Faculty of Education and Business Studies
Akademin för utbildning och ekonomi


Master in Business Studies: Sustainable International Business 60 credits

Företagsekonomiska magisterprogrammet: inriktning hållbart internationellt företagande 60 högskolepoäng

Finalized by: Utbildnings- och forskningsnämnden, 2023-02-01

Valid from: 2023-08-28




60 credits

Entry level

Second cycle


A Degree of Master (60 cr) is awarded after the student has completed the courses required to gain 60 credits with a defined specialisation determined by each higher education institution itself, of which at least 30 credits are for specialised study in the principal field (main field of study) of the study programme. In addition the prior award of a Degree of Bachelor’s degree, Degree of Bachelor’s degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad is required.

The requirement of the prior award of a qualification may be waived for a student admitted to the programme without the basic entry requirement in the form of a qualification. This does not, however, apply if a waiver was granted during admission pursuant to the second paragraph of Section 28 of the Chapter 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) on the grounds that the qualification had not yet been issued.

A requirement for the award of a Degree of Master (60 cr) is completion by the student of an independent project (degree project) for at least 15 credits in the main field of study.

Knowledge and understanding
For a Degree of Master (60 cr) the student shall have:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both an overview of the field and specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and

  • demonstrate specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study.

Skills and abilities
For a Degree of Master (60 cr) the student shall

  • demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information

  • demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues autonomously as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames

  • demonstrate the ability in speech and writing to report clearly and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and

  • demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or employment in some other qualified capacity.

Judgement and attitudes
For a Degree of Master (60 cr) the student shall

  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work

  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and

  • demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.


The Master Program in Business Studies with a focus on Sustainable International Business provides students with the knowledge and the competence to support future sustainable international business practices. Through studying the program courses, the students will have the opportunity to develop business skills, and acquire knowledge in the areas of sustainability, international management, and marketing. Students will assess different business environments and develop a critical approach to sustainable international business. Students learn academic research in this field and acquire skills required for a potential academic career, as well as careers in the dynamic field of international business and sustainability across multiple sectors and industries.

Other degree

Specific requirements determined by each higher education institution itself within the parameters of the requirements laid down in this qualification descriptor shall also apply for a Degree of Master (60 cr) with a defined specialisation.

Degree title

Degree of Master (60 cr)

Entry requirements

  • A completed Bachelor's degree, corresponding to a Swedish Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university. 
  • Business Administration as Major (90 ECTS) or equivalent with courses (at least 30 ECTS) in organization, marketing, international business, or related subjects.
  • English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course 6.

Overview of courses

Year 1
1:1 50% FEA150 Advanced Academic Writing in Business Studies 7.5 cr A1N Business Administration
1:1 50% FEA180 International Business Management 7.5 cr A1N Business Administration 
1:2 50% FEA160 Contemporary Perspectives in Marketing Management 7.5 cr A1N Business Administration
1:2 50% FEA170 Cross-Cultural Management: a Scandinavian Perspective 7.5 cr A1N Business Administration
1:3 50% FEA701 Master Thesis in Business Studies 15 cr A1E Business Administration
1:3 50% FEA306 Global Markets and Marketing Strategies 7.5 cr A1F Business Administration
1:4 50% FEA307 Sustainability Management 7.5 cr A1F Business Administration