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.
You will complete many 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.
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:
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.
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 take part in an existing research project related to economics or business economics. This project is an excellent way to practise conducting research.
This year is all about exploring your individual academic interests. Options include an internship, studying abroad, pursuing a minor or taking a number of electives.
During this year, Business Economics students will specialise in either Accounting and Control, Finance or Organisational Economics.
Those who choose a major in Economics will be able to design their own curriculum from a list of suitable courses. This list can be found in the course catalogue.
Is there a particular recent development that sparks your enthusiasm or do you have a great idea of your own? 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.
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