ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT

Economic mechanisms and issues of relevance to society and to businesses.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

In the course of the first two years of the Bachelor’s degree programme in economics and management, you are introduced to a number of economic concepts. In the third year, you can choose between a whole range of elective subjects to tailor your studies in the direction of either economics, focusing on micro economics, macro economics and statistics, or business management, focusing on accounting, financing, marketing and organisational theory.

Studying economics and management at Aarhus University

The teaching on the programme in economics and management is a mix of lectures and practical exercises in small classes, where students give presentations, take part in discussions and complete assignments. You will spend many hours preparing for and attending lectures and classes, covering the economics behind everything from the price of a litre of milk to the interest on your mortgage and the value of your labour.

Ancillary subjects and electives

The ancillary subjects of mathematics, statistics and IT are important elements of the programme in economics and management. These subjects are an integral part of the teaching of economics and are a prerequisite for being able to work with economic issues and problems in an analytical and methodical way. The Bachelor’s degree programme in economics and management also comprises an elective component, which allows you to tailor your studies to your particular interests.

Career opportunities

Most graduates from the Bachelor’s degree programme in economics and management go on to do the Master’s degree programme in economics and management. The Master’s degree programme is a direct continuation of the Bachelor’s degree programme and allows you to work with, for example, financial management, financing, analyses, financial reporting and management.

Admission requirements

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

A 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):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Social Science B or Contemporary History 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

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 individually evaluated on the basis of: 1) average mark in particularly relevant subjects 2) other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University’s quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A

Programme structure

The Bachelor’s degree program in economics and management centres on the fields of economics and business economics. Studying economics, you concern yourself with issues which influence the economy. Business economics, on the other hand, focuses on the ways in which businesses are managed and run. In addition, the ancillary subjects of mathematics and statistics are also important programme elements. The third year of the Bachelor’s degree programme is taken up by elective courses.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in economics and management, you can find more information about the individual subjects, the programme structure and the requirements you must meet as a student. You can also read about the types of examinations and the exam requirements.

Degree programme diagram

The degree programme diagram gives an outline of the entire Bachelor’s degree programme in economics and management. You can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Student life

Teaching on the degree programme in economics and management

As a student on the Bachelor’s degree programme in economics and management, you are part of a group of 25-30 students. You attend classes together and actively participate in exercises and discussions. You will also attend lectures for up to 300 students at a time, at which lecturers go through the assigned reading for your entire year group, as well as tutorials with older students who will help you do various exercises. Also, voluntary study cafés are held every week, at which student teachers are ready to answer any questions you may have.

As a student of economics and management, you will also be part of a study group. You will prepare presentations and do assignments together, and you may also decide to do some of your revision for your exams together. During the first semesters, in particular, you will be expected to do many of the exercises together. 

Below is an example of a weekly timetable for students on the first semester of the Bachelor’s degree programme in economics and management. As a student, you will soon find that the programme in economics and management is a full-time degree programme, even though you may not have scheduled classes every day. You should expect to spend a good deal of time meeting with your study group and preparing for classes: 

Monday

08:00–12:00 Preparation
12:00–14:00 Lecture: Principles of Organizations and Management
14:00–16:00 Lecture: Mathematical Economics I

Tuesday

08:00–11:00 Classroom instruction: Principles of Macro
12:00–14:00 Lecture: Principles of Macro
14:00–16:00 Preparation

Wednesday

08:00–10:00 Lecture: Mathematical Economics 
11:00–13:00 Classroom instruction: Principles of Organizations and Management
13:00–16:00 Work in study group

Thursday

08:00–10:00 Tutorial: Mathematical Economics I
10:00-14:00 Preparation14:00–16:00 Lecture: Principles of Macro

Friday

09:00–11:00 Lecture: Principles of Organizations and Management
11:00-15:00 Preparation

Social life

As a student of economics and management, you are part of an active study environment which is not just about socio-economic discussions. There is a whole host of clubs and associations which you can join: 

The Economic Association

The Economic Association (EA) organises a wealth of social and academic events for students and staff at the Department of Economics and Business Economics. EA organises academic seminars, courses and study trips both in Denmark and abroad. Moreover, EA is behind a popular Friday bar and a number of large parties each semester. 

The Oecon Council

Would you like to influence and help improve the study environment, both academically and socially, then join the Oecon Council. As a member of the council, you will also gain a deeper understanding of departmental and university politics. 

Kvindeligt Økonomisk Netværk

The Department of Economics and Business Economics also has an association for female students only, Kvindeligt Økonomisk Netværk (KØN). The purpose of the association is to encourage networking among female students across classes and years – making it a bit more fun for women studying at the Department of Economics and Business Economics. 

FinanceLab

FinanceLab is a student association acting as a point of contact between the financial industry and the academic world for students of economics and management. 

Studying abroad

As a student of economics and management, you can spend a semester studying abroad. Studying in a foreign country is a perfect chance to improve your language skills and study a foreign culture more closely. During the last year of your Bachelor’s degree programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world.

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

With a Bachelor’s degree in economics and management, you can go on to the Master’s degree programme in economics and management, which earns you the title of Master of Science in Economics and Management (cand.oecon.). With a Master’s degree in economics and management, you can, for example, pursue a career as a head of department, administrative officer or company executive. 

As a student of economics and management at Aarhus University, you can also go on to do a PhD degree, combining your studies with research. The PhD programme is aimed at students who would like to conduct research into specific economic models, or who want to tailor their studies to a particular job profile either in the public administration or in the private sector. 

Master’s degree programmes

With a Bachelor’s degree in economics and management, you are eligible for admission to a number of Master’s degree programmes. Here are some examples of programmes students have chosen in the past:

  • The Master’s degree programme in economics and management, specialising either in economics or business economics.
  • The Master’s degree programme in quantitative economics, which is an elite programme offered by the Department of Economics and Business Economics for students wanting to develop high-level analytical skills.
  • The Master’s degree programme in international studies, which adds a broader international perspective to your studies of economics and management.
  • The Master’s degree programme in experience economy, focusing on applying your economic knowledge to new sustainable projects.