ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

The Bachelor’s degree programme in economics and business administration is a degree programme with an international focus.

Introduction

On the economics and business administration programme, you learn to identify, understand, analyse and solve problems of an international nature in multinational and international companies.

Studying economics and business administration at Aarhus University

The teaching on the programme is a mix of group work, classroom instruction and seminars where you are trained to present and discuss material which is not easily accessible. You will be working both with academic texts and developing your personal skills within communication, argumentation, socialisation, collaboration and self-discipline.

International focus, compulsory courses and elective subjects

The international focus of the programme means that the language of instruction is English and that all literature is in English. On the compulsory courses, you learn about management accounting, marketing, sales, administration, organisational behaviour, finance and investments. In addition, you are taught ancillary courses in mathematics, macroeconomics, business statistics and commercial law, and in the course of the programme you choose to specialise in marketing, finance or management.

International skills and qualifications

In the course of the degree programme, you can choose to spend a semester at a foreign university. This is a chance to develop your cultural understanding and learn about cooperation in an international perspective. A period of study abroad is an important programme element which provides you with useful skills and qualifications for your future career in international business.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration, you will be eligible for admission to a number of different Master’s degree programmes. Having completed your bachelor’s degree, you can also get a job in a multinational or international company working with imports/exports or internationalisation. You can also work with financial management, accounting, sales, marketing and administration.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22615

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • English B
  • Mathematics B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Social Science B or Contemporary History B or International Economics B

 

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2 criteria

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are admitted following an objective assessment based on the objective criteria’s listed below. This means that applicants who are given the highest assessment based on the objective criteria are admitted until all places are taken.

Objective criteria

  • Mathematics B with a minimum mark of 10
  • Mathematics A
  • English level B with an average mark of 10 (Danish grade scale) or English A 
  • English above level A
  • Study-related period abroad, minimum 6 months (only Study-related periods abroad spent in relevant language areas count)
  • Study-related period abroad, minimum 1 year (only Study-related periods abroad spent in relevant language areas count)
  • Study-related work experience, minimum 1 year (Your work experience must include paid work at approximately 30 hours per week and it must be relevant for your studies)
  • Credit-bearing post-secondary education

Please note that only activities (including work experience) covering a total period of 12 months is included. Marks and specific levels of qualification from your qualifying examination are not included in the 12 months.

 

Programme structure

Profile courses

On the 5th semester, you must choose a particular line of specialisation. This can be done by choosing one of the degree programme’s nine profile courses. You can also put together your own individual course profile, or go abroad to study.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can read more about the requirements you must meet as a student and about the programme structure. You can also read about the types of examinations and the exam requirements.

The diagram below shows how the programme is structured. In the diagram, you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Profiles

Business English and Culture

The HA profile Business English and Culture combines courses that address some of the major challenges Danish business people meet when they have to communicate in English in global contexts. Most international business communication is in English and it is imperative that enterprises and individuals are able to communicate correctly when negotiating and making deals around the world. Furthermore, it is important that Danish business people are able to understand highly complex messages in one or more varieties of English and the related cultural conventions.

The overall purpose of the Business English and Culture profile is to enable students to communicate correctly and precisely about business-related issues in written and spoken English in international contexts. The profile prepares students to manage, plan and conduct relations with international partners and audiences in English by acquiring knowledge of legal, cultural and political contexts as foundations for persuasive and effective communication. Students will acquire basic knowledge of the English legal system and English legal language enabling them orally to disseminate knowledge about English legal issues and to explain legal matters in English. Students also acquire knowledge about behaviours and values that are different from their own and students develop analytical skills as well as ability to apply critical and inclusive approaches to the practice of oral intercultural communication, which are essential for professional practice in global business environments. Finally, students acquire a foundational knowledge and practical skills relevant to the planning and execution of public affairs for business and third sector organizations, including oral and written communication skills, such as a thorough knowledge of core theories, models and concepts relevant to public affairs and how they apply to real-life scenarios, particularly in a European and an EU context.

Business in China and Other Emerging Markets

Business in China and Other Emerging Markets is concerned with two things. First, it provides an insight into the Chinese economy and Chinese business. Focus is on the implications for Western firms that sell products or services in China or are part of value chains that reach into China. Secondly, many of the specific aspects, problems, and challenges related to Chinese business are relevant also in a larger context of emerging markets. Firms increasingly have had to adapt their strategies to the special barriers and challenges of emerging markets. The course discusses how this is done. 

The profile is multidisciplinary with courses related to Strategic Management, Economics and Law.  This multidisciplinary approach makes it possible to discuss China from the point of view of economics, looking at labour markets, economic reforms, fiscal policies, competition, etc., while a legal perspective focuses on the regulative barriers in China and the integration of China into global systems of regulation and trade law. Finally, a strategic management perspective focuses on the political, cultural and institutional characteristics of emerging markets such as China and how firms have to adapt their strategies to compensate for and overcome the challenges presented by different economic structures, regulative barriers and institutional voids.

Courses in the profile are primarily expanding on theories and knowledge from three compulsory courses: Industrial Relation and Strategy, Business Economics and Commercial Law.

