Master's Programme in Business and Management

120 credits

Programme syllabus, SFL2M

Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Social Sciences, 28 April 2022
Registration number
SAMFAK 2022/40 Doss 3:2:1
Responsible faculty
Faculty of Social Sciences
Responsible department
Department of Business Studies
Other participating department(s)
Department of Business Studies

Decisions and guidelines

The Master's Programme in Business and Management is offered with three specialisations:

  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Organisation

Entry requirements

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


The Master's Programme in Business and Management is a two-year education at advanced level. The programme is designed to prepare the student for positions at management level within private and public organisations, both nationally and internationally, or for an academic career. The programme is characterised by innovative thinking and progression and it is influenced by the research profile of the department. After completing the programme, all students should have obtained knowledge and skills that make them well suited for tasks focused on the management of business operations. In addition, each student will have gained specific expertise in one of the three specialisations offered within the programme. By having a research connection the aim of the programme is also to offer the student good opportunities for in-depth studies of the subject and specialisation in the fields of business studies, and also prepare the student for PhD studies in business studies.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

After participating in the programme the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in business studies through the use of interdisciplinary insights within the field of business studies
  • understand and apply the advanced knowledge gained within the chosen specialisation (International Business, Marketing or Organisation)
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge of scientific methods, including qualitative and quantitative methods within the field of business studies

Skills and abilities

After participating in the programme the student will be able to:

  • in an independent, critical and creative way, identify, evaluate, and integrate information to analyse and provide solutions to complex problems and situations related to business studies, even with limited information
  • in an independent, critical and creative way identify and formulate problems, as well as plan, and by using appropriate methods, perform qualified tasks within given time limits, and thereby contribute to knowledge development, and demonstrate adequate reflection- and evaluation skills
  • communicate in English (written and orally) issues related to business studies with people within the business profession as well as with people without expertise in the area
  • participate in research and development work, or independently work in other advanced contexts
  • participate in and lead goal-oriented work within a project team, which means being able to collaborate with others, to undertake and manage different roles within a group, and to be able to plan and follow a coordinated schedule
  • analyse, initiate and participate in change processes

Judgement and approach

After participating in the programme the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate an ability to make judgements with regard to scientific, social and ethical aspects, and demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
  • demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used
  • have the ability to identify the need for further knowledge in the field and take responsibility for keeping her/his personal knowledge up to date

Layout of the programme

All students in the Master Programme take courses of 120 credits (including a thesis of 30 credits). The students take courses of 52.5 credits (including a thesis of 30 credits) within the chosen specialisation and courses that are common for all students (37.5 credits). In addition, students have an optional semester of 30 credits. The common courses are relevant to the progression of the programme as a whole, but also to the specialisations, as parts of the content of the courses are common, while other parts are focused on the three individual specialisations.

During the first and second semester the students take courses that are mandatory and common for all students as well as courses specific for the chosen specialisation. During the third optional semester, students have the opportunity to study abroad, do a one-semester internship or take elective courses.The final, fourth semester is devoted to thesis work, and to seminars in connection to this.

The programme follows a fixed syllabus, which means that the courses and semesters are to be studied in a set order.


Progression within the Programme

During the programme, the student will obtain advanced knowledge in International Business, Marketing or Organisation that complements the knowledge obtained at the Bachelor level. The student should also gradually acquire in-depth knowledge and obtain more advanced skills and training within the chosen specialisation. The knowledge will be acquired through independent studies, seminars and lectures, various forms of group assignments, as well as through individual work.

During the programme, the student should acquire the ability to analyse, plan, execute, and report scientific work. The student's ability to analyse and apply theoretical knowledge in practice should continuously be developed. Increased autonomy will be obtained since the students during the education will take a greater responsibility for their own learning. Training in collaboration as well as oral and written communication will be gradually deepened. The student will gain an advanced understanding of seminar- and meeting culture. National as well as international contacts will be encouraged. Various forms of examination will be used throughout the programme. In the final thesis project, the student will demonstrate that he/she has achieved the aim of integrating more advanced knowledge in an independent and reflective way.


The programme leads to a Master of Science in Business and Economics 120 credits, including at least 90 credits at advanced level, and of these at least 60 credits in Business Studies including an independent project (thesis project) of at least 30 credits.

The programme can be completed with a Master of Science in Business and Economics 60 credits, including at least 45 credits at advanced level and of these at least 30 credits in Business Studies including an independent project (thesis project) of at least 15 credits.

Other directives

Students who do not hold the required degree, but are registered for the last semester of a programme leading to such a degree can apply for the programme. The entry requirements must be fulfilled when the semester starts.

The programme is taught in English. Proficiency in English is therefore required.

Students who intend to obtain a one-year Master's degree (Master of Science in Business and Economics 60 credits) during the second semester, should choose the course Master's Thesis (15 credits) for the second semester.

Transitional provisions

Students who began their studies in the Master's Programme in Business and Management before the autumn semester 2023 and who wish to resume their studies after a granted study break can complete their studies according to this syllabus.