Organisation - Master Programme in Business and Management 2019/2020

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The specialication in Organisation offers the opportunity to study in-depth how modern expectations and demands of the environment are managed in modern organisations. These expectations come in the form of new formal regulations and what can be called soft regulations - widespread expectations on what the organisation should be doing. In particular we study soft regulation in the form of the pressures to adopt new management trends, demands for ethical behavior and social responsibility as well as demands on transparency that are propagated through media.

Why this programme?

This specialisation is designed for students who want to develop their ability to understand and manage the business environment and the relationships that exist between organisations and society. Your curriculum will specifically address the ways today's organisations - and the roles within them - can meet the demands and foster innovation in an ever-changing business environment. Programme 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 research tradition
  • 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
In this specialisation within our Master's in Business and Management, practical experience and cutting-edge research come together and contributes to a deeper knowledge of the context that conditions the management and control of public and private organisations and prepare you for meeting the growing demand of the global job market.

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's 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 84 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


Our specialisation in organisation is based in both classical and modern ideas of organisational theory, giving you a solid theoretical framework to understand how firms really work. You'll also have the opportunity to put theory into practice with real-world experience through special projects and an optional internship. Your programme will also take an in-depth look at how actors such as consultants, lobbyists, think-tanks and media function and influence modern organisations, and the role they play in effecting change.

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 Organisation 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 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 organisation.

Courses within the programme

First semester
Business Analysis and Managerial Action
The Global Firm
Advanced Organisation Theory
Scientific Methods in Business Research

Second semester
Institutional Analysis of Organisations
Consulting, Communication and Change
Research Process and Academic Writing

Learning experience

Your Organisation 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 - a critical skill 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.


The Organisation specialisation prepares you for a wide variety of career paths - whether you choose a position within a private or public organisation, start your own business or continue on to an academic career. Possible roles include consultant, researcher, intelligence analyst and information specialist in public relations or communications.

Read about what some of our former students are doing after graduation, and how they feel about their education at our Department of Business Studies.

Read an interview with Isabel Wahlgren, an alumni of the Master Programme in Business and Management.

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 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

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


120 credits

Autumn 2019 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2019-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M2114 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.

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

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