Corporate Communication

Communication is an essential element within all types of modern organizations, and a profound knowledge about corporations’ complex communication processes and interactions with external and internal stakeholders is the cornerstone of every successful leadership. Corporate branding, change management processes, organizational crisis, dynamic stakeholders, CSR, new social media, communication measurement, and concerted planning and action in relation to internal and external communication are some of the challenges, which the profile in Corporate Communication prepares you to handle.  The Corporate Communication profile provides you with the fundamental theoretical, methodological and practical tools needed to understand and manage the flow of corporate communication processes with a special focus on organisational and management communication, market communication and branding in a global context.

The profile prepares you to meet the challenges related to the strategic management of corporate communication. This includes providing you with a theoretical foundation as well as practical tools, which strengthens your ability to think and act strategically in relation to the organizations’ communication and enables you to understand fundamental concepts and theories within corporate communication – including analysis, development and implementation of communicative initiatives.

Financial Management

Financial decision makers such as financial analysts, investors and corporate managers make decisions concerning savings, funding, investments, and general financial management. Typically these decisions are based on analytical decision making models used in finance and accounting. Therefore the HA/BSc profile Financial Management consists of courses which, in combination with the mandatory courses in finance and accounting, will provide students with competences in creating and applying information on economics and business in managerial decision making. The students will also acquire competences to identify and avoid behavioural traps and pitfalls.  

The Financial Management profile aims to equip students with skills to engage professionally in managerial finance and accounting. The courses of the profile primarily focus on business organisations, but the profile also offers courses in personal financial matters such as real estate economics and pension savings, including how pension savings should be allocated between stocks and bonds over a life cycle. 

The 20 ECTS credits necessary to get the HA/BSc profile Financial Management label can be obtained by exclusively following courses taught in Danish or in English, or a combination of the two. In all cases, the official profile name is “Financial Management”. 

Global Business

The HA profile Global Business combines courses that address the challenges and opportunities that companies face in a globalized economy. The last decades have witnessed dramatic changes in the economic environment firms are facing. Trade liberalization, reductions in transportation costs, the ICT revolution and fundamental political changes have reshaped the business environment towards an international playground where consumers and producers are located all across the world.

The Global Business profile revisits several of the fundamental disciplines that have already been taught in the compulsory HA classes – ranging from management over finance to economics - and develops the international aspects of these disciplines. Students are introduced to crucial aspects of firms’ internationalization and financing, a modern approach to international trade, empirical analyses of trade and value chains, and the challenges of managing international organizations operating across cultures. The profile will provide you with skills in identifying and solving problems companies and institutions face when they operate in the global marketplace.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship profile contains courses that together cover the key issues related to the understanding and realization of innovations in established organizations and startups as well as all stages of the innovation process, from early idea generation to later stage implementation. The courses give fundamental knowledge about innovation and explore both tried and tested approaches to innovation and entrepreneurship such as business planning and new venture creation, as well as emerging and new approaches such as social entrepreneurship and design thinking. All in order to provide students will a broad range of theories and tools to engage with innovation and entrepreneurship processes in their future studies and careers. 

The profile builds primarily upon knowledge from strategy, organizational behavior and marketing and to some extent from economics, accounting and financing.  

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship profile consists of courses that provide you key insights into the challenges and opportunities when developing and implementing new products and services and working with new organizational forms. You develop fundamental knowledge of and gain experience with innovative and entrepreneurial processes as well as work with theories and models for managing innovation. As a result you cultivate your competences to act creative, innovative and entrepreneurial in both existing and new companies. 

Sustainable Business

Sustainability is often associated with energy, natural resources and the environment – which is covered within this program - but it is more than that. The reality is that governments, businesses, citizens, consumers and NGOs have to deal with sustain­ability challenges. For example, businesses may have to appeal to environmentally conscious consumers, they may prepare for stricter future legislation, or they may find that having a positive impact on society pays off in the long run and also that it is not optimal to use precious resources to create waste. Therefore, today´s business has to come up with answers to the sustainability challenges that humanity is facing if they want to play a role in the future. This profile looks at how sustainable development as a goal should be executed in more sustainable economic systems and respective natural resource economics. Furthermore, it explores how supply chains could be designed to be more efficient or sustainable, and discusses the challenges and opportunities in sustainable production and consumption. This profile aims to determine how all these actors can manage sustainability opportunities and threats, but there may also be new openings and opportunities when firms are addressing economic as well as social and environmental aims.

Student life

As a student of economics and business administration, you will attend lectures, where lecturers present the topics of the weeks to the whole year group. In connection with the classroom instruction, you are expected to play a more active role yourself and contribute to discussions, presentations and exercises. You will also be part of a study group. In your study group, you will prepare presentations together and discuss theories. You may also decide to do some of your revision for your exams together. 

The bachelor’s degree programme in economics and business administration is a full-time degree programme, even though you may not have scheduled lectures or classes every day. Below is an example of a typical week on the first semester of the programme. As you can see, you will be spending much of your time preparing for classes and lectures, and meeting with your study group. 

