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Bachelor
Economics and Business Economics
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The programme

You will complete assignments in small teams. This process will teach you to cooperate quickly and effectively with fellow students, each of whom has a different (potentially international) background. Employers increasingly value this skill as well.

While the lectures will be given in English, you will also have the option to take your seminars in the 1st year in Dutch if you prefer. From the 2nd year onward, the programme will be entirely taught in English.

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Mathematics 1 for Economics
    Period 1
    6

    In this course, you learn to identify economic problems that require mathematical techniques to help solve them. What methods are there? How can you correctly apply them and interpret the conclusions correctly?

  • Principles of Economics and Business 1
    Period 1
    6

    What are the main theories and topics in economics and business? How do they help to understand the behaviour of individuals and organisations? Current subjects in the media and business cases serve as illustrations and content for practical assignments.

  • Principles of Economics and Business 2
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 3
    6

    The first part of this course helps you to acquire practical study skills and connect with your fellow students and the university. During the second part, you learn how to carry out a literature review to answer a research question.

  • Financial Accounting 1 for Economics
    Period 2
    6

    This course is your introduction to identifying and recording an organisation's economic transactions (accounting) and communicating its financial statements and economic results to investors, banks and government agencies (financial accounting).

  • Microeconomics 1
    Period 2
    6

    Economics deals with questions about the distribution of scarce products and services in a society. With microeconomics, you investigate these questions at the level of consumers, companies and other micro-level organisations. Among other things, with the help of game theory.

  • Macroeconomics 1
    Period 4
    6

    In macroeconomics, we look at large-scale economic activity and examine how the economy behaves globally. We discuss, among other things, the history and development of macroeconomics. And you learn basic concepts such as national accounting and the role of (central) banks.

  • Statistics 1 for Economics
    Period 4
    6

    Statistics helps you to investigate trends, patterns and relationships using data. It is therefore an important tool for scientists, students, governments and (commercial) organisations. We start with the basic concepts and techniques to answer a simple research question.

  • Research Project
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
    6

    During this course, you acquire the skills and knowledge to execute your own research. You learn the basics of research methodology and practical skills like setting up a dataset, creating tables and graphs and effectively presenting your research pitch.

  • Economics of Markets and Organisations
    Period 5
    6

    The main question we will tackle in this course is how organisations can optimally incentivise their employees. You get acquainted with a range of different contracts and incentive schemes, including their (dis)advantages.

  • Finance 1
    Period 5
    6

    In this course you get acquainted with some basic principles in finance, such as the law of one price applied to financial markets, time value of money and discounting and compounding. Also, you learn about working capital management of corporations.

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Money and Banking
    Period 1
    6

    This course provides you with a thorough introduction to the theory and practice of banking and to monetary economics and policy. Also, we analyse the big financial crisis of 2007-2008. What were the dynamics and what lessons can we learn?

  • Statistics 2 for Economics
    Period 1
    6

    In this course you learn how to correctly apply estimation techniques and test hypotheses. Also, you practice how to correctly interpret the output of the statistical analyses for drawing conclusions.

  • Econometrics
    Period 2
    6

    With econometrics, you learn to answer economic questions by analysing 'real data' with statistical models. In this course we look at linear regression, logit and probit models. You also learn to use estimation techniques to test hypotheses and interpret estimation results.

  • International Money and Finance
    Period 2
    6

    In this course, you focus on the monetary/financial side of money and finance. We discuss its main concepts, theoretical models and practical dimensions such as foreign exchange markets, international capital flows and the balance of payments.

  • Economic Methodology
    Period 3
    6

    The diverse aims of economics as a science require diverse forms of methodological appraisal. In this course you acquire the current approaches towards knowledge and methodology in economics.

  • Specialisation courses
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
    30
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Free-choice electives: Minor programme, or Studying abroad, or Company Internship, or Electives
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 3
    30

    Minor programme, or Studying abroad, or Company Internship, or Electives Specialisation courses + thesis

  • Specialisation courses + thesis
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
    30

    Is there a recent development or business idea that sparks your enthusiasm? While writing your thesis, you have the chance to explore it while simultaneously training your ability to independently conduct relevant and valuable research.

