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Microeconomics: Markets and Organisations

This minor explores the behaviour of economies at the level of the consumer, producer and various government bodies. You will acquire deeper insights on how markets and organisations function as well as learn to analyse the role that the government plays in the interaction between businesses and consumers. If you prefer a model-based approach and if you have a strong interest in mathematical analysis, this is the minor for you!

After this minor you are able to understand and evaluate theoretical knowledge and current developments in the product and labour markets. This will give you an advantage when seeking employment in the public sector, in private corporations, NGOs and international organisations.


This minor consists of 30 EC spread over 2 semesters. There are 4 compulsory courses which cover a wide range of topics in microeconomics (24 EC). This is supplemented with 1 restricted-choice elective that gives you the possibility to gain more knowledge of a particular subject (6 EC).

  • Principles of Economics
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  • Mathematics 1 for Economics
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  • Microeconomics 2
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  • Game Theory
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  • Natural Resource Economics
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  • Restricted-course elective: International Trade and Investment
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  • Restricted-course elective: Organisational Economics
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  • Restricted-course elective: Economics of Markets and Organisations
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  • Restricted-course elective: Industrial Organisation
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Find detailed course descriptions in the Course Catalogue (updated in June)

Entry requirements

  • The minor is open to students who have successfully completed their first year (60 EC) of a research university (WO) Bachelor's programme.
  • Students from a University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who passed their first-year programme (60 EC) can also be admitted.
  • Students from the UvA Bachelor's programme in Business Administration obtain an exemption for the course “Principles of Economics” . These students have to take one additional course from among the above list of elective courses in order to ensure that their Minor-programme consists of 30 EC.
  • Students from the UvA Bachelor’s programme in Econometrics or Actuarial Science are not allowed to take the Minor Microeconomics: Markets and Organisations (30 ECTS).

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

The application deadline has passed and we will no longer accept applications.

What do you need to apply?

All students

  • a short motivation to be copied in the application form.

Non-UvA students:

  • Sign up as an elective student (bijvakstudent) for Bachelor's in Economics and Business Economics in Studielink before 8 May. Important: make sure that your start date is 1 September 2022.
    You will not be able to sign up for the minor without enrolment.
  • a signed and stamped transcript of your study results so far.

More info and contact

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

Facts & Figures
Mode Full-time
Credits 30 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September