Would you like to lead and develop the companies and organisations of the future from a long-term sustainability perspective? The Bachelor's Programme in Leadership - Quality - Improvement will give you knowledge and tools for leadership and business development. You will study development based on social, ecological, and economic sustainability. The course applies a long-term perspective to business development where profit is not contingent on other stakeholders' losses.
The programme is delivered at Campus Gotland in Visby.
Why this programme?
The Bachelor's Programme in Leadership - Quality - Improvement is geared towards those who want to work with development and improvement in companies and organisations. You will study development based on social, ecological, and economic sustainability. The programme gives you broad knowledge of quality development and leadership. You will receive an industry-independent education with a focus on sustainable business development in close collaboration with trade and industry and other organisations.
During the programme, you will learn structured approaches and methods and gain a greater understanding of how organisations and companies operate. You can then use and further develop this knowledge to improve and maintain a high level of processes and work methods. The end goal is to sustainably increase efficiency and customer satisfaction within companies and other organisations.
After graduation our previous students now work with titles such as project managers, validation engineers and quality development officers. Your future tasks might be to lead or participate in improvement and development projects, be responsible for and work with quality issues or work with other planning and management tasks.
The programme is given at campus Gotland, which offers an environment with students from all over the world. Also, the focus on sustainable development is a common thread in all courses given at campus Gotland.
The programme leads to a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management as the main field of study.
The programme is divided into six semesters, four with compulsory courses and two with elective courses. The foundation of the programme is compulsory courses in Quality Management where you study practices, methods and tools for Quality Development. You learn to systematically identify problems, analyse and improve processes and practices, and how to maintain these improvements in processes and practices.
Since much of Quality Development is carried out in project form, great importance is attached to project methodology and project management. Working with improvement and development projects involves working with or leading a group of people. Therefore, you will also study group dynamics and leadership, including conflict management, communication, diversity, and change management. This gives you a better understanding of how you, individuals and groups function, and how management problems associated with improvement and development work can be resolved.
During the two electives semesters (semesters four and five) you can apply for the courses that interest you. Half of those courses, 30 credits out of 60, must be in the same subsidiary field of study. We have suggestions for courses, as well as subsidiary fields of study, that we think complement our compulsory semesters well.
If you have studied 60 credits previously, you have the opportunity to take out your Bachelor's degree after only two years of full-time study.
The programme includes a variety of types of instruction: lectures, seminar exercises, self-study, assignments, laboratory exercises and projects based on real-life problems carried out at companies and organisations. You will work individually, in pairs and in groups in different constellations during the programme.
Guest lecturers are used throughout the programme to describe and communicate how activities and methods operate in practice. You will also be able to work on projects that are carried out in collaboration with host companies. In these, you will be able to apply your theoretical knowledge in practice. If you are a working professional, you will have the opportunity to do much of this application in your own organisation, which will have tangible benefits for your organisation.
Assessment is by means of exams, written tests, written assignments, oral presentations, laboratory exercises, seminars, and project work. An important element in the programme is that you reflect on what you have learned through theory and its application, either by yourself or with your fellow students.
Programme at Campus Gotland
If you decide to study the programme on-site, you will be part of Uppsala University's most international environment: Campus Gotland. Here you will study in small classes with students from all over the world, which will broaden your understanding of other cultures and prepare you for the international job market. At Campus Gotland, the focus on sustainable development is a common thread in all courses. The course and course literature are provided in English.
The programme is also available as an online-programme in Swedish.
A survey of students who graduated in 2017 showed that 85% got jobs relevant to their education. Our former students work as:
Quality Development Officers
Their employers include:
The Swedish Armed Forces
After the programme, you will be ready to work in both goods- and service-producing operations. Your future tasks might be to lead or participate in improvement and development projects, work as a project manager in change and improvement projects, be responsible for and work with quality issues, work as a Quality Development Officer, or work with other planning and management tasks.
You can also choose to continue studying at the second-cycle level for a further two years in the form of a Master's degree. There are several possible second-cycle study programmes at Uppsala University, but your undergraduate education also allows you to study elsewhere in the world.
During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.
Requirements: General entry requirements for first-cycle (Bachelor's level) studies in Sweden. Also required is advanced level mathematics (equivalent of Swedish courses Mathematics 3b or 3c).
Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.
Selection: Students are selected based on:
their completed upper secondary (high school) grades (66%)
Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%)
Students who have completed their upper secondary (high school) studies outside of Sweden are selected based on their upper secondary grades. Students who have completed their upper secondary studies and have taken the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (only available in Swedish) are selected based on their upper secondary grades and their Scholastic Aptitude Test results.
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.