Master's studies

Master Programme in Sustainable Management 2018/2019

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You can develop a professional skillset to build a more sustainable world with the one-year Master Programme in Sustainable Management at Uppsala University. As a student in the programme you will work closely with your fellow students and learn from committed faculty members who are experts in the fields of sustainability and business, all in a uniquely international and cross-disciplinary environment. Your programme will help you put management and sustainability in a broader context as you prepare for your future career.

As a student in the Master Programme in Sustainable Management, you will study at Uppsala University’s Campus Gotland, located in Visby on the Baltic island of Gotland, Sweden – the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled between the marina and open sea, you will expand your academic horizons and draw inspiration from a backdrop of unique cultural heritage.

Why this programme?

The Master Programme in Sustainable Management is designed for students dedicated to sustainability in organisation, with a clear focus on the skills you will need to help organisations make and keep commitments in the field. You, your fellow students and your faculty members will share a common goal, working together to critically review and explore what it means to lead organisations sustainably.

As a student in the programme, you will:

  • Study in a diverse and international group of students, giving you the benefit of varied perspectives in the classroom
  • Develop close relationships with faculty members who share your passion for sustainability in organisation
  • Enjoy the inspiring and unique environment of Campus Gotland in the historic city of Visby
The programme is run by Uppsala University’s Department of Business studies, home to researchers who lead their fields in the areas of entrepreneurship, industrial marketing, institutional analysis, international business and more. You will also benefit from Sweden’s stellar reputation for innovation and social responsibility – values that inform all of our Master’s programmes.

Student profile:
Age 25-30
Even distribution between female and male participants
Diverse cultural backgrounds
Engaged in sustainability


The programme leads to a Master of Science in Business and Economics (60 credits) with Business Studies as the main field of study.


The Master Programme in Sustainable Management offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to give you the understanding you need to promote sustainability in business or other organisations throughout your future career. Through a combination of theory and practical study, you will learn how you can lead firms in contributing to a more sustainable world. With a strong focus on academic writing, the programme also provides a good foundation for continuing into doctoral studies.

In your first semester, you will complete four courses designed to give you a broad understanding of issues related to sustainable management. Topics include:

  • The relationship between sustainability and business
  • Sustainability in multinational companies
  • The role of the institutional setting in sustainable management
  • Human geography and natural resources
The second semester begins with a course in the philosophy of science and research methods, during which you will start planning for your Master's thesis – a 15-credit independent study of an issue in sustainable management.

After studying sustainability in an organisational context, you will “zoom in” for the last course of your programme, Consumer Marketing, to analyse the individual consumer’s role in sustainable management.

The final period of the programme will be entirely devoted to your Master's thesis and related seminars.

Learning experience

The Master Programme in Sustainable Management offers a collaborative learning environment, with the instructor often serving as a leader of discussion rather than a lecturer. As a student you will benefit from small class sizes and a variety of teaching methods – including seminars, lectures, debates, panels and discussion forums. The format and contents of your courses are defined in part by each instructor’s research, interests and personality – as well as you and your fellow students. Faculty members in the Master Programme in Sustainable Management are dedicated to helping you develop your strengths by providing an advanced level of research-based education.

All courses in the programme are taught in English.


With a Master’s degree in Sustainable Management, you will be prepared to launch a successful career whether you work in the private or public sector, and in a local or international context. You may choose to help ensure a firm’s accountability by leading strategy development, or work as an analyst of the social and environmental effects of business. The Master Programme in Sustainable Management promotes critical thinking and helps you develop into a responsible future leader – whether you choose a role within an organisation, start your own business, or continue your academic career.

Our Master’s graduates go on to successful careers in business and academia alike:

  • 45% are employed directly after graduation
  • 35% pursue a PhD
  • 5% start their own business


You should submit a copy of your GMAT test result 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.

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

Master Programme in Sustainable Management

60 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Visby

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M2126 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 60 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.


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 100000