Organisation - Master's Programme in Business and Management
Academic year 2023/2024
- 120 credits
- Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 100%, Campus
- Programme syllabus
In the Master's Programme in Business and Management, specialising in Organisation, you will study how modern expectations and demands of the environment are managed in modern organisations. Ethical behaviour, social and environmental responsibility, transparency and sustainability of organisations are central elements. The specialisation prepares you for a role as a responsible decision-maker, consultant, researcher, lobbyist, intelligence analyst and communication specialist.
Why this programme?
Virtually all social activities - economic, political, cultural and other - are carried out within and between organisations. The programme is designed for those who want to develop their ability to understand and responsibly manage organisations, the world around them, and the relationships that arise between them.
It provides the tools to understand, analyse changes in, and act on the way organisations are governed - for example, how popular models of governance are created and disseminated, how new types of professional actors and professional groups operate within and between organisations, and how these groups affect the regulatory landscape within which organisations operate.
Empirically, we address questions about how today's organisations and organising can respond to the major societal and planetary changes we as a society are facing, and how various roles within organisations, can help to address the need to change our world in a more sustainable direction.
During the programme, you will be trained to make and communicate responsible decisions, to produce decision-making documents, advice and recommendations, and to communicate and discuss these.
Programme benefits include
- Courses that offer a solid theoretical foundation and practical experience, combining practical tasks and case studies with Uppsala University's strong research tradition.
- Extensive and varied teaching formats, including student-led discussions and close contact with researchers and practitioners who are experts in different fields.
- Optional internship or the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities.
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 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).
All specialisations of this programme
Name: Sofia Livman
How did you choose your programme?
Before this, I studied International Business, and information systems. I chose this programme both because of the University and because of the different subjects the specialisation offers. I’m highly interested in organisational development and corporate impact on society. I also think that sustainability is really important, and this specialisation focuses on sustainability in almost every course, which is a big plus for me. I do also like the variation of the teaching methods.
What is the best thing about studying at Uppsala University?
The people! The friends and people I’ve met and gotten to know through both the University and through the nation life is a great part of my life. I’ve gained close friends, as well as been inspired by professors and lecturers. Uppsala University offers great opportunities to meet and get to know people from different backgrounds, and I feel as I’ve learnt something from each and everyone I’ve met.
What is most challenging?
I feel that accepting that you’re not always going to be on top is a challenge. It’s easy to get stuck thinking everything has to be perfect, but try to think that you’ll make a comeback next time. Getting through old course literature can also be a challenge! A lot of the old theories and models we use, even today, are dated decades ago and the original scripts aren’t always easy to understand at first glance. It is essential to give yourself time to focus on the material, and to discuss it with course mates – it really helps.
Describe the student life!
Student life is really one of the best things about studying! The student unions and student organisations, connected to different departments, make it possible to get active in study-related questions. The nations, and of course the student organisations, makes it easy to get to know other students and to socialise with students from other areas of study. There’s something for everyone – whether you’re interested in sports, music, partying, cooking, or study-related questions.
What is your reason for studying, and your ultimate goal?
I want to get a good stable theoretical ground to stand on when venturing out into working life. We study a broad spectrum of courses with several different perspectives and angles of approaches, applied to different practical examples and cases, which makes your analytical ability develop. I hope to bring it with me outside my studies, as well.
Do you have any tips for future students?
If you have a genuine interest in organisational processes, business development and management, then I think this programme will be extra interesting and exciting. I like that the programme also implements different perspectives of sustainability in multiple courses. So, if you’re curious about how that, and how it works in practice, then I think this programme is right for you! I also think that it is important to talk during seminars, and ask questions if you don’t understand – there’s more often than not someone else wondering the same thing. To use study techniques that suite you, and not your friends, is also a given.
Three quick questions:
What was your favourite place in Uppsala?
The nations dance floors… Eko-parken (the park behind campus Ekonomikum). All the cosy spots by the Fyris river! And the hill by the castle (“slottsbacken”) – perfect for both interval training and sleigh rides on trash bags! Hard to pick just one…
What is your favourite student tradition at Uppsala University?
Day parties – everything from brunch after/before a ball to October fest!
What was the best place to study?
The “Master's room” (Digital Library) at Campus Ekonomikum. There are adjustable desks and very comfortable couches!
The specialisation in organisation is based on both classical and modern ideas of organisational theory, giving you a solid theoretical framework to understand how firms really work. You will also have the opportunity to put theory into practice with real-world experience through special projects and an optional internship. The 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 both organisation-specific and societal change.
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 organisation's specialisation. These courses are tied together by a theme we call 'Responsible management. This is a perspective in which ethical behaviour, social and environmental responsibility, transparency and sustainability of organisations are central elements. 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 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 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 organisation.
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)
Advanced organisational theory (7.5 credits)
Institutional analysis of organisations (7.5 credits)
Consulting, communication and change (7.5 credits)
Elective courses/Internship/International Exchange, 30 credits
Master's thesis, 30 credits
The Master's programme in Business and Management, specialising in Organisation, 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 - 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. 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.
The 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 organisation specialisation prepares you for a variety of career paths. It provides a good basis for working on strategic and analytical issues as a consultant, analyst, investigator, researcher or in decision-making positions in various types of activities that require high analytical skills.
Our alumni work at, for example:
- BMW Financial Sercives
- Didner & Gerge Fonder AB
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.
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.
Autumn 2023, 100%, Campus
Application deadline: 16 January 2023
Application code: UU-M2114 Application
Language of instruction: English
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)
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 50,000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 200,000
Contact and further resources
For programme-specific information, please contact: Department of Business Studies, Study Counsellor
+46 18 471 13 73
For general information about Master's studies at Uppsala University, please send an email to:
Department of Business Studies
Ekonomikum Kyrkogårdsgatan 10, ingång C 751 20 UPPSALA
Box 513, 751 20 UPPSALA