Master’s programme in Management

MSc with a major in Management | 1 year | 60 credits

Kick-start your management career with our Master's in Management that will transform you from an ambitious graduate into a successful manager. You will learn to apply the skills you acquire in a range of areas including marketing, strategic management, business consultancy and organisational development.

This intensive, one-year full-time programme prepares recent, non-business graduates for a wide range of careers in management. An emphasis on skills takes students beyond the theory and into the heart of real-life management challenges. You will refine and build upon your communication, teamworking, and presentation skills through individual and group work, and develop your professional skills in decision-making, problem-solving, analysis, and critical reflection.

Some key elements of the programme

Read more about some key elements of the programme:

  • The base team
  • The learning journal
  • The learning tutorial
  • Career coaching
  • Shadowing a manager
  • The business game

The base team

Base Teams are a core element of the programme. We will create teams of five or six based on diversity. Your team will be a base for you during the programme and there will be several team assignments in the programme. The teams are also important in supporting the members learning and development in the programme. Among other things, the teams will be meeting a tutor on a regular basis (see below). In short, we suggest that you see the programme as a number of projects and that your team is sharing the responsibility of managing these projects. Ensuring that each team develops a constructive team dynamic is of course very important. Management is, to a large extent, a question of cooperation and teamwork. Teams must also be managed or lead. Working in diverse teams for an extended period is a very good learning opportunity. Ultimately you are all responsible for creating a good team dynamic. Naturally, we will help you by teaching various theories on teams, team development, team leadership, handling diversity, conflict handling, communication in teams, feedback, etc. We will also organise team development sessions with a team coach throughout the programme. The faculty will create the teams in early September.

The learning journal

From day one of the programme, each student must keep a learning journal to be handed in monthly. A learning journal is a collection of notes, observations, thoughts and other relevant materials built-up over a period of time. It is a piece of writing, which allows you to record thoughts and insights about your learning experience. It encourages you to review and consolidate learning, to evaluate performance, to plan future learning based on past learning experience. The purpose is to enhance your learning through the very process of writing and thinking about your learning experiences. This journal will be read and commented on by a tutor (see the MiM Learning Journal Guide where you will find a suggested format for the journal).

The learning tutorial

Five times during the programme you and your base team will meet a tutor. The purpose is for you individually and in a team to talk about your learning and development. It is also an opportunity for faculty to stay in touch with you. The tutorials are three hours and will be used for sharing reflections, for monitoring progress and for agreeing on plans for the further learning and development. The tutors are all experienced coaches.

Developing as a future manager is very complex and to a large extent a tacit process. It involves integrating all sorts of knowledge, skills and mind-sets into a whole. It is certainly much more than passing the various tests and assignments we give you and is certainly deeply personal. To make sure that you are exploring these issues in an open and curious manner, it is a good idea to also talk about your experience with others undergoing the same process and with a faculty member that knows the programme design.

Career coaching

Connecting the programme and your ideas for your future career is valuable. Among other things we think it is a good idea to connect your career plans to your Undergraduate experience, to your topic for the degree project and other learning opportunities in the programme: all in the effort of building a relevant CV. Several times during the programme, you will be given the opportunity to meet a career coach. The coach will help you define your career plans, build a CV, build your “brand” and build a network that can help you find the job you are aim for.

Shadowing a Manager

The task of managing is, on one hand, very concrete, and on the other, a very elusive phenomenon. Reading about Managing and Managers is only a small part of developing the ability to manage. To support your learning and development you will be shadowing a manager for some time. The purpose is for you to develop your understanding of what management might be by observing the “everyday” task of managing, by interviewing a manager and by reflecting on what it might mean to manage. Based on the shadowing, you will write a report and share your experience and learning in a seminar. To increase the value of the shadowing, you should, of course, find a type of manager and/or a type of organisation that relates to your future career plans. You are responsible for finding a manager to shadow, but if needed, we will help.

The business game

Managing an organisation is a complex task. Management is a profession dealing with the need for integration. In other words, it is about ”bringing the pieces together”. It is about overcoming all sorts of dilemmas; bridging the long and short-term needs; bringing thinking and acting together effectively and efficiently; and harbouring diverse perspectives. The business game will provide you with the opportunity of experiencing the challenges of managing a company. Your base team will compete against other teams in a business simulation. Your team will be the management team of a company. During the simulation, instructors focusing on strategy, marketing, management control, etc., will coach the teams.

