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IT Project and Portfolio Management

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 3200 words, everything included except for figures and appendix. Possibillity of group work. The exam language is English, but your English proficiency will not be taken into consideration when evaluating the assignment.

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.



Oliver Krancher holds a Ph.D. from University of Bern, Switzerland. He will serve as an Associated Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen from August 2018. Prior to his academic career, Oliver worked as a consultant in enterprise software and outsourcing projects at Accenture. As a researcher, Oliver Krancher studies project management processes, as well as the development and use of information systems. 

Specific research topics include agile software development, IT project control, and IT outsourcing. His research has been accepted at leading international journals and conferences such as the Journal of Management Information Systems, the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, and the International Conference of Information Systems. Oliver has received the McKinsey Business Technology Award and the AIS Award for Innovation in Teaching.


Tuition fees
Before the beginning of each semester, you must pay a tuition fee for the courses or projects you participate in. The price covers both tuition and exam.

For some participants, the tuition fee is paid in part or full by their employer. Others pay themselves.

Prices per course/project for EU/EEA citizens:

  • Price per course of 7.5 ECTS points: DKK 10.625
  • Price per course of 7.5 ECTS points: DKK 12.150
    (weekend course / food included)
  • Price per course of 10 ECTS points: DKK 14.170
  • Price per course of 15 ECTS points: DKK 21.250

Prices per course/project for non-EU/EEA citizens:

  • Price per course of 7.5 ECTS points: DKK 18.800
  • Price per course of 15 ECTS points. 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.

Admission requirements

  • A secondary eduacation (only courses at BSc level).
  • Bachelor's degree or a professional Bachelor's degree (courses at MSc and Professional Masters level).
  • Applicants for Professional Master Courses must also have two years relevant work experience subsequent to their qualifying degree. This requirement does not apply to applicants for BSc or MSc courses.

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) 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.


The IT University will send an invoice for payment. The tuition fee must be paid before the course starts. Tuition fees are non-refundable once the course has started, except in the event of death, illness or the like. In such cases an exemption application accompanied by evidence of the exempting circumstance must be sent to the Study Administration.

All applicants must document qualifying exams (copy of diploma, grades, course certificates or the like).

Applicants for Professional Master Courses must also document at least to years professional experience subsequent to their qualifying degree.

If you have a foreign qualifying exam there can be special demands for documenting your English language skills. Documentation can be a TOEFL or an IELTS. Please contact the office of Professional Education, if you have any questions regarding this.

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.