If you are creative and have always known that you will lead an extraordinary life, the intensive one-year Master Programme in Entrepreneurship is for you. The programme enables you to create and develop new business ideas, in your own start-up company or as a business developer in an already existing company or organisation.
To be admitted to the programme you must possess a Bachelor’s degree, though no specific knowledge about economics or business is required. If you have the entrepreneurial drive and talent, we have the programme for you.
Why this programme?
The Master Programme in Entrepreneurship at Uppsala University prepares you for a future as creator of your own company or as a business developer in already existing companies and organisations.
The programme allows you to develop your business skills, and above all to understand and manage the inevitable challenges that come with the launching and development of new business ideas. The programme design lets you apply the theories and tools that are taught in a real-life setting. You will be asked to develop a full-fledged business plan either for your own business idea or for an idea conceived by an inventor or company in the Uppsala region. You will also be able to do an internship that allows you to apply your acquired entrepreneurial skills through participation in a live entrepreneurial or development project.
You will enjoy the variety of backgrounds among the programme participants, which gives you access to the diverse skills and competencies that may be needed for your own entrepreneurial ventures. The relationships and personal network you will build with other programme participants will be highly valuable for your future entrepreneurial and business career.
The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (60 credits) where Entrepreneurship is the main field of study.
First semester The start of the first semester covers the fundamental of entrepreneurship, how new business ideas are generated and evaluated, and the translation and description of those business ideas into a business plan.
During the first semester, you will also be trained in rhetoric, or the ability to present arguments and descriptions of new ideas in an inspiring and convincing way. The concluding coursework lets you encounter and learn to handle the various challenges that are associated with bringing a venture from its start-up phase to a well-established company.
Courses for the first semester:
Foundations of Entrepreneurship
Business Plan Catalyst
Managing the Growing Firm I
Second semester During the second semester you may either continue coursework that addresses the challenges of firm growth and business development, or do an internship that gets you in direct contact and engagement with a real-life entrepreneurial project in the Uppsala region. In the concluding course module you will write your Master’s thesis. This is an academic piece of work in which you are expected to make a contribution to research or practice within the field of entrepreneurship studies.
Courses for the second semester: Alternative 1:
Managing the growing firm II
New venture catalyst
All courses are held in Uppsala. The practical elements and internships take place in the Uppsala region. Depending on individual preferences and specific conditions, parts of the practical training may be carried out elsewhere.
Teaching methods vary and include lectures, interactive seminars and simulations, case discussions, project presentations, role plays, and guest lectures by practicing entrepreneurs. The scheduled teaching covers a smaller part of the working week. In addition, you need to be prepared to study a lot on your own.
Examination takes the form of traditional written exams, case hand-ins, evaluation of classroom participation, presentation of business plans and other projects, as well as review papers that summarise the state of the art in various areas of entrepreneurship research. Your knowledge and skills are evaluated both individually and in groups.
All teachers in the programme have a background in research, with specific knowledge about start-up ventures, business plan development, entrepreneurship in established corporations and organisations, and comany growth and international expansion.
Your acquired business savvy and entrepreneurial skills will give you a unique profile and edge in whatever you decide to do in the future. You may choose the path of a company founder to develop and grow your own firm, or work for the development of already established companies or organisations. As a company founder, you will launch and develop your own business idea, often together with others in an entrepreneurial team. Within already established companies and organisations you will work as a business developer, either by promoting your own entrepreneurial ideas or by being in charge of the company’s collective business development activities.
You should submit a copy of your GMAT test result on universityadmissions.se. and the test center should also send the test result directly to Uppsala University. If you apply for more than one programme at Uppsala University you only need to submit your test result once. Deadline for receipt of supporting documentation is 1 February. Please note that it might take up to 20 days for your Official Score Report to be available to us. We only look at GMAT total score. The test result must not be older than five years on the last day for application.
Applicants who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree, but are registered for the last semester of a programme leading to such a degree, shall submit an official document from the University stating a date of expected graduation and courses remaining before the application deadline of the Master Programme.
The entry requirements (Degree Certificate) must be validated when the semester starts.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS 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