University of Gothenburg
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About 7000 students attend courses and programmes at the School during a year.

Facts & Figures

The School was founded in 1923 as a private business school. In 1961 the School beacame a public institution. After its amalgamation with the University of Gothenburg in 1971, the School was recognized as an independent unit within the University in 1986. Today, the School comprises four departments, a number of research centres and other units. There are about 460 faculty and staff and 4 300 full-time students (about 8 000 individuals). The School is accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA - the “Triple Crown”.


The School's research is conducted at four departments and serveral research centres, and distinguished by its broad approach, which is interdisciplinary in large measure, and its collaboration across geographical, departmental and disciplinary boundaries. Much of the research takes place in close co-operation with companies and organisations. 

PhD Education

All four departments within the School offers PhD Education. The total number of admissions varies from year to year, partly because the Department of Business Administration only admits every two years.

PhD Education 2023 Total Women Men
Admitted for licentiate degree 0 0 0
Admitted for doctoral degree 32 18 14
Licentiate degree 1 1 0
Doctoral degree 10 3 7



Programme within the first cycle (in Swedish)

  • Programme in Business and Economics, 180 ECTS credits
  • Programme in Logistics Management, 180 ECTS credits
  • Programme in Environmental Social Science, 180 ECTS credits
  • Bachelor Programme in Economic History and Human Geography, 180 ECTS credits
  • Master of Laws Programme, 270 ECTS credits

Single subject courses within the first cycle

Business Administration, Economic Geography, Economic History, Economics, Human Geography, Law and Statistics.

Single subject courses within the second cycle (in Swedish)

  • Management of Growing Enterprises., 60 ECTS credits
  • Financial Reporting and Law, 60 ECTS credits

Master of Science Programmes, 2 years /120 ECTS credits (in English)

  • Accounting and Financial Management,
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Innovation and Industrial Management
  • International Business and Trade
  • Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship
  • Logistics and Transport Management
  • Management
  • Marketing and Consumption

Executive education

GU Executive Education offers Executive MBA programme, custom programmes and open-enrolment programmes.

Students 2023

Full-time students 3 932
Individuals 7 460
Proportion of women 52 %
Proportion of men 48 %

Graduates 2023

Bachelor's graduates 533
1 Year Master's graduates 34
2 Year Master's graduates 337
Master of Laws graduates 198



Average, number of individuals 2023

Professors 60
Senior lecturers 124
Associate senior lecturers 10
Junior lecturers 14
Research assistants 0
Post-docs 11

Other teachers/reserarchers

PhD Students



Administration 128
Total 471


Far-reaching international academic cooperation and exchange are essantial for attaining excellence in research and education. It is an area in which the School is countinously developing its activities.

Student exchange 2023/2024

  • Outgoing 300
  • Incoming 285

Students on Master's Programmes with international background 2023/2024


Courses in English 2023/2024

  Bachelor level Master level *
Economic History /
Human Geography
8 6
Business Administration /
Economic Geography
31 83
Economics 16 25
Law 0 12
Other 3 11

* Refers to courses that can be read by master's students at Graduate School as well as exchange students.

Partner universities 2023/2024

Africa: 5
Asia: 40
Europe: 90
South America: 3
Central America: 2
North America: 20
Oceania: 11
Middle East: 2
Totalt: 173 (of which 43 refer to universities with an agreement with the University of Gothenburg within EUTOPIA) 


Income 2023

Government grants SEK 359 million (63 %)
Individual grants and sales SEK 194 million (34 %)
Commissions SEK 15 million (3 %)
Other sources SEK 1 million (0 %)
Total SEK 569 million

Costs 2023

Staff SEK 367 million (65 %)
Shared university facilities and libraries SEK 70 million (12 %)
Premises SEK 59 million (10 %)
Other operating costs SEK 68 million  (12 %)
Depreciation SEK 2 million (0 %) 
Total SEK 566 million

Financial outcome 2023

SEK million  
Income 569
Costs 566
Net surplus/deficit 3
Photo: Handelshögskolan


There were plans to establish a business school in Gothenburg as far back as the late 19th century. As a major centre of trade, Gothenburg needed such an institution in order to provide future merchants with the academic and to some extent practical education required to fill leadership positions in the world of Swedish commerce.

However, the time was not right and it took until 1923 for the School of Business, Economics and Law to finally opened its doors. The first intake comprised just nine students, who were educated in economics, business administration, economic geography and legal studies, in addition to English, German, French and Russian.

The School will celebrate its centenary in 2023. A great deal has happened over the years, but there are also features that remain to this day, such as research based education, close collaboration with business and society, and an international perspective.

The Richard C. Malmsten Memorial Foundation

For many years, this foundation has played an important part in the life of the School. Through an extreamely generous donation, the Foundation contributed to the realisation of the plans for a new School in 1995.

Since 1984, the Foundation has supported the School every year with large grants for both research and education, for example the Graduate School.

In 1887, Richard C. Malmsten and Gustaf Bergvall founded the wholesale trade and agency company Malmsten & Bergvall in Göteborg. Companies that subsequently developed included Apotekarnes Droghandlesaktiebolag (ADA) and the pharmaceutical company Pharmacia. The Foundation was set up in 1983, following a donation by the wholesaler Erik Malmsten, the grandson of Richard C. Malmsten. Its mail aim was to promote scientific, economic research and education at the University of Gothenburg.

Link to the web site of the Foundation (in Swedish)