In 2005 the It-vest secretariat and the three networking universities found - in dialogue with the ICT employers and ICT professionals - that the time had come to offer further education to highly educated ICT employees.
Many of them had advanced into leading positions or needed an update or enhancement of their professional competences.
Thus the part-time Master of IT programme was established in 2006 and offers courses within Software construction, Business organisation and Interaction design and multimedia.
So far, the results have been that
The Master of IT programme is intended as a part-time programme, similar to e.g. an MBA programme, for practitioners working with ICT.
The programme is very flexible. The students can combine their own programme, choosing from a number of courses given by the universities in the network.
A course at Master of IT is 15 ECTS. A complete Masters programme consists of 60 ECTS – or the equivalent to a one-year full-time study.
Almost all the students study as part-time students. They are required to finish the study within 6 years if they want the diploma.
Professionals have found the flexible programme very attractive. More than half of the students enroll in the programme without knowing whether they just want one course or they want the full programme and a Master's diploma. They enroll because they find the courses interesting and relevant to their career and practice. The possibility of ending with a Master's diploma is, however, important to the students, but most of them decide later whether or not they want to continue in the programme and earn an MSc.
The programme has three specialisations: Software construction, Organisation and Interaction design and multimedia.
The courses at Master of IT are designed by the different universities, discussed in a forum across the universities headed by it-vest and approved by the steering committee of it-vest.
The guiding principle is that a course should be relevant for practitioners and based on the latest research that meets rigorous academic standards.
The courses are designed with a mixture of theory in the form of theoretical lectures and presentations and practice in the form of assignments and discussions that relate theory to real life experience of the participants. A typical course will conclude with a “research in practice” assignment, where the student analyses challenges from his or her own organisation.
The following table shows examples of part-time Master of IT courses:
The part-time Master of IT courses are primarily taught in Danish - a few of them are or may be taught in English.