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Business Administration

How can you produce efficiently while keeping your organisation financially healthy and your staff motivated? Business Administration focuses on all aspects of entrepreneurship.

Business specialists study organisations from a variety of perspectives. They observe how the different sections of organisations affect each other and analyse their strengths and weaknesses. This may include issues such as making better working agreements, adjusting production lines, changing the company culture, introducing more effective marketing strategies, or even carrying out comprehensive reorganisations or outsourcing. In short, Business Administration focuses on all of the aspects that contribute to the successful running of businesses.

The Bachelor’s degree programme in Business Administration is a varied programme. In your second year, you will choose one of the profiles:

  • Accountancy & Controlling
  • Business & Management
  • Technology Management

Each profile consists of several core course units imparting knowledge that is important for any business expert, as well as course units that focus on a certain specialisation in depth. This means that upon completion of the Bachelor’s degree programme, you will have been broadly trained in the field of business administration, while also distinguishing yourself with your expert knowledge in your chosen specialisation.

Bachelor’s graduates can also further develop in the field of business administration in one of the many follow-up Master’s degree programmes on offer.

Facts & Figures
Degree
BSc in Business Administration
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
50645
Language of instruction
Dutch, English
Start
September
Faculty
Economics and Business
AACSB AccreditedEQUISStudie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?

Business Administration at the University of Groningen is a varied programme that provides a solid academic basis as well as a wide range of specialisation options. Students can follow the entire registered accountant (RA) and registered controller (RC) programmes in less time than at most other universities.

This is an internationally accredited programme, providing high-quality teaching that meets both AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities worldwide achieve.

Programme

In the first year, you will follow course units in the field of the marketing of products and services, financial and management accounting, human resource management and operations management. You will learn the tricks of the trade: how to map a business case, how to quantify and interpret data, how to conduct a literature study and how to set up a marketing research project. In addition, you will go on company visits or conduct research at a company.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Academic Skills I (5 EC)
Academic Skills II (5 EC)
Financial Accounting BDK (5 EC)
Gedrag in organisaties (5 EC)
Informatiemanagement BDK (5 EC)
Management Accounting BDK (5 EC)
Management Science (5 EC)
Marketing BDK (5 EC)
Organisatie en omgeving (5 EC)
Organisatie en technologie BDK (5 EC)
Statistiek BDK (5 EC)
Supply Chain Operations (5 EC)

In the second year, you will follow course units in fields such as financial management, design methodology, and law. In addition, you will choose one of the three profiles on offer: Business & Management, Accountancy & Controlling or Technology Management. You will study academic research methods and practice skills such as writing, presentation, and collaboration. You will also conduct a practical assignment.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
A&C - Advanced Financial Accounting (5 EC)
A&C - Boekhouden (5 EC)
A&C - Financial Reporting and Consolidation (5 EC)
A&C - Financiering (5 EC)
A&C - Internal Control (5 EC)
A&C - Introduction to auditing (5 EC)
B&M - A&C Accounting for Management Control (5 EC)
B&M - Human Resource Management (5 EC)
B&M - Management- en Organisatietheorie (5 EC)
B&M - Marktcontext en Marktonderzoek (5 EC)
B&M - Organisatieverandering en Leiderschap (5 EC)
B&M - Strategic Management (5 EC)
B&M - TM - A&C Financial Management (5 EC)
B&M - TM - A&C Kwalitatieve onderzoeksmethoden (5 EC)
B&M - TM - A&C Kwantitatieve onderzoeksmethoden (5 EC)
B&M - TM - A&C Ontwerpmethodologie (5 EC)
B&M - TM - A&C Recht BDK (5 EC)
B&M - TM Operations Management (5 EC)
TM - Applied Manufacturing Research (5 EC)
TM - Logistieke informatiesystemen (5 EC)
TM - Management of Product Innovation (5 EC)
TM - Ontwerpmethodologie (5 EC)
TM - Production Planning & Quality Contro (5 EC)
TM - Technologiemanagement (5 EC)
TM - Work Organization and Job design (5 EC)

In the first semester of the third year, you will choose either a University or Faculty Minor or a Minor abroad. A University Minor is offered by a different faculty and consists of course units outside your own field of study.

Such a Minor is mainly broadening in nature. A Faculty Minor enables you to specialize in one or several subfields in your field of study. If you choose a Minor abroad, you will follow course units at a foreign university. Due to professional requirements, the Accountancy & Controlling profile has a set programme that does not include a Minor. You can, however, follow an extra-curricular Minor (possibly abroad) if you want. In the second semester, you will write your Bachelor's thesis and follow a number of course units.

Possible Minors within the Business & Management profile include:

  • one of the Faculty Minors in Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Business and Taxation
  • a one-semester study abroad period
  • a deepening Minor within your programme
  • a broadening Minor at another UG faculty.

