Faculty of Economic Sciences

‘Bachelor of Arts’ (B.A.)


Can be combined with over 40 subjects

Studies in economics as part of the two-subject bachelor's degree programme can be individually combined with a second subject at Göttingen. This degree programme offers comprehensive training in the methodical basics of economics and the possibility to create your own study profile. The focus of economics at Göttingen is in the direction of international economic relations. A master's degree in international economics or development economics as well as in taxation or applied statistics can be completed afterwards.

General Information

  • The two-subject Economic Sciences bachelor's programme is accredited (ZEvA Hannover).
  • The degree programme is entirely modular, which means students must accumulate credits. The programme is complete when students reach 180 credits.
  • Language: German
  • The programme generally takes six semesters.
  • Enrolment is only possible during the winter semester.
  • Applicants for the two-subject Economic Sciences programme must have excellent math and English skills. Applicants who lack the necessary skills are advised to visit introductory classes or take the math module of the bachelor's degree programme during the orientation period.


Admission requirements and process

Göttingen University's general admission requirements for two-subject bachelor's degree programmes also apply to the two-subject Economic Sciences bachelor's degree programme.

Degree programme goals

Demand for trained professionals who think and make decisions with a global view is growing strongly as economies become more international and the value chain becomes increasingly trans-national, which is creating a more dense international network of companies. Learning the economic connections between economies and the criteria for corporate, budget and government decisions form a sound educational basis and provide a foundation for beginning a career or consecutive academic training based on the spread of internationalization. Additionally, students become aware of the advantages of increasing international relationships.

The goal of the Economic Sciences degree programme is to relate the basic knowledge necessary for the transition to a career and the ability to recognize the main concepts of the topic as well as provide familiarity with basic scientific methods and discoveries. In addition to becoming familiar with the basic concepts, students should also acquire specialist knowledge as part of curriculum, which they partially develop themselves,

  • to gain good general and specialized career skills.
  • to form a basis for completing a subsequent professional degree in the form of a master's degree.


To achieve these goals, the degree programme links established theories with practical issues and developments to offer students not only scientific qualifications but also the ability to act within their professional roles. The degree programme is designed to offer not only the expected professional qualifications but also provide scientific development in the programme's field.

Degree programme structure

In addition to the information below, you can also visit the homepage of the Faculty of Humanities for further information on the structure of the double-degree bachelor's programme. The homepage also provides a comprehensive overview of all available double-degree programmes.

For the bachelor's degree, completion of 180 credits is required, comprised of:

  • 66 credits in economics (core curriculum)
  • 66 credits in the elected minor (see the regulations pertaining to the second subject)
  • 36 credits in professional skills/studies = 18 credits in key competencies + 18 optional credits
  • 12 credits for the bachelor's thesis


Core curriculum for Economics (66 credits)
Students must fulfil the following requirements of the compulsory module (24 credits)

  • Microeconomics I, 6 credits
  • Macroeconomics I, 6 credits
  • Microeconomics II, 6 credits
  • Macroeconomics II, 6 credits
  • The remaining 42 credits can be fulfilled through the participation in the economics module (B.WIWI-VWL[#], B.WIWI-QMW[#]), mathematics (B.WIWI-OPH.0002) or statistics (B.WIWIW-OPH.0006). Please note that a minimum of 6 credits must be obtained through participation in an Advanced Seminar in Economics ("Volkswirtschaftliches Hauptseminar").


In addition, new courses and events will be offered every semester that may not be in the Module Handbook. For further information, please see the webpage "Additional Modules Accepted for the Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programmes".

Professional Skills/ Studies (36 Credits)
In terms of professional skills, completion of 18 credits in key competency courses, and 18 credits from the offered focus areas are recommended. If you plan to enrol in a master's programme in economics, please ensure that your course selection meets the requirements to enter the programme (see below for further information). In doing so, you can choose a profile of either your focus within economics, or from your double major or concentration. The Faculty of Economic Sciences offers two different "profiles" for those electing to complete a double-degree:

  • Scientific Profile: You can take additional modules in economics (M.WIWI-VWL.[#]) and quantitative methods (M.WIWI-QMW.[#]).
  • Professional Profile: For this profile, you can take modules from Business Administration, Business Education and Business Information. Into the bargain, you can choose out of all modules with "B.WIWI-VWL"- and "B.WIWI-WB."-identification. For further information, please see the website: "Professional Profile - Selection of Modules". Constructing your profile is designed to be an open process, allowing for a combination of different profiles.
  • Additionally, one can select the General Studies profile that covers the complete professional skills/studies area (36 credits). In this profile, you can combine the two profiles above. Important to note is that only modules from one of the above profiles or from a key competency can be selected.


In terms of the faculty-wide key competency modules, you can also select modules from other faculties such as course offerings from ZESS (Central Institution for Languages and Key Competencies). Detailed information on the interdepartmental key competencies can be found here: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/schluesselkompetenzen

Bachelor's Thesis (12 Credits)
The bachelor's thesis can be completed in either one of your subject majors of your bachelor's studies. A prerequisite for commencing your bachelor's thesis in economics is completing at least 36 credits in the core curriculum of economics, including the economics seminar.


Transitioning to the master's degree programmes in economics

If you plan to continue your studies and enrol in one of the master's programmes in economics such as International Economics, Development Economics, Taxation or Applied Statistics; we recommend that you complete additional courses in the professional skills/ studies area in addition to the required modules. Courses in the professional skills/ studies modules are prerequisites for the master's programmes. It is also recommended to select a bachelor's thesis topic that is relevant for continuing your studies at the master's level.


