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Bachelor of Science

Economics

If you’re already studying Economics and would like to find out more about specific details of your bachelor programme, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Bachelor in Economics Programme Structure pages.

The study of Economics comes under the economic sciences and deals with conditions and processes in entire political economies, such as national states.

The point of departure for all contemplation is the assumption that the factors of production with which economies generate their goods and services (e.g. workforce, capital or material) are not available on an unlimited scale. In using these resources, economies must therefore seek to operate at optimum conditions to achieve their objectives. The bachelor's program in Economics prepares you to solve these problems most effectively.


Some examples of the questions Economics students look at

General questions

  • How are resources used in an economy, what goods are produced and how is income distributed?
  • What role do market processes, economic and institutional parameters and the government play in this context?
  • What methods can be used to capture economic processes in a structured manner?
  • What fundamental findings are there in key economic areas such as growth, employment, sector-specific economics and public finance?

More specific questions

  • What determines the price of a good?
  • How much does a company produce?
  • How much does a consumer consume?
  • How do market power and monopolies come about?
  • How is growth generated?
  • What causes unemployment?
  • When does inflation occur?
  • What are the effects of foreign trade?
  • What role does government play in economics?
  • What are the effects of taxation and public debt used to finance public goods?
Niklas

I think it’s important to learn about different perspectives and that’s why I chose to study here in Cologne.

Niklas, fourth-term student, Bachelor in Economics, minor in Politics

Perspectives

The Bachelor programme in Economics conveys core competencies that can be applied to a variety of activities in economic life. In particular, students acquire knowledge of economic and formal methodologies for the analysis of micro- and macroeconomic issues prevailing in modern national economies. This specific methodological competence distinguishes graduates of Economics from those of other branches of study.

Depending on your personal priorities, you can profit from a wide array of career prospects at home and abroad, in private and public corporations, foundations, trade unions, associations and chambers. Whatever you decide on, we will support your ambitions, for example through the WiSo Career Service.

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Programme structure

A course of studies is divided into five subjects and the bachelor thesis. The standard period of study is six semesters comprising 180 ECTS credit points.

Detailed information regarding the course structure can be found on our homepage in the area of programme structure.

Expectations and Requirements

The following skills and personal competencies pave the way for successful studies:

  • Commitment to achievement and capacity for teamwork
  • Independent, target- and performance-oriented learning
  • High level of motivation to deal with economic questions and problems
  • Mathematical skills and a good command of German and English

The Online Math Test allows you to compare your mathematical knowledge and skills with the requirements of most of the WiSo Faculty’s courses. The pertinent link can be found under  https://www.ilias.uni-koeln.de/ilias/.
There, please use the search function and enter “Mathe Schulwissen testen”.

Application Deadlines and Online Application

15 July for the start of studies in winter semester
15 January for the start of studies in summer semester

Apply online via the website of the  Student Admissions Office!
Non-EU/EEA citizens apply via  Uni-Assist.