You may already have career goals in mind or perhaps you are still considering what route, role and environment will best suit you in the business world. Either way, this degree programme will prepare you for leadership in the fast-moving business world. It is driven by a practical and applied teaching philosophy that focuses on experiential learning and development, and you will learn from real-life case studies how to put the latest academic thinking and business strategies into practice.

Your fellow students are high achievers from around the world enriching your learning experience, and high-profile industry leaders regularly speak on campus. The programme has been developed by our renowned faculty in close cooperation with leading companies to ensure that it provides highly-relevant transferable skills and knowledge for the workplace and beyond.

The programme is designed for students that already hold a recent first degree in a subject other than business or management, looking to develop key managerial skills.

I learned about how I manage and lead, including both my strengths and weaknesses. I also learned a lot from my classmates, from insights they provided during group discussions, and to reflect on what they saw in me. If I would describe the programme in five words, it would be: tough, challenging, intentional, rewarding, and worthwhile.

Jordan Stilley (USA)

About Jordan

“I have a background in Aerospace Engineering and have several years of work experience. However, I began to realize that while engineering school prepared me well for the technical aspects of work, it did little to prepare for many parts of the job – such as teamwork, effective communication, making difficult decisions, and interacting with customers and suppliers. I also learned that I really enjoy interacting with and helping the people I work with, and that I would like to work in management someday. When I saw the description of Master’s in Management, it really resonated with what I saw lacking in my previous education and what I would need to prepare me for my future career goals.”

What is the programme like?

“This programme is much different than my other academic experiences. In addition to lectures, papers, quizzes and one regular exam, there were workshops, team projects, a large group project, and even a business simulation. As a result, there was a wide variety of hands-on learning opportunities. The programme is very international with students from every populated continent. I didn't feel like anyone was left out or that people from the same country stuck together to the exclusion of others – we were all in it together! I think this was helped by a lot of group work early on where the groups changed every time. The main features that are unique to this programme is the large amount of challenging team-based assignments (so that you really have to learn how to work as a team) and the opportunities to reflect on and learn from your experiences. I have never experienced these learning opportunities in an academic setting before, but they are ones that provided some of the most valuable insights for my future career. I learned about how I manage and lead, including both my strengths and weaknesses. I also learned a lot from my classmates, from insights they provided during group discussions, and to reflect on what they saw in me. If I would describe the programme in five words, it would be: tough, challenging, intentional, rewarding, and worthwhile.”

What are you planning to do after your time in Lund?

“I just started a job in Malmö (Sweden) as an engineering consultant, similar to my previous work. This will allow me to learn about the working culture here in Sweden (as compared to the US), learn the Swedish language, and let me build a network in the region. However, down the road, I would like to move into a leadership role in a technology organization, such as a team- or project manager.”

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We are divided into "base teams", which have been specifically chosen by our professor depending on our background, previous education and learning styles. By working in a diverse team, we need to learn how to accept all of our different learning styles, to be flexible, to be understanding and how to manage each other. What I have personally learned is is my own learning style, my way of thinking and making decisions, and what I want and expect out of my life.

Stephanie Ambjörnsson Schröderheim (Sweden and USA)
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International Master Class

Starting in the autumn of 2019, LUSEM invites students enrolled in selected one-year Master’s programmes to apply for an "International Master Class" at one of our prestigious partner universities. This is an unique opportunity to add-on a semester to the masters’ studies in Lund.

Learn more about International Master Class

Extra curricular track: Living the Sustainability Idea

Living the Sustainability Idea is an extra curricular track where you get the opportunity to know more about the concept Inner Development Goals, meet companies, be introduced to the latest research and get individual coaching to start your personal journey. It’s a possibility for you to explore, practice and reflect on your skills and capabilities.

Watch Laura Elisabet Maltha Johannessen, Master's student in Management, talk about Living the Sustainability Idea in the video below.

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Next programme start

28 August 2024

Arrival day

20 August 2024

Application deadline

15 January 2024


1 year, full time

Tuition fee

SEK 145 000. EU/EAA citizens are not required to pay tuition fees.

International Master Class

Students with exceptional study results during the first semester at the MSc in Management, may compete for seats at the International Master Class (IMC) programme.

Class profile 2022/23






Male students


Female students

21 - 32

Age range