The Master of Science degree program in Business Studies of the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics of the University of Bremen aimes at providing students with a broad range of skills, in-depth knowledge and international expertise that they will need for international business activities, and to expand the focus on economic and social impacts on internationalization and globalization. The Master program offers eight fields of specialization, whereof two fields have to be chosen by the students:
1. Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
2. Marketing and Brand Management
3. International Management
6. Business Taxation
8. Innovation Economics.
The main language of instruction is German, but English-taught lectures are also included. Visiting experts from all over the world are invited regularly to give lectures on topics in Business Studies.
This program has a duration of four semesters, Master’s Thesis included.
The Master of Science degree program in Business Studies includes compulsory and elective subjects.
In the Master program, the focus is on seminars and the project module, within which scientific and independent working are the focal points. The final examination is comprised of the master’s thesis which can be accompanied by a seminar.
The Praxis Summer Camp is an intensive 3-week-format in which 10 companies bring in specific project tasks that are handled by student teams (max 5 students). Most of the work is done directly in the company. While the opening and closing events are fixed dates in plenum, the project duration in between is individually coordinated in the teams, together with the companies. At the final event, the project results of all teams are presented.
The faculty maintains close contacts with companies and offers students several chances to get in touch with them: for example at the faculty careers day, a trade fair taking place at the university in the faculty’s rooms.
Proficiency in English: Level B2 (European Framework: upper intermediate level) or similar certification.
Proficiency in German (only needed if students did high school or university education in another language other than German): Lectures are mainly taught in German, so applicants have to pass a German Language test (normally DSH or TestDaF). For detailed information see: https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/studies/orientation-application/applying-for-a-place/applications-from-abroad/german-language-skills-for-degree-programs/
Although a semester abroad is not compulsory, it is recommended. In the Course of the advised course and study structure of the program, a semester abroad would be best planned for the third or fourth semester of studies. As a result of the elective range within the major, there is a high flexibility in regard to the courses that can be recognized and therefore a semester abroad can be considered without having to extend the duration of studies. Support in organizing a semester abroad is offered by the faculty’s Office for Practical Experience and International Affairs. Further information can be found on the homepage of the faculty under the category of 'International'. (https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/wiwi/international-affairs/international-affairs-of-the-faculty/).
As part of the application process for a place at a foreign university, the required foreign language abilities will be verified. When participating in the Sokrates/Erasmus Program students are asked to proof a level of B2 in the respective language of instruction at the host university.
Extensive advisory services in this area are offered by the faculty’s Office for Practical Experience and International Affairs.
All examinations in the Business Studies master’s program take place alongside the respective courses. One of the examination forms is the classic written examination whose duration differs depending on the course. This form of examination is mainly offered during the first Semester. Oral examinations, presentations, assignments and projects will be offered too. In many courses so called ‘Portfolios’ are admitted. These forms allow for ‘smaller’ examinations during the lecture period to be considered in the final grade.
When various examination forms are permissible within a course the students will be informed at the beginning of the semester of which examination type will be carried out. The written and oral examinations take place following the lecture period.
In the summer, the faculty offers a Summer School "Business Studies and Economics" for undergraduate students. The Summer School takes place from June to July. All courses are held in English. In the Summer School, foreign guest lecturers are involved and international guest students learn together with Bremen students.
Certified Derivate Trader (Eurex)
In cooperation with the Capital Markets Academy of Deutsche Börse, students of the University of Bremen can take the Certified Derivatives Trader exam and thus acquire a first-class and demanding additional professional qualification. The focus of the training is on imparting specialist knowledge about trading on the derivates exchange. The course provides basic theoretical knowledge on options and futures, analyses advanced trading strategies and discusses their possible applications in practice. After the course, students will be able to implement and test their own trading strategies. In 2019, prospective economists successfully passed the Deutsche Börse AG Certified Derivatives Trader exam for the first time. To the press release.