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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Economics

Degrees

Mono-bachelor: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Combined bachelor: only as a second subject, without teacher training option. Be sure to check the Course catalogue and the information on Bachelor’s and master’s courses FAQ concerning the possible combinations with different core subjects.

Standard time for completing course

6 semesters

Start of study

Winter semester only, with numerus clausus

Course structure

The mono-bachelor’s course requires 180 credit points (CP*) in total:

Mandatory Modules: 77 CP (including bachelor’s thesis)
Mandatory Elective Modules: 78 CP
General Elective Modules: 25 CP

The second subject course requires you to acquire 60 CP*.

Mandatory Modules: 24 CP
Mandatory Elective Modules: 36 CP

*One credit point (CP) equals a workload of 25 - 30 hours for preparation, follow-up and attendance at classes.

Course objectives

The course will provide you with a solid grounding in the theory and skills of business administration, economics and methodological foundations including mathematics, statistics, econometrics, information systems and law as well as economic history and current developments in these fields.  Students obtain

  • a critical understanding of the most important theories, principles and methods in Business Administration,
  • the ability to perform tasks independently and apply scientific methods and knowledge to the solution of economic problems,
  • capacity for teamwork and qualifications that are demanded in relevant occupations,
  • competencies in a combination of classroom teaching, virtual instruction and self-study on one’s own or in a group,
  • the opportunity to participate independently in research and development projects early on
  • interdisciplinary skills as well as key competencies (e.g. language competencies, intercultural competencies or methodological competencies)

The successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Economics will qualify you for positions in the fields of economics, politics and administration.

Master’s degrees

Following a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at HU, you can continue your studies on a master’s course in Business Administration, Economics, Statistics and the master’s programme in Economics and Management Science (MEMS).

Why study Economics at HU?

Since its re-establishment, the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at HU has made a name for itself through its major commitment to teaching and research - an approach largely centred around applying quantitative methods and processes to economic issues. Building on that success, the Faculty’s range of courses will continue to focus on learning and applying complex quantitative economic methods in future. The first two professional university degrees - B.Sc. in Economics and B.Sc. in Business Administration - will ready you for the requirements of the job market. They provide you with a rigorous, profile-orientated foundation in the specialized knowledge you will need to act effectively and successfully in a range of professional fields. You should be interested in and have an aptitude for subjects such as statistics and mathematics. You can test yourself at hu.berlin/wiwi-test.

Course content

The best way to find detailled information on the content of studies is using the module descriptions in the course and examination regulations, available at www.amb.hu-berlin.de, no. 47/2016, 1. revision no. 9/2017, 2. revision no. 34/2017, 3. revision no. 24/2018, 4. revision no. 76/2018, 5. revision no. 07/2019. The course catalogue contains information on the range of courses for the ongoing semester, available at www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/de/studium/sb/lehrangebot.

Mono-bachelor in Economics (180 CP)

Mandatory Modules (77 CP)
Economics I (Introduction to Economics and Economic History) (6 CP)
Economics II  (Microeconomics I) (6 CP)
Economics III (Macroeconomics I) (6 CP)
Economics IV (Microeconomics II) (6 CP)
Economics V (Macroeconomics II) (6 CP)
Law (Civil Law, Commercial and Company Law) (5 CP)
Mathematics I (6 CP)
Mathematics II (6 CP)
Statistics I (6 CP)
Statistics II (6 CP)
Introduction to Econometrics (6 CP)
Bachelor’s thesis (12 CP)

Mandatory Elective Modules from the module catalogue of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (78 CP)
Field A: Economics (12 CP)
Field B: Business Administration (18 CP)
Field C: Business Administration, Economics or Methodological Foundations (48 CP), thereof at least 6 CP Economics and 6 CP Business Administration or Methodological Foundations

General Elective Modules (25 CP, not graded)

Economics as a second subject in a combined bachelor’s course (60 CP)

Mandatory modules (24 CP)

Economics I: Introduction to Economics, History of Economics (6 CP)
Economics II: Microeconomics I (6 CP)
Economics III: Macroeconomics I (6 CP)
Mathematics I (6 CP)**

Mandatory elective modules (24 or 27 CP)

Mathematics II (6 CP) or Statistics** (9 CP)
Economics IV: Microeconomics II (6 CP) or Economics V: Macroeconomics II (6 CP)
Two mandatory elective modules in Economics (6 CP each) from the module catalogue of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration 

**If you are studying the content of the Mathematics I and/or Statistics modules in your core subject, you need to replace these mandatory modules or mandatory elective modules with content from the Methodological Foundations area of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.

Other modules (9 or 12 CP)
In Economics or methodological foundations in accordance with the module catalogue of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration 

Addresses

Faculty of Economics and Business Administration: Spandauer Str. 1, www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/en
Course Advisory Service: Contact via the Student Advisory Centre, Tel. +49 30 2093-99525, boenisch@wiwi.hu-berlin.de or wiwi-studberatung@hu-berlin.de, www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/en/study/sb/
Classification and recognition of studies and qualifications: Examination Board, submit applications to the Examination Office, room 03, Tel. +49 30 2093-9952-2/-4/-0, pruefungsbuero-wiwi@hu-berlin.de, www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/en/study/pa/
Applications: How to apply, Information for prospective international students
Links to job market: job market for academics, https://statistik.arbeitsagentur.de/Navigation/Statistik/Arbeitsmarktberichte/Berufe/Berufe-Nav.html, www.hochschulteamberlin.de/
Version: April 2019

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