Studying Economics

Bachelor programme

The Economics major is embedded in the Leuphana Bachelor with Minor, Leuphana Semester, and Complementary Studies. The Leuphana Bachelor gives you the great opportunity to develop your own individual profile, to immerse yourself in different fields of knowledge and to develop viable solutions for the challenges of the future together with other college students.

Course structure: BSc Economics

The Leuphana Semester is the chance for an in-depth and fundamental engagement with science and academic methods. You hone your critical thinking skills so that you are able to question the familiar, learning how to select the right approach for systematic investigation and knowledge acquisition, and how to deal responsibly with scientific and academic findings. The course also provides an introduction to economics: you will learn about statistics and the economic behavioural model. Exploring the principles of academic analysis, writing and research in general and the introduction to the major are the basis of the interdisciplinary Economics Bachelor programme.

The minor is an applied subject that supplements and complements the Economics major. The choice is yours: a minor in business administration expands your economics expertise and allows you to build up the traditional profile of an economist. Other minors give you the chance to gain interdisciplinary qualifications.

Complementary Studies is your chance to satisfy your thirst for knowledge by discovering a new field each semester, for example business psychology, gender roles and spatial structures, Islamic law and design thinking. By moving beyond the boundaries of your own discipline and engaging with others, you develop an understanding of the diversity of academic and scientific cultures and acquire interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary skills.

Compulsory modules

Students on the Economics major take the following compulsory modules:

Leuphana Semester

  • Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Humanities
  • Methods I
  • Methods II: Concepts and Methods of Business Administration, Management and Economics
  • Introduction to the discipline: Economics

Second semester

  • Mathematics II for Economics
  • Statistics II for Economics and Business Economics
  • Microeconomic Theory I
  • Macroeconomic Theory I
  • 1 minor module
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Third semester

  • Microeconomic Theory II
  • Macroeconomic Theory II
  • Economics: Education, Labor Market, Research
  • Introduction to econometrics
  • 1 minor module
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Forth semester

  • Applied Microeconomics I: Market and Competition
  • Applied Microeconomics II: Labor economics
  • Elective
  • 2 minor modules
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Fifth semester

  • Applied Macroeconomics
  • 2 Electives
  • 2 minor modules
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Sixth semester

  • Bachelor dissertation
  • Current Topics in Economics
  • 2 Complementary Studies modules

Possible minor combinations

The Economics major can be combined with one of the following minors:

  • Business Administration (GER)
    The Business Administration minor adds a business perspective to your economics approach. This builds your traditional economist profile and generally also means you meet the entry requirements for economics Masters programmes at other universities.
  • Business Psychology (GER)
    for a business understanding of the motives and processes underlying human actions
  • Digital Business (GER)
    for specialist expertise and technical skills in a growth sector
  • Education (GER)
    for supplementary qualifications in education
  • Philosophy  (GER / ENG)
    for a historical and systematic overview of the history of philosophy and relevant topical debates
  • Popular Music Studies (ENG)
    for expertise in international popular music research and the practical implementation and evaluation of your own projects
  • Spatial Sciences (GER / ENG)
    for an in-depth understanding of land use and management and of cultural and economic geography
  • Sustainability Science (GER / ENG)
    for an exploration of economic policy questions from a sustainability perspective

Language of instruction

ENG English-language minor: no German required
GER / ENG German-language minor can also be taken in English
GER German-language minor: German required

Please note

If you choose a minor other than Business Administration or are interested in other Masters programmes, you should check the entry requirements for the relevant programmes as soon as possible.

Course content: BSc Economics

The first few semesters of the Economics Bachelor comprise a range of classes that cover fundamental economics methodology.

The modules on mathematicsstatistics and regression lay the methodological foundations for a sound analysis of economic questions. Mathematical skills help you to understand basic economic theory and models, which you then investigate using statistical and econometric tools. Without these tools, a question can generally only be approached intuitively and reliable conclusions cannot be drawn. Alongside methodological principles, the introduction to economics teaches you fundamental economics concepts such as working with models.

The second and third semesters form the disciplinary basis for prospective economists, with core classes on microeconomics and macroeconomics. These two fields of economics represent the central elements of the degree. Modules are designed to enable you to consider problems that arise in current economic policy debates with the eyes of an economist and to present the fundamental circumstances of economic and business actions in simple terms.

In the third semester, you also come into contact with topical research questions from professional economics practice. The "Economics: Education, Labour Market, Research" module shows you what professions are open to you.

Classes in the fourth and fifth semesters draw on the fundamental methodological and disciplinary framework. Electives give you the chance to explore your own interests in more depth and define thematic focuses. They can cover topics such as monetary policy, economic policy, economic growth, happiness economics and the economic analysis of law.

The Bachelor dissertation is the final component of your economics degree. Your dissertation should demonstrate that you are able to apply the principles and methodology you have learned to a question of your choice, and to engage with current questions in the field.

Students who successfully complete the Economics programme are awarded the title of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.).

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At a glance: BSc Economics

  • Degree awarded: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Extent: 180 ECTS
  • Study places: 55
  • Language: German / English expected from winter semester 2021*
  • Fees: no tuition fees
  • Semester contribution: approx. EUR 353
  • Semester abroad: possible
  • Start date: October 1
  • Application period: Mid May - July 15
  • Requirements: university entrance qualification and language skills in German and English
  • Admission restricted: yes
  • Admission: own procedere at Leuphana College

*Please note

The Major in Economics will probably be offered in English only from the winter semester 2021. The change of the teaching and examination language depends on the decision of the responsible committees. We reserve the right to make changes until then. Please inform yourself in advance about the required language certificates for English-language majors.

Applications and admissions

Leuphana College accepts new students each winter term. If you wish to be considered for a place on the Bachelor, your application must have been received by 31 July.

For applicants from EU and EEA countries the University operates a special admissions procedure for the award of places. It considers not only applicants' grades, but also special skills, experience and non-academic achievements such as periods spent studying abroad, and volunteering work.

Online applications

Online applications are possible from mid-May. Find out more about the entry requirements and specific admissions process at Leuphana College. Find out more now

Events for prospective students

College open day

On 28th May 2021 our next Online Open Day is going to take place, including zoom sessions on application and admission addressed exclusively to our international applicantsFind out more


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Programme Director

  • Prof. Dr. Christian Pfeifer

Programme Coordinator

  • Miguel Abellán-Ossenbach, M.Sc.