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Do you have excellent analytical and leadership abilities? And is it your goal to use applied research to tackle complex real-life problems? The Econometrics Honours programme is a great challenge and a chance to broaden your horizon beyond the scope of your track.

Are you a student of the Econometrics MSc and do you have a record of academic excellence, a critical mind and an enthusiasm for applied research? Then this Honours programme is a great opportunity for you.

Why apply for the Honours programme?

The Honours programme is your chance to gain knowledge at the highest level within the field of Econometrics. You will practice applied research skills on top of your chosen MSc Econometrics specialisation track and deep-dive into the programme. This Honours programme is a rewarding addition to your curriculum and the perfect chance to stand out to future employers.

Real-life business case: investigate high-frequency trading strategies for cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are a rapidly developing phenomenon in financial technology, attracting considerable research interest. In this case, you will investigate the potential profitability of high-frequency trading strategies (at the minute level) for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Ripple, or Litecoin. Which investment strategies should you use? Which algorithms are most promising? Is the inclusion of social indicators beneficial?

Specific courses

The Economics Honours programme (15EC) is taken concurrently within your 1-year Econometrics MSc. Besides being able to choose your specialisation track, the Honours programme adds 2 extra courses and a research project to your MSc.

  • Real-life business case

    Solve a business case and present your results to your fellow students. You will carry out this assignment in a small and diverse team of MSc students who are all enrolled in different MSc programmes at the Amsterdam School of Economics. One of our senior researchers will provide support to the team as you solve your business case.

  • Extra course related to your track
  • Extra course outside your track

    Choose any course from the other tracks of the Econometrics MSc.

How to apply

The Econometrics Honours programme is selective and only available to (approximately) 10 highly motivated students of our Econometrics MSc.

What you need to do:

  1. Apply for the MSc Econometrics programme.
  2. Wait for your admissions results. If you are admitted to the programme you will receive a conditional acceptance email.
  3. Start your MSc Econometrics programme. By the end of the 1st period you can apply for the Honours programme by writing a letter of motivation to the programme director of the MSc Econometrics.

Selection will take place in October, based on the documents you provide and group diversity. You will start the Honours programme in November of the same academic year.


For specific questions about the Econometrics Honours programme, please do not hesitate to contact us.