PUBLIC POLICY

On the degree programme in public policy, you concern yourself with the cross-field between politics and economics.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

On the Bachelor’s degree programme in public policy, you learn to analyse and understand society, and you gain an in-depth knowledge of economic and political processes.

Studying public policy at Aarhus University

The teaching on the Bachelor’s degree programme in public policy is a mix of lectures for up to 300 students at a time and classroom instruction in small groups, where you participate in discussions, do presentations and work with your study group. You learn about basic concepts and theories in the fields of political science and economics, after which you are introduced to subjects that bridge the gap between the two core disciplines. The teaching is divided between the Department of Political Science and the Department of Economics and Business Economics.

Society and economics

On the degree programme in public policy, you study the connection between national and socio-economic issues and political science. You will sharpen your analytical skills and acquire in-depth knowledge of the role of the public administration in organisations and in relation to the outside world. 

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in public policy, you are eligible for admission to a variety of different Master’s degree programmes. For example, it can lead to job opportunities in non-governmental organisations, international organisations such as the World Bank and the European Commission, in the public administration, in government ministries or local authorities.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22450

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
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B or Social Science 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:

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

New admission requirement from 2019

From 2019, all applicants must also have a grade point average of at least 6.0 according to the Danish 7-point marking scale (without 1.08 bonus) on their qualifying exam.

Programme structure

The Bachelor’s degree programme in public policy is offered jointly by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Economics and Business Economics. Consequently, the degree programme is structured around core subjects from these two fields of study such as, for example, Introduction to Political Science and Microeconomics. As a student on the programme, you will work with issues in the cross-field between macroeconomics, socioeconomics and political science.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in public policy, 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 public policy. You can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Student life

Teaching on the programme in public policy

At the lectures on public policy, your lecturers go through the topics covered by the reading which you have done for the day, often in a large lecture theatre. Lectures often held together with students from Political Science or Economics and Management. In addition, you will attend classes exclusively for students of public policy. In class, you and your fellow students are expected to participate actively in exercises and discussions. 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 public policy, you will also be a part of a study group. Together, you will prepare and do presentations in class, do various assignments together, discuss course materials and possibly prepare for exams together.

The programme in public policy 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, and meeting with your study group. 

Monday
08:00–10:00 Lecture: Introduction to Political Science
10:00–12:00 Preparation
12:00–14:00 Lecture: Principles of Macro/Principles of Micro
14:00–16:00 Preparation

Tuesday
08:00–11:00 Classroom instruction: Principles of Macro/Principles of Micro
11:00–14:00 Preparation
14:00–16:00 Lecture: Mathematical Economics I

Wednesday
10:00–12:00 Preparation
12:00–14:00 Classroom instruction: Mathematical Economics I
14:00–16:00 Classroom instruction: Introduction to Political Science

Thursday
08:00–10:00 Lecture: Introduction to Political Science
10:00-14:00 Work in study group
14:00–16:00 Lecture: Principles of Macro/Principles of Micro

Friday
08:00–10:00 Classroom instruction: Introduction to Political Science
10:00–12:00 Preparation
12:00–14:00 Lecture: Mathematical Economics I

Social life

As a student at public policy, you will be part of the vibrant student life which characterises the departments of Political Science and Economics and Business Economics. There are lots of academic and social associations and societies for students which you can join. Here are some examples:

Politologisk Økonomisk Forening (PØF)

PØF is the student association specifically for students of public policy. Through organising academic and social events, the purpose of PØF is to contribute to creating an exciting and inspiring study environment for students of public policy, as well as looking after the interests of the students on the programme. PØF is driven by a desire to help shape a degree programme which is both incredibly attractive and ambitious.

Politologisk Forening (Politological Society)

The Politological Society is for students at the Department of Political Science. As a student of public policy and, you can participate in the lectures, café evenings etc. organised by the society as well as its annual study trip. In addition, the society also organises four large parties each semester. 

The Economic Association

As a student of public policy, you can also join the Economic Association (EA), which organises social and academic events for students and staff. 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.

Department of Political Science’s sports club

As a student of public policy, you can also join the proud football club for students at the Department of Political Science which trains and plays matches every week. The club also organises a number of social events in the course of the season  as a way of encouraging social networking among students. 

FinanceLab

FinanceLab is a student association acting as a point of contact between the financial industry and the academic world for students with a keen interest in finance. 

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Career

With a Bachelor’s degree in public policy, you learn to bridge the gap between two fields of research: political science and economics. You develop a broad understanding of economics and strong analytical skills. Moreover, the programme gives you an in-depth knowledge of the role of the public administration in political organisations etc. Most graduates choose to continue their studies on a Master’s degree programme, which equips them further to work within the fields of political science, social science and economics.

If you choose to continue your studies on a Master’s degree programme, you can go on to work, for example, in the public administration – for example for local authorities or government ministries. With your interdisciplinary profile, you can also work for private companies, including companies involved in partnerships with the public sector, or in international companies and organisations. 

Master’s degree programmes

With a Bachelor’s degree in public policy, you are eligible for admission to a number of different Master’s degree programmes, including:

  • The Master’s degree programme in economics and management, where you can choose the ’Public policy’ line of specialisation. This is a chance for more in-depth study of the two established fields of research which you know from your Bachelor’s degree programme.
  • The Master’s degree programme in European studies, which provides you with general knowledge of European affairs and conditions, political as well as historical and cultural.
  • The Master’s degree programme in international studies, which adds a far more international perspective to your social science studies.