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Study programme Bachelor's Business Administration

Every year of the Bachelor’s of Business Administration is divided into two semesters. The semesters are divided into two blocks, during which you have lectures and seminars. At the end of each block, you have 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 (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.

Instruction modes

Curriculum

  • Curriculum year 1

    During the first year, you explore the content of the field of business administration. You learn how the academic field relates to the real world and get acquainted with research methods. At the end of the year, you conduct a research project with other students. During this project, you combine theoretical knowledge you learned during first year with practical insights.

    Note: Due to curriculum changes for the academic year 2024-2025 in the information below is subject to change.

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  • Curriculum year 2

    After the first year of Business Administration you will explore certain topics further during the second and the third year. The courses are shown below.

    Note: Due to curriculum changes for the academic year 2024-2025 the information below is subject to change.

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  • Curriculum year 3

    The third year focuses on specific development and the further integrating and applying knowledge and skills in different courses.

    Note: Due to curriculum changes for the academic year 2024-2025 the information below is subject to change.

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This programme has a binding study advice

Minimum ECTS
42
This study programme consists of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) per year. At the end of the first year you will need to have accumulated a minimum of 42 ECTS in order to receive a positive BSA to continue your studies in the second year. Failing to meet this minimum requirement and receiving a negative BSA means that you are no longer allowed to continue with your studies. Of course, we will consider outstanding circumstances such as sickness or other personal factors. Your study advisor or mentor will regularly discuss your study results with you so that you are not faced with any surprises.

Internship

An internship offers various possibilities: you can gain insights into the work environment where former students often find themselves after graduating, or you could combine your internship with a bachelor or master thesis. Another possibility is to specialise yourself on an area that in your eyes wasn’t taught extensively during the followed courses. It is also a great way to improve your professional network, to better your social skills and discover where your specific interests are.

Practicalities

It is possible to obtain ECTS for an internship. One of the conditions is that the internship includes a research on a practical problem within the organisation. In general an internship during the bachelor program will take about 336 hours (or 9 weeks of fulltime work).

Our aim is that you will put the skills and knowledge you gained during your study to practical use. The curriculum is designed in a way that an internship is possible during the third year, depending on which specialisation you chose.

Study abroad

During your Master’s/Bachelor's programme, you will have the opportunity to go abroad for your studies, internship and/or thesis. You will learn to look at things from the perspective of a different culture and you will meet new people; it is an experience that will enrich your life. What’s more, it will look great on your CV.

Please see the International Office web page for information about meetings, scholarships, internships and other practical information.

Additional challenge

Do you want an extra challenge during your studies? Do you find it interesting to think about current, social themes from different academic perspectives? Discover what the Radboud Honours Academy has to offer to achieve your maximum potential during your time as a student.