In the Master's Programme in Accounting and Financial Management, specialising in Financial Management, you will gain the skills you need to meet a growing demand in the field of capital markets, whether you pursue work in the private or public sector, start your own business or continue your academic career. This specialisation at Uppsala University prepares you for a successful career in the field of financial management through practical work and research in the areas of investment, valuation, accounting and control.
Why this programme?
This specialisation in Financial Management is designed to give you both practical experience and research opportunities in fields related to financial management. Throughout the programme, you will gain insight into issues including international corporate investment and financing. Benefits include
A cutting-edge approach to digitisation and other financial management 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 of 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).
Name: Filip Simonsson
From: Hofterup, Skåne (Sweden)
What made you choose this programme and what did you study before?
I’ve known since school that I wanted to study economics when I grew up. This drive is what later steered me towards the stock market, and I’ve been hooked by the world of finance ever since. I studied a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Economics at Jönköping International Business School, a Bachelor’s in Supply Chain Management at Kedge Business School in Bordeaux and one year of law studies and economics at Lunds University. The natural next step for me was a Master’s degree in finance, where I could sharpen my skills further, and gain greater knowledge about financial instruments and their impact on the market.
What is the best thing about studying at Uppsala University?
As a student in Uppsala, the student life isn’t just something that reeks of centuries of partying, but something that represents centuries of learning. I’d say that the old historical buildings, the engaging and knowledgeable teachers, and the vibrant student life.
What has been most challenging?
The classics: deadlines, piles of course literature, tricky exams. My approach has been to break down the problems into smaller pieces, make lists, and ask friends for help. It’s much easier to master problems if you start making progress somewhere, the sense of productivity and completion is important to keep your spirits up.
Tell us about student life!
There isn’t much that can beat open-minded people, in great surroundings, with student-friendly prices. The nations are a great part of student life, don’t forget to become a member! A lot of memorable, although foggy, nights have been had in this town.
What are your goals with your studies?
To complete the plan 10-year old Filip formulated; getting good grades, getting into high school, starting a Bachelor’s and then a Master’s, and getting a job. Jokes aside, the main goal is to sharpen my knowledge in finance and apply it to my job starting this fall.
What advice do you have for other students interested in applying for the same programme?
Don’t be afraid to apply, and to try! A classmate told me in the beginning that “The worst thing that can happen is that you only pass – if you fail your course you’ll just try again and get it right”. I think that mentality is important. Also, take part in Walpurgis celebrations, it’s fun!
Three short questions! Favourite place in Uppsala?
Outside Carolina Rediviva, looking down on the cathedral, the castle and Uppsala city centre.
What is the best student tradition at Uppsala University?
Where is the best place to study?
Carolina Rediviva, a window seat by the map tables in room A.
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 Financial Management specialisation. Course topics include investments and financing, business valuation and regulation of financial markets. 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 financial management.
You will benefit from a range of teaching methods designed to immerse you in the field of financial management, including lectures, tutorials, seminars and study groups. You will learn from guest lecturers who are active innovators in finance, including companies' Chief Financial Officers (CFOs). You will also 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 Financial Management specialisation prepares you for a variety of roles in the fields of banking and finance, including work with investments, business valuation, financial analysis and more. You may choose to work in the private or public sector in the international job market, become an entrepreneur or continue your career in academia.
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 www.universityadmissions.se. 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.
Requirements: 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 universityadmissions.se.
Students are selected based on:
GMAT test result
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.