Organisation - Master's Programme in Business and Management

Academic year 2022/2023

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In the Master's Programme in Business and Management, specialising in Organisation, you will study in-depth 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.

Student profile
  • even distribution of female and male participants
  • diverse academic, cultural, and professional backgrounds
  • interested in issues related to companies and organisations in a global context
  • from all over the world.


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


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.

During your first year, you will take courses with all the students in the Master's programme, covering business issues, the global firm, scientific methods and more. You will then take courses that are specific to your organisation 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

First semester
Business Analysis and Managerial Action 7.5 credits
The Global Firm 7.5 credits
Advanced Organisation Theory 7.5 credits
Scientific Methods in Business Research 7.5 credits

Second semester
Institutional Analysis of Organisations 7.5 credits
Consulting, Communication and Change 7.5 credits
Research Process and Academic Writing 7.5 credits
Leadership 7.5 credits

Third semester
Elective courses/Internship/International Exchange, 30 credits

Fourth semester
Master's thesis, 30 credits

Learning experience

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 give you insights in 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 take 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 programme follows a fixed study route, which means that courses must be taken in the prescribed order.


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.

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.

Career support
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.


This information only applies to the international application round.

Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, 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 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 complete the application 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 your 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.


120 credits

Autumn 2022, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 17 January 2022

Application code: UU-M2114 Application

Language of instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in business studies.

Language requirements
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

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.
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

018-471 1976