Study mathematics-economics and you will graduate as an economist with a particularly strong background in mathematics.




This programme is only offered in Danish.

Mathematics-economics is first and foremost an economics degree programme, in which mathematics is an important subject for modelling and solving economic problems and issues. You will learn about risk assessment, optimal price calculation, production and distribution, and you will be working with optimisation strategies, financial planning and financing.

Studying on the mathematics-economics programme

Studying Mathematics-economics, you will begin by focusing on the mathematical subjects which you will later use in the economic subjects. This will mean working with topics such as mathematical optimisation, functions of several variables and linear algebra. In the economics courses you will work with costing and accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics and investment and finance. You will also get around computer science, which is an important auxiliary subject for solving theoretical models. 

Mathematicians also work in laboratories

The course programme at mathematics-economics combines lectures and practical exercises in smaller classes, in which you give presentations, take part in discussions and complete assignments. The academic focal point of the degree programme is the Department of Mathematics, where you will find the Mathematics Laboratory. Here you will work on mathematical problems in small groups and be able to find support from your teachers.

Career opportunities

A Bachelor’s degree in mathematics-economics makes you eligible for several other Master’s degree programmes, including e.g. the Master’s degree programme in mathematics-economics. This can give you job opportunities in banks and insurance companies or within public administration and planning. You can also work as a teacher at several levels, or in government agencies and ministries.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22145

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 A


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. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.


Quota 2 subjects:

  • Mathematics A

Admission 2019

In 2019 a new entry requirement is introduced. To apply for admission in 2019 you must have a grade point average of 7.0 in your qualifying examination and at least 7.0 grade in average in Mathematics A.

Entrance examination

Applicants who do not meet or do not expect to meet the grade requirement of minimum 7.0 in Mathematics and an average of 7.0 in the qualifying examination, may apply for admission via an entrance examination. A passed entrance examination is equated with both grade requirements.

For applicants who wish to participate in an entrance examination, the application deadline is 15 March 12.00 (midday)

Quota 2 criteria

If there are more qualified applicants, that is more applicants who pass the entrance examination, than there are study places, the following criteria will be included in the assessment of applications:

  • Score from admission test
  • Average in Mathematics
  • Average in the qualifying examination.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in mathematics - economics, you can read more about the content of the individual subjects, the structure of the degree programme and the demands that will be made of you as a student. Here you can also read about the types of exam and the exam requirements.

In the study programme diagram for the Bachelor’s degree programme in mathematics – economics you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


Student life

Studying on the mathematics-economics programme

You should expect to have around 20 hours of lessons a week throughout your Bachelor’s degree programme, and at the same time, you should expect to spend just as much time on independent work. The independent work consists of preparation, self-study, writing assignments and not least calculation assignments. The number of scheduled lessons is reduced during the course as the demand for independent study increases. 

A typical timetable for a mathematics-economics student on the second quarter of the Bachelor's degree programme could look like this: 


08:00–11:00: Costing and Accounting 2 (theoretical exercises)

11:00–13:00: Calculus 2 (theoretical exercises) 


11:00–14:00: Introduction to Mathematical Modelling (theoretical exercises)

14:00–16:00: Introduction to Mathematical Analysis (lecture) 


11:00–14:00: Calculus 2 (laboratory work)

14:00–16:00: Calculus 2 (lecture) 


11:00–14:00: Costing and Accounting 2 (lecture)

14:00–16:00: Introduction to Mathematical Analysis (lecture) 


10:00–12:00: Calculus 2 (lecture) 

Students: Good combination of two sciences

"I have always been really interested in mathematics, while at the same time being interested in society and politics. So for me, mathematics-economics is therefore a good combination of two sciences that complement one another very well."

Cecilie Marie Løchte Jørgensen, undergraduate student, Mathematics-Economics.

Social initiatives at Mathematics-Economics

The academic and social focal point for all mathematics-economics students at Aarhus University is MØF (the student association for mathematics-economics).

MØF is run by students from all year groups and offers different activities including visits to companies, study trips, Friday bars, various parties, sporting events and Christmas parties. You can also choose to become a member of the Danish Society for Operations Research (DORS), which works to promote operations research and the use of operations research methods in Denmark. 

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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.

Continue studying on the Master’s degree programme

After the Bachelor's degree programme, most students choose to continue on a two-year Master’s degree programme, where you will achieve further specialisation through your choice of courses. With a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics-economics you will be qualified for the Master's degree programmes in mathematics-economics, statistics or economics (business economics and economics).

Many different job opportunities

Many Master’s graduates from mathematics-economics find jobs in banking and insurance. As a graduate you could end up working as a problem solver in consultancy and telecommunication companies, or you could work with teaching at e.g. commercial upper secondary schools. You can also work at universities, in government agencies, ministries and at other institutions within the public administration.