Dr. Sneha Gaddam, programme director of the Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Business Economics, explains what you can expect of this challenging Bachelor's programme. Additionally two of our students share their experiences with this Bachelor’s and student life.
Find out what our BSc Economics and Business Economics is about and why you should study it at the UvA.
Programme director Dr Silvia Dominguez Martinez provides you with additional information about the Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Business Economics. She will discuss the study programme, the 2 majors, career prospects and much more.
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What is the difference between Economics and Business Economics?
Economics is about making choices when there is scarcity and the impact such choices have on our daily lives and society. A distinction is made between 2 fields: micro-economics and macro-economics.
In Business Economics, you apply economic theories to decisions made by businesses. You consider the way they are organised, as well as the way they operate and their role in the economy.
What is the difference between the Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Business Economics and the Bachelor’s programme in Business Administration?
Although these 2 Bachelor’s programmes share certain aspects, there are major differences between them. Economics and Business Economics is an economics-focused, analytical Bachelor’s programme that is based on mathematical models. The Bachelor’s programme in Business Administration deals with everything involved in running and administrating a business, especially from a strategic perspective and in light of aspects related to people (customers, staff). The 2 Bachelor’s programmes overlap in the sense that the issues being studied relate to figures, such as in bookkeeping and financing.
Do you need to be good at mathematics to start with this Bachelor’s programme?
Mathematics is an essential aspect of this 3-year Bachelor’s programme. Quantitative and analytical skills are very important in economics, since they allow you to do such things as view economic phenomena from a mathematical perspective. It’s therefore important that you enjoy mathematics and are good at it.
What are the career prospects after graduating from this Bachelor’s?
Our students have excellent career prospects. All companies need a good economist to resolve all sorts of economics issues. As an economist or business economist, potential future employers include multinationals, banks, ministries, major businesses and SMEs in various sectors. You could be employed as a financial analyst, stock trader, economics adviser or accountant. Many of our students continue their studies by taking a specialist Master’s programme.
Will there be regular networking events?
Sefa, the study association for all Faculty of Economics and Business students, organises a number of online and offline career events a year, where you can meet potential future employers. In addition, there are regular guest lectures for you to attend, hosted by businesses and government organisations.
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