IT Project and Portfolio Management

The course is taught in Danish in 2023

About the course

This course will enable the student to analyze, reflect on, and manage IT projects and IT project portfolios in an organizational context. The organization and management of IT projects is of growing importance for many organizations, whether in the private or public sector. Development and implementation for IT projects go hand in hand, and competent project management will be an important factor for the many types of tasks and areas in the companies. Moreover, competent portfolio management is required to ensure that organizations choose the right projects to undertake.

This course covers both methods from practice and insights from research, although the emphasis will lie on research. The participants will learn to use methods for classic and agile IT project and portfolio management. Furthermore, the participants discuss the strengths and shortcomings of various methods by learning about research on IT project and portfolio management. Moreover, the participants will learn how to apply concepts from IT project and portfolio management research in order to understand the challenges in real cases of IT project and portfolio management.

At the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Identify the different perspectives on IT Projects and portfolio management and their implications for how we understand IT projects and how each perspective is linked to various types of management tools
  • Apply and account for what different perspectives means for problem identification and analysis, and solutions in relation to a chosen case
  • Compare and contrast the different perspectives on several dimensions
  • Relate theoretical perspectives to practice and explain the types of considerations that may arise from a project/portfolio manager or project responsible person
  • Critically analyse the identified and/or used perspectives to address the need for other/new approaches to project/portfolio management

The course is an introduction to different perspectives on project and portfolio management and consists of a combination of lectures, class discussions, project work and peer-to-peer feedback. Thus, a high level of active participation and reflection is expected from the students. The lectures will focus theoretically on reading and discussing various perspectives. Further, during group work you will identify project and portfolio management tools and discuss them in relation to the different perspectives.

Written individual assignment without oral (7-scale). Maximum 3000 words, everything included. The exam language is Danish.

Articles will be available on the learning platform, LearnIT, which you will get access to when submitted to the course.

Attention: please take into consideration that the amount of literature for the first session might be substantial.

Read more about the course here.



The course is valuable for people who want to learn about the latest developments on project and portfolio management  as well as reflect on their work practices related to these activities. Specifically, any project member or project stakeholder as well as project, programme and portfolio managers would benefit by looking at project and portfolio management activities through different lenses.

Klaus Nielsen

Klaus Nielsen is educated at the IT University in Copenhagen, Cambridge and holds two MBA programs (HRM and Technology). As a freelance consultant, he has worked with project management and program management for many years. He has written 'I Am Agile', 'Mastering the Business Case', 'McGraw-Hill Education ACP Agile Certified Practitioner Exam' and 'Achieve PMI-PBA® Exam Success', as well as several articles that have been published worldwide. Klaus Nielsen is the founder of Global Business Development (, PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P) and for almost six years, Klaus Nielsen has taught in project management and program management as an external lecturer at the IT University.


Admission requirements

Courses on BSc level

  • A Danish high school degree/upper secondary education or another foreign or international exam.
  • Additional to a high school degree/upper secondary education, you must fulfil the specific admission requirements to the bachelor programme. The specific requirements vary depending on what programme the course belongs to. Find the specific admission requirements here.

Courses on MSc level

  • A bachelor's degree or professional bachelor's degree.
  • English language qualifications on minimum Danish B level with a grade average of 3.0 (according to the Danish 7 point grading scale).
  • Danish language qualifications on Danish A level (passed without a required grade) if you are applying for a single subject course, which is part of MSc in Digital Innovation & Management or MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies.

Courses on Professional Master level (part-time)

  • A Danish medium-cycle higher education such as a bachelor's degree, professional bachelor's degree, diploma degree or another foreign education at the same level.
  • Minimum two years of relevant work experience (30 hours/week) acquired after your qualifying degree. Relevant experience means that you must have experience with IT related and/or organisational issues. Exemption is not possible.
  • English language qualifications on minimum Danish B level (passed).
  • Danish language qualifications on Danish A level (passed).

Tuition fee and payment

There is a tuition fee per course that covers lectures and two exam attempts. We will send an invoice for payment, which must be paid before you can attend lectures and go to the exam. The deadline for timely payment is stated in the invoice. For some participants, the tuition fee is paid by their employer, while other pay for themselves.

