Master's Programme in Sustainable Management 2019/2020

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The Master's Programme in Sustainable Management offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare you to promote sustainability in business or other organisations throughout your future career. Through in-depth studies where organisational issues are put in greater context, you'll learn how you can lead firms in contributing to a more sustainable world. With a strong focus on academic writing, the programme also provides a good foundation for continuing into doctoral studies.

Why this programme?

The Master's Programme in Sustainable Management is designed for students dedicated to sustainability in business, with a clear focus on the critical as well as creative mind set you'll need to help organisations make and keep commitments in the field. You, your fellow students and your faculty members will share a common goal, working together to review and explore what it means to manage firms sustainably.

During the programme you can expect to:

  • be a part of a diverse group of students, giving you the benefit of varied perspectives in the classroom
  • develop close relationships with faculty members who share your passion for sustainability in business
  • enjoy the inspiring and unique environment of Campus Gotland in the historic city of Visby
The programme is run by the Department of Business studies, home to researchers who lead their fields in several areas of research. You'll also benefit from Sweden's stellar reputation for innovation and social responsibility - values that inform all of our Master's programmes.

You will study at Uppsala University Campus Gotland, located in Visby on the Baltic island of Gotland, Sweden - the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Campus Gotland has a strong focus on sustainability. The campus offers unique possibilities for co-operation, networking and learning across a wide range of different international Master's programmes focused on issues related to sustainability, research centers and dedicated researchers. Nestled between the marina and open sea, you will read, write, think and act, expanding your horizons and drawing inspiration from a backdrop of unique cultural heritage.

Student profile
The student body of this programme currently looks like this:
  • Age 25-30
  • Even distribution female and male participants
  • Diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Engaged in sustainability
  • Applicants from 62 different countries in 2017
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The programme leads to a Master of Science in Business and Economics (60 credits) with Business Studies as the main field of study.


This one-year intensive programme starts with a three-day field trip together with Master's students from other international programmes focusing on sustainability. Having established a joint platform for a collaborative learning experience, during your first semester, you'll complete four courses designed to give you a broad understanding of issues related to sustainable management.
Topics include:

  • The relationship between sustainability and business
  • Sustainability in multinational companies
  • The role of the institutional setting in sustainable management
  • Human geography and natural resources
During the second semester you start with two courses that prepare you for your Master's thesis. It is a course on philosophy of science and research methods as well as a course on reading and writing sustainability. Both these courses are highly driven by your specific interest in relation to sustainability.

The final period of the programme will be entirely devoted to your Master's thesis and related seminars. The programme ends with the Sustainability Symposium where you present your Master's thesis for a public audience and thereafter an Alumni event where current students meet with earlier students to facilitate network and learning across student groups.

Courses within the programme

See complete outline of the programme.

Learning experience

The Master's Programme in Sustainable Management offers a collaborative learning environment, with the instructor often serving as a leader of discussion rather than a lecturer. You'll benefit from small class sizes and a variety of teaching methods - including seminars, lectures, debates, panels and discussion forums. The format and contents of your courses are defined in part by each instructor's research, interests and personality - as well as those of you and your fellow students.

All courses in the programme are taught in English.

Faculty and research
Faculty members in the Sustainable Management programme are dedicated to helping you develop by supporting your strengths - and by providing an advanced level of research-based education. Uppsala University has a long tradition of quality research in the fields of management and sustainability, and our Department of Business Studies is part of a national network that attracts researchers from academic institutions across Sweden to pursue their doctoral degrees.


With a Master's degree in Sustainable Management, you'll be prepared to launch a successful career whether you work in the private or public sector, and in a local or international context. You may choose to help ensure a firm's accountability by leading strategy development, or work as an analyst of the social and environmental effects of business.

The Alumni network, consisting of previous students from the programme, is a supportive group that facilitates connections around the globe. Previous students work with sustainability issues in private organisations (such as Adidas and IKEA), in non-profit organisations (Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, Atmosfair), consultancy (SAP in South Africa) and in support agencies (chamber of commerce in India), to name a few of the places where graduates currently work. Read interviews from some of our alumni.

Your programme promotes critical thinking and helps you develop into a responsible future leader - whether you choose a role within an organisation, start your own business, or continue your academic career.

Career support
When you are about to finish your studies and want to start planning for your next step in life, you are welcome to UU Careers for support and guidance. You are also welcome to a variety of career activities and events all through your stay at Uppsala University. Of course, the services are free of charge. Learn more about UU career support.


Master's Programme in Sustainable Management

60 credits

Autumn 2019 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Visby

Application Deadline: 2019-01-15

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 that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • 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
More information about English language requirements

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.


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 Kyrkogårdsgatan 10, entrance C

Box 513, 751 20 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 1976

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


Study Counsellor

Programme director Fredrik Sjöstrand

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