Students of the Technology Management profile can choose:

  • one of the Faculty Minors in Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Business and Taxation
  • a one-semester study abroad period
  • in-depth technical study at the Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • a broadening Minor at another UG faculty.
CoursesCourse Catalog >
A&C - B&M - TM Profiel specifieke vakken (20 EC)
Bachelor afstudeerwerkstuk Bedrijfskunde (10 EC)
Minor (30 EC, optional)

Curriculum

Het eerste en tweede jaar van de Bachelor Bedrijfskunde wordt in bovenstaande tabel volledig weergegeven, het derde jaar betreft een selectie van vakken uit de verschillende profielen.

Programme options
Business & Management (profile)

Op welke manieren kan een organisatie gestructureerd worden? Wat zijn de voor- en nadelen van verschillende constructies? En hoe ga je daar als manager mee om? Je leert het in dit profiel.

Het profiel Algemene Bedrijfskunde bestudeert organisaties en hun omgeving. Je leert over leiderschap, strategie en innovatie. Naast vijf centrale vakken doe je een onderzoeksproject, waarin je je opgedane kennis toepast. Dit kan bijvoorbeeld door een businessplan te schrijven of een concreet bedrijfsvraagstuk op te lossen.

Je kunt een minor volgen om je bedrijfskundige kennis te verdiepen. Ook kun je ervoor kiezen je kennis te verbreden door vakken te volgen aan een andere faculteit. Daarnaast is het mogelijk een semester in het buitenland te studeren. Ook kan je kiezen voor de minor Innovation and Entrepreneurship (www.rug.nl/minor-innovation-entrepreneurship)

Accountancy & Controlling (profile)

Ben je geïnteresseerd in een carrière als accountant of controller? Wil je aan de slag met echte cases? Dan is dit profiel iets voor jou.

In deze opleiding leer je betrouwbare bestuurlijke informatie- en beheersystemen opzetten. Op die manier doe je kennis en vaardigheden op waarmee je organisaties kunt adviseren over de (financiële) gevolgen van bepaalde beslissingen.

Belangrijke vakken binnen dit programma zijn Financial en Management Accounting, Boekhouden, Internal Control, Auditing, Belasting- en Ondernemingsrecht en Corporate Governance. De opleiding voldoet aan de eisen die de bij wet ingestelde Commissie Eindtermen Accountantsopleiding (CEA) en de Vereniging voor Registercontrollers (VRC) stellen. Daarom is in dit profiel geen minor opgenomen, alleen verplichte, verdiepende vakken. Zo word je goed voorbereid op de aansluitende master. Je kan altijd extra-curriculair een minor volgen (ook in het buitenland).

More information about this option

Technology Management (profile)

Wil je leren hoe je technologie kunt inzetten om bedrijven effectiever en efficiënter te maken? In dit profiel leer je management en techniek te combineren.

Technologie zorgt voor vernieuwing, maar dat gaat niet vanzelf. Ook technologie moet georganiseerd worden: van de inrichting van de werkplek en de taakverdeling onder medewerkers, tot materiaaleigenschappen, productietechnieken en intern transport.

In dit profiel leer je wat er komt kijken bij het ontwikkelen, maken en vernieuwen van producten en diensten. Onderwerpen als logistiek, productie, arbeidsorganisatie en informatieverwerking passeren de revue. Verder leer je over de rol die technologie speelt in het bedrijfsleven.

In het derde jaar kun je een minor volgen aan een bètafaculteit om je kennis van technologie te verdiepen. Of je kiest de minor Innovation and Entrepreneurship (www.rug.nl/minor-innovation-entrepreneurship). Ook kun je ervoor kiezen een semester in het buitenland te studeren. Je afstudeeropdracht bestaat uit een afstudeerwerkstuk en een praktijkopdracht waarin je een bedrijfsonderdeel her ontwerpt.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Want to spend a semester studying abroad? Our academic year is similar to those of most foreign universities, which means you can also spend a few months or a semester abroad. You will receive more detailed information about this during your studies. Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity to broaden both your personal and professional horizons!

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij

    wiskunde A of wiskunde B;Het profiel Cultuur en Maatschappij moet je aanvullen met tenminste Wiskunde A of B.

  • Economie & Maatschappij
  • Natuur & Gezondheid
  • Natuur & Techniek
  • HBO propedeuse

    Als je met een afgeronde HBO-propedeuse wilt instromen, dan kan dat mits je voldoet aan de wiskunde-eis. Voorwaarde is dat je minstens wiskunde A of B (voorheen wiskunde A12 of B1) op VWO-niveau afgerond hebt.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Om tot de bacheloropleiding Bedrijfskunde toegelaten te worden is een VWO-diploma met Wiskunde A vereist.

other admission requirements

Als je vragen hebt over aanmeldingsprocedures en deadlines, neem dan contact op met onze Centrale Studenten Administratie: https://www.rug.nl/csa

Registration procedure

Als je je voor het studiejaar 2020/2021 aan wilt melden voor een Bacheloropleiding zonder decentrale selectie, moet je dat uiterlijk 1 mei 2019 in Studielink doen. Dat is wettelijk vastgelegd. Vervolgens heb je recht op een zogeheten matchingsactiviteit. Bij zo'n activiteit check je of jij en de studie bij elkaar passen.

