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Bachelor
Economics and Business Economics
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The study programme

During the Bachelor's in Economics and Business Economics, you will gain in-depth knowledge of theories from the fields of economics and business economics. In addition, you will train your analytical, statistical and practical skills. You will also be trained in the research methods needed when applying your knowledge to current issues within the field. This training will include working on relevant real-world cases.

The programme

You will complete assignments in small teams. This process will teach you to cooperate quickly and effectively with fellow students, each of whom has a different (potentially international) background. Employers increasingly value this skill as well.

While the lectures will be given in English, you will also have the option to take your seminars in the 1st year in Dutch if you prefer. Afterwards, the programme will be entirely taught in English.

  • Year 1: develop a solid foundation

    In the 1st year, you will become familiar with the basic concepts of economics and business economics. You will start with the course on Principles of Economics and Business. This course will introduce you to the fundamental issues as well as the underlying concepts of Economics, Business Economics and Business Administration. 

    For the rest of the year, you will follow introductory courses on 5 major topics: 

    • Accounting
    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Finance 
    • Economics of Markets and Organisations.

    You will also take supporting classes in Mathematics and Statistics. You will round off your year with an exciting research project. This project will give you a chance to practise conducting research and, by doing so, develop your skills.

  • Year 2: deepen your basic knowledge

    In the 1st semester, you will deepen your knowledge of statistics and econometrics. You will also learn all about the concept of money, which is a vital component of both economists’ and business economists’ work. To do so, you will complete the courses on Money & Banking as well as International Money and Finance. 

    Finally, you will ‘zoom out’ to explore the origins of economic sciences and the nature of economic knowledge during the course on Economic Methodology.

    Choose your specialisation
    In the 2nd semester, you will continue your chosen major in either Economics or Business Economics. If you have chosen Business Economics, you will follow courses in Corporate Law, Strategy, Accounting and Finance. Those who opted for Economics will take courses in Game Theory, Microeconomics, Mathematics and Macroeconomics.

    Take part in the Research Lab
    You will conclude the year with a Research Laboratory. Within the laboratory, you will gain knowledge in existing research projects related to economics or business economics. This is an excellent way to get acquainted with conducting research.

  • Year 3: internship, study abroad or minor and specialise

    First semester

    My Semester: customise your programme

    Your 3rd year is all about exploring your individual academic interests. Options include an internship, studying abroad, pursuing a minor or taking a number of electives.

    • Doing an internship: work at a company where you can put the experience and skills that you have gained into practice.
    • Studying abroad: spend a semester studying at a different university to give you an exciting experience.
    • Doing a minor: this ‘mini-curriculum’ gives you a chance to broaden and differentiate your knowledge. Pick up a few courses in Philosophy, Law or Chinese Language and Culture.

    Second semester

    During the 2nd semester of this year, Business Economics students will specialise in either Accounting and Control, Finance or Organisational Economics.

    If you choose a major in Economics, you will be able to design your own curriculum from a list of suitable courses. This list can be found in the course catalogue.

  • Thesis

    Is there a particular recent development or topic that sparks your enthusiasm? Writing your thesis, you have the chance to explore it fully while simultaneously training your ability to independently conduct relevant research. Your thesis is the final requirement to be completed for your graduation. Under the supervision of our researchers, you will follow a clearly defined path that will lead to your graduation with a Bachelor's degree.

Ján Gercák, student BSc Economics and Business Economics
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This programme opens up numerous doors. It connects fields such as finance, governance, sociology and even psychology. It reveals how the world works and why it looks the way it does Ján Gercák, student BSc Economics and Business Economics Read about Ján's experiences with this Bachelor's
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More about the courses in our course catalogue

Student coaching

The transition from secondary school to university can be a major step. For this reason, you will receive intensive academic counselling as a 1-year student. You can also count on individual support during the rest of your studies.

Do you have any questions about this Bachelor's?

Would you like to know what studying Economics and Business Economics at the UvA is like? Or do you have any other questions for our students?

'Being able to orientate myself during at least a full academic year would give me time to go over my options beyond the first year'

'The lecturers are generally of a high quality, which you notice when you attend classes. This makes it so much easier to study and to understand the subject matter. You feel taken seriously by the teachers.'

Additional options during your studies

  • Honours programme

    If you are ambitious, you can choose to take part in our Honours programme. You take the Honours programme alongside your regular studies. Completion results in you graduating 'with honours': an internationally recognised qualification.

  • Studying a semester abroad

    Studying abroad allows you to get to know a different culture, language and country, and we strongly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity. We have made collaborative and exchange agreements with over a 100 universities abroad, enabling you to study there for a semester.

  • Student associations

    Amsterdam has a thriving student community with many activities organised outside of the university’s grounds. You will find student associations focusing on networking, specific interests and sports. It is only at sororities and fraternities that you can expect an initiation ritual (hazing).

  • Student participation

    At university, you are entitled to make your voice heard and assess the quality of your own education. Students can participate in the discussion on the university's education policy in various ways, such as by joining the Programme Committee, the Faculty Student Council or the first-year focus group. You can also stand for election and dedicate your efforts to the programme and your fellow students.

Interactive Online Learning at UvA Economics and Business

During your Bachelor’s, you will experience an inspiring combination of both offline and online education. We work with a blended learning teaching method. By applying this method, you will be able to combine different types of learning into 1 approach and enjoy mastering knowledge at your own pace. During class there will be more time for in-depth analyses and interaction with your lecturer and peers.

Types of education
In this programme, you will find that in your education there’s a balance between innovative teaching methods and traditional forms. Writing an academic paper can be alternated by an online challenge. A peer-feedback assignments or a video recording with explanation can also be part of the teaching method.

Our Centre for Educational Innovation and our Teaching and Learning Centre are continuously working on improving our teaching methods. We take the interactions between students, teachers, and learning resources into account. In doing so, we hope to offer you the right combination of challenging, effective, and efficient education.