Master's Programme in Business and Management

120 credits

Programme syllabus, SFL2M

A revised version of the programme syllabus is available.
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Social Sciences, 16 October 2014
Registration number
SAMFAK 2014/106 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 Programme in Business and Management is offered with five specialisations (tracks):

  • Financial Management – FIM
  • Strategic Marketing Management – SMM
  • Management of International Business – MIB
  • Management in a Global Society – MIG
  • Management Controlling - MAC

Entry requirements

A Bachelor degree equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time studies) with at least 90 credits in Business Studies including a Bachelor thesis of at least 10 credits. Proficiency in English. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS.


The Master Programme in Business and Management is a two-year education at advanced level at the Department of Business Studies. 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 Master's 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 five specialisations (tracks) offered within the programme.

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 (track)
  • demonstrate specialised knowledge about 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 economic problems and situations, 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
  • understand and apply managerial techniques and information technology
  • 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 the management of 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

The student will follow courses within the chosen specialisation (track) of 60 credits (including a thesis of 30 credits) and courses that are common for all students (30 credits). In addition, the programme includes one semester of elective courses of 30 credits.

The first semester is reserved for courses that are mandatory and common for all students. During the second semester, the students will follow advanced courses in one of the above-mentioned specialisations (tracks). The third semester is “elective” which means that the students either can choose elective courses, join the international exchange programme and study abroad, or do an internship at a company or organisation. 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 are to be studied in a set order.


Progression within the Programme

During the programme, the student will obtain knowledge in business and management 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 (track). 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, oral and written communication, and understanding of seminar- and meeting culture will be gradually deepened. 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.