BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND COMMERCIAL LAW

The BSc degree in business administration and commercial law is a broadly based degree programme combining business administration and commercial law.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

On the BSc programme in business administration and commercial law, you learn to identify, prevent and resolve legal and financial issues of importance to businesses and government agencies and institutions.

Prevention and addressing challenges

When marketing their products, negotiating contracts, recruiting staff, paying tax, deciding to expand production or set up offices in other countries, businesses are often faced with a whole host of financial and legal questions. With a BSc degree in business administration and commercial law, you are qualified to prevent and address the challenges that may crop up when such decisions have to be made.

Studying business administration and commercial law at Aarhus University

The teaching on the BSc programme in business administration and commercial law is a mix of lectures and classroom instruction in small groups, where you will be doing presentations, participating in discussions and working with your study group. In the course of the first four semesters of the programme, you are taught the core disciplines of business administration and commercial law.

Specialisation in the third year

In the third year, you specialise either in commercial law in general or in tax law. If you specialise in general commercial law, your focus will be on labour law and those aspects of environmental and energy legislation which are of importance to business operations. Specialising in tax law, you focus on analysing and sorting out tax-related legal issues as well as issues relating to VAT and customs duties.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and commercial law, you are eligible for admission to a range of different Master’s degree programmes. You can pursue a career in fields such as the drafting and negotiation of international contracts, financing, environmental management, tax consultancy, HR, marketing etc.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22650

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.

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 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 take the form of paid work for an average of 30 hours a week and must be relevant to 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 BSc programme in business administration and commercial law, you gain an understanding of the financial and legal aspects of running a business. You learn about the financial implications of socio-economic developments and conditions for businesses. At the same time, you are provided with the tools needed to analyse the financial situation of a business and make sound decisions. Also, you gain an in-depth understanding of the legal framework for running a business in Denmark.

Profile courses

For the first two years, students on the BSc programme in business administration and commercial law all follow the same courses. On the 5th semester, you have to choose between two profile courses:

General

The general profile provides you with knowledge of labour law as well as the role played by environmental and energy law in business operations.

Taxation

Choosing the tax profile, you study all the rules and regulations concerning tax, VAT and duties which affect the financial position of businesses. The diagram below shows you how the programme is structured. You can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.

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.


 

Student life

Academic life on the programme in business administration and commercial law

As a student of business administration and commercial law, you attend lectures together with all the other students in your year group. Classroom instruction takes place in small groups where you go through the relevant theories and apply them to specific cases. During these sessions, you are expected to play a more active role by contributing to the discussions and doing presentations. You will also spend time meeting up with your study group to discuss the reading for the week and prepare presentations. 

The programme in business administration and commercial law 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 programme. As you can see, you will be spending much of your time preparing for classes and lectures. 

Monday

08:00–10:00              Lecture: Commercial Law

10:00–12:00            Classroom instruction: Organisational Behaviour

12:00-17:00            Preparation 

Tuesday

09:00–12:00              Preparation

12:00–14:00            Classroom instruction: Commercial law

14:00–16:00            Lecture: Commercial Law

16:00–18:00            Lecture: Organisational Behaviour 

Wednesday

09:00–12:00              Preparation

12:00–14:00            Lecture: Legal Methods and Administrative Law

14:00–16:00            Lecture: Commercial Law 

Thursday

08:00–10:00              Lecture: Commercial Law

10:00–12:00            Meet with study group

12:00-17:00            Preparation 

Friday

10:00–12:00            Lecture: Legal Methods and Administrative Law

12:00–15:00            Preparation 

Social life on the programme in business administration and commercial law

As a student of business administration and commercial law, there are lots of academic and social associations and societies you can join. 

FEJÅ

The association Foreningen Af Erhvervsjurister Århus (FEJÅ) is an association for business administration and commercial law students and graduates. The purpose of the association is to work for a good study environment and to establish contact between students and business and industry. 

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 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. 

Studying abroad

As a student of business administration and commercial law, it is a very good idea to spend a semester studying abroad. It is an excellent chance to broaden your international outlook and improve your language skills, while at the same time developing your intercultural cooperation skills. 

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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 a corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

With a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and commercial law, you are qualified to identify and address financial and legal issues in the business community. 

Many graduates go on to work in administrative functions, for example dealing with contracts and financial reporting. Increasing numbers of graduates also work as consultants, as tax advisers in audit firms, as legal advisers in the public sector or as investment consultants in the financial sector. 

Master’s degree programmes

Having completed their Bachelor’s degree in business administration and commercial law, most graduates go on to do a Master’s degree programme. You are, for example, eligible for admission to the following programmes: 

  • On the Master’s degree programme in business administration and commercial law, you can continue your studies of the financial and legal framework for the activities of businesses in a more international perspective.
  • 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 business administration, your focus is on business administration and particular aspects of this field of study.
  • 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.