The focus of the course is to provide the student with abilities of performing high-quality academic research. The course involves specifying and undertaking a thesis project where a master thesis will be written and defended, and interactive methodology seminars. The students will become familiar with the main research methodologies in international business research. Apart from being equipped with abilities to read and evaluate academic research building on broad spectra of methodologies, the students are equipped with in-depth knowledge of specific methodology useful for their master thesis project. This knowledge is gained through the master thesis project which often relates to real-life strategic challenges in international business. Thus, in the master thesis project, the students will be provided with the opportunity to, in teams, coached by experienced researchers, perform in-depth academic research on real-life and relevant topics in the international business world.
The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.
The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.
In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.