Master in Leadership and Organization: Societal Challenges and Organizational Challenges


Program Description


This two-year master’s program provides you with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing today’s organizations and businesses, focussing on the relationship between societal challenges and leadership and organization as well as the intersection between the private, public and non-profit sector. The education is multidisciplinary and includes perspectives from sociology, pedagogy, business administration, and political science.


The program will equip you with advanced knowledge of leadership and organization theory. You will be looking at societal challenges facing both people and organizations, which require collaboration across sectors such as globalization and digitalization.

Program structure

During the first year, you will be taking courses within the main field of leadership and organization. During the third semester, you will choose between several independent courses in order to deepen your knowledge in subjects such as leadership for sustainability, leadership within human service organizations, research within leadership and organization, and entrepreneurship and international strategy. The program concludes with the writing of a 30 credit master's thesis.

The program has a strong, multidisciplinary connection to research. Several of the program lecturers are active scholars with a focus on socially relevant challenges such as psychosocial work environment, gender equality, governance, and management in organizations. During the program, you will be working in close collaboration with the ongoing research projects at the University.

What kind of career will I be prepared for?

The perceived pressure for organizations to adapt to societal changes means that it is important that managers, leaders, and employees have solid knowledge and a critical understanding of governance, management and organization within the private, public and non-profit sectors. In addition, there is an increasing demand for people with knowledge and understanding of power, gender and intersectionality in relation to leadership and organization.

Graduates will be qualified to work within various fields, such as management and organizational development within organizations, agencies, and companies both nationally and internationally. The program also prepares you for continued studies at Ph.D. level.


The next application round for EU students, for studies starting autumn 2020, is open between March 16th until April 15th, 2020. The next international application round, for studies starting autumn 2021, opens October 2020 and closes January 2021.

Once you have completed your application with your academic credentials and English proficiency, you also need to submit a supporting document.

To complete your application, follow the following steps:

  • Create an account and apply to the program via our system.
  • Upload your documentation as a pdf on the system or send the document by post. You will need to demonstrate both a bachelor's degree and English proficiency to be considered eligible for the program. Applicants in their final year, who will receive their diploma before the program starts, can also apply but must follow specific instructions.
  • For students applying in the Second Application Round, the supporting document must be uploaded to by April 15. Please observe that this date may differ from the deadline for submitting the rest of your documents.

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 Ph.D. 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.

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 specialized knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and
  • Demonstrate specialized methodological knowledge in the main field of study.

Competencies and skills

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

  • Demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyze, 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.

Judgment 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.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Malmö University strives to be part of society at every level. Whether that is regionally, nationally or globally, its focus is making the world a better and fairer place.

Malmö University strives to be part of society at every level. Whether that is regionally, nationally or globally, its focus is making the world a better and fairer place. Read less