Master in Innovation


Study overview

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.

  • Programme structure

    Skills acquired and objectives

    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).

    Course structure

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

    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.

    Règlement d'études et d'examens (in french)

  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities

    • Company legal advisor
    • Business incubators
    • Project management
    • Innovation management
    • Independent consultant
    • Cantonal an federal public sector  jobs
  • Academic coordinators

    Innovation and society
    Prof. Olivier Crevoisier
    Professeur ordinaire
    Institut de sociologie


    Innovation Law
    Prof. Daniel Kraus
    Professor of Innovation Law
    Director, Center for Intellectual Property and Innovation ([PI]2)
    Faculty of Law


    Prof. Emmanuelle Reuter
    Professeure assistante
    Institute of Management


Degree awarded ​
Master en innovation
(Master in innovation)

120 ECTS, 4 semestres

Teaching languages
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Faculté de droit
Tél. +41 32 718 12 00

Bureau des immatriculations
Tél. +41 32 718 10 00

Master website

Master's programme information


Hugues Jeannerat

Co-responsables du Master

Prof. Olivier Crevoisier

Prof. Daniel Kraus 

Prof. Emmanuelle Reuter