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Business and Development Studies (MSc)

Master (2 years) of Science in Business, Language and Culture, 120 ECTS
Economics, commerce, management and accounting Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Interdisciplinary Studies

Institution Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
Campus Frederiksberg Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 8000 EUR


You will learn to analyse the interaction between international business and economic development with a strong focus on developing countries and emerging markets. This will enable you to operate and manage activities in developing countries and emerging markets, taking into account the particular economic and cultural conditions. Furthermore you will work explicitly with your written academic English as well as your oral competencies in French, German, Japanese, Mandarin or Spanish.

During your studies you will learn to understand the complex relationship between the business strategies of firms and the development strategies of governments. This will allow you to assess the role that companies and organisations play in economic development processes, and analyse the particular conditions of formulating, implementing and managing strategy in developing countries and emerging markets.

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Career Opportunities

As a graduate in Business and Development Studies you understand business in an intercultural and international context. You have knowledge of how business and development can be united, and of the different market and country specific dynamics you can meet when doing business abroad. You know about the different challenges of doing business abroad and in developing and emerging markets in particular.

About the degree

The programme offers two concentrations: Business and Development Studies, and Diversity and Change Management. Each concentration builds upon 6 mandatory core courses of 7.5 ECTS credits that map out the thematic terrain and establish a conceptual framework that enables the student to combine and integrate the academic fields and disciplines of the programme.

These core courses are complemented with regional track courses that allow students to specialise in a region of their choice. This regional specialisation can be further deepened during the third semester, where students have the opportunity to go abroad to study or do internships in the region. Also the thesis can be regionally focused


You are qualified for admission to the programme if you:
  • Fulfil the language requirement by the application deadline
  • Fulfil the academic requirements 
  • Have a bachelor’s degree (or will by study start) 

Please note: Fulfilment of the entry requirements does not guarantee admission. The programme has a limited number of places. If there are more qualified applicants than places available at a programme, there will be a selection process.

Apply directly at CBS with all relevant documentation.

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Application fee and tuition fee 

There is an application fee and a tuition fee for all full-time degree students from outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland. 

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For Further Information

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