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Business Administration

Business Administration provides you with knowledge about the function of companies and other organisations as well as their role in society. Issues covered are useful for work in companies, both in the private and the public sector, as well as for non-profit organisations.

Subject description

The subject gives you an overview of the main areas in business, and at the same time gives you possibility to specialise within one of the main areas: Financial Analysis and Calculation, Management/Organisation, Marketing, or Accounting and Financial Control. Critical thinking and the ability to solve problems analytically are important elements in all areas covered.

Financial Analysis and Calculation examines how to make decision making easier through the analysis of a company’s income and expenses. Other important topics, such as investments and financing, the company’s raising and use of capital as well as the assessment of companies on the stock market, will be reviewed.

Management/Organisation deals with leadership, control and organising in companies and other organisations. The interplay between the individual, group and organisation are fundamental aspects here. Project management and change are other vital topics covered, as well as issues regarding company- and organisational culture.

Marketing analyses how markets work and how best to handle the flow of goods and services to consumers. In a broad sense marketing thus regards communication and impact. Issues such as brands, consumer behaviour, market surveys and marketing strategies are other topics that are covered.

Accounting deals with how financial information can be compiled to measure and follow up the performance of the business and how information in accounting systems can be used as data for control and decision-making. Issues regarding companies’ external accounting, financial control and auditing as well as financial company analysis are other important topics to be covered.

Career opportunities

Business Administration opens many doors on the labour market including the private business sector, the public sector and non-profit organizations. The usual occupations for business economists are: marketers, CFO, HR, sales manager, accountant, controller, financial analyst, consultant and self-employed.

Courses and programmes


To obtain a bachelor's degree with Business Administration as a main subject, you can read independent courses of at least 90 credits in the subject together with courses of 90 credits in elective subjects. For the Bachelor of Science degree, 90 credits in business administration, 30 credits in economics (or vice versa with economics as the main area) and 60 credits in elective subjects are required.

To obtain a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, you can read one of the following programs.

  • Bachelor’s programme in Business Administration
  • Bachelor’s programme in Economics and IT
  • Bachelor’s programme in International Business Administration and Political Science

To get a master's degree in the major business administration, read one of the following programs.

  • Master’s programme in Accounting
  • Master’s programme in Banking and Finance
  • Master’s programme in Management, Organization and Society
  • Master’s programme in Marketing
  • Master’s programme in Accounting and Financial Control