BSc in International Business and Politics

After the programme


What do you learn on IBP?

You will take a lot with you from the IBP programme, but among the most important things are:

  • an understanding of economics, not only isolated, but also in the context of states and markets
  • an understanding of the world’s most important political and financial players
  • strong written analytical skills

The IBP is broad and interdisciplinary, combining political science, economics, and business studies.  It means that you will get a theoretical tool-box,  enabling you to analyse both the business perspective and the political dimensions of, for instance, a proposal to invest in a politically unstable country.

This gives you a good foundation for a master’s degree, which is what most students choose to do afterwards. It also gives you sound basis for working in many professions, such as strategy, consultancy, journalism, politics, or other international positions. Some students also choose to start their own business.

The international perspective and the ability to analyse a problem from a political and an economic perspective can be useful in positions where you work in the intersection between business and politics, for instance;

  • in non-profit organisations (i.e. Red Cross, Church Aid)
  • in public administration – ministries of foreign affairs
  • in international organisations, for instance in the UN, IMF etc.
  • companies which are highly affected by political decisions such as e.g. DSB (Danish State Railways).

In the competence profile you can find more information about what you learn on the programme:

PDF iconCompetence profile for IBP

What to do after BSc in International Business and Politics?      

Most students choose to continue on a two-year master’s programme after their bachelor degree. It gives them more and better job opportunities and jobs with greater responsibilities. It is primarily the master’s degree that determines the kind of job you get, while the bachelor degree plays a smaller part. However, you will always get the job on your overall profile i.e. the combination of bachelor- and master’s degree, work experience, personal skills and many other things.

A small number of students choose to end their studies and search for a job after finishing the bachelor degree. Holding a bachelor degree, you will normally be employed as a trainee or assistant within the fields of your study programme – at least to begin with.

Career opportunities

Careers can develop in many different ways. Some people work within the same fields all their lives,  while others make great changes along the way.  Most people work with one of more areas within the field of their studies, although some work within completely different areas. Every person evolves and so do society, the job market and companies. New job opportunities arise, while others disappear. Maybe you will get a job that does not even exist yet.

Master programmes

A bachelor programme consists of various subject areas, and it typically gives you a broad introduction to the areas you have chosen to study. On a master’s programme you specialise in one or more areas you have worked with on the bachelor programme. In this way, it is on the master’s programme you create your individual academic profile.

It is a good idea for you to consider which master’s programme you may want to continue on after your bachelor degree. Different bachelor degree’s give admission to different master’s programme.  On the other hand you should not choose a certain bachelor programme only to qualify for certain Master’s programmes. A bachelor programme takes three years to complete, and it may be three very long years if you are studying something that you are not really interested in.

At present it may be hard to decide on your choice of master. If you follow your interests when choosing, the chance of having to change your decision later on is smaller – both in relation to choosing master’s programme and  searching for jobs.


MAster Programmes after BSc IBP
Natural master programme Other master programme
MSc in International business and politics
By understanding the international, political, economic and to some extend legal dynamics that shape the world we live in, you are able to critically analyse and understand political and business dynamics and how they influence each other.
MSc in Economics and Business Administration/Cand.merc. *
You can choose between 13 different specialisations.
* You must take specific electives and you are not guaranteed admission to the master programme.
General disclaimer: CBS is constantly developing its range of master programmes. Therefore students starting undergraduate studies at CBS this year may find different MSc options available to them when they have completed their bachelor degrees.


Sidst opdateret: Student Affairs // 08/03/2017