Management Control - Master's Programme in Accounting and Financial Management

Academic year 2022/2023

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In the Master's Programme in Accounting and Financial Management, specialising in Management Control, you will gain the skills you need to meet the growing demand for controllers, chief financial officers and consultants who can help organisations effectively manage their resources. This specialisation will prepare you for a successful career in the field, whether you pursue work in the private or public sector, start your own business or continue your academic pursuits.

Why this programme?

The Management Control specialisation is designed for you who plan to work or do research in the fields of management and controlling. You will study and analyse both the financial system and its organisational context, gaining insight from resource and operations management perspectives. Benefits include

  • A cutting-edge approach to digitisation and other management control topics through Uppsala University's collaboration with the Swedish Research School of Management and IT.
  • A curriculum that emphasises both practical training and a deep theoretical foundation.
  • 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 and 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 corporate entrepreneurship, industrial marketing, institutional analysis, international business 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
Our current students can be described as the following:
  • even distribution female and male participants
  • diverse academic, cultural, and professional backgrounds
  • interested in a deeper understanding of issues related to core of business: "Accounting is the language of business" and financial markets
  • from all over the world.


The programme leads to a Master of Science in Business and Economics (120 credits) with Business Studies as the main field of study. If you choose to finish your studies after one year with a 15-credit thesis you will receive a Master of Science in Business and Economics (60 credits).

All specialisations of this programme


During your first and second semester, you will take courses with all the students in the Master's programme, covering business issues, accounting theory, scientific methods and more - as well as courses specific to your Management Control specialisation. Course topics include controlling, financial management philosophies, leadership and change management within organisations. 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 management control.

Courses within the programme

First semester, courses 7.5 credits each
Business Analysis and Managerial Action
Accounting Theory 
Financial Statement Analysis
Scientific Methods in Business Research 

Second semester, courses 7.5 credits each
The Role and Techniques of a Controller/CFO 
Management Control Philosophies
Leading and Controlling Organisational Change

Third semester
Elective courses/Internship/International Exchange, 30 credits

Fourth semester
Master's thesis, 30 credits

Learning experience

You will benefit from a range of teaching methods designed to immerse you in the field of management control, including lectures, tutorials, seminars, and study groups. You will also learn from guest lecturers who are active innovators in their fields, and have the opportunity to lead your own discussions and seminars for a wider audience. The scheduled teaching only takes 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.

The programme is offered in Uppsala and all courses are taught in English. The programme follows a fixed study route, which means that the courses must be taken in the prescribed order.


The Management Control specialisation prepares you for a variety of roles in the field of organisational development - including controller, chief financial officers (CFOs) and consultant. Knowledge of the link between management control and organisational development is important to create business development. You may choose to work in the private or public sector in the international job market or become an entrepreneur. The programme also lays a good foundation for further research studies.

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. Learn more about UU Careers.


This information only applies to the international application round.

Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents that you must submit, you can also submit one programme-specific document: a GMAT test result.

A GMAT test result is not mandatory. If you choose to submit it, you need to submit a copy of your GMAT test result at Additionally, you also need to send a digital copy of the Official Score Report directly to Uppsala University. If you apply for more than one programme at Uppsala University, only one Report is needed. It may take up to a couple of weeks for the Report to reach us. The last day to send in supporting documents is also the deadline for us to receive the Reports. Please plan ahead and send your Report in time. We will only look at your GMAT total score. The test result must not be older than five years on the last day of 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 your current university stating a date of expected graduation and courses remaining before the application deadline of the Master's programme.

If you are in your final year of Bachelor's studies, the entry requirements for Bachelor's degree must be fulfilled no later than the start of the programme. You show that you fulfil the requirements by submitting a copy of your diploma and/or transcript. Read more in the application guide.

Management Control

120 credits

Autumn 2022, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 17 January 2022

Application code: UU-M2115 Application

Language of instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in business studies and 15 credits in statistics.

Language requirements
Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  1. GMAT test result
  2. Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)
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 50,000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200,000

Contact and further resources


For programme-specific information, please contact: Department of Business Studies, Study Counsellor

+46 18 471 13 73

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

Department of Business Studies

Ekonomikum Kyrkogårdsgatan 10, ingång C 751 20 UPPSALA

Box 513, 751 20 UPPSALA

018-471 1976

Programme start and registration

Registration for those admitted without conditions

  1. You register by sending an e-mail to stating that you intend to register on the Programme no later than 22 August. Please include your name and the programme and track that you are admitted to.

Registration for those admitted with conditions (AV) in the International application round
  1. Upload your degree diploma and complete transcription to your University Admission account, as soon as possible: For more information see the email you received 15 June from Uppsala University.
  2.  Send an e-mail to stating that you intend to register on the programme, no later than 22 August. Remember to include your name and what programme you are admitted to.

Registration for those admitted with conditions (AV) in the National application round
  1. Send an e-mail to stating that you intend to register on the course no later than 22 August. 
  2. Send an e-mail to with a certificate showing that you fulfil the eligibility no later than 08 AM, 29 August.

Registration for those who are required to pay tuition fee (SV)
  1. Send an e-mail to stating that you intend to register on the course no later than 22 August. Please include your name, p-number and what Programme and track you are admitted to.
  2. Pay your tuition fee. It must be received by Uppsala University no later than 1 June.
  3. Send and e-mail to informing that you have paid your fee, no later than 29 August 08 AM.

Information for reserves
Information about if we will call any reserves will be published on on 24 August, 12 PM.
Reserves will be informed via e-mail, and the e-mail will contain information on the last day to reply to the offer and how to register.

Last modified: 2022-02-24