Business and Development Studies

Student life

Study environment

The concentration in Business and Development Studies belongs to one of the most international Master of Science programmes at CBS, the Business, Language and Culture programme. Students come from many different countries and many students have different academic bachelor backgrounds. Around 40-50% of the students are from other countries around the world.

The students are generally very open-minded and explorative, and they socialize with students from the other MSc concentration in Business, Language and Culture. The environment is very multicultural, given the many different nationalities of students studying this concentration. Academically, there is a supportive environment among the students, and the intercultural environment offers great exposure to other ways of doing things, especially during group work.

What to consider?

Many students have an interest in Africa, Asia and Latin America when choosing this concentration, since developing countries and emerging markets are found in these regions. In general, the students are interested in the intersection between business and development, and many students value the focus on ethical and Corporate Social Responsibility aspects of business activity in emerging markets and developing countries as well as language and culture.

The courses in this concentration involve significant readings in general approximately 800-1200 pages of course curricula per course. This is a challenge to some students but can be overcome if you plan your studies carefully.

As part of the Business and Development Studies concentration, you study courses in area studies. These area study courses are taught in your second foreign language and deal with business, cultures and societies in regions in which the language is spoken. It means that you will read and discuss fairly complex academic texts in your second foreign language.


The teaching in Business and Development Studies has a strong focus on mixing theoretical learning and practice. The first semester introduces you to  mainly  theoretical material, while the second semester introduces you to how to put theory into practice. As an example, this is done by writing business projects and cases, presenting different cases in class and having representatives from multinational companies to act as guest lecturers.


At CBS each course is concluded with an examination. This means that you will have examinations after each semester in December/January and May/June respectively.

The exam types in Business and Development Studies are a mix of the exam types offered at CBS in general. This includes everything from written to oral exams.

Work, life, study balance

Business and Development Studies requires a full time workload. For each course you have to plan several hours of preparation, and you will need flexibility to adapt to course and exams scheduling. Some students manage to combine their master with a student job while others do not.

Studying in English

Before studying a programme taught in English you might want to consider the following:

  • All literature, lectures, exams, projects and group work are in English
  • Academic English differs from the English used in everyday language – so it might be a challenge even if you are used to speaking English in other situations.
  • You may have to spend more time on reading and understanding the material in English
  • You may find it challenging to express yourself with the same ease as you would in your mother tongue.
  • Some will feel uncomfortable and shy when speaking English – especially when in a crowd or among native speakers.

Practice makes perfect
There is a big difference between reading and understanding texts and expressing yourself in English both orally and in writing. This is a challenge for some students. Even if you are used to reading English texts on your bachelor programme, it is still a good idea to practice your English. Try to speak it on a regular basis, watch the news, movies and TV series in English. You should also read books and newspapers in English, as this will help you read faster and increase your vocabulary. A good command of English is essential for getting the maximum learning outcome of your programme.


The programme has a group on Linkedin called BLC connect, which can be joined by bachelor and master students as well as alumni. The forum is used as a network opportunity and a discussion forum. Furthermore, it is possible to post and share available internship and job positions. There is also a group on Facebook used by students to share information. Here you find the BLC social committee, which organizes social activities such as dress up parties, picnics and museum visits.

There are also a number of associations and organisations for students at CBS. Click here for more information.

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Sidst opdateret: Web editor - Student Communications // 19/08/2014