BSc in International Business and Politics

The BSc in International Business and Politics teaches you how economic and political forces shape a globalising world — and how companies adjust their business strategies and working methods to meet political challenges.

Firms and institutions constantly have to face many new and intense challenges. In recent years, for example, issues associated with inequalities, sustainability, gender and race have become prominent. Despite ‘globalization’, nations and nationalism are now back on the agenda. The BSc IBP considers these challenges and looks at the ways they are changing the relationships between businesses, governments, international institutions and other actors such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The programme will prepare you to tackle them.

The BSc IBP comprises the three academic disciplines of economics, business administration and political science. It also introduces you to quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Together, these fields of study will help you achieve a comprehensive understanding of political and economic forces and their impact on business and society.

Understanding business
You will work with core areas within the study of business and strategy and learn how to analyse a company and its activities. You will at the same time consider how companies develop and implement strategies in national and international business settings. You will gain an understanding of companies from both an economic and an organisational/managerial point of view. You will thus work with business economics and for example learn to assess the optimal output a company must produce of a given product, how it should price its products and how willing it might be to take risky decisions. You will also study organisational behaviour, that is, how people act within a company. This is important. For example, the leadership style of a CEO can have an influence on organisational culture, which can further impact employee motivation, and therefore lead ultimately to an increase or decrease in employee productivity.

Understanding politics and political economy
The BSc IBP also considers the ways in which political systems work at both national and international level. It looks in particular at the ways in which politics shape markets and the contexts within which firms operate. The degree to which governments intervene within a market and the extent to which they shape the character of inter-firm relationships can have profound consequences. Similarly, international economic organizations can mould national economies and patterns of trade. Firms thus must consider the nature of the political system within which they operate and what challenges, constraints and/or possibilities it may bring forth. The BSc IBP will look at the structure of different decision-making systems and the relationships that they have with economic processes at both national and international levels.

Understanding economic foundations
A firm must always take the economic context in which it operates into account. If there is for example a recession, it can change purchasing patterns, which can in turn have effects on production, employment, incomes and the pricing of products. You need certain tools to understand the character of markets and the potential impact of government economic policies.

The BSc IBP gives you these tools and a broader understanding of supply and demand, as well as markets, inflation, exchange rates and trade policy.

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What you should be interested in if you choose BSc IBP

Common interests among those students who study BSc IBP successfully and are happy with the programme include:
  • the complexities of globally oriented companies and the global markets in which they operate.
  • politics, political economy and political regulation in a global context.
  • not just the individual fields of study, business, politics and economics – but especially in how they relate to and impact one another. This includes how politics and political regulation impact industries and companies, how economic and political factors impact each other and how companies, NGOs and the public sector interact and affect each other.
Challenges in BSc IBP

Many of the challenges of studying at university are the same for all programmes. You can read more about these challenges at Daily life as a student

Each study programme also has some particular challenges that are important to think about before you choose the programme. How well do these challenges correspond to the sort of person you are, how you like to work and the things you are good at?

Competitive study environment
Some students experience the study environment at BSc IBP as quite competitive. Certainly, students tend to focus on their results and achievements in the programme as well as in other areas of their lives. It may be a good idea to consider if you would thrive and feel comfortable in such an environment.

Abstract theories
In parts of the programme you will work with quite abstract and diverse theories. You need to be comfortable working in an academic and analytical way with topics that are very complex and where your studies sometimes lead you to more questions than answers.

Courses witin different areas
The many different courses within different areas of business, politics and economics mean that it takes time before you fully understand how the different courses and topics relate to one another. Often it is not until the second or third year that everything comes together in your head and you get a clear picture of all the aspects of the programme’s scope. As a BSc IBP student you therefore need to be open to feeling a little confused and not yet seeing the full picture for the first semesters of the programme.

International study environment
Even though the programme has a very international focus the share of international students is usually not as high as in most of the other CBS programmes taught in English. This is worth thinking about if an international study environment is an important factor in your choice of study.

Maths as a tool
In about half of the mandatory courses in BSc IBP you will use maths as a tool. You will not use maths that is complicated beyond the entry requirement for the programme, but you need to be comfortable having courses where you use maths and do calculations at a practical level.
What BSc IBP can give you

The programme will give you an understanding of the complex relations between business, economics and politics – especially in a global context.

You can find more information about what you learn on the programme in the PDF iconCompetence profile for IBP

Master’s programme and career options
The clear majority of students from BSc IBP continue to a two-years master’s programme for a total of five years of study. It is very much the master’s rather than the bachelor programme that determines which career paths that lay open to you.

Most BSc IBP graduates tend to end up in private or public companies or organisations with an international profile – but they work within many different fields of business, economics, politics and regulation.

Read more about master’s programmes and career options

Admission

Grade point average – 2019

11,8

Number of places – 2019

140

Quota 1 / Quota 2 – 2019

60% / 40%

Motivational essay

Yes - see Admission

English

A

Mathematics

B

History or social studies

B

Read about entry requirements and how to apply at bachelor admission

 

The page was last edited by: Student Affairs // 09/04/2019