The academic head Prof. Dr. Johns explains the focus and the special features of the parte-time postgraduate degree programme in Business Development (MSc).
Please note: This degree programme is currently not open for enrolment. Are you interested in a part-time study programme with a focus on business development and innovation? Then we recommend our Master's degree programme in Innovation Management – Business Development (MSc), which allows you to specialise in business development from the second semester onwards.
This part-time Master of Science, taught entirely in English, focuses on business planning and innovation in a digitalised and globalised world. Students will learn to apply advanced tools and processes, including collecting and analysing numerical data in large quantities, when developing new products and services. Knowledge in applied maths and stats is equally important in this context as are negotiation and project management skills. Students learn to run complex projects successfully, structure change processes and actively embrace and design digital thinking in companies.
Multiple case studies
Several real-life projects
Teaching methods include Design Thinking, Kanban, Agile and Scrum
Study trip to an international destination in the 3rd semester
Digital Innovation Lab: unique offering to teach HSBA's students digital tools and strategies
JOB & MASTER Service: JOB & MASTER is a free-of-charge placement service for applicants who wish to combine a challenging academic education at HSBA with valuable professional experience.
Mentoring Programme: Students are matched with experienced HSBA Alumni from the Hamburg business community, offering to be ideal sparring partners / role models.
Campus in the heart of Hamburg
To successfully complete the programme and be awarded the Master of Science degree, 120 ECTS must be collected. The credits are spread over ten modules in the first year and seven modules (Digital Toolbox / Master's elective) in the second study year. The programme concludes with the thesis. Teaching takes place on extended weekends and during a few full-time weeks per semester. On average, the weekly study workload amounts to 15 to 20 hours.
The core modules focus on designing successful business models and deploying innovation in a changing world. Students learn to organise a company strategically and financially, while dealing with challenges and change, applying careful analysis at all times. In the Project modules students act as consultants, facing real-life problems and thereby applying theory in praxis.
Basic modules include Project Management where concepts such as Design Thinking, Scrum or Agile are taught. Data Analysis & Statistics focusses on IT tools, delving deep into maths and stats with strict relation to business reality. Negotiation techniques and research methods are acquired in Scientific Methods & Competences, conveying methodological and analytical skills. Eventually, students shall have a solid understanding of their career path will have a more intrapreneurial or entrepreneurial touch
Sustainable Innovation, Digital Economics and Applied Econometrics highlight the need for embracing digitalisation and provide a combination of mathematically well-grounded method-building and wide-ranging applied work with data – often with a strong touch of the 17 sustainability goals of the UN. Students gain an international perspective on business development during their Study Trip, a module which takes the cohort abroad and initiates a discourse with business leaders in other countries.
Students from across both postgraduate courses learn together in the Digital Innovation Lab which is a unique offering on digital tools and strategies.
* Please note that electives only run if the minimum number of participants has been reached.
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A Master's degree in Business Development offers graduates career opportunities in various industries, such as logistics, finance, technology or healthcare. They can work as business development managers, management consultants, strategy and innovation managers or project managers, solving complex business problems, identifying new business opportunities and optimising business processes. With their skills and knowledge, they are sought-after experts who help companies succeed.
Ece Irmak Piber
"I can sincerely say that HSBA offers a very lively, comfortable and fun environment to study. After my Erasmus semester in HSBA nearly three years ago, I knew I had to return to fully benefit from the innovative study structures, incredibly qualified and successful professors, warm, helpful staff and the international environment at HSBA. What I enjoy most is the entrepreneurial context of our courses. It helps us reach an entrepreneurial, growth-mindset that can easily be applied on an intrapreneurial level too."
"The MSc Business Development at HSBA combine the foundations of business administration with the tools of modern entrepreneurship. Focusing on the innovative and digital business world of the 21st century, the degree programmes provide students with the opportunities and skills to master the challenges of the future."
"The study group is very diverse and international, so we all benefit from our different individual experiences. Teamwork is great and we can rely on each other even in difficult situations such as exam times."
"Business Development in the digital age plays a fundamental role in the existence and evolution of our modern society and it has increased in importance. I am convinced the MSc in Business Development is the perfect programme to push every business career to the next level."
Fernanda Suarez Jaimes
"Being part of the MSc Business Development programme at HSBA has been a great opportunity for me to develop my hard and soft skills. The programme has enabled me to implement innovative and digital tools to my current work and I am looking forward to apply them into the design of my own business model at a time when the advance of digitalisation is unmistakable."
The study programmes are part-time, so you study while working. Depending on the Master's programme, courses are held on individual weekdays or extended weekends and in individual full-time weeks in Hamburg.
Applications are possible at any time. However, since HSBA only has limited study places and funding programmes are partly awarded after receipt of the application, we recommend an early application for your Master's programme. If you want to apply for the JOB & MASTER offer at the same time, we recommend an early application to our university due to the longer procedure.
In the Master's programme Innovation Management (MSc), the courses take place on extended weekends and in individual full-time weeks at the HSBA in Hamburg. In the Master's programme Digital Transformation & Sustainability (MSc), the courses take place on two attendance days and in two full-time weeks at the HSBA in Hamburg.