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Business Models for the Circular Economy

Summer School of , 5 ECTS
Economics, commerce, management and accounting Mathematics, natural- and computer science

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 3 weeks
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 850 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 340 EUR


More and more organisations are actively seeking ways to contribute to a sustainable development. The circular economy makes various promises in this direction. Through the closing of a multitude of loops, such as repairing, refurbishing, or recycling products and materials, a sustainable future is presented. But, what is the circular economy? Is it the great concept that it promises to be? What are the possibilities and limitations? And, what does it mean for you?  

In this course, we will explore the circular economy, unraveling its foundations, and analysing the way it works and the issues it aims to resolve building an economy in support of a sustainable development. With the tools at hand, we subsequently discover how we can shape a new future, designing business models that operate within the circular economy.   The aim of this course is to develop a deeper understanding of the circular economy and the implications of this new paradigm for value chains, organisations, business models, and value creation.

Furthermore, this course provides you with the knowledge that is essential to design business models and modes of value creation that are particularly suited to shape the transition towards the circular economy.  

This course will be taught over two weeks, in which you attend classes on campus in Aarhus. During the course you will be working on two assignments. The first assignment concerns group work. In your group, you will analyse a business case in the circular economy of which you write a brief case description. The second assignment is an individual redesign of the analysed case. The course is concluded with a written exam paper to be handed in two weeks after the course has ended. 

About the Degree

This is a summer course that counts 5 or 10 ECTS. 


  • You must be enrolled in a university programme at the time of the AU Summer University
  • If you are applying for admission to AU Summer University courses at the Master level, you must hold a relevant Bachelor's degree (or as a minimum 180 ECTS in your study programme
  • The application deadline is March 15th


The tuition fee varies from course to course. Find the price on the individual course page. Find more information here

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Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Jul 24


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