BSc in International Business and Politics

The BSc IBP teaches you how economic and political forces shape the globalised world - and how companies and political institutions readjust their business strategies and working methods to meet political challenges.

Presentation of IBP

With globalisation, the relationship between business, governments, international institutions and other agents such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is becoming more and more important, and business and government decisions have great impact on the economy and society.

Companies and institutions constantly have to face the challenges of an increasingly internationalised world. Issues like the financial crisis, climate change, and new powerful economies are top priorities. The BSc IBP will prepare you for these changes by teaching you how businesses and governments cooperate and compete to create responses to such developments and challenges.

Courses and content

The BSc IBP will teach you how to analyse how political and economic factors interact and influence each other. We take economic theories out of an isolated context by providing a solid foundation in each of the following areas: Economics, business and management studies, and political science.

You need certain tools to understand the economic context a company is operating in. The BSc IBP will provide them to you and give you an understanding of the relationship between products supplied and products demanded, and concepts such as unemployment and inflation.

Business and management studies
You will work with core disciplines within business economics and strategy and learn to analyse a company and its activities. You will understand companies from both an economic and an organisational/managerial point of view and learn how companies analyse business opportunities. Finally, you are taught how companies develop and implement strategies in an international business setting.

Political science
What should companies consider when they want do business in without stable democracies? The BSc IBP will put different political systems and the political decision-making process  into a business context, which will give you an understanding of how these political factors affect a company.

International and comparative political economy
Learning about the interaction between states and markets in different developing and developed countries is also a part of your timetable together with the way market conditions influence political relations between states and the roles transnational corporations, nation states and NGOs have in shaping the policies of different institutions such as the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and the EU.  Germany and the US, for instance, have very different traditions for regulating the financial sector. How does this affect the efforts to strengthen the international bank regulation after the financial crisis?

More information on International Business and Politics (IBP)


BSc in International Business and Politics is a three-year bachelor programme. The academic year runs from September through June. The structure of the programme is not as clear as some of the other programmes at CBS. Sometimes you will have semesters, meaning that you will follow 4 courses and end the semester with exams. Other semesters will be divided into 2 quarters, meaning that you will follow 2 subjects at a time for a period of 8 weeks. Each quarter ends with examinations. Some semesters are a mix of quarters and semesters.

The programme consists of a number of obligatory courses, some elective courses and ends with a bachelor project.

Options during the programme

The fifth semester consists of electives. You can use this semester to specialise in areas you have studied during the first two years, or you can choose new areas of study such as marketing, finance or accounting. You can choose between the following:

  • Doing electives at CBS or another Danish university
  • Going abroad on exchange at a partner university
  • Doing an internship in a public or private organisation in Denmark or abroad
  • Doing a term paper as a substitute for electives, which is a chance to explore your interests

You end the sixth semester with a bachelor project where you have the opportunity to specialise in one or more areas of the programme. At the same time you put your research skills to the final test.


The page was last edited by: Student Affairs // 11/05/2017