Course plan

Syllabus Business Administration Ma, Master Thesis, 15 Credits

General data

  • Code: FÖ007A
  • Subject/Main field: Företagsekonomi
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Credits: 15
  • Progressive specialization: A1E - Second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
  • Answerable department: Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Established: 9/30/2006
  • Date of change: 9/21/2017
  • Version valid from: 1/10/2018


The aim of the course is to provide practicing to
- independently identify, analyze and present a business administrational problem,
- reflect about theory-, model- and methodological issues in business
administration and to
- independently plan, work out, and in writing and orally present an inquiry – a
master thesis – on a scientific basis.

Course objectives

After having gone through the course the student should be able to
- independently identify and argue for central issues in the chosen topic
- with a high degree of independency delineate, design and work out a
minor research task with relevance for theory and problem formulation,
- independently work out an opposition, and put other students´ works
into a broader perspective.


A master thesis requires ten weeks studies. The course implies that the student in cooperation with a tutor, in pairs of two, is supposed to independently work out a minor research task. If special circumstances exist, the course coordinator may decide that the essay can be written individually. The scope should be approximately 40 pages. The course ends with seminars in which students actively participate in the defense of their thesis and opposition in other thesis. There are different evaluation criteria for master theses compared to bachelor theses, for example when it comes to analytical stringency, critical approach and clarity.

Entry requirements

Business Administration 90 H E Credits and advanced level at least 7,5 H E Credits or corresponding education.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The course consists mainly of tutorial meetings, when the student is guided by a tutoring professor in issues regarding problem formulation, literature, design, work out and presentation. The tutor´s influence and control is however reduced in order to create space for the students´ autonomy, creativity and personal responsibility. Nevertheless, the student should present her or his work to the tutor on three occasions during the process. The thesis coordinator and the tutor decides to which extent there should be compulsory seminars in a thesis course.
Limitations: Tutoring is offered only during the course period for which the student is admitted to.

Examination form

The examination has the shape of
- grading of the completed thesis
- opposition on another student´s thesis

The course will be graded on the basis of the version of the thesis which the tutor has approved. The grade will be registered when the revised thesis is delivered in one copy to the department.

Grading system

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Litteratur väljs i samråd med handledaren.

Literatures are to be found individually, after consultation with supervising professor.