The tuition fee is non-refundable once the course has started, except in the event of death, illness, stationing or the like. In such cases, you must send an exemption application together with documentation to ITU Professional Education.

Prices per course for EU/EEA citizens:

Price per course of 7.5 ECTS     DKK 10,625 
Price per course of 7.5 ECTS (part-time master, incl. meals)    DKK 12,300 
Price per course of 10 ECTS     DKK 14,170 
Price per course of 15 ECTS    DKK 21,250 

Prices per course for non-EU/EEA citizens:

Price per course of 7.5 ECTS                                                          DKK 18,800
Price per course of 15 ECTS                                                          DKK 37,600

Why do non-EU/EEA participants pay a higher tuition fee?

The IT University receives a fixed rate per course from the Danish Ministry of Science. Admission of non-EU/EEA students is not subsidized by the state. Therefore, the students must pay this difference themselves.

Exceptions to the rule
If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen but have a permanent residence permit in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden, or have a temporary residence permit with the possibility of permanent residence in Denmark, you will pay the same price as EU/EEA citizens. Please submit a copy of your residence permit when you apply for one of our single subject courses in the Application Portal.

Residence and citizenship

You have to be a citizen inside EU/EEA or have a residence permit in Denmark (or one of the other Nordic countries mentioned above) to apply for a single subject. Be aware that it is not possible to get a residence permit based on your application for a single subject.

Do you not fulfil the admission requirements?

If you do not meet the admission requirements for the course you want to apply for, you may apply for an exemption from the requirements. When you apply for a course via the application portal, you may attach the exemption application. The application must include an explanation of what you are applying for exemption from and why. In addition, you must provide documentation of the conditions for which you are applying for an exemption. You can only be granted an exemption from the admission requirements if the IT University assesses that you have the necessary academic qualifications.


In order for you to submit your application in the application system, you must upload your documentation in PDF:

Qualifying exam
You document your qualifying exam with a copy of your diploma and grades.

English language qualifications
When you apply for a MSc or Professional Master course, you must document English language qualifications corresponding to the Danish B level. You can document this with an English test with a certain score. The test result must be no more than 2 years old. However, this does not apply to CPE or CAE.

  • TOEFL paper based with minimum score: 560
  • TOEFL IBT with minimum score: 88 (minimum 83 when applying for a Professional Master course)
  • IELTS (academic) with minimum score: 6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): passed
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): passed

The TOEFL code for the IT University is 9015. Please use this code when you register for a TOEFL test. There is no code for IELTS or Cambridge.

You may also document English with:

  • a high school degree/upper secondary education from Denmark where English as a subject is passed and corresponds to minimum Danish B level (however, if you apply for a MSc course passed is not enough - here you must fulfil a GPA of 3.0 according to the Danish 7 point grading scale)
  • a bachelor taught in Danish from Denmark
  • a high school degree, professional bachelor or bachelor taught in English from Denmark, another EU country, Great Britain, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand.

Danish language qualifications
When you apply for a Professional Master course or some specific courses on MSc level (read more under requirements), you must document Danish language qualifications corresponding to the Danish A level (passed without a required grade). You can document this with the Higher Education Exam in Danish - also called Studieprøven i dansk. Read more about it here.

Relevant work experience
When you apply for a Professional Master course, you must document two years of relevant work experience. You can document this with an employer's declaration where your job description and the duration of your employment is specified. If you are self-employed, please document with annual statements or the like.

How to apply

You apply for single subjects in our application system. Please have the documentation ready before you begin the application process. It is also possible to save the application and return to it later.

When you enter the application system for the first time, you have three different ways to log in. You find help in the login guide.

If you need help to fill out the application and understand the process in the application system, you can read this application guide that goes through the application process step-by-step.

When you have completed and sent your application you will receive an advising mail on the e-mail address registered in the application system. When you receive an e-mail you have to log on to the application system to review you messages.

If you need help to fill out the form, please contact us.


The IT University reserves the right to adjust or cancel planned courses if we do not have enough registrations or if other organisational conditions apply.