Radboud University

Curriculum and courses

Business Administration

Duration: 3 years (180 EC), full-time
Start month: September
Language of instruction: English
CROHO-code (unique programme code): 50645

Look at the programme per study year:

Go to the module schedule

Within the Bachelor’s of Business Administration each year is divided into two semesters. Each semester is then divided into two blocks, during which you will have lectures and seminars. At the end of each block you will be expected to take exams to conclude the module. A certain number of study credits (ECTS) is contributed to each module. 1 ECTS equals a study load of 28 hours.

The first year of your studies will be an introduction to the programme and all students enrolling in Business Administration will start in this first year. It is also possible to study the first year in Dutch (see Bedrijfskunde), but then it is not possible to choose the specialisation International Business Administration in the second year. After the first year of Business Administration, you can choose four specialisations to continue your studies in the second and third year. These specialisations are:

Specialisation Business Administration

The specialisation Business Administration provides you with all the necessary tools and knowledge to run a company successfully. You will be trained in all aspects of Business Administration, such as strategy, marketing, organisational structures, human resource management, accounting and corporate finance. You will study change in organisations and combine the theoretical foundations with researching real-life case studies.

Specialisation Business Economics

After having completed the specialisation Business Economics, you will be able to guide managers in making the right decisions when it comes to investing and acquiring money. You will study the effects of accounting and control on human behaviour. In addition to studying topics in Business Administration, you will also study financial management.

Although a specialisation with the same name is being offered in the Bachelor’s programme in Economics, some of the courses of that specialisation do differ.

After completing this specialisation, it will be possible to enroll in seven specialisations of the Master's programme in Business Administration as well as in the specialisation Accounting and Control of the Master's programme in Economics.

Specialisation International Business Administration

The specialisation International Business Administration provides you with a knowledge pertaining to all aspects of Business Administration, with a focus on international business and management. You will learn how doing business differs across the world and in which ways the management of organisations has to take cultural differences into account when managing offices abroad and coping with international subsidiaries. During the first semester of the third year, you are required to study abroad at one of our partner universities across the globe.

Please note that you need to meet so-called ‘referral criteria’ to be able to continue into this specialisation. This means that you must have studied the first year of Business Administration, you must have obtained a positive Binding Study Advice and you must have obtained a grade of at least 7 out of 10 for these two first-year courses: 'Organisation Theory' and 'Cross-Cultural Management and Communication'. These referral criteria apply for students who start in September 2022.

Specialisation Bedrijfskunde (Business Administration in Dutch)

For students who wish to continue their studies in Dutch, it is possible to choose the specialisation Bedrijfskunde. The content of this specialisation will be similar to the content of the specialisation Business Administration, but the difference is that some of the courses of the specialisation Bedrijfskunde are offered in Dutch. All aspects of running a company will be included, but with a focus on the Dutch market.

Module Schedule

Download the module schedule for Business Administration 2021-2022 (pdf, 184 kB).


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