On this page you will find everything you need to know about the structure of the bachelor’s degree course in business administation offered by the University of Münster, the compulsory elective modules which have to be taken by third-year business administration students, the key qualifications module that has to be taken by second-year students, and the bachelor’s thesis which has to be written at the end of the course.
The normal length of the degree course is six semesters (three years of study). It has a modular structure, and the content rests on three pillars: business administration, economics, and a mixture of quantitative methods, law and key qualifications.
The course sequence is based on the assumption that students embark on their studies in the winter semester. Both the modules and the course sequence can be found in the module guide book, which will be an indispensable companion throughout your time at the University.
In the first two years of your studies, you will be familiarised with the essentials of business administration. The spotlight will be turned successively on four major subdomains of this discipline, viz. accounting, finance, management, and marketing. You will also achieve an understanding of the principles of economics and private law and learn how to apply quantitative methods. In the second year you will acquire vital key competencies such as the ability to use foreign languages for business purposes, play business simulation games and do academic work. In the third year you can specalise in subjects of your choice by selecting options from a menu of compulsory modules. In seminars previously acquired knowledge is taken up again and integrated into new contexts. At the end of the course you have to write a bachelor’s thesis to demonstrate your ability to apply your skills and knowledge to the resolution of an academic problem.
Compulsory Elective Modules about Business Administration
The third year affords numerous opportunities for deepening knowledge and specialisation. Thus, for instance, students can opt for classes in subjects such as accounting, marketing or management. A detailed list of core electives can be found in the module guide book. Altogether you have to take four deepening modules.
The key qualifications module is a major component of the second year of the course. The aim is to equip students with crucially important skills and knowledge (self-competence, social skills, methodological expertise and business English).
In a bachelor’s thesis acquired knowledge has to be applied to a current problem relating to business administration. The purpose of the thesis is to demonstrate that a BA candidate can deal with a problem with the aid of scientific methods and complete work within prescribed time limits without external assistance. Students working on a thesis develop the capacity to translate into a body of coherent arguments the knowledge they have accumulated during the course. They also learn how to read up specialist literature unaided and write academic texts.
There are a number of documents concerning the bachelor’s degree course in business administration. It is essential that you should familiarise yourself with these documents before embarking on your studies: