Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Bachelor top-up programme - 1½ years - 90 ECTS
This programme will no longer be available in English from 2022 and onwards.
This programme is a top-up for all of our AP programmes. This programme is perfect if you dream of working with innovation and development in an existing company, want to get a job as a project manager or work on creating your own company.
This entire programme is taught in English.
Become qualified to develop business ideas and test them in practice
During the programme, you will work on establishing and running a project in an existing company or in your own company – in collaboration with your team and your fellow students. You are welcome to have with your own ideas – but note that the programme is not an incubator, so you will not work with your own idea in your classes (unless you and your team decide that your idea / company is what you are working on together).
You are welcome to work on your own company at the same time as you are studying and independently use the tools you learn for your particular idea.
Be innovative, create growth and build a network
The programme focuses on innovation, creativity and understanding of business, but you will also gain skills in organising and planning, so you will learn how to run a company that can grow. At the same time, you will be able to engage in interdisciplinary cooperation, and you will learn to create networks which can be used professionally. You will also work with your personal competencies and character traits, focusing on developing the competencies that are in needed for the 21st century job market.
The programme is interdisciplinary, and your fellow students will have different educational backgrounds and skills.
Become an innovator, project manager, entrepreneur or captain of change
In just 1½ years, you’ll get the knowledge and tools needed to run innovation projects or your own company – and you’ll gain the necessary competencies to start and manage projects and companies. This programme is perfect for you if you want to work with innovation and project management or if you are interested in starting your own company in the future. You’ll receive training in innovation and in-depth business understanding, which is relevant in all business contexts.
Go abroad as part of your degree
You can join a summer school or take your internship abroad during the programme.
The programme consists of three semesters. It has a compulsory part, with subjects that are unique to the programme in Aarhus, a specialty module, an internship and a bachelor project.
The programme includes subjects such as:
- Innovation, development and growth
- Management and networks
- Practical business operations
In addition, the programme can be specialised in the direction you want with the specialty module and your internship.
Innovation process (30 ECTS) includes:
- Business development
- Character qualities
- Collaborative effort and facilitation
Business model (20 ECTS) includes:
- Business development
Designing your worklife (5 ECTS)
Specialty module / Literature review (5 ECTS)
Internship (15 ECTS)
Bachelor’s project (15 ECTS)
The subjects in each semester are part of a longer learning process that should prepare you to be the business community’s new innovator and captain of change. We develop the programme constantly in order to adapt it to the competencies that the business community demands, the content per semester can therefore be changed continuously.
In the programme, you’ll get innovative and creative competencies, but you’ll also learn to take the initiative, organise, and plan when the idea needs to be implemented. You will work interdisciplinary - and you’ll strengthen your personal communication and your ability to build and maintain networks.
In the speciality module in the 2nd semester, you’ll immerse yourself in a topic of your choice - within several given themes. In collaboration with a fellow student, you’ll prepare a literature review and take part in a number of seminars - together with other students who are working on a similar topic.
Internship and bachelor project
In your 3rd semester, you will do an internship. Right after your internship, you’ll write your bachelor project, which is based on what you have worked with during the internship. You will be examined on your both internship period, and your final bachelor project.
For your bachelor project, you must link the knowledge, skills and competencies that you acquired in the programme. The project must be based on a practical and complex problem statement – which arises from the company or the project that you established during the programme.
Go abroad for an internship or a summer school
You cannot take an entire semester abroad on this programme, but you can go abroad for your internship in the 3rd semester of the programme. You also have the opportunity to attend a summer school abroad for 2 weeks at one of our many destinations.
Our form of teaching
We arrange a different and creative teaching process, where you will meet like-minded fellow students, will be updated with relevant academic input and will be able to get your hands dirty. We focus on practical company operations and the start-up of new projects – and on preparing you for your professional future as a captain of change – all based on academic input.
You will experience an ideal mix of:
- Academic input, assignments and cases
- Guest lecturers and company visits
- Relevant books and articles
- Work in company teams
- Marketing surveys, observations, interviews etc.
- Development of innovation plans, business models, business plans and growth plans
- Innovation Camp
- Development of character qualities and cooperation skills
You will experience a creative and social learning environment, where you will have ample opportunity to create a solid network that you can use in your future career. Our students come from different backgrounds, which provides a dynamic learning environment.
