About the programme
Quota 1 2018: 7.7 (Standby: 7.1)   |   Quota 2 2018: -  
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September

The focus of the programme is economics and business administration. More specifically, you learn to analyse financial issues and develop financial strategies for businesses.


This programme is only offered in Danish. If you wish to study the English-taught programme in economics and business administration, please read about Economics and Business Administration, BSc (EN)

The programme in economics and business administration looks as the financial and psychological aspects of management. You work with financial problems and mathematical challenges, while learning how to best manage and optimise business operations.

Subjects studied

On the programme in economics and business administration, you encounter subjects such as mathematics, organisational theory, management psychology, accounting, marketing, finance and microeconomics. You analyse management issues to do with, for example, improving customer satisfaction or reducing absence due to illness. You also learn how businesses and institutions are affected by societal, technological, financial and legislative developments.

You specialise along the way

The programme in economics and business administration involves considerable freedom of choice. As part of your specialisation, as a fifth-semester student you can choose between one of the eight profiles offered in Aarhus.

Studying economics and business administration

As a student of economics and business administration, you attend lectures and classes at the Department of Management and the Department of Economics and Business Economics. The teaching primarily takes the form of lectures, group discussions and exercises. You have 14-20 hours of teaching a week and will spend approximately the same number of hours preparing for classes.

Career opportunities

As a graduate in economics and business administration, you are qualified to work within areas such as international marketing, financial management, organisational development, management strategies, stock trading and development projects. However, your career options will depend on the supplementary subjects you choose and the Master’s degree programme which you may go on to do.

Top-up programme for AP degrees

If you are a qualified financial controller or have an AP degree in Marketing Management or Financial Management it is possible for you to top up your degree and obtain a bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration. Read more about how to top up your AP degree here.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22610

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):

  • Danish A
  • 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.

In 2020 a new admission requirement of at least 7.0 grade average in the qualifying examination (GPA) is introduced in quota 1.

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 listed below This means that those 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 a minimum mark of 10 or English A 
  • Period of residence abroad for at least six months (For periods spent abroad, there are no requirements regarding specific areas of the world)
  • Period of residence abroad for at least one year (For periods spent abroad, there are no requirements regarding specific areas of the world)
  • 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)
  • Study-related post-secondary education
  • 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.

As a rule it is only possible to start a higher education on a similar or lower level 6 years after you have passed your latest completed higher education. This means that if you have completed a Danish professional bachelor's degree or a fulltime bachelor’s degree you will have to wait 6 years (counting from your last passed Danish professional bachelor's degree or a fulltime bachelor’s degree) before you can apply for a new Bachelor’s degree. This is applicable for applicants in both quota 1 and quota 2.

Programme structure

On the 5th semester of the programme in economics and business administration, 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.




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

Academic life on the programme in economics and business administration

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


08:00–12:00              Lecture: Financial Accounting

12:00–14:00            Classroom instruction: Organisational Behaviour

14:00–16:00            Lecture: Mathematics 


08:00–10:00              Lecture: Statistics

10:00–12:00            Classroom instruction: Financial Accounting

14:00–16:00            Classroom instruction: Mathematics 


08:00–10:00              Lecture: Organisational Behaviour

10:00–12:00            Meet with study group

12:00-17:00            Reading 


8:00-17:00              Reading 


09:00–12:00              Calculation assignments

12:00–15:00             Reading 

Social life on the programme in economics and business administration

As a student of business administration, you are invited to join a whole variety of social and academic associations 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 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’, the student bar at the Fuglesangs Allé campus, is open to all Aarhus 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. 


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

As a student of economics and business administration, it is an excellent idea to spend a semester studying 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.

Follow the student life at Aarhus University

-experienced, photographed and filmed by the students themselves.

With thousands of pictures #yourniversity gives insight into the everyday life as a student at AU; the parties, procrastination, exams and all the other ways you’ll spend your time at university.


The photos belong to the users, shared with #Yourniversity, #AarhusUni and course-specific AU-hashtags.


Job functions for MA/MSc grads

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

As a graduate in economics and business administration, you have an in-depth understanding of the many interests of modern businesses. As part of your studies, you learn to identify the greatest challenges facing modern businesses as well as ways of addressing them. For that reason, many graduates work as business analysts, helping companies to find out exactly how well they are doing. You can also work as an administrative officer or project manager in, for example, industrial companies, or in sales and marketing. 

Master’s degree programmes

Having completed their Bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration, many graduates go on to do a Master’s degree programme. Some of the options are:

  • The Master’s degree programme in economics and business administration, which allows you to specialise in a number of different fields of business administration and economics.
  • 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.
  • On the Master’s degree programme in IT, communication and organisation, you learn, for example, to introduce new IT tools, while taking account of any communicative and organisational issues involved.

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

Aarhus University offers top-up programmes for financial controllers as well as marketing and financial management graduates from the business academies

As a qualified financial controller or an AP graduate in Marketing Management or Financial Management, you are eligible for admission to the programme in economics and business administration in Danish (HA) under the top-up programmes. Graduates from other similar programmes are not eligible for admission to the top-up programmes. 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. You can at receive SU from the month when your top-up programme begins at the earliest.

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 


Financial Management

Advanced Statistics  


Financial controller

Advanced Statistics

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

From the summer intake 2019, all applicants with a non-Danish qualifying degree to the English top-up programme in Economics and Business Administration must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium').

Furthermore, all applicants to the Danish-taught top-up programme in Erhvervsøkonomi, HA must document Danish language qualifications comparable to a 'Danish A level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium').

Aarhus University recommends that your English and Danish qualifications are at the required levels, but the levels are only an admission requirement from the summer intake 2019.

English language qualifications can be documented as follows:

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 timeDocumentation deadlineAnswer to your application
1½ years1 NovemberJanuary27 January20 December
2 years1 JulySeptember1 JulyMid July


2nd round of admission for top-up programmes 2018

Application deadline 15 August 2018

Top-up programme for AP degrees (Economics and Business Administration, HA) (Campus Herning)*
Top-up – HA – Supplering for erhvervsakademiuddannelser (Campus Herning)* 

* NB! Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens WITHOUT a permanent residence permit (or equivalent) in Denmark with a Danish or non-Danish Bachelor’s degree cannot apply in the 2nd round of admissions.