Whether you want to start your own company or develop new businesses for existing companies and organisations, the one-year Master's Programme in Entrepreneurship prepares you for a future career beyond the ordinary. You will learn to manage the challenges of getting a new business off the ground and to master the introduction of new products and services within already established companies. You will also have the option to complete an internship that lets you apply your entrepreneurial skills in practice.
Why this programme?
This one-year Master's programme is designed for you who want to create and innovate by developing and launching new business ideas. During the first part of the programme you will get the opportunity to define and evaluate your own business idea, and write a full-fledged business plan you may turn into practice throughout the programme. You will also learn about what it takes to organise and grow a start-up venture, including expansion into foreign markets.
During the second part of the programme, you may opt for a tutored internship, which allows you to try out your own business idea or become involved in a development project in an already existing company or organisation. If you instead go for the continued coursework option, you will learn more about corporate entrepreneurship and what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur and business developer.
Whatever your choice and preference, you will become part of the Uppsala Entrepreneurship Programme Alumni Network, and also be introduced to various sources of funding and incubators in the Uppsala ecosystem for start-ups.
Student profile We believe, you will undoubtedly appreciate the group of multi-talented fellow students, who will inspire and support you throughout the programme and your future entrepreneurial career. The value of the personal network you will build during the programme is enormous.We are looking for:
innovative and entrepreneurial students
an even distribution of female and male participants
diverse academic, cultural, and professional backgrounds
participants from all over the world.
It is not necessary to have studied business as part of your Bachelor's degree. If you have the desire and ability to launch and develop new business ideas, we have the programme for you. "Everything we do aims at unleashing your innovative and entrepreneurial powers" is the programme's motto said by the programme coordinator Ivo Zander.
The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (60 credits) with Entrepreneurship as the main field of study.
The first semester of the programme covers the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, including how to generate and evaluate new business ideas and the translation of those ideas into a well-developed business plan. You will also learn to handle the various challenges of taking your new venture from start-up to rapidly growing and internationally established company.
During the second semester, you will choose between doing an internship and taking courses. By doing an internship, you can try out your own business idea or link up with companies in Uppsala that are looking for entrepreneurial talents and skills to improve their ongoing operations. The courses that you can take cover the challenges of corporate entrepreneurship. You will complete your degree by writing a 15-credit Master's thesis that contributes to research and practice in the field of entrepreneurship studies.
As a student in the programme, you will benefit from a variety of teaching methods including lectures, interactive seminars, case discussions, project presentations, role-plays, and guest lectures from practicing entrepreneurs. 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.
Assessment in the programme also takes several forms, from traditional written exams to case studies, classroom participation, presentation of business plans, or papers summarising the state of the art in entrepreneurship research. Your knowledge and skills will be evaluated both individually and in groups.
The programme is run by the Department of Business Studies that is home to active researchers who lead their fields in the areas of entrepreneurship, international business, industrial marketing, institutional analysis, and accounting and finance.
Additionally, Sweden is one of the world's most innovative countries and has long been fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. Therefore, you will benefit from Sweden's outstanding reputation for innovation, entrepreneurship and social responsibility; values that inform all of our Master's programmes.
The programme is taught in Uppsala and in English. Depending on general or individual circumstances, parts of the practical components may be carried out elsewhere.
Your acquired business savvy and entrepreneurial skills will give you a unique profile and edge in whatever you decide to do in the future. You may choose the path of a company founder to develop and grow your own firm, or work for the development of already established companies or organisations.
Many previous students in the programme have also taken on other roles in both private companies and public organisations, including positions such as marketing or product managers, business controllers, management consultants, or heads of operations and development. The companies and organisations where they have found employment include, for example:
A good number of previous students have chosen to go into research and teaching at advanced level.
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.
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, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a statement of purpose.
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. Read more in the application guide.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
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 universityadmissions.se.
Students are selected based on:
an overall appraisal of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
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.