Programme in Business and Economics
Economists are active in all sectors of the employment market and are trained to understand and analyse complex economic situations. Most economists work in the private sector, primarily in commerce and industry, but also in public agencies, municipalities, county councils and other organisations. More than one out of three economists work in the manufacturing, wholesale and retail industry. Typical professional roles are, for instance, controller, accountant, auditor, comptroller, financial manager. Other job opportunities are in banking, business development, consultancy, and teaching. Many companies today are headed by an economist and many economists choose to run their own business.
General admission requirements, plus either
- field-specific eligibility A4 (Mathematics 3b or 3c, Social Science 1b or 1a1 + 1a2), or
- field-specific eligibility 4 (English B, Mathematics C, Social Science A).
EducationIn the first three terms, students take the same courses to ensure that programme graduates from Karlstad have a common broad base in the economic sciences. Students then move on towards a major in business administration or economics. In term six, business majors can choose to specialise in accounting and control, marketing, or service management. The concluding term is spent on the degree project in the chosen specialisation.
Instruction is designed and organised to give students opportunities to develop the skills and abilities specified in the programme aims, for instance, in the form of laboratory exercises and case studies presented orally and in writing. In addition, there are lectures and exercises.
The programme design also allows students to study abroad for a term.
Form of InstructionThis is a full-time study programme. The number of scheduled sessions varies and many courses include seminars and project work. Students are required to participate actively in course work as well as study extensively on their own.
Study AbroadDuring your Business and Economics programme, you have an opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at one of Karlstad University's exchange partners. A semester abroad builds upon the competences and knowledge you develop during your studies, you will enhance your communication skills and intercultural skills - all of which improves your CV for future employers. Karlstad University has exchange agreements with over 200 partner universities, located in more than 35 countries. The Business and Economics programme sends the highest number of outgoing students on exchange studies from Karlstad Business School. Students have spent semesters in universities such as the University of Wollongong, Australia; the triple crown accredited Toulouse Business School, France or Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain. With the support of your Programme Leader, you select your courses before departure and approved credits are officially recognized after your exchange period. You may also complete aspects of your final thesis data collection abroad, for example through SIDA's Minor Field Studies scholarships. To discover more about these opportunities, go to our Study Abroad website: https://www.kau.se/utbildning/om-utlandsstudier/studera-utomlands/att-studera-utomlands
Professional ContactThroughout the programme, students will be given the opportunity to meet various representatives of the business world or public agencies as guest lecturers, or contributing in other ways.
Course of study
|Semester 1||ECTS credits|
|Business Administration I (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|Introduction to Commercial Law (Obligatory)||15|
|Semester 4||ECTS credits|
|Business Administration II (Obligatory)||30|
|Economics - continuation course (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 5||ECTS credits|
|Management control (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Financial Accounting III (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Tax Law I (Obligatory)||15|
|Marketing Strategies (Obligatory)||15|
|Service management (Obligatory)||15|
|Quantitative methods for financial economics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Applied Econometrics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Financial Markets, Risk and Insurance (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Scientific Methods in Economics (Obligatory)||15|
|Optional course (Elective)||30|
|Semester 6||ECTS credits|
|Commercial Law (Obligatory)||15|
|Scientific Methods in Business Administration (Obligatory)||15|
|Statistics - continuation course for business administration (Obligatory)||15|
|Financial Accounting II (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Portfolio Analysis (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Corporate finance (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Financial Risk Management (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Labour economics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Economic Growth (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Public Economics and Politics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 7||ECTS credits|
|International Financial Accounting (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Sustainable Business and Leadership (Obligatory)||15|
|Advanced service management (Obligatory)||15|
|Behavioural Economics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|International Macroeconomics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Course according to profile (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Industrial organisation and business strategies (Elective)||7.5|
|Time series analysis (Elective)||7.5|
|Economic Policy Evaluation (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Optional course (Obligatory)||15|
|Optional course (Elective)||30|
|Business-to-business marketing (Elective)||7.5|
|Marketing Theory (Elective)||7.5|
|Semester 8||ECTS credits|
|Business Administration - Degree Project, Master of Science in Business and Economics (Obligatory)||30|
|Economics - Degree project Master of Science in Business and Economics (Obligatory)||30|
*Full-time study always equals 30 ECTS credits per semester (20 weeks).
Elective course: Students are free to choose among certain alternative courses, often depending on their choice of specialisation.
Optional course: Students are free to choose any course offered at Karlstad University or at other universities. Courses listed are examples of recommended or frequently chosen courses for a specific programme.
Läsårs- och programvärderingar
Start semester Autumn 2012
Start semester Spring 2013
Start semester Autumn 2013
Start semester Autumn 2014
Start semester Spring 2015
Start semester Autumn 2015
Start semester Autumn 2016
Start semester Autumn 2017
Employment MarketEconomists are active in all sectors of the employment market and are trained to understand and analyse complex economic situations. Most economists work in the private sector, primarily in commerce and industry, but also in public agencies, municipalities, county councils and other organisations. More than one out of three economists work in the manufacturing, wholesale and retail industry. Typical professional roles are, for instance, controller, accountant, auditor, comptroller, financial manager. Other job opportunities are in banking, business development, consultancy, and teaching. Many companies today are headed by an economist and many economists choose to run their own business.
DegreeSuccessful students are awarded a Master's of Science in Business and Economics 240 ECTS credits.
The degree certificate will also state the student's choice of one of the following specialisations: Accounting and Control, Marketing, Service Management, or Economics.
After consultation with the programme director, students can leave after three years with a Bachelor's degree, if they wish.