Centre for Business and Development Studies

Degree programmes


The Centre for Business and Development Studies has a close link to the graduate programme, Business and Development Studies (BADS). The research group behind the centre delivers the teaching to the programme. All the members of the centre have a long-standing experience with practical and academic work in and with developing countries, so the students are provided with updated insights into current debates and research on business and development.

Line coordinators of the BADS Study Programme are:

  • Centre Manager of CBDS, Associate Professor Michael Wendelboe Hansen and,
  • MSO Professor Peter Lund-Thomsen
BADS Master Programme
Business and Development Studies
MSc in Business, Language and Culture
This concentration prepares students to operate and manage activities in developing countries and emerging markets.
Organisations increasingly need to operate and manage activities in developing countries and emerging markets. This concentration offers you:
• an introduction to the vast and highly dynamic business and development debate and literature
• tools to analyse the complex interaction between international business and economic development
• teaching on the cross-cultural and strategic challenges of working in developing countries and emerging markets
• discussion of the ethical challenges and dilemmas in connection with international trade and investment
• the possibility for student exchange and internships.

Career Opportunities
In this concentration, you are trained to fill managerial and consultant positions in internationally oriented companies and organisations working with or in developing countries and emerging markets.

Most of the courses are offered in English. Many of the courses explore business
cases and broader issues relevant to the concentration in a variety of cultural contexts, and help you to develop your proficiency in Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish.  
BADS Minor
A minor in Business and Development Studies (in the autumn semester) is offered to students from other master programs.
The minor consists of the following three courses (each 7.5 ECTS):

Business Strategy in Developing Countries and Emerging Markets
Governance and Development Studies
International Business and Economic Development

A special certificate will be issued after having passed all three courses by sending an email to the study secretariat.

Please contact the electives secretariat in order to register for the minor.
See more information on deadlines and registration.
BLC Connect
BLC Connect is a professional networking platform anchored at the Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC) of CBS to strengthen the professional collaboration between alumni, Bachelor- and Master- students and faculty of the Business, Language and Culture (BLC, formerly SPRØK) programme. BLC Connect has more than 1200 members (graduates and current students) and provides a unique platform for dialogue and interaction between the BaDS programme, students and alumni.

Join the group to:
• Connect with a professional community of alumni, students and faculty.
• Get updated information about your field of work/study.
• Share information about internships and research proposals.
• Receive invitations for annual BLC Connect events and more.
The page was last edited by: Department of Management, Society and Communication // 02/07/2018