If you are creative and have always known that you will lead an extraordinary life, the intensive one-year Master Programme in Entrepreneurship is for you. The programme enables you to create and develop new business ideas, in your own start-up company or as a business developer in an already existing company or organisation. To be admitted to the programme you must possess a Bachelor’s degree, but no specific knowledge about economics or business is required. If you have the entrepreneurial drive and talent, we have the programme for you.
Why this programme?
The Master Programme in Entrepreneurship at Uppsala University prepares you for a future as creator of your own company or as a business developer in already existing companies and organisations.
The programme allows you to develop your business skills, and above all to understand and manage the inevitable challenges that come with the launching and development of new business ideas. The programme design lets you apply the theories and tools that are taught in a real-life setting. You will be asked to develop a full-fledged business plan either for your own business idea or for an idea conceived by an inventor or company in the Uppsala region. You will also be able to do an internship that allows you to apply your acquired entrepreneurial skills through participation in a live entrepreneurial or development project.
You will enjoy the variety of backgrounds among the programme participants, which gives you access to the diverse skills and competencies that may be needed for your own entrepreneurial ventures. The relationships and personal network you will build with other programme participants will be very valuable for your future entrepreneurial and business career.
The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (60 credits) where Entrepreneurship is the main field of study.
First semester The start of the first semester covers the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, how new business opportunities are generated and evaluated, and the translation and description of those business opportunities into a business plan.
During the first semester, you will also learn to handle the various challenges and choices that are associated with bringing a venture from its start-up phase to a well-established company.
Second semester During the second semester you may either continue coursework that addresses the challenges of corporate entrepreneurship, or do an internship that gets you in direct contact and engagement with a real-life entrepreneurial project in the Uppsala region or beyond. In the concluding course module you will write your Master’s thesis. This is an academic piece of work in which you are expected to make a contribution to research or practice within the field of entrepreneurship studies.
Courses within the programme
Courses for the first semester:
Opportunity Recognition and Development
Business Plan Catalyst
Managing the Growing Firm
Courses for the second semester: Alternative 1:
Strategic Corporate Entrepreneurship
New Venture Catalyst
All courses are held in Uppsala. The practical elements and internships take place in the Uppsala region. Depending on individual preferences and specific conditions, parts of the practical training may be carried out elsewhere.
Teaching methods vary and include lectures, interactive seminars and simulations, case discussions, project presentations, role plays, and guest lectures by practicing entrepreneurs. The scheduled teaching covers a smaller part of the working week. In addition, you need to be prepared to study a lot on your own.
Examination may take the form of traditional written exams, case hand-ins, evaluation of classroom participation, presentation of business plans and other projects, as well as review papers that summarise the state of the art in various areas of entrepreneurship research. Your knowledge and skills are evaluated both individually and in groups.
All teachers in the programme have a background in research, with specific knowledge about start-up ventures, business plan development, entrepreneurship in established corporations and organisations, and company growth and international expansion.
Your acquired business savvy and entrepreneurial skills will give you a unique profile and edge in whatever you decide to do in the future. You may choose the path of a company founder to develop and grow your own firm, or work for the development of already established companies or organisations. As a company founder, you will launch and develop your own business idea, often together with others in an entrepreneurial team. Within already established companies and organisations you will work as a business developer, either by promoting your own entrepreneurial ideas or by being in charge of the company’s collective business development activities.
You should submit a copy of your GMAT test result on www.universityadmissions.se 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 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 result 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 their current university stating a date of expected graduation and courses remaining before the application deadline of the Master’s programme. Details about this 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.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:
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.