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  • Duration: 6 semesters
  • Degree Award: Bachelor of Science
  • Language: German/English
  • admission limited
  • Special admission requirements

Sustainability Economics - Bachelor's Programme

Orientation and Goals

The bachelor's degree program in Sustainable Economics focuses on the economic causes and approaches to solving the most pressing issues in in the transformation to a sustainable and economically responsible society.

Excessive consumption of important natural resources, uncertainties in energy supply, growing economic inequality worldwide, and dependencies due to globalization are existential challenges for today's societies. Many of these problems either have direct economic causes or result indirectly from economic developments. Therefore, mainly economic instruments are used to cope with these global problems.
Our students will be enabled to use economic methods to analyze the topics mentioned above and develop possible solutions for stakeholders in business and politics. The thoroughly mathematical, statistical, and empirical education of the students is a focus of the program.
In addition, the program allows students to develop their individual profile by offering a wide range of electives. 
Furthermore, a mobility window also enables students to expand their intercultural skills during a semester abroad. 

The degree program offers first-class prerequisites for starting a career in large enterprises, ministries, and international organizations. Additionally, it prepares students for in-depth academic study in advanced degree programs.

Study Design and Contents

In the course of the six semester bachelor's programme Sustainability Economics, students have to complete 180 credit points (cp): 132 cp in the general field of economics and sustainability economics, 18 cp for further specialisation according to personal interests, 15 cp for a training module and 15 cp for the final bachelor thesis.

The core curriculum covers mainstream economics, management and mathematics. The consecutive methods modules cover scientific methods such as statistics, econometrics and empirical research methods. The category of in-depth modules in sustainability provides insights into specific sustainability issues, e. g. resource and energy economics and environmental economics. The elective modules allow additional insights into management plus optional modules in sociology, politics or business informatics. Within the area of specialisation (18 cp), students can deepen their understanding by choosing specialised or interdisciplinary modules

Foreign Language Skills

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
You can proof your German language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)
English Language Proficiency see admissions regulations
  • If applicants are native speaker or
  • Through school certificates: Simple average of the score in English for the last two years of at least German grade 4.0 or 5 points.
  • Alternative proof:
    • Proof of knowledge at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
    • A course of at least two years at a further education institution where English is the primary language of instruction

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment and should not be older than two years.

Attention:
There is an exception for the enrollment procedure for the winter semester 2022/2023: English language certificates are accepted which are up to 3.5 years old.

Applicants who need a preparatory German course before commencing their studies must present their knowledge of English with their application.
For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

Should you be interested in developing a deeper understanding of this field, (for example if you aim for an academic career), you also have the opportunity to build upon your bachelor's degree with a corresponding master's programme. You can do this at a number of universities in Germany and abroad. At the University of Oldenburg, you can choose from several master's programmes in economics, including the (M.Sc.) Applied Economics and Data Science, (M.A.) Business Administration, Economics and Law, (M. A.) Management Consulting and (M. A.) Sustainability Economics and Management.

Target Group/Admission Requirements

International applicants who received their prior education abroad should apply online through uni-assist. For further details see: Application for international students


Proof of English Language Proficiency:

  • If applicants are native speaker or
  • Through school certificates: Simple average of the score in English for the last two years of at least German grade 4.0 or 5 points.
  • Alternative proof:
    • Proof of knowledge at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
    • A course of at least two years at a further education institution where English is the primary language of instruction

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment and should not be older than two years.

Attention:
There is an exception for the enrollment procedure for the winter semester 2022/2023: English language certificates are accepted which are up to 3.5 years old.

In case of doubt, the availability of the English language skills of the lecturer appointed by the Dean's Office of Faculty II will be decisive.

For other proof possibilities see: Language requirements

Application/Admission Procedures

This course of studies accepts a limited number of applicants, and application is only possible in the winter semester.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 15 July.
(Changed: 07 Dec 2022)