Lees meer over de matchingprocedure op Matching bij de Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Mathematics background knowledge equivalent to the Dutch pre-university (VWO) Mathematics A. This needs to be assessed by the Admissions Board on the basis of course descriptions.

language test

As this programme is fully Dutch taught you need to be sufficiently proficient in Dutch. As such, you will need to prove your proficiency in Dutch by passing the State Examination in Dutch as a Second Language (NT2-II).

previous education

To meet the general entry-level requirements, you will require an educational background equivalent to the Dutch pre-university education (VWO). For an overview of VWO-equivalent qualifications, please check https://www.rug.nl/vwo-equivalent-qualifications. If you have any questions concerning admission to the programme, please contact our Admissions Office: https://www.rug.nl/admissions.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 8900full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 9500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Master's graduates are eligible for a wide range of positions, both in the business world and in government institutions or non-profit organisations.

All of our degree programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, making your degree extra valuable on the job market. If you are interested in doing academic research, you can continue on to a PhD programme after graduating from the Research Master’s programme. A PhD is a perfect basis for a career in academia at a university or a research position in the business world.

FEB Career Services
To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Career Services empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies. Check: FEB Career Services.

Job examples

  • Management and consultancy

    A degree in Business Administration also qualifies you for management and consultancy positions in the fields of human resource management, marketing, IT and finance. You can help companies to improve their efficiency and introduce innovative solutions. Non-profit organisations and government institutions are also working hard to become more professional in their working methods. Examples of positions that our Business Administration graduates have found include business analyst, head of fundraising at a charity and senior manager of financial affairs at a large municipality.

  • Technology manager

    Graduates from the Technology Management profile are ideally suited for professions at the interface of management and technology, such as the positions of analyst, consultant, brand manager, industrial engineer, information analyst, organizational advisor, production manager, and quality manager. Virtually all of our graduates find jobs immediately after graduating. A technology manager is in fact at home anywhere – from multinationals to consultancy firms and from airlines to food manufacturers – as long as there is a focus on technology and a continual push for improvement.

  • Accountant or controller

    All Bachelor's graduates who followed the Accountancy & Controlling profile continue on to the Master's degree programme in Accountancy & Controlling and subsequently to a Executive programme in accountancy or controlling. These Executive programmes are also offered at the University of Groningen.

    The Executive Master of Accountancy can be started immediately after you've gained your Master's degree, whereas the Executive Master of Finance and Control requires several years of work experience. Accountants usually work for one of the 'Big Four' accounting firms: KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte or Ernst & Young. Businesses have their annual accounts audited by these kinds of firms. Accountants examine the overall organization of the business. They get a picture of the administrative organization, look at information streams and test certain transactions by conducting random sample checks and figure analyses. A controller is a regular staff member of a company and is responsible, for example, for preparing the annual accounts, drawing up budgets, making cost calculations, assessing investment proposals and setting up a performance measurement system. They could be called the 'financial conscience' of the business.

Research

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our teaching relates to both business and society. The Faculty also focuses on academic research and career development from the very start of its programmes. Analytical and critical thinking and problem-solving abilities are, after all, qualities that all students will need in their future careers.

In collaboration with external partners, we conduct research projects on banking, local government, customer analyses, leadership, energy, healthy ageing and lean operations, to name but a few examples of themes.

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Student profile

Interested in both academia and professional practice? The Bachelor's degree programme in Business Administration is an interdisciplinary and both academically and practically orientated degree programme that pays ample attention to the skills that are relevant in professional practice. The degree programme enables you to acquire broad academic training in the field of the functioning of and intervention in organisations.

(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system. N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

Study support

Although as a student you will be expected to plan your studies and work independently to a great extent, the Faculty will, of course, offer support. Together with other first-year students, you will be allocated to a mentor group, led by a senior student (your mentor) who will help you to quickly find your way around the Faculty. This is also the group that you will follow seminars with. You will also have regular progress meetings with your tutor (lecturer/supervisor).

The study advisors are there for you if you have specific questions about your studies. Right from the start of the first year, the groups regularly meet under supervision of a student-mentor. These groups enable you to meet fellow students, exchange information and complete assignments to gain insight into your own study methods and learn to study more effectively. Your successful study group is the same group that you will follow seminars with. This small-group approach will make it easier for you to get into contact with your lecturers. Each group has its own tutor, with whom you will have several individual meetings throughout the year to give you regular personal feedback on your study progress.

Successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you sometimes need to consult an impartial expert to check whether you are still on schedule or to talk to when personal circumstances affect your studies. The study advisors at the Faculty are here for you, and needless to say, they will treat all information that they receive confidentially.

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