The programme is based on interdisciplinarity. You’ll learn what you’re good at, what you can learn from others, and what you are good at in a team. In this way, everyone’s competencies are brought into play and you’ll experience that you can be successful when everyone contributes.
It is possible to participate as a mentee in a mentoring course, where you’ll get sparring and coaching from an experienced business owner or lecturer.
During the first semester, you will go on a camp where we will work intensively with innovation and business ideas. In order to get the right intense atmosphere, the camp is held away from campus and you will work, eat and spend the night somewhere else. Participation in the camp is compulsory and costs DKK 1,000, which you must pay with the programme’s material fees.
In the programme, you’ll work in teams, which typically consist of 4-6 students, each with different professional and personal competencies. In the team, your individual competencies are put into play so that they complement each other. You’ll work in different teams during the programme, and you’ll get teaching in team collaboration and the facilitation of team processes – you’ll also get to work with your own personal skills and character qualities.
Form of examination
The exams are inter-disciplinary and based on your own projects or those of your company team. Some exams are completely individual and some are individual exams based on group projects.
Apply for admission
Here is information about admission requirements and how to apply for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme at Business Academy Aarhus.
All Danish AP programmes qualify you to apply to this programme.
If you are applying without a qualifying Danish AP degree – but have a comparable educational degree – we will evaluate your actual competences and motivation. Contact our student counselling at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 7228 6020 to hear about your options and any possible additional requirements.
In order to be admitted to the programme, you must have documented qualifications in English.
If you have a Danish AP degree taught in English, you fulfill the English requirement.
If you do not have a Danish AP degree taught in English, you must have passed English at a level equivalent to English level B of a Danish upper secondary examination with a GPA of minimum 3,0 on the Danish scale. This means that international applicants must have had English for at least 210 hours during the last three years of their upper secondary education.*
In addition, applicants with a foreign upper secondary education must pass an internationally approved test as an entrance exam that we use as a selection criterion. We accept these tests with the following minimum scores:
We accept these tests with the following minimum scores:
- IELTS: 6,5
- IELTS Indicator: 6,5
- TOEFL: 83
- TOEFL iBT Home Edition: 83
- Cambridge C1 Advanced: 180 (formerly known as Cambridge English Advanced: Grade A, B or C)
- Cambridge C2 Proficiency: 200
- Oxford Online Placement test: C1 (min. 85 in each part). We only accept this test when it is completed at Business Academy Aarhus (sign up here) or through an officially approved partner agency.
Please note that the English test is valid for 2 years.
For non-EU applicants, we only accept IELTS and TOEFL.
Native English speakers, applicants with an IB Diploma and applicants with Nordic entrance exams (including applicants with a qualifying examination from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland, or Ireland) are exempt from an English test. Please note that applicants with a qualifying examination from all other countries (including African and Asian countries, where the language of instruction is English) must submit a test.
* Note that classes of less than 60 minutes, must be converted into whole hours.
Applicants with a qualifying exam from Denmark
All applicants must have passed English at level B from the Danish upper secondary examination with a GPA of minimum 3,0.
How to apply
This programme will no longer be available in English from 2022 and onwards.
If you meet the admission requirements, you can apply for admission regardless of your qualifying exam average. We will consider all received applications.
There is admission to this programme once a year, with study start in August. You apply through our online application form. You can apply from 1 February.
Application deadlines - Study start in August
Please note that all applicants must upload all documentation by the application deadline.
15 March at 12 midday
- If you are a national from a country outside the EU (you can find all the special requirements for non-EU applicants here)
- If you have a foreign qualifying exam
- If you are applying for admission with special approval
1 July at 12 midday
- If you have a Danish qualifying exam (including applicants completing an AP degree from Denmark before 1 July)
Before we can process your application, we need all the appropriate documents as proof of the information you have provided in your application.
When is study start?
On programmes with study start in August, the first day will be Wednesday 25 August 2021.
On programmes with study start in January, the first day will be Monday 31 January 2022. Study start for Chemical and Biotechnical Technology and Food Technology is Tuesday 1 February 2022, though.
