MSc in Economics and Business Administration - Strategy, Organisation and Leadership
About the programme
Strong focus on practical theories
The SOL programme will have a strong focus on leading edge theories. These scientific theories are abstract, yet practical in the sense that they relate to organisations and their challenges. You will look at the organisations from many different perspectives and thus have a more holistic approach when working with theories in practice.
The aim is to give you this holistic understanding of managing in organisations rather than provide you with tools. Tools of management are introduced in the programme, but as examples and not as directions for best practice. The aim is to provide you with understanding of how some tools perform in the big picture.
As organisations have different challenges, environment, network, cultures etc. you always have to look at the issues from many perspectives to get the best understanding of the organisation you are investigating/examining. And you will learn that there are many different views to the same problems or challenges.
This is the reason why you never find a definitive answer to organisational problems, and that is the reason why you will not end up with a management toolbox by studying the SOL programme.
The Big Picture of Strategy, Organisation and Leadership
You will be prepared to solve complex and dynamic situations of leadership, and you will build up your analytical skills for dealing with problems and situations that are ill/badly defined, complex and ambiguous. You therefore get insight in to different perspectives on business strategies, by understanding different practices of strategising and how they address organisational and environmental challenges. Saying this, you will not learn tools on how to make a business strategy from a to z.
You learn about the present understanding of organisations, about organisations as actors in a broader society and thereby understand that organisations are all different. To handle problems in organisations and to be able to find the best solutions for each organisation, you need a broad knowledge and insight into many different perspectives.. It could be e.g. , how to mobilise resources in organisational growth, or it could be knowledge about what happens with group dynamics when organisations implement change and innovation processes.
You will learn about processes ranging from individual level, to groups, organisations and society, where you encounter topics such as strategy, identity, branding, innovation, organising, accounting, ethics, and leadership.
During the programme, you have various opportunities to create your own academic profile.
On the 3rd semester, you can choose to study courses of your specific interest. CBS offers a large number of electives within a wide range of topics. You can also choose to take electives at other Danish universities. The electives you choose have to be relevant for your programme.
See the current selection of CBS electives on Single courses and electives - Master.
On the 3rd semester, you can also choose to study a so-called minor. A minor is a package of electives within a specific academic area. Typically, it consists of 3 courses. By taking a minor, you strengthen your competences within a specific area of interest, and you can use it to qualify for specific jobs or industries.
See the current selection of CBS electives on Minors - Master.
Many students choose to go on exchange on their 3rd semester; usually at one of CBS’ more than 300 partner universities. When you go on exchange through CBS, you do not have to pay for the teaching at the foreign university (with a few exceptions), and you can bring your SU (student grant).
Find a list of all CBS partner universities here.
CEMS - Master in International Management programme
On Strategy, Organisation and Leadership, you can apply for the CEMS - Master in International Management programme. CEMS MIM is a double degree programme, which gives you the opportunity to add a second degree in international management to your CBS degree. This means that you will get both the MSc degree and the CEMS in International Management degree.
CEMS is a 1-year programme, which you study in combination with your CBS degree in your 3rd and 4th semester. Part of it takes place at one of the other CEMS universities abroad.
Learn more about CEMS / Master in International Management.
Your 2nd year is completed with a master's thesis. You choose the topic you want to write about, which allows you to focus on a specific topic of your interest. Typically, you write your master's thesis with a fellow student.
Theoretical approach and abstract theories
Particularly useful skills are the ability to analyse theoretically, to be open-minded, curious and critical, while not losing sight of the need for creative and focused practical action.
Students who do not expect a theoretical approach, and do not have the patience to explore abstract theories, will most likely find SOL tough.
Keeping up with current affairs
Students with an interest in what is going on in the world, and therefore know about the practical challenges and dilemmas, often find it much easier to understand and apply theories to practical management.
Applying theory in practice
Students find it particulary interesting to apply theory in practice and thereby getting a deep understanding of how leadership , organisation and strategy work and interact.
Studying in English
If you do not have bachelor’s degree taught in English, we recommend that you read more about what to consider before applying for an English taught programme.
SOL has an international student profile which makes team, group and project work interesting. You feel you are a part of an international study environment and an international network without leaving Denmark.
Student life at CBS
Studying at CBS is much more than just preparing for and going to classes.
At CBS, there are more than 23,000 students with different backgrounds and nationalities. Teamwork is an essential part of studying at CBS both in classes and in extracurricular activities.
With more than 100 student organisations, you also have plenty of opportunities to engage and connect with students across programmes and classes.
Learn more about the vibrant student life at CBS, the student organisations, and the international environment on Student life.
If you are an international student, we have gathered a lot of information about what it is like to be an international student at CBS and how you can prepare for life in Denmark.
Read more on For internationals.
The teaching is both lectures and interactive and dialoged based.
Some courses have team-teaching where two teachers interact in the same session. In other classes teachers may use case studies, games and other exercises to improve the learning experience and make the best possible connection between theory and practice.
Read more about Teaching and working methods on Student life.
Several exams are written group projects based on studies carried out by the groups in actual companies in the Copenhagen area.
Some exams combine two courses to improve interdisciplinary learning and to prepare you for complex problem solving as in real life. Some of the written exams will be followed by an individual oral exam, and some of the individual written exams are projects, essays and scientific papers.
Through the exams, you will learn to articulate complex issues, both orally and in writing. This is important both in preparation for your career and for your studies.
Read more about Exams and exams types on Student life.
You should know that it is demanding to study in a graduate programme, and both the curriculum and workload is significantly higher than at bachelor level.
If you are studying on a full-time graduate programme, you should expect spending approximately 37 hours on average on your studies each week. The workload will vary during the year.
The time leading up to assignment submissions and exams can be hectic, and you can easily work more than 40 hours a week in this period. Preparing for oral exams can be especially time consuming, because you have to be able to explain and discuss the covered concepts and theories and learn things by heart.
Read more about Time consumption on Student Life.
Most programmes are quite flexible in terms of combining studies with a student job. Most students work a maximum of 15 hours a week in order to have sufficient time for their studies.
Studying in Denmark - for internationals
If this is your first time studying in Denmark, you may find teaching and exam formats, the grading scale and the academic calendar very different from what you are used to.
Read about everything you need to know as an international student studying at CBS on For internationals > Academic information.
What gets you the job?
You will learn to see the big picture, navigate complexity and to approach problems from many different perspectives.
The SOL programme provides you with the following competences/skills:
- Skills for dealing with complex and ambiguous organisational problems and situations
- Skills for redesigning, changing and improving the strategic and organisational resources for leadership
- A basis for creatively constructing, communicating and pursuing strategic vision
- Theoretical skills for positioning phenomena within relevant theories in organisations, strategy and leadership
These qualifications are applicable and relevant in a host of general management, consulting and research jobs. You will have analytical and hands-on insights that allow you to strategically engage in, facilitate and cultivate organisational change.
Students often find employment in public or private organisations, industry or consulting.
They work within areas such as:
- project management
- executive assistance
- organisational change
In the competence profile you can find more information about the various competences you achieve on the programme:
|1st semester||2nd semester||3rd semester||4th semester|
|Strategy and Identity (7,5 ECTS)||Managing Innovation (7,5 ECTS)||
Electives / Exchange / CEMS (30 ECTS)
|Organizing Change (7,5 ECTS)||Organizations and Society (7,5 ECTS)|
|Organizing Digitalization (7,5 ECTS)||Leadership (7,5 ECTS)
|Organizing Markets (7,5 ECTS)||Business Project (7,5 ECTS)|
You can read more about the programme, academic content and exams in the programme regulations for Strategy, Organisation and Leadership