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, on your fifth semester you can choose between a wide range of elective subjects.

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

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.

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.

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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 receive SU from the month 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.