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The programme is implemented as full-time studies. Classes are held from Mondays to Fridays. Next application period: January 5th to January 19th.

Basic information

  • Degree programme: Bachelor's Degree Programme in Business Management
  • Degree title: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Duration of studies: 3,5 years (210 ECTS)

Graduates have excellent employment opportunities with the majority finding employment after graduation. Students can find work in a variety of positions in the field of digital marketing and corporate financial management as well as an entrepreneurs.

The Bachelor’s degree programme in Business Management (BBA) at Laurea is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a career in business with an international focus in Finland or abroad. A key component of the programme is data-driven decision making and the use of digital tools to generate financial and market insights. You can specialise in digital marketing or financial management and you can also choose studies from other areas of business management.

The scope of the degree programme is 210 ECTS credits, which is equivalent to 3,5 years of studies. However, depending on your own study schedule and flexibility, you can complete the degree in a shorter time as well.

Programme content

The degree programme includes core competence studies and complementary competence studies. Core competence studies are obligatory to all students on the programme, and complementary competences studies which you can select according to your interest and which allow you to focus on a specific area of business management.

Complementary studies are offered, for example, in digital business, digital marketing and sales, financial planning, corporate finance and BI tools or entrepreneurship. Students are also able to choose complementary studies from other degree programmes at Laurea, as well as from Laurea’s partner universities in Finland and abroad, without additional tuition fees.

Your studies also include up to two work placements and a thesis.

Core competence

Core competence studies will give you a broad understanding of the key areas of business operations and a practical knowledge of all the basic functions of business.

During the core competence studies, you will study the following modules:

  • Business Operations 

    During these studies, you will develop interaction skills and competences in business, entrepreneurship and project work and learn to recognize and evaluate opportunities in the business environment and analyze and assess the prerequisites for successful business.

  • Business Development  

    These studies enable you to identify the needs of customers and develop customer-oriented products and enhance your organizational and decision-making competence in the business field. After these studies, you can generate and utilize financial information to support decision-making, plan and
    implement marketing activities, and acquire, develop, and manage customer relationships.

  • Sustainability and Business Analysis 

    During these studies, you will learn to make business decisions based on data and to use various tools in service design and digital marketing. These studies develop your knowledge of data analysis, sustainability, corporate responsibility, and the circular economy.

  • Expert in a Work Community (work placements) 

    Your studies include 30 ECTS worth of work placements which is approximately 5 months in total. You can choose to complete the work placements separately (two 15 ECTS periods) or combine the placements into one longer period.

  • Expert in Development and Workplace Innovation (including the Thesis) 

    These studies will develop your ability to study individually and in teams, carry out research and development work and support your career development and work identity. The degree includes a thesis project amounting to 15 credits in which you demonstrate your expertise in your field. The thesis may be a workplace development project or be done as part Laurea’sresearch and development activities.

Complementary competence

During the complementary competence studies, you can specialize and develop your skills in specific areas. Two main study paths are recommended for complementary studies:

  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Digital Marketing

We also offer a wide array of studies in topical fields of business management that you can choose from. You can also choose studies from Laurea’s other bachelor’s degree programmes, for example Business Information Technology and Safety, Security and Risk Management to be included as your complementary competence studies.

See the curriculum here

Studying in the Business Management programme at Laurea

Studies in this degree programme are daytime studies, which means that most of your core competence studies are completed during weekdays (from Mon to Fri) between 9AM and 6PM. However, the Business Management programme is a flexible programme, so you can choose from several paths and study options with many possibilities also for online studies.

At Laurea we are proud of our pedagogical model, Learning by Developing, in which students collaborate on authentic projects with lecturers, companies and business experts to develop and innovate business solutions. We believe this form of learning will develop your business insight and hone your interpersonal and project management skills.

The Business Management degree programme is suitable for students with a variety of backgrounds and interests. In addition to the skills of management, collaboration and problem-solving, you will also learn to use many of the digital tools needed in the modern workplace. Several of our courses provide students with the opportunity to complete various industry-recognized certifications and qualifications, such as those offered by Microsoft, Google and SAS. These will further enhance your prospects in the job market.

Your previous studies and work experience are also carefully considered when planning the studies. In many cases, it is possible to compensate for part of the studies through credit transfer or competence demonstrations, allowing you to progress rapidly through your studies. In all these discussions, you will be supported by a dedicated personal tutor, who will help you navigate the course selections and provide you with career counselling advice.

Internationality in studies

Throughout your studies you will have excellent opportunities for internationalisation and networking. As an English-language programme, we attract a diverse range of students and the typical group will contain students with many different first languages, both from other European countries and from around the world.

Through Laurea’s partnership network you will also be able to study on exchange in most continents from South America to the Far East, or even do a double degree, as well as experiencing internationalization at home through courses which have been created together with our international partner universities.

In the modern post-Covid world, much work will be carried out through online interaction in global teams. The Working Across Borders Virtual exchange project is one example of a course where you will experience the challenges and rewards of this type of collaboration in teams of students and teachers from around the world, all investigating sustainability solutions for a client company.

International double degrees

Double Degree means that a student will graduate from both Laurea and from a partner institution, provided that the student fulfils the requirements for graduation at the home institution as well as the additional requirements of the host institution. There is always a compulsory exchange semester included in the double degree.

In Business Management we have double degree contracts with the following institutions:

After graduation – employment and further studies

Your studies will equip you with key skills in critical thinking and communication, sustainability and entrepreneurship, and technological and digital competence. You will be practically oriented and able to work in different organizations and companies as experts or managers. Many of our students profile themselves as specialists, for example in the field of digital business, marketing, service design or accounting and finance. Others will go on to establish their own businesses.

You can continue your studies in a master’s degree programme. To apply for a master's level degree programme at a university or university of applied sciences you must have completed your bachelor degree. You can apply for a master’s degree programme in Finland in a university of applied sciences when you have worked for two years after completing your bachelor's degree. Laurea offers several master’s degree programmes in Finnish and two master’s degree programmes in Business Administration in English:

Tuition fees and grants

This programme has no tuition fees for EU students.

Non-EU/EEA area students who have been selected through the Finnish joint application for admission to degree programmes taught in English are charged tuition fees.

Tuition fee: €8 000/ academic year for non EU/EEA students.

Grants are intended for students paying yearly tuition fee in accordance with the grant fund regulations. The grants are provided to students applying for them provided that the student has completed at least 60 ECTS that count towards their degree programme in the previous academic year ending on 31st July. The size of any grant is to be at most equivalent to 15% of the yearly tuition fee.

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More information:

Bachelor of Business Administration, Degree Programme in Business Management, Leppävaara, 25 study places, apply 5th - 19th Jan 2022

  • Studies begin: Autumn 2022
  • Mode of teaching: Contact teaching
  • Teaching time: Daytime teaching
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