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Programme structure


The programme runs for a period of six semesters (3 years), and is set at 180 ECTS. 

At the university, we use ECTS credits for measuring study programmes, and 60 ECTS credits are the equivalent of a full year of study.

The numbers in the table below show ECTS credits for each course.

The programme's structure and courses

Programme Structure - BSc in Economics and Business Administration - Global Business Relationships


Study abroad and project-based course is possible on the 5th semester. Read more below.

More about the programme

Common courses

The common courses at the BSc in Economics and Business Administration programme will help you learn about the basic disciplines in business economics. Marketing will help you learn how a company markets and sells its products - to customers in both Denmark and abroad. You will also learn about accounting, which focuses on both internal accounting, i.e. the way in which a company manages its finances, and external accounting, which involves reporting and annual reports. Finance will help you learn about various sources of finance, the stock market, and how financing is carried out across national borders. Organisation will help you learn about a company’s human resources, and how the company best organises itself. Entrepreneurship will help you learn about starting a new company and innovative thinking.

You will also take courses such as microeconomics, which involves what a company’s operating economy is like, i.e. the internal economics of a company. And you will also learn about macroeconomics, which is the national economy, and how Denmark's economy is in relation to other countries.

All of the above will provide you with a basic understanding of the business economics you will need in order to identify and solve company issues.

Specialization courses

On the second semester there are two specialization courses. Digitalisation and Business will help you to achieve competences in relation to using IT and digitalisation in order to ensure the continued development of a company. Qualitative Methodology will help you learn to prepare research design, so you can collect data for the assignments, you will write during the course of study. 

On the third semester you will take the course Networks and Regional Strategies. In this course you will learn about, how regions in both Denmark and Europe can contribute to the development of companies and organisations. The topics address e.g. social entrepreneurship, sustainability, and networking. 

On your fourth semester you will take the course Cross Cultural Management. The course will sharpen your knowledge about, how global companies are organised, and what you need to be aware of, and how to operate a company in different countries. 

Your final specialization course is on your fifth semester. The course Global Business Regulation and Business Responsibility provides you with the competences to think politics and business together in a global business world. 

Elective courses

On your fifth semester you can choose an elective course in order to specialize your programme even more. You can either choose to follow an elective course at SDU or at one of SDU’s partner universities abroad. You can read more about this under "Study abroad".

Academic year

At the university, we use ECTS credits for measuring study programmes, and 60 ECTS credits are the equivalent of a full year of study. The academic year is divided into two semesters, each of which contains 15 weeks. A typical semester consists of 14-16 lessons at 45 minutes per week. The lessons consist of lectures, exercises in small groups, and project work with counselling. 

Some courses consist of lectures in all of the weeks, others alternate between different teaching methods, and others are entirely project-based.

Classes start in the autumn semester 1 September and end just before Christmas. The spring semester starts on 1 February and ends around 1 June. Examinations are held during January and June.

Introduction days and an intro tour for new students are held at the end of August. You will meet your academic adviser, who is one of the older students on your programme, and your tutors, who will ensure that you get off to a good start with your new studies.


The teaching methods at the university depend on, which course you will be taking. The different teaching methods also have different purposes:

In the lectures, teachers create an overview of the literature for the course in question. You will become acquainted with the various theories, and the teacher will spend time on reviewing the parts of the literature that may be difficult to understand. If the lectures are attended by a high number of students, it may be difficult to start up discussions. However, there will always be an opportunity to ask questions or bring a topic up for debate.

Practical assignment classes are associated with the lectures for a number of courses. The classes take place in groups of 30-35 students. Tasks are solved, and specific cases are reviewed and discussed. Older students often carry out the teaching. The practical assignment classes are a good place to ask any questions or make comments about the literature being read.

Time is almost always set aside for individual guidance, when major assignments and projects are being written. For example, this applies to the final Bachelor Project, where the individual student chooses his/her topic relatively freely, after which the assignment is written under the guidance of a teacher.

The BSc programme is a full-time course of study, and it is therefore expected that you use much more time to work on your studies than the time spent on attending lectures and exercises. It is expected that you spend a lot of time acquainting yourself with the material, working on practical assignments, and working independently on projects later on in the programme. As with other university programmes, the BSc programme requires that you are able to work independently. At SDU, we believe it is important that you can always get help, if you come to a standstill. So even though you are working independently, it does not mean that you will have to deal with everything alone.

Methods of assessment

Examinations for courses in BSc programmes are typically taken upon their completion, which means that examinations are held during January and June.

Many different methods of assessment are used: Written and oral examinations, take-home assignments, weekly assignments, seminars, and projects. A seminar is a teaching method and method of assessment, in which all students in the seminar group must write an assignment. The assignments are then discussed in the seminar group, and the students take turns in defending their own assignments, opposing the assignments of other students, and acting as “general” participants in the discussion.

Study abroad

On your fifth semester you will have the option of studying at a university abroad. You can choose a university that SDU collaborates with, or you can choose to arrange your own stay at another university. SDU collaborates with more than 200 partner universities, and we will gladly help find the right university for you.

You will learn a great deal by studying abroad - not only about what it is like to live and study in another country but also about yourself. Living alone in another country allows you to grow and is an experience for life.

Read more about Study abroad.

Project-based course

You can choose to take part in a project-based course in a company during the fifth semester of your BSc programme. You can choose the course as an elective, in which the majority of the course takes place in the company. You will thus learn, what it means to participate in working relationships, get to test your theory in practice, and expand your network, while you are studying.

Bachelor project

Your programme concludes with a bachelor project on the sixth semester. The bachelor project is a major assignment, which must be written within a defined topic. You can write it alone or together, with what is normally up to two fellow students, just as you can write it in relation to a company, and thereby connect what you have learned to practical issues.

Credit transfer programme

You can study a Bachelor in Business Administration via the Credit transfer programme, once you have finished one of the following educations: Financial Economist, Market Economist, Service, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Commercial Economist, Logistics Economist, Financial Controller, Financial Bachelor (the first year must be passed. NOTE: if you have finished the education, you fall within the rules of double degrees).

Learn more about the credit transfer programme for AP graduates.

Curriculum and course description

The description of competencies for BSc in Global Business Relationships can be found in the curriculum, and you can read more about the courses in the course description.


Read more about entry requirements and career opportunities.