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You are already studying Management, Economics & Social Sciences and would like to find out more about the details of your studies? Then please continue reading on the  "programme structure" page. 

Key Facts

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 6 semesters
Credits: 180 ECTS
Language: English
Begining: Wnter semester
Content: Interdisciplinary content from Economics, Management, Psychology, and Sociology
International: 1 mandatory semester abroad

"My idea is to find new ways to have a positive impact."

Student of B.Sc. Management, Economics and Social Sciences

Programme overview

Starting from day one, the programme combines an entrepreneurial attitude with academic excellence. You will learn how to approach new problems, how to launch initiatives and how to drive sustainable change.

To support you gain a deep understanding of societal challenges, we provide you with state-of-the-art research findings in relevant fields from various disciplines, such as management, economics, sociology or social psychology. The programme also includes expertise from affiliated specialists, such as the “Institute of Energy Economics (EWI)” when discussing climate change.

You will learn advanced methodologies to rigorously analyse systems and to be able to draw evidence-based conclusions. In order to speed up your personal and academic development, you benefit from an innovative teaching and mentoring concept.

Please find a more detailed overview of the course of studies on the “Programme Structure” page.

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This programme provides you with:

  • Strong insights in societal challenges, such as climate change, inequality, and digital transformation
  • Management skills with a focus on solving new challenges
  • A truly inetrnational perspective as global challenges need global solutions
Prof. Dr Andreas Fügener

Our up-to-date research knowledge is applied in this programme and provides you with appropriate tools and knowledge. This helps you to approach future global challenges and to make comprehensive decisions for a better world.

Prof. Dr Andreas Fügener, Academic Director

This programme is right for you if you are:

  • Active: you seek a decision-making position to solve challenges
  • Aware: you consider consequences on planet, society, and long-term prospects
  • Ambitious: you are willing to work hard to gain a rigorous understanding

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Our programmme: interdisciplinary, interactive, international!


This programme helps you understand the “big picture” regarding societal and environmental issues and strategically evaluate and classify the complexity of relevant aspects. You will benefit the most from this programme if you want to actively pursue a management position for the purpose of shaping change. The content relates to the disciplines of management, economics, and social sciences (such as social psychology and sociology). Thus, this programme allows you to specialise at a later point in time.


I chose the WiSo Faculty because it has a very good reputation and you study not only business administration, but also other disciplines such as economics and social sciences. Their applied research is trying to improve society.

Hannah, Student at the WiSo Faculty

Interactive teaching approach

Holistic learning

We follow a holistic learning approach based on interactive lectures, seminars, and team projects. Our mentoring programme offers you the opportunity to clarify your values and to work towards your individual goals in a lively exchange with peers, alumni and entrepreneurs.

Challenge-based mindset

Problem-based learning challenges you to think critically, creatively and analytically. You will go through goal-oriented and cooperative co-creative learning processes and develop new ideas and solutions, while being integrated in diverse teams. Thereby you will apply different ways and tools of working. All this will enable you to actively shape social and entrepreneurial solutions for the complex challenges of the 21st century, while acting in an individually and socially responsible manner.


English-taught programme

As global challenges need global solutions, this programme is taught in English. For the majority of our study programmes we receive applications from a large number of different nationalities, which means we provide an international and intercultural environment for our students.

Mandatory semester abroad

Our cooperation agreements with carefully selected and programme specific group of excellent partner universities in Europe and Asia provide you with attractive options for your mandatory semester abroad. The courses offered by our renowned partner universities complement the range of courses offered at University of Cologne and further help you to develop an international mindset and intercultural competences, improving your skills in management, economics and social sciences.  

Topics with international relevance

The global perspective will accompany you throughout your studies. This is the only way to ensure that you, as a future decision-maker, can competently face future challenges.

"My idea of life is to look back one day, have no regrets and see positive results of my work/doing in someone else's life."

Student of B.Sc. Management, Economics and Social Sciences

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Is this programme the right one for me?

With the help of an online self-assessment (OSA), you can find out whether your personal interests, expectations and competences correspond to the requirements and contents of the bachelor's degree programme Management, Economics & Social Sciences. In addition, it contains references to further information and advice that can support you on the way to your study decision.
We therefore strongly recommend that you complete this OSA before applying and enrolling.*
*Registration in the Assessment-ILIAS of the UoC is required.

Career opportunities

Being part of this programme, will ensure you have the knowledge and skills necessary in order to shape the future, considering the planet and society instead of the maximisation of profits. You will focus on entrepreneurship and develop a system thinking that will help to turn your career plans into reality.

In general, you could work in most potential management or economic positions. More specifically, you will focus on sustainability with a start-up mind set, i.e. creating new organisations or driving innovation in existing organisations.

Dr Julian Conrads

Corporate Social Responsibility means eliminating negative effects of entrepreneurial action as best as possible. It also means that companies develop solutions in their field of business that address acute challenges facing humanity. In this way, you can create positive added value for your company - for yourself and for society.

Dr Julian Conrads, Sustainability Manager of the Cologne Start Up FOND OF and Alumnus of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Cologne

Exemplary jobs:

  • (Social) Entrepreneur
  • Managing new projects in a large corporation
  • Management position in an NGO
  • Position in (social) Start-Ups
  • Management position in companies covering sustainable topics
  • Consulting
  • After your bachelor studies you may also apply for consecutive Master programmes in management, economics, or social sciences.

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Application information

Detailed information and contact

We are happy to support you in your ambitions:

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 If you are interested in or have questions about our WiSo degree programmes, the advisors at the WiSo Student Service Point will be happy to help:

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