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Study plan - Bachelor of Business and Administration, Bergen

Autumn 2024

The study program follows the recommended plan from The National Council for Business Administrative Education (UHR-Business and administration), which coordinates the bachelor's level business administration study programs in Norway. The purpose of a joint plan is to ensure a high academic level and a common base of knowledge for the bachelor's students. The study plan is built up of required courses in business economics and accounting, methodology, economics, and administration for the first two years of the program. The last year of the program allows students to specialize. In addition, students may complete part of their studies abroad. The study program is cross-disciplinary and job-oriented, and qualifies students for admission to domestic and foreign master's level programs in business administration.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

The courses included in the bachelor program should in combination help students achieve the following learning outcomes at a program level, defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The candidate:

has accumulated knowledge on key topics, theories, issues, processes, tools, and methods in economics and administration, including:

how the capital markets and securities work, how companies are financed, how investments are assessed

how financial management tools are used and how accounts are prepared, reported, and analyzed

how businesses develop and implement strategies, how they are organized and managed, and how products and services are marketed and positioned.

how the market works, how consumers and manufacturers meet their choices, and how these are influenced by economic policy, technology, and international framework conditions

how businesses start, develop and change in line with needs, legal frameworks, and expectations in society, such as sustainability, globalization, innovation and technology development, as well as the importance of the Nordic working life model for work and business

how businesses carry out their activities in an ethically sound manner so that they safeguard their stakeholders and at the same time promote the UN's sustainability goals

has basic knowledge in mathematics, statistics and social science method, and understands how methodological tools are used in connection with obtaining, organizing and analyzing data.

is familiar with the subject areas' history, traditions, distinctive character, and place in society, as well as research and development work


The candidate:

Can use professional knowledge and relevant results from research and development work on practical and theoretical issues and make justified choices, including:

Can obtain, sort, and evaluate relevant information

Can analyze financial-administrative issues using suitable theory and empirical methods

Can make a critical assessment of uncertainty in their analysis

Has the ability to communicate content in analysis, method selection, results, and assumptions both verbally and in writing

Can use work-relevant digital tools, techniques, and forms of expression

Can assess different types of risks and consequences of decisions

Can use different professional perspectives and theoretical approaches to understand how businesses work

Can integrate accountability and sustainability considerations into the companies' business models and practices

Can update his/her knowledge within the area

General Competence

The candidate:

is conscious about own values ​​and how this affects one's behavior and decisions

Demonstrates ability for accountability, critical thinking, and ethical reflection

Understands how issues, processes, and decisions affect and are influenced by resources, context, and values

has a basis for contributing to long-term value creation for business and society

has a basis for operating in an international labor market

can collaborate in different contexts and across disciplines

has a basic understanding of IT systems and processes, and how these can contribute

business development and value creation

shall be able to contribute to promoting enterprises' innovation and adaptability in a changing labor market.


The program consists of basic subjects within the five main areas listed below:

  • Business economics
  • Administration
  • Economics
  • Methods
  • Ethics, social responsibility, and sustainability

In addition, throughout the study, students can choose subjects relevant to the study of business administration based on their wishes and interests. International student exchange is possible in the 4th semester.

The study offers specialization in the areas of logistics, accounting and taxation, economics, and organization and management. It is also possible to pursue a general degree without any particular specialization. Specialization in accounting and taxation qualifies for the educational requirements for authorized accounting professionals. In addition, 2 years of relevant work experience are required to apply for authorization according to the Recommended Plan Bachelor in Economics and Administration - profiling accountant approved by UHR in 2019.


Internship is at moment an option within the specialization in logistics.


The studies are based partly on lectures and guidance from the university's teaching staff, and partly on self-study and group work. We emphasize developing independence so that our students take responsibility for their own learning. Excursions and guest lectures are also included in the study program.

In courses where there are mandatory assignments (submissions or laboratory exercises), these must be approved for students to be allowed to take the exam. In several of the courses, assignments are carried out using computer tools. All students must have their own laptop computer. The study program has a strong focus on computer-supported learning.

Teaching methods and learning activities are described in detail in the course description for each course.

The teaching is mainly conducted in Norwegian.


The forms of assessment that are used are, among others, written school examinations, home exams, oral exams or folder assessments. There may also be a combination of several forms of assessment, such as home exams and school examinations. In many of the courses, there are mandatory work requirements that must be approved for the student to be able to take the exam in the course. The grading scale consists of the letter grades A-F or passed/not passed. See the course information for each course to get accurate information on the type of assessment chosen.


The program is designed in order to allow students to study abroad (at an institution the department has a partnership agreement with) in their 4th semester.


The bachelor's degree program in Business Administration is three years long, and each academic year is divided into two semesters. In each semester, students take courses equivalent to 30 credits. All students have a common curriculum during their first and second years, with limited opportunities to choose elective courses in the second year.

In the third year of the program, students can choose courses more freely based on their interests.