Why take Openlab’s Master’s Course?
Our Master’s course Challenges for Emerging Cities (15 or 7,5 Credits) is an interdisciplinary project course based on challenge driven innovation. You will learn and apply Design Thinking in order to develop solutions and innovations to a given societal challenge, on behalf of an external public sector client. You will work in teams with students from different universities, disciplines and backgrounds.
The course is provided by Openlab’s four partner universities Stockholm University, Karolinska Institutet, Södertörn University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in collaboration, with challenges from the Stockholm City and Region Stockholm.
“I think this is the most useful course I have taken in my 5 years of studies. The creativity, innovations and solution-oriented approach is something I will keep as a core approach to my work going forward. Highly recommended!”
Former Master’s Course student
We provide a hands-on course that teaches design methods, project management and teamwork skills that will be valuable for your future work or academic studies. All this while you create solutions with the potential drive societal development in the fields of sustainable urban development, health, education and the ageing population.
- Learn and apply design methods and tools (Design Thinking) to create innovative solutions to societal challenges
- Learn and apply project management methods and tools (SCRUM) to an innovation project
- Solve challenges on behalf of an external public sector client
- Analyse complex societal challenges from an interdisciplinary and needs-based perspective
- Develop skills for working in interdisciplinary, international teams
- Develop skills for presenting an innovation or concept, verbally, visually and in text, such as sketches, prototypes, pitches, presentations and reports
- Develop a creative, visual, problem-solving mindset towards approaching challenges
- Develop and evaluate ideas for innovations with the potential to create lasting benefits and value or a specific target group
WORKING WITH REAL LIFE CHALLENGES
The challenges in the course are submitted by Stockholm City and Region Stockholm and origins from the four main areas: sustainable urban development, future healthcare, education and the ageing population.
Submit your application to one the the participating universities: KTH, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholms University or Södertörn University, through antagning.se / universityadmissions.se. More information under Course details.
Course days: Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Information for students, fall semester 2021
Openlab’s Master’s course is in its usual format a campus course with all lectures held at Valhallavägen 79 (KTH campus). Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the course setup of the fall semester 2021 is planned as follows:
The semester will start online and then change to campus-based lectures at the earliest possible date (not earlier than September 10th). This date is dependent on circumstances and decisions by the health authorities and universities and can not be determined before the summer holidays. Please note that the course requires physical presence once the pandemic restrictions allow for campus lecturing, and cannot be taken online this fall semester. Thank you for your understanding!
Start period: Period 1
Study pace: 50 %
Daytime: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Qualifications: 180 credits
Location: Openlab, Stockholm (Valhallavägen 79, 3rd floor) or online.
Covid-19: We follow recommendations from the Swedish health authorities.
Apply at Antagning.se / universityadmissions.se. Applications are to be submitted to one of the participating universities. Please note that the course is registered with slightly different names depending on the university.
Please direct any questions concerning how to apply or other admission details to the study counsellors at the university you intend to apply to.
Course name, English: Innovations for Emerging Cities: Openlab Course Package (15 credits)
Innovations for Emerging Cities: Openlab Multidisciplinary Project Course (7,5 credits)
Kursnamn, svenska: Innovationer för samhällsutmaningar: Openlab kurspaket (15 hp)
Innovationer för den växande staden: Openlab mångdisciplinär kurs (7,5 hp)
Contact: Sofia Vikström email@example.com
Available as 7,5 credits (period 1 or 2) or 15 credits (both periods 1 and 2, course package)
Open for late application
Course name, English: Challenges for Emerging Cities: Openlab Multidisciplinary Project Course
Kursnamn, svenska: Utmaningar för den växande staden, multidisciplinär projektkurs inom Openlab
Contact: Martin Jonsson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Available as 15 credits.
Open for late application
KTH, Royal Institute of Technology
Course name, English: Innovations for the Emerging City, Openlab Multidisciplinary Project Course
Kursnamn, Svenska: Innovationer för den växande staden, multidisciplinär projektkurs inom Openlab
Contact: Jens Hemphälä, email@example.com
Available as 7,5 credits (period 1 or 2) or 15 credits (both periods 1 and 2)
Register via your KTH study advisor.
Course name, English: Innovations for Societal Challenges: Multidisciplinary Project Course
Kursnamn, svenska: Innovationer för samhällsutmaningar: multidisciplinär projektkurs
More information: English, / svenska
SU study counsellors: Central / local
Contact: Mats Danielson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Available as 15 credits.