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Study programme

At the Amsterdam School of Economics you can expect excellent teaching from professors respected in their field of economics, research or industry. Choose your track and specialise in the field of your interest.

Learn to use up-to-date theories and tools

Our own internationally recognised researchers introduce you to the latest techniques and theories. They will provide you with the up-to-date tools to take with you in your first job.

Experience guest lectures from top experts

Within each track you can expect guest lectures from experts working in a wide range of economic organisations and fields. We have had representatives from large (inter)national organisations that are active both in the profit and non-profit sector.

Education in the 1st semester of 2020-2021

The 2020-2021 academic year will start as scheduled in September. If we are once again allowed to offer education to physically take place at the Roeterseiland Campus, we will do this. We will use a step-by-step approach to decide which components we will be able to offer physically on campus, in compliance with government regulations. We expect that at first, these will mainly be small-scale activities organised to promote contact between students and between lecturers and students.

We will provide you as a student – wherever you may reside – with the certainty that you will be able to commence or continue with your study. Therefore, we will in any case offer education and exams online in the 1st semester. In each period, we will evaluate whether the circumstances, in line with the social distancing rules of a 1.5 metre society, allow for meetings of small groups for small-scale lectures at the Roeterseiland Campus. There will be no mandatory attendance for these lectures.

Interactive teaching

At the UvA you will enjoy mastering knowledge at the highest level through our blended learning teaching method. We offer both offline and online education such as Web and Tablet Assisted Video Lecture. This frees up class time for interaction with the lecturer and peers.

Assignments can be in traditional form such as a paper or a Powerpoint but also a video recording or a peer-feedback assignment.

The UvA Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching continuously works on improving our teaching methods with regards to interactions between students, teachers and learning resources.

The programme

The academic year is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. You round off each period with an examination.

  • Applied Econometrics

    In this course you learn about regression analysis. In applied economics this is a powerful tool to analyse empirical relationships. Particular attention will be paid to the statistical assumptions underlying the basic model. We will cover the analysis of: (1) experimental data, (2) panel data and (3) time series.

  • Games and Strategy

    In this course we use game theory to analyse optimal strategies for firms. After discussing the main concepts of game theory we apply these concepts to business strategy. We distinguish between the internal context and the external context of the firm.

  • Research seminar

    Writing a Master's thesis is mainly a learning-by-doing process. This process can be a lonely job, but on the otherhand you can learn from the problems (and solutions) of other students. This course is atypical in the sense that you will learn from other students and help each other.

  • Thesis

    The Master’s thesis is the final requirement for your graduation. It is your chance to dive deep into a business economics topic that you are enthusiastic about. You conduct your own research and present your research and findings in your thesis. A professor in your business economics field of choice (track) will supervise and support you in writing your thesis.

'The environment is very international'

Guy Tocker: 'the programme can be a bit overwhelming at times. But the lecturers are quite flexible and always willing to assist when asked to. With students coming from a variety of countries, the environment is very international.'
Read Guy's full review