Management Control - Master Programme in Accounting and Financial Management 2019/2020

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In the Management Control specialisation, you'll gain the skills you need to meet the growing demand for controllers, CFOs and consultants who can help organisations effectively manage their resources. This specialisation within the Master's Programme in Accounting and Financial Management will  prepare you for a successful career in the field - whether you pursue work in the private or public sector, start your own business or continue your academic pursuits.

Why this programme?

The Management Control specialisation is designed for students who plan to work and do research in the fields of management and controlling. You will study and analyse both the financial system and its organisational context, gaining insight from resource and operations management perspectives. Benefits include:

  • A cutting-edge approach to digitisation and other management control topics through Uppsala University's collaboration with the Swedish Research School of Management and IT.
  • Curriculum that emphasises both practical training and a deep theoretical foundation.
  • Our comprehensive and varied instructional approach, including student-led discussions and close relationships with faculty members who are experts in the field.
  • An optional internship and the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities.
The specialisation is run by the Department of Business Studies, home to researchers who lead their fields in the areas of corporate entrepreneurship, industrial marketing, institutional analysis, international business and more. You'll also benefit from Sweden's stellar reputation for social responsibility - values that inform all of our Master programmes.

Student profile
  • Even distribution female and male participants
  • Diverse academic, cultural, and professional backgrounds
  • Interested in a deeper understanding of issues related to core of business: "Accounting is the language of business" and financial markets.
  • Applicants from 63 different countries in 2017


The programme leads to a Master of Science in Business and Economics (120 credits) with Business Studies as the main field of study. If you choose to finish your studies after one year with a 15 credit thesis you will receive a Master of Science in Business and Economics (60 credits) with Business Studies as the main field of study.

All specialisations of this programme


During your first and second semester, you'll complete courses common to all students in the programme - covering business issues, accounting theory, the scientific method and more - as well as courses specific to your Management Control specialisation. Course topics include controlling, financial management philosophies, leadership and change management within organisations. (If you choose to finish your studies after one year, you will instead complete a 15 credit Master's thesis.)

In your third semester, you'll choose between elective courses at Uppsala University, exchange studies at one of our partner universities abroad or an internship at an organisation in your field.

You'll spend the fourth and final semester writing your 30 credit Master's thesis, an in-depth study on a topic in the field of management control.

Courses within the programme

First semester courses:
Business Analysis and Managerial Action
Accounting Theory
Financial Statement Analysis
Scientific Methods in Business Research

Second semester courses:
The Role and Techniques of a Controller/CFO
Management Control Philosophies
Leading and Controlling Organisational Change

Learning experience

You'll benefit from a range of teaching methods designed to immerse you in the field of management control - including lectures, tutorials, seminars, and study groups. You'll also learn from guest lecturers who are active innovators in their fields. You will have the opportunity to lead your own discussions and seminars for a wider audience.

The programme is offered in Uppsla and all courses are taught in English. The programme follows a fixed study route, which means that the courses must be taken in the prescribed order.


Your Management Control specialisation prepares you for a variety of roles in the field of organisational development - including controller, CFO and consultant. Knowledge of the link between management control and organisational development is important to create business development. You may choose to work in the private or public sector of the international job market or become an entrepreneur. The programme also lays a good foundation for further research studies.

Read what some of our former students have done after they graduated, and how they feel about their education at our Department of Business Studies.

Career support
When you are about to finish your studies and want to start planning for your next step in life, you are welcome to UU Careers for support and guidance. You are also welcome to a variety of career activities and events all through your stay at Uppsala University. Of course, the services are free of charge. Learn more about UU career support.


You should submit a copy of your GMAT test results at and the test centre should also send the test result directly to Uppsala University. If you apply for more than one programme at Uppsala University you only need to submit your test result once. The deadline for receipt of supporting documentation is 1 February. Please note that it might take up to 20 days for your Official Score Report to be available to us. We only look at the GMAT total score. Your test results must not be older than five years on the last day for application.

Applicants who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree, but are registered for the last semester of a programme leading to such a degree, shall submit an official document from your current university stating a date of expected graduation and courses remaining before the application deadline of the Master's programme. Detailed instructions can be found on

The entry requirements (Degree Certificate) must be validated when the semester starts.

Management Control

120 credits

Autumn 2019 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2019-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M2115 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in business studies and 15 credits in statistics.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  1. GMAT test result
  2. Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)
Students with a GMAT test result have priority.
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

Contact and further resources

Department of Business Studies

Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsg. 10, ingång C

Box 513, 751 20 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 1976

Fax: 018-471 6810 Fax: 018-471 7218


For programme-specific information, please contact: Department of Business Studies, Study Counsellor

Telephone: +46 18 471 13 73

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team: