Introduction to the programme

Do you want to help build the successful and sustainable businesses of the future? At the Master’s programme in Business Administration and Leadership, we teach you to lay the foundations for good company leadership.
Master's programme in Business Administration and Leadership - what is it about?

All modern companies must navigate in an increasingly complex field: They must be both innovative, sustainable, ethically sound and employee friendly, all the while thriving as a business. If you want to contribute to tackling these challenges and make a difference for businesses of the future, a Master in Business Administration and Leadership (cand.merc.) is the right education for you.

Our profile

In this interdisciplinary programme you will be working with leadership, management, and organisation in companies in a modern context. You will gain in-depth knowledge of relevant scientific theories and methods in the field of business leadership and management, including companies’ strategy, organisation, management, economics, innovation, and value creation.

Throughout the programme we have an integrated focus on business ethics and sustainability perspectives.
We also acknowledge the situational and relational perspective of leadership and organisational challenges, and we train you to critically reflect on the variety of complex dilemmas, that companies might find themselves in. You will learn how to analyse the circumstances a business operates in and how to act on your findings, including analysing organisational processes, implementing strategies, developing business plans, evaluating investments, and conducting financial accounts. In short, we will prepare you for the multifaceted challenges faced by modern businesses.

The study allows you to shape your own profile both through a broad selection of optional courses and through the project work. Regardless of your choices, we expect you to engage in your studies and take advantage of your possibilities to create your own academic profile.

Additionally, it is possible to spend a semester doing an international exchange or an internship in a company or organisation. An internship is an opportunity to combine education with real business experience and expand your academic network while studying.

Study environment

You will join an international study environment, with both students and faculty from all over the world. If you join us from abroad, you will get to know many Danish students through courses taught jointly (in English) between the international and Danish business programme. You will meet an academic staff with a wide variety of backgrounds and a research focus in leadership and organising, service innovation, ethics, CSR and sustainability and tourism. You will work closely with the researchers through lectures, seminars, and supervisor meetings, where small groups work together on real-life problems. Through the programme, you will meet different companies and work with their challenges, both through projects, field trips and panel debates with external experts and leaders.

The learning environment at Roskilde University requires you to lead and motivate yourself, and most importantly, to cooperate with others. The close teamwork ensures the foundation for a strong academic network, and the programme provides rich opportunities to organise and attend both academic and social events. Regardless of your background, you will be challenged to broaden your perspective and learn new skills.

Career and qualifications

As a graduate in Business Administration and Leadership you have a wide range of job opportunities in areas like organisational and leadership development, HRM, innovation, change management, CSR, business analysis, project management, finance, accounting, marketing, communication, and business consulting. You can find work at the management levels of both private and public companies, in analytical institutions documenting business developments, and in public authorities regulating business and enterprise issues. The programme also qualifies you to enter a PhD-programme.

Examples of employment include:

  • Global Head of Human Resources at Apax, working with recruitment strategies
  • Director of Talent Management at GN Group, working with HR
  • CEO of Rejsekortet, developing the Copenhagen travel card
  • Supply Chain Partner, Novo Nordisk, managing manufacturing processes
  • Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC), developing consulting services
  • Communications consultant at Mastercard, working with stakeholder communication

Get a double degree

Become an expert in how to lead Danish-German business relations with the double master’s degree in Business Administration which is a 2 year programme offered in a collaboration between Roskilde University and Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel. 

This master's degree provides a unique opportunity to study the field of international business administration within the context of Danish-German collaboration in the Fehmarn Region and beyond. 

Read more about the double degree

Brochure about the programme