The International Business specialisation gives you a deep understanding of how businesses operate, act and are governed in international markets, through instruction that combines current research and classical and modern theories of international business with practical application. Practical experience and cutting-edge research come together and contributes to a deeper knowledge of the context that conditions the management and control in international business and prepare you for meeting the growing demand of the global job market.
Why this programme?
This specialisation will develop your ability to understand and manage a company's international operations. You'll build a foundation of research and theory, and then gain the real-world experience you need to prepare for a truly global career. Benefits include:
Curriculum that offers both a solid theoretical basis and practical experience, combining hands-on assignments and case studies with Uppsala University's strong tradition of cutting-edge research
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 or 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 international business, corporate entrepreneurship, industrial marketing, institutional analysis and more. You'll also benefit from Sweden's stellar reputation for social responsibility - values that inform all of our Master programmes.
Student profile The student body of this programme currently looks like this:
Even distribution of female and male participants
Diverse academic, cultural, and professional backgrounds
Interested in issues related to companies and organisations in a global context
Applicants from 100 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.
The specialisation in international business allows you to gain deep insight into the challenges and opportunities related to the internationalisation of firms. You'll study the governance, strategy and international human resource management of companies in international markets, learning to understand the market from both theoretical and practical perspectives. A special focus is given to the multinational company.
During your first year, you'll take courses common to all students in the programme - covering business issues, the global firm, the scientific method and more - as well as courses that are specific to your International Business specialisation. (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 an internship at a commercial or other type of organisation, elective courses at Uppsala University or an international exchange at one of our partner universities around the world.
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 international business.
Your International Business specialisation takes a comprehensive and practical instructional approach, with a variety of teaching methods - including lectures, seminars and case studies, and give you insights in industries. You'll work in teams and learn to manage group dynamics - critical skills for your future career. You will also have the opportunity to present and lead your own discussions in both small and large groups.
Your programme also gives you experience with multiple assessment methods - oral and written, individual and group - preparing you to work at a management level within the private or public sector.
The programme is offered in Uppsala and all courses are taught in English. The programme follows a fixed study route, which means that courses must be taken in the prescribed order.
Internationalisation plays a critical role in modern business, and your International Business specialisation prepares you for a wide variety of roles - whether you choose to work for an organisation, become an entrepreneur, or continue your academic career. Your curriculum applies current research into the international operations of multinational companies to practical applications, giving you the skills you need to lead as a manager or business analyst both in Sweden and abroad.
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 on www.universityadmissions.se and the test centre should also send the test results directly to Uppsala University. If you apply for more than one programme at Uppsala University you only need to submit your test results 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. The 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 www.universityadmissions.se.
The entry requirements (Degree Certificate) must be validated when the semester starts.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is 90 credits in business studies.
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
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.