It is a time of transitions in the business community with increasing globalisation, intensifying competition and considerable social and technological changes. 

To act and contribute as a manager and employee in tomorrow's emerging business community, skills related to strategic, organizational and leadership processes are necessary. These processes are in focus in this programme, which gives students relevant knowledge, insight, and behavioural skills. Real-life processes are often international in scope which is reflected in the content of the different courses in the programmme.

We offer a theme-based, practice and process-oriented and progressively structured study programme supported by modern and technologically updated teaching methods. The study programme is characterised by a high level of student involvement and responsibility for your own learning.

Admission Requirements

Students that hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration (HA) or variants hereof from Aarhus University, can pursue direct admission to MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration after they complete their Bachelor’s degree programme. Please note that there are specific requirements to the composition of the electives for the Danish Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Commercial Law.

Students holding a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD) can also pursue admission to the MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration. However, it is required that you complete supplementary courses corresponding to 20 ECTS. For information on which supplementary courses you should take please check the overview of supplementary courses for HD (available only in Danish).   

Students that hold a degree from another university

If you hold a degree from another university, you can have your qualifications assessed by Aarhus University, Admission in order to find out if you meet the admission requirements. Please contact for further information. You can receive a pre-assessment between 1 September and 1 December. The assessment will prioritize the sufficient content of the following subjects and ECTS-points, cf. below.

Quantitative and Qualitative Methods


Managerial economics and Operations Management



7,5 ECTS

Finance and Accounting


Organisation-  and Leadership Theory

7,5 ECTS



Additional ECTS points within the abovementioned areas


Total ECTS within Economics and Business Administration



Language requirements

Since English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency




Programme Structure



Four prerequisite courses cover fields of study which provide you with the basic skills required to study subsequent courses:

Organisational Theory: Structure and Behaviour shows how various theories and models within the fields of organisational sociology and personality psychology may individually and in combination, provide an expedient approach to creating an understanding of organisations as both structural and behavioural.

Emerging Markets, their Institutions and Challenges. This course aims at providing an analytical framework for understanding emerging markets and their institutions. The importance and growth potentials of emerging markets, such as for example the Chinese, means that they cannot be ignored, but their particularities at the same time pose serious liabilities of foreignness for Western firms. Overcoming these liabilities must start with an understanding of the institutional differences between the emerging markets and the economies of the West.

Management Research Method focuses on the production of qualified and justified knowledge, which meets the scientific quality criteria. This is a sine qua non issue for any candidate in business economics, who wishes to make decisions on an informed background. The course introduces a variety of research designs applicable when carrying out research in the area of organisation and management and related areas. Focus will first be on the philosophical issues pertaining to the creation of valid knowledge. In the second part, focus will be on techniques for data collection and analysis. These techniques include qualitative as well as quantitative approaches.


Organizational Change and Leadership approaches organizational change and leadership from a broad perspective, and traditional planned change models and leadership theories are supplemented with recent contributions. It is a central point of departure that organisational change and development comprises a range of behavioural science tools, which may affect the way people behave in organisations and appropriate "change packages" should be based on the specific situation in a given organisation. Similarly, the aim of the leadership part of the course is to deepen the students’ insights into a broad range of evidence-based theories of leadership, and the possible implications for leadership work and leadership development in practice. The course will include a clarification of perspectives on leadership, especially on the relationship between the concepts of management and leadership, and the central topics are the discussions of task-oriented and people-oriented leadership behaviour in various contexts and at various levels. The topics also include several other specific topics related to, for instance, team leadership, shared leadership, and virtual leadership.  

Strategy and Business Development seeks to train your ability to apply central strategic tools for diagnostic purposes and subsequent business development, in connection with the resolution of managerial aspects of development issues at a strategic level.

Entrepreneurship enables you to understand the factors affecting the formation and growth of new enterprises. You must be able to analyse alternative organisational options and managerial challenges.

