Master Thesis in Business Administration, 15 credits
Master Thesis in Business Administration, 15 högskolepoäng
Course Syllabus for students Spring 2021
Course Code: JTBT27
Confirmed by: Council for Undergraduate and Masters Education Mar 23, 2016
Valid From: Jan 16, 2017
Version: 1
Reg number: IHH 2016/4726-313
Education Cycle: Second-cycle level
Disciplinary domain: Social sciences
Subject group: FE1
Specialised in: A1E
Main field of study: Business Administration

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

On completion of the course the students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of certain areas related to business administration and to the program in which the thesis is written
2. demonstrate methodological knowledge applicable to business administration and to the core areas of the program in which the thesis is written
3. demonstrate insight into current research and development work in areas related to business administration

Skills and abilities

4. demonstrate the ability to analyze, assess and deal with complex phenomena associated with business administration
5. demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues independently as well as using appropriate research methods
6. demonstrate the ability to plan and execute a research project within a predetermined time frames
7. demonstrate the ability in speech and writing to discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based, in dialogue with different audiences

Judgement and approach

8. demonstrate an ability to make assessments, taking into account relevant scientific, societal and ethical issues and also demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects in research and development work.


The course consists of writing a master thesis. The course includes coaching seminars, but is based on independent work. At the end of the course all students must defend their thesis at a public seminar, act as main opponent at another student seminar, and actively take part in three other final seminars.

Type of instruction

Seminar based tutoring.

The teaching is conducted in English.


Bachelor degree in Business Administration (i.e the equivalent of 180 credits at an accredited university) and 15 credits advanced level courses in Business Administration (or the equivalent).

Examination and grades

The course is graded A, B, C, D, E, FX or F.

ILO 1-5,8 The written thesis.
ILO 5-8 The thesis process (Presence and activities in thesis defense & opposition, active participation at three other final seminars, active part in four preparatory seminars as well as project management (time management).

Examination form:
ILO 1-5,8 examined by the written thesis and account for 80% of the total grade
ILO 6-7; participation and activity in nine sessions and project management (four preparatory seminars, final defense & opposition and three more final seminars) account for 20% of the total grade in the course. These activities are individually graded.

Registration of examination:
Name of the TestValueGrading
Master Thesis115 creditsA/B/C/D/E/FX/F
1 Determines the final grade of the course, which is issued only when all course units have been passed.

Course evaluation

The examiner is responsible for ensuring that each course is evaluated. A survey is sent out to the thesis students at the end of May (after submitting final version). This is followed by an examiner group meeting in June, where the outcome is discussed.
Finally, survey results and any subsequent improvement actions are discussed at program meetings in August and with relevant others (. The next time the course runs, students should be informed about any measures taken to improve the course based on the previous course evaluation.

Other information

Students write the Master thesis in pairs. Even though the thesis is written in pairs the course is examined on an individual basis.

Academic integrity
JIBS students are expected to maintain a strong academic integrity. This implies to behave within the boundaries of academic rules and expectations relating to all types of teaching and examination. Copying someone else’s work is a particularly serious offence and can lead to disciplinary action. When you copy someone else’s work, you are plagiarizing. You must not copy sections of work (such as paragraphs, diagrams, tables and words) from any other person, including another student or any other author. Cutting and pasting is a clear example of plagiarism. There is a workshop and online resources to assist you in not plagiarizing called the Interactive Anti-Plagiarism Guide. Other forms of breaking academic integrity include (but are not limited to) adding your name to a project you did not work on (or allowing someone to add their name), cheating on an examination, helping other students to cheat and submitting other students work as your own, and using non-allowed electronic equipment during an examination. All of these make you liable to disciplinary action.

Course literature

Selected individually based on the thesis topic. The selection will be based on a discussion between students and tutors in relation to the chosen thesis topic.