Master's Programme in Business and Management – International Business

120 credits

The Master's Programme in Business and Management, specialising in International Business, gives you an understanding of how businesses operate, act and are governed in international markets. The programme prepares you for meeting the growing demand of the global job market in a wide variety of roles - whether you choose to work for a company or an organisation, become an entrepreneur, or continue your academic career.

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

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

The international business specialisation will develop your ability to understand and manage a company's global operations. You will build a foundation of research and theory, and then gain real-world experience to prepare you for a truly global career.

Programme benefits include the following.

  • A curriculum that offers both a solid theoretical basis and practical experience, combining hands-on assignments and case studies with Uppsala University's strong tradition of cutting-edge research.
  • Our comprehensive and varied instructional approach, including student-led discussions and close relationships with faculty members who are experts in the field.
  • An optional internship or the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities.

The specialisation is run by the Department of Business Studies, home to researchers who lead their fields in the areas of international business, corporate entrepreneurship, industrial marketing, institutional analysis and more. You will also benefit from Sweden's stellar reputation for social responsibility - values that inform all of our Master's programmes.

Student profile

You have an interest in issues related to companies and organisations in a global context. 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 specialisation in international business allows you to gain deep insight into the challenges and opportunities related to the internationalisation of firms. You will study the governance, strategy and sustainability of companies in international markets, learning to understand the market from both theoretical and practical perspectives. A special focus is given to the multinational company.

The programme follows a fixed study route, which means that courses must be taken in the prescribed order. During your first year, you will take courses with all the students in the Master's programme, covering strategy, societal challenges such as digitalisation, globalisation and sustainability, scientific method, business theories and leadership. You will then take courses that are specific to your International Business specialisation. If you choose to finish your studies after one year, you will instead complete a 15-credit Master's thesis in the second semester.

In your third semester, you will choose between doing an internship at a commercial organisation or another type of organisation, elective courses at Uppsala University, or an international exchange semester at one of our partner universities around the world.

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 international business.

Courses within the programme

First semester

  • Strategy and contemporary issues, 15 credits
  • Theories in business and management, 7.5 credits
  • Scientific methods in business research, 7.5 credits

Second semester

  • Contemporary leadership challenges, 7.5 credits
  • Internationalisation of business, 7.5 credits
  • Managing the multinational corporation, 7.5 credits
  • Sustainability, crises and strategic challenges in international business, 7.5 credits

Third semester

  • Elective courses/Internship/International Exchange, 30 credits

Fourth semester

  • Master's thesis, 30 credits

The Master's Programme in Business and Management, specialising in International Business, takes a comprehensive and practical instructional approach, with a variety of teaching methods. These include lectures, seminars and case studies, and gives you insights into industries.

You will work in teams and learn to manage group dynamics, which is a critical skill for your future career. You will also have the opportunity to present and lead your discussions in both small and large groups. The scheduled teaching takes 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.

Your programme also gives you experience with multiple assessment methods - oral and written, individual and group - preparing you to work at a management level within the private or public sector.

The programme is offered in Uppsala and all courses are taught in English.

Internationalisation plays a critical role in modern business. Your International Business specialisation prepares you for a wide variety of professional roles, whether you choose to work for an organisation, become an entrepreneur, or continue your academic career. Your studies apply current research on the international operations of multinational companies to practical challenges and opportunities facing firms, giving you important skills required to lead as a manager or business analyst both in Sweden and abroad.

Common job titles are consultant, analyst, project manager, and key account manager. Our alumni work at, for example:

  • Accenture,
  • Deloitte,
  • EY,
  • Facebook,
  • Attendo,
  • H&M,
  • Saab,
  • BMW Financial Services,
  • Northvolt,
  • Didner & Gerge Fonder AB,
  • Unilever,
  • L'Oréal,
  • Sandvik.

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.


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