Master of International Economics
Admission to the master's programme in International Economics requires 60 credits in Economics, with at least 30 credits from modules in economic theory, finance and foreign trade. Additionally, at least six of these credits must be in trade theory, and at least 12 credits must be from modules in mathematics, statistics or econometrics. The following six credit module must also be completed: B.WIWI-VWL.0005 Grundlagen der internationalen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen (6 credits / 4 SWS).

The following courses are also highly recommended:

  • B.WIWI-VWL.0003 Einführung in die Wirtschaftspolitik (6 credits/ 4 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-VWL.0006 Growth and Development (6 credits / 4 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-VWL.0004 Introduction to Finance (6 credits / 4 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-VWL.0007 Introduction to Econometrics (6 credits / 6 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-OPH.0002 Mathematics (8 credits / 4 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-OPH.0006 Statistics (8 credits / 5 SWS)


In the Advanced Seminar in Economics, it is recommended that you select a topic pertaining to foreign trade.


Master of Development Economics
For admission to the master's programme in Development Economics, 60 credits in economics and/ or agricultural economics are required. 30 of these credits should so be obtained through modules in economic theory, agricultural economics and development economics. 12 additional credits must have been completed in mathematics, statistics or econometrics. Therefore, the following modules are prerequisites for the master’s programme:

  • B.WIWI-VWL.0006 Growth and Development (6 credits / 4 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-VWL.0041 Introduction to Development Economics (6 credits / 4 SWS)



The following courses are also highly recommended:

  • B.WIWI-VWL.0003 Einführung in die Wirtschaftspolitik (6 credits / 4 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-VWL.0005 Grundlagen der internationalen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen (6 credits / 4 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-VWL.0007 Einführung in die Ökonometrie (6 credits / 6 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-OPH.0006 Statistics (8 credits / 5 SWS)


In the Advanced Seminar in Economics, it is recommended that you select a topic pertaining to development economics.


Master of Taxation
For admission to the master's programme in Taxation, 60 credits are required in economics, business administration and law. 30 of these credits must be in finance, corporate taxation, public finance, microeconomics and law. Additionally, 12 of the 60 credits must be from modules in mathematics, statistics or econometrics. Therefore, students must also successfully complete the following courses:

  • B.WIWI-VWL.0004 Einführung in die Finanzwissenschaft (6 credits / 2 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-BWL.0001 Unternehmenssteuern I (6 credits / 6 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-OPH.0004 Introduction to Finance (6 credits / 4 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-OPH.0009 Law (8 credits / 6 SWS)



The following courses are also highly recommended:

  • B.WIWI-VWL.0003 Einführung in die Wirtschaftspolitik (6 credits / 4 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-VWL.0007 Introduction to Econometrics (6 credits / 6 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-OPH.0002 Mathematics (8 credits / 4 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-OPH.0006 Statistics (8 credits / 5 SWS)


In the Advanced Seminar in Economics, it is recommended that you select a topic pertaining to finance.


Master of Applied Statistics
For admission to the master’s programme in Applied Statistics, 60 credits are required in statistics, mathematics, informatics or other quantitative areas. A minimum of 24 of these credits must be in statistics. Therefore, the following modules are prerequisites for the programme:

  • B.WIWI-OPH. 0002 Mathematik (8 credits / 4 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-OPH.0006 Statistik (8 credits / 5 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-VWL.0007 Einführung in die Ökonometrie (6 credits / 6 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-QMW.0001 Lineare Modelle (6 credits / 4 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-QMW.0003 Angewandte Ökonometrie (6 credits / 3 SWS)



The following courses are also highly recommended:

  • B.WIWI-VWL.0006 Wachstum und Entwicklung (6 credits / 4 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-VWL.0028 Einführung in die Spieltheorie (6 credits / 4 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-BWL.0004 Produktion und Logistik (6 credits / 4 SWS)
  • B.WIWI-BWL.0005 Beschaffung und Absatz (6 credits / 4 SWS)


In the Advanced Seminar in Economics, it is recommended that you select a topic pertaining to quantitative methods.

The formal requirements for admission to each master's programme are outlined in the Admissions Regulations.


Career perspectives

A variety of professional opportunities await graduates of the two-subject bachelor's degree programme in Economic Sciences. Both the structure and content of the modules have been designed to join with the key qualifications provided by the programme to create a solid foundation for entering professional positions in companies, associations, guilds, public administrations, international organizations and similar institutions.

Among the actual, potential positions available to graduates of the Economic Sciences bachelor's programme are, for instance:

  • Specialist for external economic issues in industrial companies, banks, insurers, consultancies
  • Specialist with knowledge and experience in empirical economic research for associations and major corporations
  • Specialist for micro- and macroeconomic problems within the financial sector for positions with banks, insurers, industrial companies and associations.

  • Students become even more prepared for positions in international public or private institutions as well as multinational corporations when they select a secondary subject related to language, culture, politics or social sciences.

    By successfully completing the programme according to the requirements stated above (see: Recommended curriculum for acceptance to the International Economics or Development Economics Master's Degree Programmes), graduates can progress to the aforementioned consecutive master's degree programmes. In October 2013 additionally start two new master's programmes (mainly German-language): The "Master of Science" (M.Sc.) in Taxation and the "Master of Science" (M.Sc.) in Applied Statistics.