BSc in Business Administration and Sociology

In the BSc in Business Administration and Sociology, you learn how to make responsible business decisions by combining the economic and social perspectives on companies, their organisation and their surroundings.


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In the BSc SOC you will learn how social dynamics shape business culture – and how cultural and social factors along with economic considerations affect the decision-making processes in companies and other types of private and public organisations.

Integrating business and sociology
Business classes and sociology classes are rarely taught separately. Students work with traditional business topics and socio­logy together – and apply tools from both fields.

Business administration gives you an understanding of how companies and other types of organisations are structured and how they make decisions based on numbers and economic thinking. Sociology provides you with tools and concepts to understand how social dimensions also affect the conditions under which business decisions must be made. In other words, you will learn how to work with business administration with focus on society – and at the same time you learn to use a sociological perspective in a business context.

Making sense of complexity
Imagine two companies or other types of complex organisations that want to work together. Perhaps they even want to merge into one company. They need to understand each other’s financial positions and ways of economic planning, products, production, strategy, and market position. However, it is also important to learn about each other’s external as well as internal contexts. External factors could for example be competitors, partners, economic and social trends and conditions affecting the industry. Equally important internal factors of the companies include an understanding of each other’s management traditions, business culture and organisational framework.
Combining all these perspectives is essential for planning the collaboration between the two organisations – in order to make sense financially but also to gain from cooperation and to enhance the business of the new merged company. In other words, you need to understand how both economic and social factors shape business conditions and how traditional economic thinking can sometimes clash with social trends and behaviour and external conditions that may be hard to control or predict.

Building analytical skills
When companies plan strategies and make decisions, they need to understand the social context in which they operate. This relates to how the employees interact and see themselves and the company, how changing norms and values affect consumers and business partners and how economic and technological development change existing markets and helps create new ones. The BSc SOC aims to teach you how to create new knowledge by asking the right questions. To do this you will acquire a wide range of sociological and economic tools and methods that help companies make decisions based on a thorough analysis of the social and economic business context. This also makes the programme very methodological in order for students to build strong analytical skills.

The methods are both quantitative (e.g. statistical analysis) and qualitative (e.g. interviews, focus groups). You will not only learn how to use these tools but also to combine them – and most importantly to select which ones are best suited for the problem that needs to be solved. This gives you a broad and strong analytical foundation for understanding how knowledge is created – and to create new knowledge yourself – and to differentiate between what we think that we know and what we know that we know to make useful and responsible business decisions.

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What you should be interested in if you choose BSc SOC
Common interests among those students who study BSc SOC successfully and are happy with the programme include:

  • how companies and organisations operate and make decisions.
  • how social and cultural changes and conditions impact business processes and the realities companies must adapt to.
  • enjoy working in an analytical way. Figuring out which questions are important for a company to ask in a given situation – and figuring out how to arrive at the answers to those questions.
  • the world around you in general and social and cultural trends and phenomena in particular. This also means an interest in people – not so much on the individual, psychological level as on how human behaviour is shaped by its social context.
Challenges in BSc SOC
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?

Working analytically:
For many students the biggest challenge of BSc SOC is learning to work in a very analytical way where the discussion of how you can best arrive at results is just as important as the results themselves. This is something that you need to be comfortable with and if you are looking for a programme that will primarily provide you with practical business skills then BSc SOC is probably not ideal for you.

Interdisciplinary and integrated courses:
Most of the courses are highly interdisciplinary and integrated. This can be challenging because it means that you need to think in a complex way where you juggle business and sociology topics at the same time. Also, it means 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.

Maths as a tool:
In about a third of the mandatory courses in BSc SOC 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 SOC will give you
The programme will give you:

  • an understanding of the social context of business and business decision making
  • strong methodological and analytical skills.

You can find more information about what you learn on the programme in the Competence profile for BSc Soc:

Master’s programme and career options
The clear majority of students from BSc SOC 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.

BSc SOC graduates end up in companies or organisations where they work within many different fields of business administration.

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Grade point average – 2021


Number of places – 2021


Quota 1 / Quota 2 – 2021

60% / 40%

Motivational essay

Yes - see Quota 1 and 2




2022: B

2023: B with a min. grade of 6.0 (on the Danish grading scale)

History or social studies


Read about entry requirements and how to apply at bachelor admission


Sidst opdateret: Student Affairs // 19/08/2021