Innovation and Entrepreneurship

More about the programme

Do you dream of running your own business or of working with product and service innovation?

... Then a BA in innovation and entrepreneurship is an excellent choice for you!

The future depends on the development of new ideas. With a BA top-up in Innovation and Entrepreneurship you will become a highly skilled entrepreneur and change facilitator in just 1½ year. During the study we work with different tools and models, teaching you how to create, conceptualise, and implement your ideas.

After completing the programme, you are both able to work creatively and process-oriented, and your competences within planning and coordination will be strengthened.

The programme enables you to set up and develop your own business. You will also be able to perform tasks in innovation, product development, and change processes in already established companies. The main focus of the programme is innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, but you will also acquire competencies in understanding your market, selling your product, organising, and planning, so that you can operate a sustainable company and develop sustainable products.

The programme is offered both in Odense and Vejle.


The BA Top-up in Innovation and Entrepreneurship  is a 1½ -year full-time study, split into three semesters. Each semester corresponds to 30 ECTS points and is completed with tests and exams.

The study consists predominantly of theme-oriented project work, workshops, and camps. In addition there are written assignments and various activities related to teaching, such as guest lectures and internships.

All themes and workshops are based on collaborations with outside companies or case-studies.  It is therefore expected of you, that you are well prepared and participate actively in the many activities, the study offers. You must also expect attendance and lectures every weekday.

Study design

The study consists of three semesters with:

  • general introductions to various themes and topics relevant for the entrepreneur and intrapreneur
  • opportunities to specialize within areas of your own interest
  • internship, internationalization, and BA report

Semester 1

The first semester consists of general introductions to themes and topics within the area of:

  • Business propostion
  • Creative and innovative processes 
  • Philosophy of science and methodology
  • Project management and network
  • Corporate management

You learn to see opportunities, realize them, and create momentum for them. We also give you the tools to lead a startup business and develop it into a growing business. Finally, you gain competences in some general professional qualifications to drive change and development projects, either in your own company or in an existing business.

Semester 2

In the second semester we concentrate on growth perspectives for a business. The semester includes the following topics:

  • Financing of growth and board management
  • Human Ressource
  • Communication (digital)
  • Strategy and change management

During this semester, you will learn to plan, coordinate, and act on strategic growth opportunities that exist for your own or an existing business. We immerse ourselves in the management perspective and what a growing business requires with respect to finance, human relations management, establishing boards etc.

In the elective subject you can specialize in a topic/theme of your own choice and interest. Examples of specialized topics/themes could be:

  • Experience economy
  • National championship of entrepreneurship
  • E-commerce
  • Internationalization

The teaching of elective subjects consists of three elements: ordinary teaching, self-studies, and project work.

Semester 3

In the last semester you continue your specialization by doing an internship and writing an undergraduate report. During the internship you get to test your skills in practice and obtain work experience, either in your own business or in an existing company.  It is up to you to find your internship. Your internship is concluded with a written undergraduate report.

Admission Requirements

General Diploma requirements:

In order to enter the programme you must have one of the following AP degrees:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Design, Technology and Business
  • Service Engineering
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Management
  • Commerce Management
  • IT Technology
  • Agro Business and Landscape Management
  • Chemical and Biotechnical Science
  • Logistics Management
  • Multimedia Design and Communication
  • Nutrition, Dairy, Food and Process Technology
  • Production Technology
  • Service, Hospitality and Tourism management

English requirements:

If your AP degree has been taught entirely in English, there are no further requirements for proof of English language skills.
However, if your degree has not been taught entirely in English, you must show proof of your English language skills. Your English language test must be no more than two years old. See minimum requirements.
NOTE: From 1 January 2019 the English language requirements will be higher:



Minimum Score


6.5 (overall band)


85 (internet based)
575 (paper based)
220 (computer based)




B (Certificate of Profieciency in English)
B (Certificate of Advanced English)
B (English first)

Common Europiean Framework of References


Oxford Placement Test

160 (paper based)
C1 (internet based)

TESA Test of Englich for Studies Abroad


SLEP Secondary Level English Proficiency Test 80%

Individual Assessment

If you hold a similar degree from another country, your application will go through an individual assessment, where the content of your degree will be compared to our AP degrees.

Documents to include

When you apply, you should attach all relevant documents, for instance:

  • Your AP degree Diploma including a transcript of subjects and grades, or just a transcript of grades, if you have not yet completed your degree. All Diplomas and transcripts must be in English as well as original language, if the degree was not taken in English
  • Proof of English language skills, if your degree was not entirely taught in English
  • Proof of citizenship and/or your current residence permit to Denmark
  • A motivational letter, explaining why you want to study this programme
  • A CV, which shows your education, work experience and other relevant competences

Available study places

Odense intake
Summer: 30 study places.

Vejle intake
Summer: 25 study places (mixed class of Danish and international students)

If we receive applications from more qualified applicants than we can admit to this programme, we will select the best qualified applicants based on an assessment of the following criteria:

  • Grades from the applicants AP degree
  • English skills
  • Relevant work experience
  • Content of motivational letter

Tuition fees

NON EU citizens must pay tuition fees.


UCL University College works together with these agents.

Exchange students

As an Exchange student through Erasmus, Nordplus or a non-European Partner agreement, you may choose between participating in a Summer/Autumn or a Winter/Spring semester.

Application deadlines:

  • For Summer/Autumn semester: 15 May
  • For Winter/Spring semester: 20 November

Find application forms and learning agreements here.


If you have questions about the study programme, please contact Student counsellor in Vejle Kirsten Stürup or in Odense Susanne Bøg Mortensen.

