Master's Programme in Entrepreneurship

60 credits

Programme syllabus, SEN2N

A revised version of the programme syllabus is available.
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Social Sciences, 16 October 2014
Registration number
SAMFAK 2014/97 Doss 3:2:1
Responsible faculty
Faculty of Social Sciences
Responsible department
Department of Business Studies

Entry requirements

A Bachelor degree equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time studies) including a Bachelor thesis of at least 10 credits. Proof of skills in English to a level corresponding to English B in the Swedish secondary school. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test with the following minimum scores:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE


The Master of Entrepreneurship is an intensive, one-year educational programme at the advanced level, offered by the Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University. The programme prepares students for a career in business, with particular focus on the development of new business ideas and business development within both start-ups and established corporations. The programme is characterised by innovative pedagogy and progression and it is based on the research profile of the department. After completing the programme, all Master's students should have obtained knowledge and skills that make them capable of handling the discovery, evaluation, and implementation of new business ideas and development projects, and of initiating and leading change in both start-up companies and established corporations.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

After participating in the programme students will be able to:

• demonstrate comprehensive business knowledge by applying knowledge from the field of business studies and neighbouring fields of research

• understand and apply advanced knowledge within the domain of entrepreneurship

• demonstrate specialised knowledge about qualitative and quantitative methods within the field of business studies, with particular applications in the domain of entrepreneurship

Skills and abilities

After participating in the programme students will be able to:

• in an independent, critical and creative way, identify, evaluate, and integrate information to analyse and provide solutions to complex economic problems and situations, often on the basis of limited information and time restrictions and in the context of new business ideas and development projects

• analyse, initiate, and be part of advanced processes of business development and change processes

• communicate in written or oral form about issues related to entrepreneurship, with people both within the business community and without any specific expertise in the area

• 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

• participate in research and development work, or independently work in other advanced development contexts

Judgement and approach

After participating in the programme students will be able to:

• show a deepened understanding of entrepreneurship and its role for economic growth and the development of society

• demonstrate an ability to make entrepreneurial judgment with regard to business, social and ethical aspects and implications

• 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

Students follow courses that correspond to a total of 60 credits, including a Master's thesis of 15 credits.

The first semester consist of compulsory coursework and applied work in the form of the development of a full-fledged business plan. The second semester involves a choice between further coursework or work that allows students to leverage their acquired entrepreneurial skills in an applied setting, as well as the preparation of a concluding Master's thesis.

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


Progression within the programme

During the programme, students will obtain knowledge about entrepreneurship and business to complement and extend the knowledge obtained at the Bachelor level. They should also gradually acquire in-depth knowledge and obtain advanced skills and training within the domain of entrepreneurship and neighbouring fields of research.

Knowledge will be acquired through independent studies, seminars and lectures, various forms of group assignments, as well as through participation in applied entrepreneurial work and development projects.

During the programme, students should acquire the ability to analyse, plan, execute, and report applied and scientific work. The students’ ability to analyse and apply theoretical knowledge in practice should continuously be developed.

Increased autonomy will be obtained as during the education students will take a greater responsibility for their own learning.

Training in collaboration, oral and written communication, and understanding of seminar- and meeting culture will be gradually deepened. The formation of national as well as international contacts and personal networks will be encouraged.

Various forms of examination will be used throughout the programme. In the final thesis project, students will demonstrate that they have achieved the aim of integrating more advanced knowledge in an independent and reflective way.


The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (60 credits), with entrepreneurship as the main subject area.