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

120 credits

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.

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

Autumn 2024 Autumn 2024, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

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.

There are several benefits of the programme, such as:

  • a cutting-edge approach to digitisation and other management control topics,
  • Uppsala University's collaboration with the Swedish Research School of Management and IT,
  • 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. The programme offers a curriculum that emphasises both practical training and a deep theoretical foundation. Courses have a varied instructional approach, including student-led discussions and teaching from faculty members who are experts in the field. 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 the degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics (120 credits) with Business Studies as the main field of study. After one year of study, it is possible to obtain a degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics (60 credits).

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 and sustainability reporting, 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

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.