Career opportunities

The BA Top-up in Innovation and Entrepreneurship will prepare you to establish and run your own business or participate in developmental projects for companies and other types of organizations. The developmental projects can be within R&D, where you develop new products, processes, or services. You can also work within the areas of human resource, change management, and project management.

Watch this video to see an example of your career opportunities:

Meet Steffie, who has startet her own company

Tuition fees

For full degree Danish citizens and for full degree EU citizens who are students at a Higher Level Education, tuition is free of charge.

For Erasmus+ students tuition is free of charge.

For non-EU citizens, who do not hold a permanent residence permit to Denmark, tuition fees will be charged. Read more about tuition fees here.


Higher Level Education gives students the right to apply for SU, which is a monthly Student Grant provided by the Danish State during studies.

Danish citizens are entitled to receive SU. International students are also entitled to apply for SU, but certain requirements must be fulfilled, for instance, there is a requirement about working a certain number of hours per week during studies.

Read more about the SU rules here.

To apply for SU go to and log on with your NemID.

If you are going to study in Odense

NOTE! When you are making your SU application on

  • Choose SU for: Higher Level Education/Videregående uddannelse
  • Choose place of study: UCL University College/UCL Erhvervsakademi og Professionshøjskole
  • Choose department: Seebladsgade 1

If you are going to study in Vejle

NOTE! When you are making your SU application on

  • Choose SU for: Higher Level Education/Videregående uddannelse
  • Choose place of study: UCL University College/UCL Erhvervsakademi og Professionshøjskole
  • Choose department: Boulevarden 25

When to apply for SU

You may apply up to 1 month before you are entitled to receive SU. If for instance your study programme begins on the 31 August (later than 20 August) then you are entitled to receive SU from September (if you fulfill all conditions.). In that case you may apply one month before 1 September, meaning from the 1 August.

NOTE! Please do not apply for SU on the same day as you receive your admission letter. First you must make a confirmation of your study place and then a few days will pass, before this information has been received in the SU system. If you wait a few days, it will be easier for you to make your SU application, because some of your information will already be pre-registered at

Expenses during studies

All full degree students must pay for their own books and photocopies, participation in study trips or internships in Denmark or abroad etc. Erasmus+ students borrows books for free from UCL.

Living costs and accommodation

The monthly living costs including rent are approximately DKK 6,000. Student accommodation in Odense typically cost around 2.500 DKK (approx. 330 Euro) per month, with a 3 month deposit payable prior to handover of keys. UCL provides counselling on how and where you can get accommodation, and Odense City Council guarantees that there is accommodation available to all EU-students at institutions of further education.


Can I buy books at UCL or do you co-operate with certain book stores?

No, UCL does not sell books (unless it specifically says on the book list that a certain book can be purchased at the school). However, certain study programmes have agreements with book stores. Ask your local book store for a student discount or buy books online.

Computer Science: You can buy a book package on (in Danish).

Architectural Technology and Construction Management: We do cooperate with the book store at SDU.

Should I buy all the books on the book list before the study start?
It is recommended to buy the books up front, because there is a risk that they could be sold out when you need them.
Which books will I need?
The book list will be published on this website under the relevant study programme.
Can UCL help to find accommodation?
We help students to find accommodation, but we do not have any housing options. Find inspiration on how to find accommodation in Odense or Vejle on this page.
May I use an older issue of the books that are mentioned on the book list?
Often an older issue can be used, if you make sure to add the latest chapters from the new book. Please ask your teacher if this also applies for your particular book.
Do I need to buy a particular computer and/or particular computer programmes?
Only if you are studying Architectural Technology and Construction Management. 
Where can I park my bicycle?

In Odense and Vejle there are either bicycle storage or bicycle racks, which you can use.

Is it possible to have a part-time job, while I am studying full time?

Yes, however we recommend no more than 10-15 hours work per week. In most study programmes your lessons will end at 16.15, so you must work after this time and on weekends.

What is Fronter and when can I get access to it?
Fronter is the electronic platform, where all necessary information about the study programme, time tables and teaching materials will be published. Login for Fronter will be handed out one of the first days of studies.
What type of activities can I expect during the introduction period?

In most study programmes you will find a combination of social activities (teambuilding), practical activities (introduction to Fronter, Library etc.) and normal lessons. Most study programmes publish the introduction schedule on this website under the programmes as soon as it is ready.

Is it possible for me to attend the same class as my friend?
Yes, if you contact your student counsellor in good time before the semester starts, it is usually possible.
Is parking free?

Yes, but the parking conditions are different in Odense and Vejle. Read more about parking here.

How long can I take holidays during Easter?
The three working days before Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are free as well as Easter Monday.
When will I get my schedule/time table?
Most study programmes publish a schedule for the introduction days on this website. The schedule for the following time period will be available once you receive your login to Fronter  - it will be one of your first days of studies.
When do we have summer holidays?
All of July is free. Check the Calendar of events for your study programme to see, when your classes will start again after the summer Holidays.
When will my study programme begin?
The starting date is visible on this website - find it under the relevant study programme. The exact time and place is mentioned in the admission letter.
How do I get a student card?

Your student card is digital and is placed in our EAL Selvbetjening app. You can download the app in either Apple Store or Google Play.

Is it compulsory to attend study trips in Denmark and abroad?
Normally, it is not compulsory to attend study trips, but some study programmes have made it compulsory. Please check the Curriculum, which you will find on this website under the relevant study programme.
Is there a Winter Break?
Some study programmes have a Winter Break in week 7 and others do not. 

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