Leadership and organisation: Societal challenges and organisational changes, Master's Programme (Two-Year)

Programme - second cycle - 120 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2020

Programme Code:
SASCO revision 1
Swedish name:
Ledarskap och organisation: Samhällsutmaningar och organisatoriska förändringar, masterprogram
Date of establishment:
03 December 2018
Date of ratification:
19 June 2019
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
02 September 2019

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree, consisting of 180 credits. The equivalent of English B/ English 6 in Swedish secondary school.


The aim of the Master’s program is for the students to acquire advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the mutual relationship between societal challenges, leadership and organization in private, public and non-profit sectors as well as knowledge of critical perspectives. After finishing the program the students will be able to move on to PhD studies or to qualified work within e.g. national and international agencies and organizations.
The program is multi-disciplinary and is grounded in the disciplines of Sociology, Pedagogy, Psychology, Business Administration and Political Science. The program is aimed towards students and professionals who are interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of the challenges that organizations and businesses face.
The courses within the main area Leadership and Organization are taught in the first and second semesters. A number of elective courses are offered in the third semester. The fourth semester consists of the mandatory Master’s thesis of 30 credits.


Course list:

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
To obtain a Master’s degree in Leadership and Organisation the student shall:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and
  • demonstrate specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study.
Skills and competences
To obtain a Master’s degree in Leadership and Organisation the student shall:
  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information
  • demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
  • demonstrate the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally to clearly report and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and
  • demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity.
Judgement and approach
To obtain a Master’s degree in Leadership and Organisation the student shall:
  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.


Master's Degree (120 credits).

Degree of Master of Arts (120 Credits) with a Major in Leadership and Organisation.

To obtain a degree a minimum of 120 credits is required. At least 90 credits must be second cycle courses within the main area Leadership and Organization. The program's compulsory second and fourth semester courses must be completed and included in the degree.

Other Information

To be able to participate in the tuition of the programme, i.e. to meet the requirements of the higher level courses of the programme, certain requirement criteria shall be met. The requirement criteria will be given in the course specific syllabi.
Language of instruction: English.