Business Theory, Modern Realities

You will take core courses in how CSR and Knowledge Management are relevant for marketing, human resources and accounting before specialising in one of these three areas of study. The capstone of your 10-month study period will be a thesis project in which you examine how a specific real-world research problem relates to one of the focus areas of the programme.

Should you apply?

Building on your previous academic studies in the field of Business (or related field), this master programme, which is taught in English, will give you the knowledge, critical-thinking and communication skills, and intercultural understanding that employers of today seek. By the time you graduate, you will have developed the abilities needed to launch or upgrade your career as a Human Resources Specialist, Marketing Manager or Accountant.

How To Apply

Applying to this programme is quick and easy. Just complete these two steps:

  1. (From October 16th) Click on the blue "Apply" button to create a user account and add the programme to your account in the online application portal.
  2. Submit the required documents to verify that you fulfill the entry requirements listed below. It is usually possible to upload the required documents to your user account.

​Entry Requirements (September 2019)

Specific Entry Requirements

  1. Completed a bachelor's degree majoring in Social Sciences or a bachelor's degree in technology with Social Science focus comprising at least 180 credits (60 credits = 1 academic year full-time study), or an equivalent degree or currently completing the final year of studies leading to such a degree. The applicant's education must also include at least 30 credits in Business Administration (for example, accounting, marketing, organization theory) including a minimum of 7.5 credits in research methods applicable to social science or business, or equivalent knowledge.
  2. An approved statement of purpose.

English Language Proficiency

The most common tests and important scores that are accepted are:

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

Please check the University Admissions information on English Language Proficiency to see if you are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS result.

Tuition Fees

87 000 SEK (total)
*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay tuition fees.

Tuition fees are paid in one-semester installments and the first payment (43 500 SEK) must be paid no later than June 1. This allows for reasonable processing time for a residence permit application.

If you have any questions about tuition fee payments, please e-mail


There are a number of scholarships available for successful applicants to the Business Studies Programme who are not EU/EEA citizens.

For more information about scholarships, please visit our webpage about international student scholarships or contact

Programme Overview

The programme is a one-year master's degree in Business Studies. All courses are taught in English.

After passing all courses, including the thesis work, you will be awarded the degree of Master of Science with a major in Business Administration and Management. The programme comprises 60 credits (1 credit = 1 ECTS) and commences in the end of August, which is the start of the autumn semester.

Semester 1 (Autumn)

Compulsory Courses

Elective Courses (choose one)

Semester 2 (Spring)

Master's Theses: Examples

The Master's Thesis course will develop your research and academic writing abilities. The following master's level theses were presented and defended at the end of this one year master's programme. You can write a thesis on your own or with one other student (this is recommended). Students decide on a topic themselves in consultation with their teachers and fellow students.

Student Feedback

To present an accurate picture of what students have to say about the Business Studies Programme, we have published their comments from the end-of-programme evaluation.


What they liked:

  • Student-centred approach (teachers who guide you), which stimulates student's critical thinking.
  • The small international group
  • Open atmosphere, feedback received, exchange of ideas between students and teachers
  • The CSR course, including the site visit to the local company SSAB
  • The skills that they developed as a result of the programme being research-oriented.

What they thought could be improved:

  • Include more non-Western perspectives and real-life cases into the courses
  • Offer some sessions on "academic writing" at the beginning of the programme
  • Incorporate more guest lectures and study visits


What they liked:

  • "In my opinion, the teachers, and their willingness to help and support the students were the best part of the programme!"
  • "I liked the CSR course and the specialisation course the most; the guest lectures were also interesting. Working in small groups was great too."
  • "The multi-cultural mix of students in this programme is really enriching!"
  • "I think the programme itself turned out to be interesting. It supports the modern trends such as CSR and Knowledge Management, which are widely applied in big companies. Thanks to the courses, I understood that these trends were a part of the company I used to work in."

What they thought could be improved:

  • "Field trips or study visits at companies would be a great help for future students, I think, as they can help build connections and maybe help them find a suitable thesis topic or land a future job."

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the programme, you will be prepared for employment in a diverse job market that includes corporations and banks, and marketing and accounting firms. The career opportunities that will be available to you are too vast to list; however, the most common areas of employment are:

  • Marketing
  • International Business
  • Human Resources
  • Accounting
  • Production Management

The programme also prepares you for further academic studies in a wide range of PhD programmes in Business Studies.

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