Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


In this course students plan and prepare for their professional career in the commercialization, R&D, Innovation, or New Business Development functions of companies, while collaborating closely with industrial partners. The course draws heavily on a learning-by-doing pedagogical approach, which is reflected on how the course is designed and how students are assessed.
Under completion of the course the student will be able to develop following knowledge and skills:
Ability to work on developing a solution-focused approach in translating innovations into feasible business solutions
Ability to identify immediate consequences of plans and decisions in developing business solutions from technological innovations
Development of expertise and capabilities in managing resources needed to commercialize new technologies
Develop knowledge and expertise in research methods, processes and techniques employed in research companies
Develop knowledge and expertise in developing business models from the commercialization process of new technologies
Develop knowledge and expertise in understanding the boundary conditions and constrains of the commercialization process within existing companies
Develop knowledge of the professional role of innovation, R&D, or New Business Development manager involves as a career path option

Credits: 10

Schedule: 01.08.2022 - 31.07.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mathias Groth

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is designed to allow individual students to work for approximately 3 months period at the premises of a company on a specific company-related project. The project objectives will be selected in advance between the company and the university. The student will be working under the supervision of a local manager, preferably in the R&D, Innovation, or New Business Development divisions of the partnering company who will act as mentor to the student by advising the students in developing technical, as well as business and career skills and expertise. Further, the student will be supervised by an academic teacher on developing the technical side of the company project.
    The student will develop the above mentioned learning outcomes through the hands-on engagement in the company-related project, through mentoring meetings with their company supervisor, through mentoring meeting with their academic supervisor, and through maintaining a weekly learning log of their internships where they will need to identity the new technical- and innovation-related knowledge and skills they acquire as the project evolves.
    At the end of the course, the students will present or report the outcomes of their project to the company, and submit a thorough reflective essay (2000 words) of their internship experience.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Application process for the internship
    Motivation letter to enroll in the internship
    Company presentation or report
    Short weekly learning logs
    Reflective essay
    Development of Linkedin profile and uploading a brief description of this project and internship

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Tutored self-studies


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    13 Climate Action

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Upon setup of course, contact the course-responsible teacher (currently, Prof. Mathias Groth,

    MyCourses home page:

    Alternative for PHYS-E0441 Physics Special Assignment (if taking both, one of them can be elective studies).

    Mutually exclusive with course SCI.trai Training in the MSc degree.

    Company internship cannot be done at a university. Additionally, if doing a science-oriented project at a company like VTT, PHYS-E0441 is recommended. Contact the responsible teacher before proceeding with this course.

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - Summer
    2023-2024 Autumn I - Summer

    Enrollment :

    Contact the responsible teacher.