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Programme syllabus:

International Business Programme, 240 Credits

Swedish name: Civilekonomprogrammet med internationell inriktning

This programme syllabus is valid: HT07 and valid until HT15 (newer version of the programme syllabus exists)

Programme code: SYINT

Credit points: 240

Registration number: FS 3.1.3-1513-14

Responsible faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Revised by: Board of Umeå School of Business and Economics, 2014-09-23

Entry Requirements

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper Secondary course English B, Mathematics course C, Social Science course A. Or: Mathematics 3b / 3c, Social Science 1b / 1a1+1a2

Degree

After completing the program, the student may, on application, obtain a Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics, Specialisation: International Business in accordance with local degree description approved by the Vice-Chancellor, see http://www.student.umu.se/english/getting-your-degree/degree-requirements/?languageId=1
The professional degree ”Civilekonomexamen” is translated in English to: Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics. Specialisation: International Business

 

Description of the education for current education cycle

The International Business Program leads to a Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics which is a professional degree on advanced level. To read about education on basic- and advanced level see the Higher Education Act 1 cpt 9 § (Högskolelagen 1 kap 9 §).
 

National goals for current degree

The Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics is attained after the students has achieved 240 credits. For the Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics the student should show the knowledge and abilities that is needed for qualified and independent work within the business area.

Knowledge and understanding
For the Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics, 240 credits the students should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of the chosen business fields’ scientific basis and proven experience and insight into current research and development
- demonstrate broad knowledge of the field as well as deeper knowledge of certain parts of the chosen field
- demonstrate deeper knowledge of theory and method in the chosen main field of study, and
- demonstrate knowledge of relevant national and international regulations relevant to the chosen field

Skills and abilities
For the Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics, 240 credits the students should be able to:
- demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and with business perspectives analyze, assess and manage complex phenomena, issues and situations
- demonstrate the ability to independently identify and formulate issues to address and to plan and use appropriate methods to carry out advanced tasks within specified time limits;
- demonstrate the ability to verbally and in writing  present and discuss their conclusions in dialogue with different types of  groups in national as well as international contexts, and
- demonstrate the skills required to participate in research and development work or to work in other advanced contexts.

Ability to evaluate and approach
For the Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics, 240 credits the students should be able to:
- demonstrate the ability within the main field of study to make judgments with regard to relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects, and demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development
- demonstrate an understanding of the importance of leadership and its practice, and
- demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and to take responsibility for the personal competence development.

Higher Education Ordinance, Appendix 2 - System of Qualifications (Högskoleförordningen, Bilaga 2 – examensordningen)

 

Local goals for current degree

Knowledge and understanding
For the Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics, 240 credits the students should be able to:
-    Demonstrate an understanding of organizations' conditions in a national and global perspective for decision-making
-    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of working in an international environment and intercultural context.

Skills and abilities
For the Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics, 240 credits the students should be able to:
-    Demonstrate an ability to critically relate to information and systematically and analytically address complex business problems.
-    Demonstrate an ability to collaborate and communicate in an inter-cultural context to solve practical business problems.
-    Demonstrate an ability to integrate ethical and sustainable reasoning in analysis, evaluation and decision-making.

 

Examination format

Examinations can be in the form of written exams, oral exams, seminars, written assignments individually or in groups.


 

Grades

The program applies a three-point grading scale with the grades, Pass with distinction, Pass and Fail, unless otherwise stated in the syllabus for a particular course. Those who pass an exam cannot redo the exam aiming for a higher grade.
 

Transfer of Credits

Students have the right to apply for recognition of previous courses or activities that can be accepted for credit transfer. For more information see the Higher Education Ordinance as well as: http://www.umu.se/english/education/student-support/getting-a-degree-from-umea-university/transfer-of-credits

A negative decision on recognition of previous courses is possible to appeal to the Higher Education Appeals Board. A negative decision should also be motivated in writing.

 

General

Content and structure
The program's first through fourth semester consists of a block with mandatory courses. The fifth semester the students study 15 credits of business administration C and 15 credits of elective courses. The sixth semester students study 15 credit of law 15 credits of elective courses. The seventh semester students study at the advanced level in their chosen major. The eighth and final semester students write their degree project that extends over the entire semester.

Specialisations and profiles
From the program overview under the headline study plan it is stated which courses are mandatory and which are elective. Selection of elective courses is made in consultation with the program coordinator. The courses are studied in the order specified in the study plan. The order of the courses may be subject to change. Information about the individual courses is available in the various syllabus. In the International Business program students study business administration as main field of study. Students are able to choose between various specialised profiles within business administration. The possibility of studying accounting with the goal of subsequently working as a chartered accountant in Sweden is not possible however with the courses taught in English in the program. In this case, the student must complement with courses taught in Swedish in addition to those included in the program structure.

Internship
All students in the program are offered, as an elective course, the opportunity to apply for the program specific internship course which is located abroad.

Degree project
For the Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics the student must write a Degree Project of 30 credits.
The focus of the Degree Project should correspond to the chosen major and will be written under the supervision of an appointed supervisor. The Degree Project is written in English.

 

Deferment of studies

Deferment of study entry may be granted if special circumstances exist. Examples of specific reasons are social, medical or other special circumstances such as child care, military or civil service, student union assignments or postponed leave according to law (1974:981) on work labor rights to time off for education. Application for deferment is to be submitted to Student Centrum.
A negative decision on deferment of enrollment may be appealed to the Higher Education Appeals Board.

 

Approved leave from studies

The student admitted to the program can apply for a study break. The application is submitted to the Program Coordinator. Study break with a guaranteed seat may be granted for the following reasons: social, medical or other special circumstances such as child care, military or civil-service or student union assignments. Other reasons will typically have a study break without guaranteed seat. Study break without a guaranteed place gives priority to the advertised sites for later part of the program.
Negative decision to resume studies after study breaks can be appealed to the Higher Education Appeals Board.

Discontinuation

Students who interrupt their education shall notify their dropout to the Program Coordinator.

Other

Access to courses in the program is governed by the course syllabus.
 

Outline

Valid from: HT07

Semester 1

International Business Administration A 30 ECTS

Semester 2

Statistics 15 ECTS

Economic History 15 ECTS

Semester 3

Economics A 30 ECTS

Semester 4

International Business Administration B 30 ECTS

Semester 5

Business Administration C 15 ECTS

Elective Course 15 ECTS

Semester 6

Jurisprudential Survey Course 15 ECTS

Elective Course 15 ECTS

Semester 7

Unique courses for each emphasis in Business Administration 30 ECTS

Semester 8

Degree Project 30 ECTS