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  • Tuition Fee:
  • / Year
  • Foreign: $ 11.3k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 March 2016

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    Students on the Strategy, Organisation and Leadership programme will acquire the knowledge, insight and behavioural skills needed to act as managers or employees in organisations facing increasing globalisation, competition, and technological change.


    The first semester features three courses: Organisational Theory; Emerging Markets – Institutions and Challenges; and Management Research Methods.

    The second semester comprises the following five specialising courses: Organisational Change and Development aims to provide insight into challenges related to the initiation and implementation of changes.Strategy and Business Development develops the ability to apply central strategic tools for diagnostic purposes and subsequent business development. Leadership aims to provide insights into personal aspects of management, including issues such as shared, virtual, and team leadership. Entrepreneurship explores factors affecting the formation and growth of new enterprises. Students develop the ability to analyse alternative organisational options and managerial challenges. Human Resource Management and Development provides fundamental theoretical and practical insights into and an understanding of the field of human resource management (HRM), the dynamic interplay between people, jobs and organisations.

    In the third semester, students can choose courses in their areas of interest. These can be taken at Aarhus University, at a partner university outside Denmark or at the AU Summer University. Students can also participate in internship programmes in Denmark or abroad.

    The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis, where students have the opportunity to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest.

    Career profile

    The programme provides the competencies needed to perform successfully in positions where the ability to integrate technological, organisational and human development processes is required. Graduates will be able to perform a wide variety of functions in private firms and public organisations, for example as junior consultants in international management consultancy firms, as trainees in large corporations or as management assistants. Some have also continued their studies as PhD scholars.

    1st semester 30 ECTS

    Prerequisite courses:

    • Organisational Theory
    • Emerging markets, their institutions and challenges
    • Applied Business Research Methods

    2nd semester 30 ECTS

    Specialisation courses

    • Management of Change
    • Strategy and Business Development
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Human Resource Management and Development

    3rd semester 30 ECTS

    Elective courses

    • Electives
    • Study abroad
    • Internship
    • Summer University

    4th semester 30 ECTS


    In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at Business and Social Sciences during the semester, at the AU Summer University or at one of our more than 200 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.

    The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and so get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. When the thesis has been submitted, it is defended before the academic advisor as well as an external examiner.

    University requirements

    You apply online through the Aarhus University self service system. To be able to apply online, you first have to create a self service account. Once you have created your account and logged on the self service system, please select the option "Application form for free movers (non-exchange)".

    Please be aware that you need to start your application within 24 hours of creating the self service account.

    To best prepare your application, it is important to understand the structure and the different locations of Aarhus University. Aarhus University has three different campuses (located in Aarhus, Herning and Emdrup) and is divided into four faculties, which are subdivided into 26 departments.

    Remember when choosing courses that you may only take courses at one location and within one faculty. You may not choose courses at more than two different departments. 

    It is important that you have a relevant academic background for the courses that you apply for. You must have taken courses at your home university within the specific subject field you have applied to in order to be accepted to any of the departments. 

    EU students can sign up for 5 ECTS to 30 ECTS during a semester. To obtain a study and work permit, students from outside the EU/EEA have to study 30 ECTS in total (20 ECTS at one department). If you choose courses at more than one department, it is important that you choose at least 20 ECTS at one department. Students applying for courses at Aarhus BSS, should only apply for courses at one department.

    At the application form, you can apply for housing as well, if needed.

    Documents to be attached with your online application:

    You will be required to attach the following documents to your application:

    • Official transcript of records from your home university (must be in pdf format and must be in English!)
    • Copy/Scan of passport
    • Transcripts from bachelor studies (for master students only)

    Students applying to Aarhus BSS only: Students must upload a letter confirming that they will be able to transfer credits from Aarhus University to a degree at the home institution. If you cannot provide this documentation, you will be assessed according to the admission requirements of the relevant degree programme(s). Students can complete and upload this template or a similar document from the home university.  

    Processing times and notification

    You will be informed approximately six weeks prior to semester start whether you meet the prerequisites to be enrolled in the requested courses. However, as enrolment in courses for free mover students is dependent on available space in the relevant courses, you will not receive final confirmation about course enrolment until approximately two weeks prior to semester start. If there is space left in the courses, you will receive a notification about this and an invoice. Only after the invoice has been paid in full, will you receive a Letter of Enrolment and be enrolled in the requested courses. Please be aware that due to this procedure, Aarhus University cannot guarantee that free mover students will be admitted and enrolled in courses by semester start. 

    Program requirements

    Students from Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus UniversityThe students that hold a bachelor in Business Administration or a Bsc Porgramme from Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University can pursue direct admission to Msc programmes after they finish their bachelor programme (Group 1), cf. below.Students that hold a programme from another educationIf you hold a programme from another university, you can have your programme evaluated at Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University in order to find out if you meet the admission requirements. This evaluation will prioritize the sufficient content of the following subjects and ECTS-points, cf. below.Mathematics 5 ECTSFinance and Accounting 25 ECTSStatistics 10 ETCSResearch Methods 10 ECTSBusiness Economics 15 ECTSOrganisation and Leadership theory 10 ECTSMarketing 10 ECTSMicroeconomics 5 ECTS English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 560 TOEFL iBT® test: 83
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