Master in Innovation


General description

At the heart of one of Switzerland’s most innovative regions with an internationally competitive economy based on high precision industry, Neuchâtel is the ideal place to study innovation. Leaving aside the technological aspects, the rapid expansion of industry 4.0 and its effect on humans can only be understood in its legal, economic and social contexts. What makes an environment favourable for innovation? What are the roles of the State and the individual? What are the social implications of innovation? How can we balance it with economic development and infrastructure? How can we tackle the profound changes it has caused? All these questions will be at the heart of this Master’s curriculum.

Key points

This cross-disciplinary Master’s programme develops tools and basic theories in R&D and innovation, enhancing students’ understanding of current issues. On graduating, students will understand the socio-economic, political, legal and technological contexts in which innovations emerge and develop. They will be able to apply and develop these skills in both private and public sectors, as well as advise companies on innovation processes, management, organization and protection.

These skills are valued not only by companies in which innovation plays a central role, but also by more traditional companies facing innovative competition. This Master’s degree leads to employment opportunities not only in the private sector, but also in public service, be it cantonal or federal, as well as in the parapublic sector (business incubators, etc).

The legal specialization enables graduates to work as legal counsel. The humanities and economic specializations open the door to employment opportunities like innovation project leader, consultant or developer (project manager, innovation manager, independent consultant).

R& D Management specialization (economics)

Teachings planned in the R&D Management specialization aim at providing students the conceptual and methodological bases to understand and manage the process of research and development within organizations. They cover domains mobilized by the R&D function and the innovation process, such as financial management, diversity management, intellectual property laws. Teachings also cover certain methods and relevant tools to work in the field of R&D management such as negotiation, decision-making analysis or data mining. Finally, they include certain bases to understand economy of innovation and related policies.

This specialization addresses holders of a Bachelor degree in economic sciences, a Bachelor degree in science option “naturel systems” or any other title considered equivalent.


Holders of a Master in Innovation, R&D Management specialization, will find job opportunities as leaders, support operators or facilitators of innovation projects (in particular project manager, innovation manager, independent consultant) within or in the service of companies, organizations or administrations involved in the development, the promotion and the valuation of innovation projects.


The curriculum will comprise of a refresher courses for students from all faculties and a common core syllabus, completed by three specializations:

  • R&D management
  • Innovation law
  • Innovation and society

The final components of the curriculum are cross-disciplinary options in different faculties, and the choice between a Master’s thesis and a work placement.

Video report


Innovation: Master 4.0

Across disciplines form humanities to economy, law and sciences

This programme will be offered from September 2017.
The curriculum is still subject to change.


Master in Innovation information sheet

Teaching language

Academic advisor

R&D Management specialization

Mehdi Farsi
Full professor
Institute of economic research


Center for Intellectual Property and Innovation (PI2)

Employment prospects

Company legal advisor, business incubators, project management, innovation management, independent consultant, cantonal and federal public sector jobs relating to the economy, education or intellectual property.