Human Resource Management and Development will give you a fundamental theoretical and practical insight into and understanding of the Human Resource Management (HRM) field – the dynamic interplay of person, job, and organisation. The course aims at training your ability to identify and understand different HRM issues and dilemmas within the field, and also in different forms of organisations. The course will also deal with International HRM.

In the third semester, you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can be taken either at Aarhus BSS during the semester, at the AU Summer University or at one of our more than 300 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.

The fourth semester is devoted to the Master's thesis. You may freely choose the topic of the thesis and thereby 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.



Student Life


Learning in an International Context

At Aarhus BSS, we conduct research at the highest academic level.

All researchers employed are engaged in research projects covering a wide range of different subjects and focusing on knowledge and skills considered essential for professional business activities in the global marketplace. All faculty have both research and teaching responsibilities which means that our teaching is continually based on the latest research results.

Aarhus BSS is very internationally oriented. The broad scope of our research activities and educational programmes enable us to attract researchers, teachers, and students from all over the world, and this creates an international environment for research and learning in which academic views are exchanged, experiences are gathered and friendships are formed.

Aarhus University is a leading university in Denmark in building student exchange opportunities. The university encourages all students to spend time studying abroad. Every year, more than 700 students from Aarhus BSS go abroad to participate in exchange programmes around the world at our more than 300 partner universities. About the same number of students from all over the world come to participate in the exchange programme in Aarhus, and this contributes to a truly international learning atmosphere.

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Tasks as a graduate

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represents the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.


This programme primarily provides you with the competences needed to take up so-called development positions. These are functions, which typically require the ability to integrate technological, financial, organisational and human development

Thus, the MSc in Strategy, Organisation and Leadership is aimed at qualifying you to a wide variety of functions in private firms as well as in NGOs and public organisations.

In recent years, graduates specialising in Strategy, Organisation and Leadership have widely been employed as junior consultants in large international management consultancy firms, as system consultants in the IT sector, as development consultants and trainees in large corporations or as management assistants. Some have also chosen to pursue their studies as PhD scholars.

The MSc in Strategy, Organisation and Leadership programme primarily provides you with a number of fundamental theoretical and analytical qualifications. You thereby acquire basic knowledge as well as a broad selection of methods and tools, which will enable you to contribute to resolving specific organisational and managerial problems.


Students following the programme in Strategy, Organisation and Leadership will acquire competences relevant to running private or public organisations from a managerial point of view.

More specifically, the student will obtain analytical competences in relation to:

  • Adaption of driving forces to company strategy and operations
  • Analyse and comprehend forces that influence and drive development of organisations
  • Handling of complex professional problems in relation to managing a company
  • Handling and managing human resources
  • Organisational development
  • Interpreting business environments

The result of the analyses leads to the next step involving implementation. This gives the student some innovative competences in relation to:

  • Designing and implementing a business strategy
  • Establishing and developing a company
  • Problem solving in a dynamic environment

In some situations, especially in relation to the Master's thesis, the student has to identify relevant information on his/her own. This results in navigational competences in relation to:

  • The ability to seek out and select relevant sources of information in international scientific journals, scientific books, professional magazines, or through personal contacts
  • The ability to apply knowledge from one context to another
  • The ability to understand potentialities and limitations in selected information

The set of competences derives from a teaching philosophy, which emphasises theoretical and methodological training in combination with the case method. This teaching philosophy has a derived effect in leading to a number of communication competences as students during all four semesters regularly will present and discuss the results of their efforts in reports as well as oral presentations. Furthermore, since the programme includes group work as well as individual work the student will obtain collaboration and self-management competences. Finally, since the teaching takes place in an international environment with students from numerous countries the student will obtain a number of cultural competences.

From Studies to the First Job

”Try to find the best possible student job as you can during your studies. That will be very helpful after you graduate - either you will have a normal job afterwards or an entry in your CV which will count. Once you graduate, education becomes not that important - your experience is what counts the most and catches the eye of the future employer.” (MSc in Strategy, Organisation & Leadership)

“Use your network. Tell everybody what you are looking for as there is almost always a person who knows someone.” (MSc in Strategy, Organisation & Leadership)