Remember to read the small print
Should a programme, study line or specialisation that you applied for not be offered anyway, you will be contacted directly. The subsequent specialisations we offer will depend on the number of applicants. If there are not enough applicants for both a Danish and an international line, we reserve the right to only offer one.
In your 3rd semester, you will do an internship in a company.
In your internship, you will get to test your new skills in a company and get insight into future work assignments and career opportunities. You will be able to connect your theoretical knowledge with practical experience and at the same time strengthen your CV.
You can either choose to take your internship in an existing company or in your own project / company.
Internship in own company
If you want to do an internship in your own company, you must be associated with an entrepreneurial environment. The obvious choice is our own student’s incubator, GROW, but you are also welcome to find somewhere else yourself. The important thing is that you work in an environment with office space with other entrepreneurs and business people, so that you get input and ideas for further development of your company.
During your programme, you will meet a number of experienced entrepreneurs and others from the business community who you can use as sparring partners during your internship.
Before your internship, you must have an approved business plan for your company and your goals for the internship period. You must also have an advisory board who are associated with your company and who can help guide you in achieving your goals.
Internship in an existing company
You can also choose to take an internship in an existing company, e.g. in a development department, in a start-up company or as part of a development project. You must choose a company that needs innovative solutions or has other tasks in the field of entrepreneurship.
Get advice from our student, Teddy, on how to find an internship in Denmark
Examples of internship companies
Your internship can be taken in a company in Denmark or abroad. Here are some examples of internship companies:
Cooperation with a lot of companies
Business Academy Aarhus cooperates closely with a wide range of private and public companies. Contact with the business community creates real-life teaching – for the benefit of the students, the programme and the companies.
You will, first and foremost, encounter cooperation with the business community in connection with project work and your internship. We also invite guest speakers to contribute with their experience and the latest trends from the business community. For exams, we also use co-examiners from the business community.
As a graduate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, you’ll be able to lead development and innovation projects or run companies. You’ll be trained to develop, plan and implement ideas and projects, and you’ll get in-depth business understanding that is relevant for companies who want to develop and increase their market potential. You’ll be good at working in teams and pushing projects, teams and yourself forward.
Unique and in-demand job profile
The combination of this top-up programme and your AP degree gives you a different, unique profile. Students who graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship all have individual profiles depending on their educational background and specialisation.
Innovative and entrepreneurial employees are in demand in the industry. You can typically find work as:
- Project employee or manager for development projects
- Employee, co-owner or manager of an innovative company
- Employee in a development department or other departments in a company that focus on innovation and development
Continue with your education
A professional bachelor’s degree is equivalent to an ordinary bachelor’s degree. A number of our graduates enrol in relevant post-graduate or master programmes in Denmark or abroad. Please note that you may need to take supplementary courses to meet the admission requirements.
Below are examples of master’s degrees that have admitted our graduates. There might be other options for further education.
- Organisational innovation and entrepreneurship (MSc in Social Science) (Copenhagen Business School)
- Strategic design and entrepreneurship (MSc in Social Science) (Copenhagen Business School)
Do you want to know more?
If you want to continue studying, you can get counselling from the educational institution that you want to be admitted to.
You are also welcome to contact our student and career counsellors for further information about careers and further education.
When you embark on a higher education programme with us, you'll get:
- a top-quality internationally recognised degree
- combined theory and practice in small classes of 20-35 students, which ensures close contact between lecturer and students
- focus on learning in small teams, with real-life cases in collaboration with companies
- a compulsory internship as well as excellent job opportunities during and after your studies
- a great international experience in a vibrant, active and culturally diverse city
- Danish lessons on campus
- plenty of other social activities.
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Info for international applicants
There are a lot of practical matters you need to know in order to get a good start and have a pleasant stay in Denmark.
Get a buddy
All international students are offered a Buddy. A Buddy is a current Academy student, who volunteers to help new international students get off to a good start in Aarhus.
Every two years we carry out – in cooperation with the Ministry and together with the other Danish educational institutions – a survey of the study satisfaction among our students. The survey is called ‘Learning barometer’.
Compare Higher Education programmes
On Uddannelseszoom (in Danish only), you can compare results from the ‘Learning Barometer’ across all higher education institutions in Denmark. You can, among other things, compare salary levels and see how graduates got their first job.
Every year we carry out a teacher evaluation where our students evaluate the teaching they receive.