The Study

Mercurius Wageningen is the study association of three study programs:

Bachelor Business and Consumer Sciences
Bachelor of Economics and Policy
Master Management, Economics and Consumer Studies

A Bachelor program consists of 180 ECTS over 3 years: B1, B2 and B3. An ECTS is equivalent to 28 study hours. In general, most courses in Wageningen are worth 6 ECTS, which is equivalent to 168 study hours. Year 1 of the Bachelor (B1) has the same content for all students. You will receive one at the end of this year binding study advice.

In the second year (B2) you choose one of the specializations within Business and Consumer Sciences (Business or Consumer) or one of the focus areas within Economics and Policy (Environment and natural resources, Agricultural sector, Development issues or Spatial policy) .

In the third year (B3) you fill in your free choice space and you write your BSc Thesis. It is important to make an informed choice for the courses you will follow in your free choice space. You have 30 ects of free choice space in your bachelor. This is a very large part of your bachelor's degree and therefore it must be relevant to your study program. We help you as students by following an assessment process in the second year of the bachelor.
It is possible to choose a minor, this is a set package with subjects. For an overview of minors at WUR, see here. Other universities also offer minors for students. This is a great way to see which universities offer courses in your area of interest. Besides that you can find a suitable minor, it is also a good orientation way to see which university offers courses within your interest. It is also possible to choose individual subjects yourself (you should not call this a minor).

You don't want to study for a while? You can register once you are enrolled in the bachelor's program unsubscribe. Please note that you cannot re-enroll for the course at any time. You can only be re-enrolled and resume your studies as of 1 September and 1 February. An interruption from August to 1 February is therefore possible in this way.


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Free choice of space / exchange

You can design your free choice space at Wageningen University, another university in the Netherlands or at a university abroad: an exchange.

It is an unforgettable experience to study abroad for a while. You can do this as part of your studies in Wageningen, for example by taking your elective courses at a university abroad or choosing an internship or graduation course abroad. How can you organize this? In the second year there is an explanation by the Erasmus coordinator and on the website read more.

Marita van den Bergh is the Erasmus Coordinator (EC) for the Social Sciences students. You can per mail make an appointment with Marita. 

In this one vlog Sophie tells you more about the preparations for this exchange.

Study program approval

You must have this total package B1, B2 and the custom interpretation in your free choice room approved by the study advisor and examination board at least 6 months before graduation.
You do this by filling in SPA (Study Program Approval). You can find this on the SSC website.
SPA roughly consists of four parts:

  1. Common Part (These are the subjects that each student of the program follows)
  2. My Majors (This is your specialization or area of interest)
  3. My Minors (You use this option when you choose an existing minor)
  4. Optional Part (you use this option when you select individual courses to complete your package)

Thesis (bachelor)

The bachelor thesis or thesis (11 ects) is an individual assignment in which you conduct research based on a problem definition formulated by yourself. You will be guided by a teacher from one of the chair groups that belong to your specialization / field of interest. You plan your thesis in your third year of study. 

Before you can start your BSc thesis you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have passed courses of the first year
  • At least 42 ECTS of the second year courses, including the courses that prepare you for your thesis
  • Have completed the assessment process in the second year
  • Made a choice for filling in your free choice space

More information and the course guide can be found on the site for the thesis.

You do not have to register in advance for the bachelor thesis. Together with the thesis coordinator / supervisor, you agree a start and end date and the chair group takes care of your registration at the end of the process.