The Master's Programme in Business and Management, specialising in International Business, gives you an understanding of how businesses operate, act and are governed in international markets. The programme prepares you for meeting the growing demand of the global job market in a wide variety of roles - whether you choose to work for a company or an organisation, become an entrepreneur, or continue your academic career.
Why this programme?
The international business specialisation will develop your ability to understand and manage a company's global operations. You will build a foundation of research and theory, and then gain real-world experience to prepare you for a truly global career.
Programme benefits include:
A 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 that is home to researchers who lead their fields in the areas of international business, corporate entrepreneurship, industrial marketing, institutional analysis and more. You will also benefit from Sweden's stellar reputation for social responsibility - values that inform all of our Master's programmes.
You have an interest in issues related to companies and organisations in a global context. You thrive in an international environment with representatives from different academic, cultural and professional backgrounds.
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).
How did you choose your programme and what did you study before?
I truly identify as an “Uppsala economist” (“Uppsalaekonom”). Before this, I did a Bachelor’s in Business studies here at Uppsala University and I also have one Bachelor’s degree in economics from Stockholm University. The choice of an MSc in international business was easy, I’ve grown up in Uppsala and am of course a patriot, and also because of the student life in this city is the best in Sweden. But foremost I’m very interested in globalisation and business studies on an international level.
What is the best thing about studying at Uppsala University?
The Cathedral, the Royal Mounds, the castle, the Fyris river – there is so much to see, and then thirteen student nations to visit. The best thing is to be able to get new friends with many different experiences. Especially for me as someone from Uppsala; my course mates are from all over Sweden, and a lot of other countries.
What is most challenging?
Personally, I think the courses have a relatively high tempo, compared to studying at Bachelor’s level. I’ve definitely had to start with the reading earlier and separate tasks in to smaller goals to be easier to handle, and to read a little every day.
Describe the student life!
The student life is as fun on Master level studies as it was while reading Bachelor’s level courses; for me even more fun. I didn’t really seize the opportunity when I started my studies, such as the recce events. My programme organisation started a welcome programme for Master students during 2021, which gave me the opportunity to experience it. I’ve gained friends and experiences I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.
What is your reason for studying and your ultimate goal?
The opportunity to have the world as a global workplace. One of the coolest parts of the programme is that the majority of the students have non-Swedish background. It’s fun to start your networking already during your studies. The programme gives you the opportunity to work in an international environment, which is my dream.
What advice do you have for other students interested in applying for the same programme?
Choose a subject to study which you are truly interested in, and you find fun. Prioritise your studies, it might be hard to combine your studies with work, since the programme is full time. Read the course literature and go to your classes and lectures, they’re there for a reason, and independent studies are hard.
Three short questions! Favourite place in Uppsala?
Easy! My favourite spot is Uplands nations garden, during summer evenings.
What is the best student tradition at Uppsala University?
There is only one answer: all the days of Walpurgis-week!
Where is the best place to study?
The library at Campus Ekonomikum has a nice atmosphere and is good for quiet studying or reading your course literature.
The specialisation in international business allows you to gain deep insight into the challenges and opportunities related to the internationalisation of firms. You will study the governance, strategy and sustainability 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.
The programme follows a fixed study route, which means that courses must be taken in the prescribed order. During your first year, you will take courses with all the students in the Master's programme, covering strategy, societal challenges such as digitalisation, globalisation and sustainability, scientific method, business theories and leadership. You will then take 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 the second semester.
In your third semester, you will choose between doing an internship at a commercial or another type of organisation, elective courses at Uppsala University, or an international exchange semester at one of our partner universities around the world.
You will spend the fourth and final semester writing your 30-credit Master's thesis. It is an in-depth study on a topic in the field of international business.
Courses within the programme
Strategy and contemporary issues, 15 credits
Theories in business and management, 7.5 credits
Scientific methods in business research, 7.5 credits
Contemporary leadership challenges, 7.5 credits
Internationalisation of business, 7.5 credits
Managing the multinational corporation, 7.5 credits
The Master's Programme in Business and Management, specialising in International Business, takes a comprehensive and practical instructional approach, with a variety of teaching methods - including lectures, seminars and case studies, and gives you insights into industries.
You will 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 discussions in both small and large groups. The scheduled teaching takes only a small part of the weeks, which means you need to study a lot on your own outside the classroom and take personal responsibility for your learning.
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.
Internationalisation plays a critical role in modern business. Your International Business specialisation prepares you for a wide variety of professional roles, whether you choose to work for an organisation, become an entrepreneur, or continue your academic career. Your studies apply current research on the international operations of multinational companies to practical challenges and opportunities facing firms, giving you important skills required to lead as a manager or business analyst both in Sweden and abroad.
Common job titles are consultant, analyst, project manager, and key account manager. Our alumni work at, for example:
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.
Please note that this information applies to the international admissions round only.
Below you will find details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what general documents you need to submit, check the application guide. Besides the general supporting documents that you must submit, you can also submit one programme-specific document: a GMAT test result.
A GMAT test result is not mandatory. If you choose to submit it, you need to submit a copy of your GMAT test result at www.universityadmissions.se. Additionally, you also need to send a digital copy of the Official Score Report directly to Uppsala University. If you apply for more than one programme at Uppsala University, only one Report is needed. It may take up to a couple of weeks for the Report to reach us. The last day to send in supporting documents is also the deadline for us to receive the Reports. Please plan ahead and send your Report in time. We will only look at your GMAT total score. The test result must not be older than five years on the last day of 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.
If you are in your final year of Bachelor's studies, the entry requirements for Bachelor's degree must be fulfilled no later than the start of the programme. You show that you fulfil the requirements by submitting a copy of your diploma and/or transcript. Read more in the application guide.
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in business studies.
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:
GMAT test result
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.