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Business, Language and Culture - Business and Development Studies (MSc)

Master (2 years) of Science in Business, Language and Culture, 120 ECTS
Economics, commerce, management and accounting Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Interdisciplinary Studies

Institution Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
Campus Frederiksberg Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 6250 EUR


You will learn to analyse the interaction between international business and economic development with a strong focus on developing countries and emerging markets. This will enable you to operate and manage activities in developing countries and emerging markets, taking into account the particular economic and cultural conditions. Furthermore you will work explicitly with your written academic English as well as your oral competencies in French, German, Japanese, Mandarin or Spanish.

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Career Opportunities

As a graduate in Business and Development Studies you understand business in an intercultural and international context. You have knowledge of how business and development can be united, and of the different market and country specific dynamics you can meet when doing business abroad. You know about the different challenges of doing business abroad and in developing and emerging markets in particular.

Examples of jobs held by graduates:
  • Employee at the UN and other international organisations
  • Project manager in developing country subsidiaries of international firms
  • Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Marketing function related to emerging markets
  • Project manager in NGO working with developing countries
  • Civil servant in foreign affairs ministries
  • Consultant in development oriented consultancies

About the degree

During your studies you will learn to understand the complex relationship between the business strategies of firms and the development strategies of governments. This will allow you to assess the role that companies and organisations play in economic development processes, and analyse the particular conditions of formulating, implementing and managing strategy in developing countries and emerging markets.

On this background you are able to plan, design, organise and manage investment projects and development interventions in developing countries and emerging markets. You will also learn about market and private sector driven development, including aid interventions in support of local business development and poverty relief. And throughout the programme you will learn to consider the strategic and cross-cultural challenges when working in developing and emerging markets, as well as the ethical challenges and dilemmas you might meet in relation to such contexts.

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Student life 
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You are qualified for admission to this programme if you fulfil the specific entry requirements, the language requirement, and have a relevant academic bachelor degree.

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There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students from outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland.

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at  

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

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