Department of Economics and Business Economics is part of Aarhus BSS, one of the five faculties at Aarhus University. Aarhus BSS holds the distinguished accreditations AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS for its business-related activities. The department employs approximately 140 academic staff and 70 PhD students and is headed by Niels Haldrup.

The faculty teaches and carries out research into microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, finance and accounting, as well as operations research. The department has a strong international focus in its research and degree programmes.

Communication with the business community, political decision-makers and society in general is of crucial importance for the department. The knowledge available at the department is therefore shared with a wide audience at seminars and workshops, and in the Danish media.

In addition, the department focuses to an increasing extent on attracting external funds, so that it will be possible to house centres of excellence and research centres spanning different departments and main academic areas.


The department offers a wide range of educational programmes in economics and business economics at bachelor and master levels. The combination of Economics and Management is the bachelor and master programme of cand.oecon. with the possibility to join the elite programme – the International Master of Science in Quantitative Economics (cand.oecon. – IMSQE).

For the bachelor programme in economics and business administration (HA), we offer courses in economics, accounting, finance and business tools and at Master level (cand.merc.), the department makes it possible to specialize in business intelligence, finance, logistics, finance and international business, and international economic consulting as well as to gain the auditing degree (cand.merc.aud).

Other interesting educational combinations offered at the department are programmes that combine 1) Economics and Mathematics (cand.scient.oecon) jointly with the Department of Mathematics,  2) Economics and Public policy (Politik og Økonomi) jointly with the Department of Political Science, and 3) Economics with a subsidiary subject such as Psychology, Language, Biology, Film and Media or Economics and Management in the Bachelor of Arts programme in Social Science (Ba.soc). Also, the department offers a Master programme of Arts (MA) in Business Administration (cand.soc.).

At the executive level, the department jointly with the Department of Management holds responsibility for the MBA in Business Administration and the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration educational programmes.


The department carries out research into accounting, finance, logistics and operations research, microeconomics, macroeconomics, business administration, and econometrics.

The department is ranked top 20 in Europe and top 54 in the world as economics department based on its research publications (Tilburg).