choose to study abroad during their second year at one of BTH’s partner universities instead of choosing between the two tracks. .

Your final semester will be spent conducting academic research, based on your interests, culminating in a final master’s thesis.

The course content is comprehensive – and delivered with the student’s needs in mind. Unlike the typical MBA, the program runs at “half-pace,” which is good news for working professionals, especially if they’ve been out of school for a while.

The course content is comprehensive – and delivered with the student’s needs in mind. The program operates at full pace, which equates to 40 hours per week, allowing students to immerse themselves in their subject and prepare in depth for the demands of the job market. Assessments for each module can range from lectures, individual and group assignments, student presentations, exercise sessions, seminars or even workshops.

In this international and multicultural environment, BTH students not only benefit from being close to nature, but also to their teachers. Source: Blekinge Institute of Technology

All courses in this program are located at the Karlskrona Campus in southern Sweden. Karlskrona’s main campus is located at the center of the Blue Science Park, a network of companies within the IT and telecommunications industry – a testament to how BTH strives to provide great opportunities for cooperation in education and research.

Studying here means being part of a university that emphasizes innovation, digitalization of society and sustainability. But what really sets the university apart is its dedication to cultivating an international experience for its students.

Seyedmohsen Forouzmand

For Seyedmohsen Forouzmand, originally from Iran, being close to home was of utmost importance. Despite this, he knew he had to venture far to build a solid professional network. This is why he chose to study in Sweden, a country he considered not only multicultural but welcoming. Both BTH campuses are located by the sea, which also gave him the quiet atmosphere he needed to pursue his higher education.

After some research, he also discovered that the MIEM was closely related to what he had learned during his bachelor’s program. That’s what sealed the deal for him. “I spent a lot of time finding the most suitable program,” he says. “This course has a lot of common courses, for example mathematical and theoretical studies, it suits me.”

Lara Wiges

As for Lara Wirges, 22, from Germany, it was the master’s program’s unique approach to teaching that led her to enroll. “I really like it compared to my bachelor’s degree, which was very much about lecturing, repeating exercises and learning the topics by being explained and repeated,” she says.

She adds that she is now free to work on projects and focus on fixed-term assignments, which she says has helped her dive deep into her current interests. Although her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering definitely helped her prepare for her master’s degree at BTH, she shares how the different modes of teaching made the program much more enjoyable for her: “My bachelor’s degree was a bit too technical for me”, she says. “Now I have a mix of classes where we’ll do statistics on one side and talk about globalization on the other.”

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BTH has two campuses, both offering inspiring study environments. Source: Blekinge Institute of Technology

Kakwano Rodney

As for Bachelor of Automotive and Energy Engineering Kakwano Rodney, the program piqued his interest as he has always been intrigued by management.

“The program is interesting because it gives insight into how industries are organized and structured,” he shares. “The way the course is taught is interesting because it’s more interactive and engaging. They provide us with concrete examples.

He had questions he needed to answer, and at BTH he found the perfect master’s program to fill the gaps in his knowledge of business management and organization. Asked how enrolling in MIEM impacts his future plans, he notes that the program is a gateway to his dream of starting a consulting company.

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