Accounting, Governance and Financial Analysis - Master's Programme in Accounting and Financial Management

Academic year 2023/2024

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In the Master's Programme in Accounting and Financial Management, specialising in Accounting, Governance and Financial Analysis, you will prepare to meet the growing demand for experts in areas that help organisations manage their resources effectively and sustainably. This specialisation will give you the skills you need to succeed in your career, whether your goal is to work as a CFO, controller, auditor, financial analyst or management consultant, start your own business or further your academic career.

Why this programme?

The Accounting, Governance and Financial Analysis specialisation is designed for you who plan to work or do research in the fields of accounting, investments, auditing, corporate governance and sustainability. You will study and analyse issues from several of these perspectives.

Benefits include

  • A cutting-edge approach to digitisation and other accounting and finance topics through Uppsala University's collaboration with the Swedish Research School of Management and IT.
  • A curriculum that emphasises both practical training and a deep theoretical foundation.
  • 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 and the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities.

The specialisation is run by the Department of Business Studies, home to leading researchers in the areas of corporate entrepreneurship, industrial marketing, institutional analysis, and international business. Furthermore, in the Department leading research is conducted in accounting, financing and strategic management control. You will also benefit from Sweden's stellar reputation for social responsibility.

Student profile

You have an interest in strategic business issues related to financial analysis and management. 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).

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Name: Filip Simonsson
From: Hofterup, Skåne (Sweden)

What made you choose this programme and what did you study before?
– I’ve known since school that I wanted to study economics when I grew up. This drive is what later steered me towards the stock market, and I’ve been hooked by the world of finance ever since. I studied a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Economics at Jönköping International Business School, a Bachelor’s in Supply Chain Management at Kedge Business School in Bordeaux and one year of law studies and economics at Lunds University. The natural next step for me was a Master’s degree in finance, where I could sharpen my skills further, and gain greater knowledge about financial instruments and their impact on the market.

What is the best thing about studying at Uppsala University?
– As a student in Uppsala, student life isn’t just something that reeks of centuries of partying, but something that represents centuries of learning. I’d say that the old historical buildings, the engaging and knowledgeable teachers, and the vibrant student life.

What has been most challenging?
– The classics: deadlines, piles of course literature, tricky exams. My approach has been to break down the problems into smaller pieces, make lists, and ask friends for help. It’s much easier to master problems if you start making progress somewhere, the sense of productivity and completion is important to keep your spirits up.

Tell us about student life!
– There isn’t much that can beat open-minded people, in great surroundings, with student-friendly prices. The nations are a great part of student life, don’t forget to become a member! A lot of memorable, although foggy, nights have been had in this town.

What are your goals with your studies?
To complete the plan 10-year old Filip formulated; getting good grades, getting into high school, starting a Bachelor’s and then a Master’s, and getting a job. Jokes aside, the main goal is to sharpen my knowledge in finance and apply it to my job starting this fall.

What advice do you have for other students interested in applying for the same programme?
– Don’t be afraid to apply, and try! A classmate told me in the beginning that “The worst thing that can happen is that you only pass – if you fail your course you’ll just try again and get it right”. I think that mentality is important. Also, take part in Walpurgis celebrations, it’s fun!

Three short questions!
Favourite place in Uppsala?
– Outside Carolina Rediviva, looking down on the cathedral, the castle and Uppsala city centre.

What is the best student tradition at Uppsala University?
– Walpurgis.

Where is the best place to study?
– Carolina Rediviva, a window seat by the map tables in room A.

Spring 2022.

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The programme follows a fixed study route, which means that the courses must be taken in the prescribed order. During your first and second semester, you will take courses with all the students in the Master's programme, covering business strategies, accounting theory, scientific methods and more - as well as courses specific to your specialisation. Course topics include corporate governance and auditing, financial accounting, valuation and financial analysis. If you choose to finish your studies after one year, you will instead complete a 15-credit Master's thesis.

In your third semester, you will choose elective courses at Uppsala University, take exchange studies at one of our partner universities outside Sweden, or do an internship at an organisation in your field.

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 financial accounting.

Courses within the programme

First semester

Strategy and contemporary issues, 15 credits

Accounting theory, 7.5 credits

Scientific methods in business research, 7.5 credits

Second semester

Financial statement analysis, 7.5 credits

Corporate governance and auditing, 7.5 credits

Financial accounting, 7.5 credits

Valuation and financial analysis, 7.5 credits

Third semester

Elective courses/Internship/International Exchange, 30 credits

Fourth semester

Master's thesis, 30 credits

Learning experience

You will benefit from a range of teaching methods designed to immerse you in the fields of financial accounting, corporate governance and financial analysis including lectures, tutorials, seminars and study groups. You will also learn from eminent guest lecturers who are active innovators in their fields and have the opportunity to lead your discussions and seminars for a wider audience. The scheduled teaching only takes a small part of the week, which means you need to study a lot on your own outside the classroom and take responsibility for your own learning.

The programme is offered in Uppsala and all courses are taught in English.


With the Accounting, Governance, and Financial Analysis specialisation, you will be prepared for work in many different fields both in the private and public sector, in the international job market, or to continue your career in academia. It prepares you for several roles after graduation whether your goal is to work as a CFO, controller, auditor, financial analyst or management consultant, or start your own business.

Our alumni work at, for example:

  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Nordea
  • Swedbank
  • Nordnet Bank AB
  • Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority
  • Vattenfall
  • Novacura
  • Samsung Electronics AB
  • Swedish Transport Administration

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.


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 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.

Accounting, Governance and Financial Analysis

120 credits

Autumn 2023, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 16 January 2023

Application code: UU-M2120 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 and 15 credits in statistics.

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

Department of Business Studies

Ekonomikum Kyrkogårdsgatan 10, ingång C 751 20 UPPSALA

Box 513, 751 20 UPPSALA

018-471 1976

Programme start and registration


If you are admitted without conditions you register by sending an e-mail to stating that you intend to register on the programme, no later than 21 August.

Remember to include your name, personal number and what programme you are admitted to.

Registration for those admitted with conditions (AV, VI)

If you are admitted with conditions you register in two steps:

  1. Upload your degree diploma and complete transcription to your University Admission account, as soon as possible:
  2. Sending an e-mail to stating that you intend to register on the programme, no later than 21 August. As soon as the admission office have removed your conditions regarding Bachelor's degree you will be registered. Remember to include your name and what programme you are admitted to.

Registration for those who are required to pay tuition fee (SV)

If you are required to pay tuition fee, you need to pay the fee before you will be allowed to register on the courses.

  1. Pay your tuition fee. It must be received by Uppsala University no later than 1 June.

  2. Send an email to stating that you intend to register on the course no later than 21 August. Please include your name, p-number and what programme and track you are admitted to.

  3. If you could not show that you had payed your fee during step 2, you need to prove that no later than 28 August 08:00 CET. You do this by sending an email to

Last modified: 2022-10-27