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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

Global warming, rising sea levels, greenhouse gas emissions, loss of biodiversity, overuse of natural resources, poverty and growing inequality, these are all challenging problems the world is facing today. In order to deal with these challenges, there is a demand for leaders with solid skills in economics plus a well founded general knowledge in ecological and social issues. This bachelor course “Sustainability Economics” offers a first step towards an understanding of the underlying economical concepts concerning issues such as economic growth, globalisation, unemployment or energy supply.
By the end of the course, the students will be able to use economic methods to analyse various aspects of sustainability as well as discuss and evaluate different political and economic options. It thereby provides the students with excellent job opportunities in major local and international enterprises, NGOs or political organisations.
It also constitutes an excellent basis to continue scientific research in the field of economics and sustainability. Should there be interest in developing a deeper understanding, the student has the opportunity to build upon his or her bachelor's degree directly at the University of Oldenburg with the corresponding master's programme “Sustainability Economics and Management”.

Study Design and Contents

In the course of this six semester bachelor's programme, students have to complete 180 credit points (cp). 120 cp in the general field of economics and sustainability economics, 30 cp for further specialisation according to personal interests, 15 cp for a practical project and 15 cp for the final bachelor thesis.
The general field of modules (120cp) consists of three categories. The first category covers mainstream economics, management, mathematics plus some optional modules in sociology, politics or business informatics. The second category covers scientific methods such as statistics, econometrics and empirical research methods. The third category of modules starts looking into specific sustainability issues, e. g. resource and energy economics and environmental economics. These three categories add up to 120 cp. Then, for the remaining 30 cp, students can deepen their understanding by choosing specialised modules like corporate finance, logistics or more sustainability related subjects like environmental ethics or environmental law.

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
You can proof your English language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level B1
  • if applicants are native speaker or they have university entrance qualification or a university degree obtained in English (within the last two years)

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. 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

Target Group/Admission Requirements

Proof of fair command of English through
  1. completion of at least two years of instruction at a university-preparatory secondary school taught primarily in English, or
  2. a test at the niveau of B1: TOEFL ibT=57, cbT= 163, pbT= 487; IELTS=4; TOEIC=550; Cambridge PET, CELS Preliminary, BEC Preliminary or equivalent.

This requirement does not apply to native speakers of English.

Certificates of language skills must be provided at the time of enrolment.

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