Department of Business Studies

Master Programme in Sustainable Management 2017/2018

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The common focal point for those applying to this one-year Master's programme is the drive to work for a more sustainable world. The way in which students and teachers critically review and explore what it means to manage firms and other organisations sustainably that makes the programme so stimulating and attractive. We place the development of your skills to handle firms’ and organisations’ main commitments in a sustainable manner at the centre.

The location of this programme is Uppsala University Campus Gotland, in the city of Visby.

Why this programme?

The programme’s main aim is twofold. The first concerns exploration of several topical issues around sustainability in relation to business administration. The second aim is to put these in a wider perspective. We do this by inviting you to an international and cross-disciplinary environment where you together with your fellow programme participants work intensely during one year to develop your skills, understanding, and “toolbox” in relation to sustainable management.

From commitment of the teachers, closeness to the students in the unique environment in Visby that Campus Gotland offers, there are great possibilities to do this in the spirit of liberal arts. You are given vast freedom to deepen your knowledge in the areas and problems you feel passionate about within the frames of the programme. The programme focus is management and sustainability in a wider context, but your development, and own thinking and acting in relation to these concerns, is just as important.


The programme leads to a Master of Science in Business and Economics, 60 credits, with Business Studies as the main field of study.


First semester
The first semester consists of four profile courses which together give a broad understanding of issues related to sustainable management. We start with an introductory course on sustainability from a business perspective. Here corporate governance is emphasised and we discuss how the single company can handle sustainable business. We then broaden the scope of analysis and and look into the role of the business context in relation to sustainable management. The main focus of the international business course is how multinational companies are affected by, and in turn affect, their surroundings in different types of regions, globally. The contextual emphasis is then maintained throughout the following management course where we deepen our knowledge concerning the role of the institutional setting of sustainable management. The semester finally ends with studies in human geography where the planet’s resources become the main focus.

Second semester
The second semester starts with a course in philosophy of science and research methods in which you are encouraged to start planning for your Master's thesis work. Subsequently the last profile course of the programme is given; Consumer Marketing. After having studied organisations and their diverging contexts, we zoom in on the individual in this course and analyse consumers’ role in sustainable management. The second period of this semester will then be entirely devoted to the Master's thesis and related seminars. The Master's thesis is a 15 credits piece of independent work in which you will explore a particular problem of your choice within the area of sustainable management.

Learning experience

When you choose this programme you choose to dedicate a year to intense studies at the Master’s level. The international student group is the programme’s most valuable resource. All teaching is conducted in English.

Our work as teachers in the programme consists in creating conditions for development through supporting and developing the strengths that the students bring, as well as to contribute with research based education on the advanced level. At Campus Gotland, located in the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia and on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, between the marina and open sea, we conduct dialogue, read, write, think and act. Your engagement as students and presence in Visby is crucial. The campus is small and the teachers and students act together to create new knowledge and expand their horizons, inspiring each other on site with a unique cultural heritage as backdrop.

The instruction is conducted in small groups where the teacher often is rather leader of discussion than lecturer. Seminars, lectures, debates, panels, discussion forums together with different types of writing are central in the education. Just as in liberal arts colleges, the courses are characterized in their shape and contents of the teachers’ research, interests and personalities. With a strong focus on academic writing this programme also provides a good base for continuing into doctoral studies.



The programme prepares students for careers as managers in business firms as well as in public organisations, in as much local as well as international contexts. Work tasks may include leading strategy development to assure accountability, as well as contemporary social and environmental analyses in the intersection of business, society and environment. The aim of the programme is to promote critical thinking and thereby contribute to the development responsible future leaders.


You should submit a copy of your GMAT test result on 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.

The entry requirements (Degree Certificate) must be validated when the semester starts.


Master Programme in Sustainable Management

60 credits

Autumn 2017 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Visby

Application Deadline: 2017-01-16

Enrolment Code: UU-M2126 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 60 credits in business studies.

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
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Exemptions for students from certain countries.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  1. GMAT test result
  2. Higher education credits (maximum 285)
Students with a GMAT test result have priority.
Tuition fee paying students and non paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 100000

Contact and further resources

Department of Business Studies

Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsg. 10, ingång C

Box 513, 751 20 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 1976

Fax: 018-471 6810 Fax: 018-471 7218


For programme-specific information, please contact: Study Counsellor

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