Timetable 

Monday

10:00–12:00            Classroom instruction: Mathematics

12:00–18:00            Reading 

Tuesday

09:00–12:00              Doing assignments

12:00–14:00            Lecture: Business Statistics

14:00–16:00            Classroom instruction: Financial Accounting 

Wednesday

08:00–10:00              Classroom instruction: Organisational Behaviour

10:00–12:00            Lecture: Mathematics

12:00–14:00            Study group

14:00–17:00            Reading 

Thursday

08:00–10:00              Doing assignments

10:00–12:00            Lecture: Organisational Behaviour

14:00–18:00            Lecture: Financial Accounting 

Friday

10:00–12:00            Classroom instruction: Business Statistics

12:00–15:00            Reading

15:00–…            Friday bar 

Social life

The bachelor’s degree programme in economics and business administration is characterised by a lively study environment, and you have ample opportunity to join various academic and social clubs and societies.

BSS Sport

The sports association at Aarhus BSS has women’s and men’s football and handball teams at various levels. Other events organised by the sports association include a sports day and a Christmas party. 

‘StudenterLauget’

StudenterLauget is a student association at Aarhus BSS and organises social and academic events for students. The Association is responsible for the Friday bars, the annual skiing trip, the Freshers’ Week for new students and a wealth of other events. 

‘Klubben’

‘Klubben’, the student bar at the Fuglesangs Allé campus, is open to all BSS students. On weekdays, the atmosphere is intimate with students dropping into the student bar to read or meet for coffee and debates, while Friday is party time. 

FACCA

Two years into your degree programme, you can join FACCA. FACCA – short for Finance and Consulting Club Aarhus – is a student association which works to establish contact between students and business and industry. 

Studying abroad

Economics and business administration is a very international programme, and it therefore makes perfect sense to spend a semester abroad. Studying in a foreign country is a perfect chance to improve your language skills, find out what it is like running a business in a foreign country and improve your cross-cultural cooperation skills.

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Career

In the course of your studies, you gain a comprehensive understanding of the many different factors which have an impact on the running of an international company. You learn to analyse the company’s situation and make informed decisions based on the problems you identify. 

Many graduates go on to work as consultants, project managers or analysts, for example in industrial companies or the service sector. You can also work in accounting or sales or in advertising. 

Master’s degree programmes

Once you have completed your Bachelor’s degree programme in economics and business administration, you can go on to do any one of a number of Master’s degree programmes in for example: 

  • The Master's degree programme in economics and business administration, where you gain insight into the financial and psychological aspects of company management.
  • The Master’s degree programme in business economics and auditing, which provides you with the theoretical foundation for working as an accountant and auditor. Having completed the programme and once you have been employed with a state-authorised public accountant for at least three years, you can take the practical exam to become a state-authorised public accountant yourself.

Top-up programme for AP degrees (Economics and Business Administration) (Campus Aarhus)

Aarhus University offers top-up programmes for Marketing Management and Financial Management graduates from the business academies.

As an AP graduate in Marketing Management or Financial Management, you are eligible for admission to the programme in economics and business administration (BSc) under the top-up programmes. Graduates from other similar programmes are not eligible for admission to the top-up programme. You are automatically granted a 90 ECTS credit transfer from your academy profession degree, and by completing an additional 90 ECTS credits, you can be awarded the Bachelor’s degree, which also makes you eligible for admission to the Master’s degree programmes in economics and business administration.

Study programme 

The top-up programmes start up twice a year. One programme takes 1½ years, and the other 2 years.

The standard programme takes 18 months, corresponding to the workload of a normal student, and starts only in January.

On the two-year programme, the workload is lower than for a normal full-time programme. The two-year programme starts in September.

In the overview, you can see the individual study programme options.

If you are planning to continue your studies on the Master’s programme in economics and business administration, it does not matter so much whether you choose the standard 18-month or the two-year top-up programme as you will always be starting the Master’s programme on 1 September.

No matter which programme you choose, you are entitled to a student grant under the Education Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU), but any grant portions received during your earlier studies will be deducted.

Specific admission requirements

There is restricted admission to the programmes. Applicants are admitted in descending order based on the weighted average mark from their academy profession degree programme until all the places have been filled.

Please note that you must have done the following elective subjects on your academy profession degree programme:

Academy profession degree programme

Elective subjects

Marketing Management   

Business Economics  

Statistics

Financial Management


Advanced Statistics   

Statistics*

*Please note: If you started the Financial Management programme before 2014, you are not required to have done Statistics as an elective subject.

Mathematics 
We do not check your mathematical abilities. However, to follow the studies you must have done Mathematics B, and you can also follow the mathematics course offered on the first semester of the Bachelor’s degree programme.

Application and admission

Applications must be submitted online through the digital application portal. You must upload diplomas and transcripts.

Application guides  

Please consult the application guides below:

 

Application deadlines:

ProgrammeApplication deadlineStart time  Documentation deadlineAnswer to your application
1½ years1 NovemberJanuary27 January20 December
2 years1 JulySeptember1 JulyMid July