Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

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Course details

The teaching calendar is organized in three quarters (Fall, Winter and Spring terms).

Students will follow the same pathway in the first year, after which, in the second year, students will be able to choose between two pathways:

  • Curriculum in Innovation Process Management, designed for students seeking careers in large-sized companies, mostly providing new technologies and consultancy. Students will learn how to manage and organise a process of change, including in terms of risk evaluation and financial concerns, and how to implement a plan, both on a corporate and business level.
  • Curriculum in Entrepreneurship, suitable for students interested in working in managerial and entrepreneurial roles in small and mid-sized enterprises facing processes of digital transformation or students wishing to launch or participate in new entrepreneurial ventures. It includes courses on: nurturing and managing business initiatives and launching a start-up; managing product development and innovation financing, and marketing new product/service ideas also by innovative tools.

Each course syllabus is available here.
Select the academic year, campus and Faculty to view and download the file. 

First year

  • IT coding and applications - 8 ECTS
  • Intellectual property and labour law - 8 ECTS
  • Materials physics and technologies - 8 ECTS + Lab. Technologies in action - 4 ECTS
  • One elective course among:
    • Economics of innovation - 8 ECTS
    • Global challenges and firm strategies - 8 ECTS
  • Two elective courses among:
    • Management control systems and performance measurement - 8 ECTS
    • Omnichannel management - 8 ECTS
    • Organising and leading change - 8 ECTS
    • Project and people management - 8 ECTS                                                    
  • One elective course among:
    • Cross-cultural negotiation - 8 ECTS
    • History of innovation - 8 ECTS
    • Privacy and security - 8 ECTS
    • Work psychology and smart working - 8 ECTS


Second year

Curriculum in Innovation process management
  • Applied statistics for business analytics - 8 ECTS
  • Finance and risk management - 8 ECTS
  • Strategic supply chain management - 8 ECTS
  • Strategies for emerging technologies - 8 ECTS
  • Elective courses** - 8 ECTS
  • Internship or Innovation process management field project - 8 or 4 ECTS
  • Master final dissertation*  - 12 or 16 ECTS

Curriculum in Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Applied statistics for business analytics - 8 ECTS
  • Design thinking and start-up launch - 8 ECTS
  • Marketing innovation - 8 ECTS
  • Project financing and open innovation - 8 ECTS
  • Elective courses** - 8 ECTS
  • Internship or Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship field project - 8 or 4 ECTS
  • Master in final dissertation* - 12 or 16 ECTS


* Credits assigned to the Master Final dissertation depend on students' choice: if students do an internship experience (8 ECTS), the Master Final dissertation corresponds to 12 CTS; in case students choose the field project (4 ECTS), the Master Final dissertation corresponds to 16 ECTS.

** Elective courses

  • History of innovation - 8 ECTS
  • Cross-cultural negotiation - 8 ECTS
  • Internet technologies and Smart working - 8 ECTS
  • Privacy and security - 8 ECTS
  • Global challenges and firm strategies - 8 ECTS
  • Economics of innovation - 8 ECTS
  • Omnichannel management - 8 ECTS
  • Organising and leading change - 8 ECTS
  • Management control systems and performance measurement - 8 ECTS
  • Project and people management - 8 ECTS
To be a graduate of the degree in Innovation and Technology Management is to have multiple career opportunities, both as manager in large enterprises and SMEs, supporting business change processes and developing product and market analysis or innovation processes, and as start-upper and partner of a new venture creation.

Graduates from the ITEM master’s programme are prepared to enter careers in fields focused on innovation in: large companies in the manufacturing or services sectors; small and medium-sized enterprises; consultancy firms; international organizations; agencies offering technology transfer and support for new innovative businesses; science and technology parks; business incubators and accelerators; and in universities and other research institutions.

The ITEM master’s degree not only provides employment opportunities in sectors where innovation is central to strategic action (science-based start-ups, large ICT firms, specialists in/producers of digital technologies, energy sector businesses and organizations) but also in more traditional sectors where innovation is linked to the adoption and conceptualizations of new technologies, such as: textiles and clothing, furniture, agri-food, banking, insurance, health and public administration, and all traditional manufacturing sectors in general.

Classes for the academic year 2023/24 start on September 18th, 2023

A Welcome event is usually organized by the Faculty in the week prior to the beginning of the courses; confirmation and details will be available in early August.

The calendar for the academic year 2023/24 will be available in July 2023. 
For reference: find here the calendar of the Faculty of Economics for the academic year 2022/23.

All teaching activities (lectures, exams, both oral and written, final examinations) for the academic year 2023/24 will take place on campus.
If you are looking for a flexible and autonomous solution to learn Italian while studying at Università Cattolica, you can access the self-learning linguistic lab (CAP) of the SeLdA (Servizio Linguistico d’Ateneo) and benefit from a personalized language advisory service. 

In addition, SELDA organizes fee-paying Italian language courses, for more information contact SELDA from the dedicated iCatt function (in the homepage, box “request for information”).

Students are required to attend theology teachings aimed at offering a reasoned and critical knowledge of the Christian message.