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Economics and Business Economics

Study programme

Economics and Business Economics

Economics is about making choices. You study the way governments, companies and individuals use and distribute scarce resources and how this impacts daily life and society. Business Economics focuses on the economics aspect of how businesses are run. It focuses on the economic processes that occur around companies. The two are fascinating areas of study, and in this programme you will become well-versed in both.

About the programme

Economics and Business Economics is a three-year full-time Bachelor’s programme at the UvA. The programme develops your professional and intellectual abilities to an academic level, delivering in-depth knowledge of fundamental Economics and Business Economics concepts as well as analytical and statistical skills. You will also receive training in research methodologies and practical skills required to apply the knowledge to actual questions of research and analysis.

Studying Economics and Business Economics at the UvA is an unforgettable experience, and one you will benefit from throughout your personal and professional life.


Your first year

You will spend your first year familiarising yourself with the basic concepts of economics and business economics. The first course you will take is Principles of Economics and Business, which will provide you with a bird’s eye view of the fundamental issues and basic concepts of Economics, Business Economics, and Business Studies. During the rest of the year, you will take introductory courses in the five main subject fields Accounting, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Finance and Economics of Markets and Organisations, as well as in Mathematics and Statistics. You finalise your first year with a challenging Research Project, where you will develop and practise your research skills.

Your second year

In the first semester of the second year, you will deepen your statistical and econometric knowledge. You will also explore in depth the subject of money, which is of prime importance to both economists and business economists, in the courses Money and Banking, and International Money. Finally, you will take a step back and reflect on the workings of economic science, and the nature of economic knowledge, in the course Economic Methodology.
In the second semester of the second year, you continue with either a major in Economics or a major in Business Economics. If you opt for the Business Economics major, you will take core courses in Corporate Law, Strategy, Accounting and Finance; for the Economics major, your core courses will be in Game Theory, Micro-economics, Mathematics and Macroeconomics.

Research Lab

You will finish the second year by participating in a Research Laboratory, where you will further develop your research skills and will apply your acquired skills and knowledge to seek solutions to genuine issues from the fields of economics or business economics.

Your third year

Your third year is about your own scientific interests. You may go on an exchange to a university abroad for a life-changing experience; take a minor, or take a number of elective courses.

  • Internship: working at a company to apply your acquired skills and knowledge in the field.
  • Exchange abroad: studying a semester at another university abroad will give a life-changing experience.
  • Minor: a kind of mini-study programme. A minor will give you the opportunity to broaden your academic scope. It covers a variety of topics ranging from philosophy or law to Chinese culture and language.
  • Electives

UvA Course Catalogue Economics and Business Economics

Academic Calendar - Year 3

Students who opt for the Business Economics major can specialise during the third year in Accountancy and Control, Finance, or Organisation Economics. Students who opt for the Economics major can put together their own programme by choosing from a list of advanced courses.


Finally, your thesis. Under guidance from our researchers, you will follow a structured path towards completing your thesis in the fields of Economics or Business Economics.

Read more about the courses of this programme in the Course Catalogue.