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Pre-Master’s programme

Completion of the pre-Master's grants you unconditional access to the MSc Economics. The programme is designed to complement your prior education. It will help you to fully catch up on subjects such as econometrics, microeconomics and macroeconomics. Within 1 academic year you will have all the necessary knowledge and skills to start your Master’s in Economics.

Why this pre-Master’s programme

If your prior education does not (completely) fit the entry requirements, this pre-Master’s is your stepping stone to getting admitted to our MSc Economics.

Obtaining your MSc degree is a great step for your career. Expert teachers will challenge you to think differently and form your own views and opinions to tackle complex issues. You will also start building your network of experts and leaders in your specialisation (track). Future employers will reward these achievements with a relatively high starting salary and endless promotion opportunities.

Did you know that our MSc Economics offers you the best career prospects compared to any other economics discipline in the Netherlands? Of all Dutch economics graduates, UvA alumni earn the highest salary.

Selective programme

This pre-Master’s programme is selective. Only students with an EU/EEA nationality and previous EU education who have obtained the highest grades and best fit the programme are selected. Students with a non-EU nationality may consider applying for a Master’s-qualifying programme at the Cambridge Education Group.

Duration and content

You have a full academic year to successfully complete the 36 ECTS credits programme. Throughout this year you can expect excellent teaching and support from our professors, each highly respected in their field of expertise.


For your convenience we selected a fixed set of 6 courses for you. These form an excellent preparation for any of the 7 tracks you will later on choose within the MSc Economics.

  • Statistics 2 for Economics

    Learn about the theories and techniques of estimation and hypothesis in approaching problems in economic practice. Acquire the skills to interpret output of statistical analyses, for drawing conclusions and for diagnostic purposes.

  • Econometrics

    Learn how to explain and apply different econometric models to real data and interpret the estimation results. Do the basic assumptions hold? If not, what are the consequences and can you apply an alternative estimation technique?

  • Mathematics 2 for Economics

    Learn how to apply mathematical techniques to microeconomic optimisation problems and give an economic interpretation of the results.

  • Microeconomics 2

    Focus on the thorough quantitative analysis of the foundations of microeconomic theory. How is value determined in a competitive economy? Study how consumer and producer behaviour can be analysed, and how to derive market outcomes and their welfare properties.

  • Macroeconomics 2

    Study economic behaviour at the aggregate level and try to explain phenomena such as economic growth, unemployment and inflation. Deal with the design of monetary and fiscal policies that may improve the working of the economy.

  • Game Theory

    Game theory is about strategically interdependent decision-making. It offers several concepts and insights for making better strategic decisions. Learn how a game should be formulated and analyse strategic interactions.

Our pre-Master’s in brief

Language English
Duration 1 academic year
Start pre-Master's September
Start MSc Economics Following academic year in September (choose 1 of 7 tracks)
Cost You pay tuition fee per ECTS. Calculate your tuition fee

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this pre-Master’s programme depend on your previous education.

  • Previous academic education from an EU research university

    Students with an EU nationality

    • Academic Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as law, public policy, or a programme with a minor in Economics.
    • Knowledge of mathematics, statistics and economics at a level comparable to the following courses (It is required to upload course descriptions of these courses in your online application):
    • GRE selection minimum of 155 for the Quantitative Reasoning section (please take your GRE test before the application deadline).
    • We require evidence of English language proficiency. In some cases, you might be exempted from the English test requirement. If not, please take your English test before the application deadline.
      • TOEFL IBT: 92, at least 22 on each sub-score (TOEFL institution code: 9011), or
      • IELTS Academic: 6.5, at least 6 on each sub-score, or
      • Cambridge Assessment English:
        • Certificate in Advanced English: 180 Points overall and in each skill.
        • Certificate of Proficiency in English: 180 Points overall and in each skill.
    • Application deadline is 1 May 2021

    Students with a non-EU nationality

    If you are a student with a non-EU nationality, you cannot apply for this pre-Master’s programme. You may consider applying for a Master’s-qualifying programme at the Cambridge Education Group.