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Macroeconomics: International and Monetary Economics

Are you interested in globalisation, emerging economies and international trade? If so, consider this minor. In this minor you set out to thoroughly analyse phenomena such as economic growth, unemployment and inflation and the design of and challenges to budgetary and monetary policies.

With this knowledge you can understand and evaluate current theoretical and factual developments in the (world) economy. When you have completed this minor, you will be able to participate in and contribute to economic policy discussions. After this minor you will have a major advantage when seeking employment in the public sector, in private corporations, NGOs and international organisations.


This minor consists of 30 EC spread over two semesters.  There are four compulsory courses which cover a wide range of topics in macroeconomics (24 EC). This is supplemented with one elective that gives you the possibility to gain more knowledge of a particular subject (6 EC).

You can find the programme and detailed course descriptions of the current academic year in the Course Catalogue. In the 2019-2020 academic year there will be some changes in the courses.

Curriculum for 2019-2020:

Compulsory courses (24 EC)

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Period 1 Principles of Economics  
  Mathematics 1 for Economics  
Period 2 International Trade and Investment Macroeconomics 2

Electives (6EC, pick one)

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Period 1 Money and Banking Development Economics
Period 2 International Money & Finance History of Economic Thought

The Course Catalogue for the 2019-2020 academic year will be available as of June.

Entry requirements

  • This minor is open to students who have successfully completed their first-year (60 EC) of a research university Bachelor's programme.
  • Students from a University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who passed their first-year programme (60 EC) can also be admitted.

Required prior knowledge

  • No prior knowledge in the field of economics is required.
  • Students are expected to possess sufficient quantitative skills.
  • No prior knowledge in the field of mathematics is required, but students are strongly advised to prepare well if they have doubts about their mathematical skills.

Application and Admission

You need to apply for the minor before you can register for minor courses. For the application form, please visit the current Course Catalogue. Apply before 1 June 2019 to make sure you can register for your courses.

More info and contact

For more general information about taking a minor, visit the student website about minors at UvA Economics and Business. Or you can contact the Education Desk.

Macroeconomics: International and Monetary Economics
Mode Full-time
Credits 30 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September