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Bachelor's degree programme in Economics

Facts and figures about the programme

Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Standard period of study: 6 semester (3 years)

Programme wokload: 180 ECTS credit points (CP)

Language of instruction: Compulsory modules, German; Elective modules, German or English. The literature used is predominantly in English.

Start of study: Winter semester (October). Overview of semester dates

Semester fee: The semester fee includes the enrollment fee, the contribution to the Student Union and the student transport ticket (ABC + bicycle). More detailed informationis available on this homepage.
Overview of the programme

The bachelor's degree programme in Economics offers a comprehensive, fundamental education in economic science with a quantitative and methodological focus. The  Economics degree programme is supplemented by the is supplemented by the catalogue of interdisciplinary electives, which offers the opportunity to study modules at other faculties of the HU, to deepen or re-acquire language skills, to attend preparatory vocational cources at the Career Center or to complete an internship. The programme is completed upon submission of the bachelor's thesis.

The bachelor's degree programme in Economics covers the following areas:

Economics (48 CP)
Business Administration (18/24 CP)
Civil and Commercial Law (5 CP)
Mathematics, Statistics, Introduction to Econometrics (30/36 CP)
Catalogue of specialised electives in Economics/ Quantitative Methods/ Business Administration (30 CP)
Catalogue of interdisciplinary electives (25 CP)
Bachelor's thesis (12 CP)

Interests and skills you should have

- Interest in economic connections
- Enthusiasm for complex issues
- Enjoyment of mathematics
- Motivation, independence and self-discipline


The prerequisite for admission is a general or subject-related higher education entrance qualification.

Applications for the first semester of the bachelor's degree programme Economics are to be submitted between 1 June and 15 July of the year in question. Related links:

Study Programmes and applications at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
NC values and frequently asked questions

Applications to be entered into a higher semester (change of university / lateral entry) can be submitted for the winter semester (application period: 1 June to 15 July of the year in question) or the summer semester (application period: 1 December to 15 Janurary of the year in question). You can find aditional information on placement in a higher semester on the homepage of the Examination Office.
Structure of the programme (in detail)


Core 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)
  • Mathematics I (6 CP)
  • Mathematics II (6 CP)
  • Statistics I (6 CP)
  • Statistics II (6 CP)
  • Introduction to Econometrics (6 CP)
  • Civil Law and Commercial and Corporate Law(5 CP)
  • Bachelor's thesis (12 CP)


Catalogue of specialised electives (78 CP):


Catalogue A: At least 12 CP are to be earned from the following elective modules:

  • Foreign trade (6 CP)
  • Labour Economics (6 CP)
  • Introduction to Game Theory (6 CP)
  • Monetary Economics (6 CP)
  • Foundations of Public Finance (6 CP)


Catalogue B: At least 18 CP are to be arned from the following elective modules:

  • Financial Accounting I (6 CP)
  • Management Accounting I (6 CP)
  • Strategy, Organization, and Information Technology (6 CP)
  • Marketing and E-Business (6 CP)
  • Foundations of Corporate Finance I (6 CP)
  • Foundations of Corporate Finance II (6 CP)


Catalogue C: In addition, at least 6 CP from the modules offered for Economics and 6 CP from the modules offered for Business Administration or Quantitative Methods (Econometrics, Statistics) muust be completed. Another 36 CP have to be selected from the School of Business and Economics (Economics, Business Administration, Quantitative Methods). This catalogue is very well suited for the recognition of modules with a focus on economic science (e.g. from a semester abroad). 

Please note: If more than 30 CP are completed in catalogues A + B, catalogue C is reduced accordingly.


Catalogue of interdisciplinary electives (ÜWP, 25 CP - ungraded):

The catalogue of interdisciplinary electives has a workload of 25 credit points. It is mandatory and cannot be replaced by selecting further modules offered by the Faculty. Achievements are recognised without grades. If applicable, grades awarded for cources from the ÜWP are not taken into account in the calculation of the final grade. The following achievements in this catalogue can be recognised:


  • Interdisciplinary electives from other faculties of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (except for the module Basic Knowledge of Civil and Commercial/Corporate Law of the Faculty of Law of the HU zu Berlin)
  • Language courses at the Language Centre (excluding language courses in the mother tongue or official language of the respective home country, all German courses for foreigners under C1 level GER)
  • Career Centre cources (excluding introductory courses in economics and law)
  • Interdisciplinary and specialised courses from other universities
  • Interdisciplinary and specialised courses from abroad
  • Economics-related internship (at least 6 weeks full-time, 10 credits)
  • Portfolio Management Program (PMP)

About the internship:

The internship must be related to the field of study, which must be stated in a cover letter (about 2 pages). In addition, an internship certificate (job description, duration of the internship and weekly working hours) must be submitted to the Examination Office. The internship must last of at least 6 consecutive weeks (full time). The definition of "full time" may vary from company to company. In some companies "full time" is also 38 h or 39 hours per week. A 12-week internship with half of the regular full-time hours will also be recognised. The internship must be completed during the period of study. Completed commercial apprenticeship is also recognised as an internship.

Employments contracts for jobs as student assistants in the universities or academic research institutes cannot be recognised as internships.

About the bachelor's thesis:

In the bachelor's thesis, the students demonstrate their ability to independently work on a topic from their areaof expertise . The period allotted for writing the bachelor's thesis is 60 calendar days. The work should usually amount to 60,000 characters without spaces (about 25 to 30 pages without appendix).

The registration documents for the bachelor's thesis are available at the Examination Office. Students are admitted to the bachelor's thesis if all compulsory modules are passed, and the requirements set by the examiner are met.

Procedure: You collect the registration documents from the Examination Office. the topic to be covered as well as the date the topic was assigned by the examiner must be included on the registration form, which in turn must be signed. This registration form must then be submitted immediately to the Examination Office. You will the receive written confirmation of the registration as well as information about all related deadlines.

Information and formal suggestions are available in the ""Guidelines for students on scientific work". Please also adhere to any specifications from your examiner.

Related links:

Module catalogue and study and examination regulations (in German)
Going abroad
Study Guide (PDF to download in German)



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