  • Your study week

    Expanding your knowledge and at the same time developing your skills is key. That is why you will participate in a variety of teaching activities. Most of the courses are evaluated with one or more tests. This is usually a written examination, but it can also be an essay, a report, or a presentation.

    Lectures
    Lectures give an introductory overview into the course content. You will attend them together with your fellow students. You take notes and have the opportunity to ask questions.

    Seminars
    During seminars you will discuss specific subjects from the lectures in smaller groups. Exercises and practice assignments will help you to become adept with the theory.

    Self-study
    During your study week, you spend time to study theory, go over lectures and seminars, and prepare for exams and presentations.

  • Year 1: develop a solid foundation

    In the 1st year, you will become familiar with the basic concepts of economics and business economics. You will start with the course on Principles of Economics and Business. This course will introduce you to the fundamental issues as well as the underlying concepts of Economics, Business Economics and Business Administration. 

    For the rest of the year, you will follow introductory courses on 5 major topics: 

    • Accounting
    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Finance 
    • Economics of Markets and Organisations.

    You will also take supporting classes in Mathematics and Statistics. You will round off your year with an exciting research project. This project will give you a chance to practise conducting research and, by doing so, develop your skills.

  • Year 2: deepen your basic knowledge

    In the 1st semester, you will deepen your knowledge of statistics and econometrics. You will also learn all about the concept of money, which is a vital component of both economists’ and business economists’ work. To do so, you will complete the courses on Money & Banking as well as International Money and Finance. 

    Finally, you will ‘zoom out’ to explore the nature of economics as a science during the course on Economic Methodology.

    Choose your specialisation
    In the 2nd semester, you will continue your chosen major in either Economics or Business Economics. If you have chosen Business Economics, you will follow courses in Corporate Law, Strategy, Accounting and Finance. Those who opted for Economics will take courses in Game Theory, Microeconomics, Mathematics and Macroeconomics.

    Take part in the Research Lab
    You will conclude the year with a Research Laboratory. Within the laboratory, you will gain knowledge in existing research projects related to economics or business economics. This is an excellent way to get acquainted with conducting research.

  • Year 3: internship, study abroad or minor and specialise

    First semester

    My Semester: customise your programme

    Your 3rd year is all about exploring your individual academic interests. Options include an internship, studying abroad, pursuing a minor or taking a number of electives.

    • Doing an internship: work at a company where you can put the experience and skills that you have gained into practice.
    • Studying abroad: spend a semester studying at a different university to give you an exciting experience.
    • Doing a minor: this ‘mini-curriculum’ gives you a chance to broaden and differentiate your knowledge. Pick up a few courses in Philosophy, Law or Chinese Language and Culture.

    Second semester

    During the 2nd semester of this year, Business Economics students will specialise in either Accounting and Control, Finance or Organisational Economics.

    If you choose a major in Economics, you will be able to design your own curriculum from a list of suitable courses. This list can be found in the course catalogue.

  • Thesis

    Is there a particular topic that sparks your enthusiasm? Writing your thesis, you have the chance to explore it fully while simultaneously training your ability to independently conduct relevant research. Your thesis is the final requirement to be completed for your graduation. Under the supervision of our researchers, you will follow a clearly defined path that will lead to your graduation with a Bachelor's degree.

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    Dr. Sneha Gaddam, programme director of the Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Business Economics, explains what you can expect of this challenging Bachelor's programme. Additionally, our students share their experiences with this Bachelor’s and student life in Amsterdam.

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Additional options during your studies
Tibor Kalános
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'The lecturers are generally of a high quality, which you notice when you attend classes. This makes it so much easier to study and to understand the subject matter. You feel taken seriously by the teachers.' Tibor Kalános, student BSc Economics and Business Economics Read Tibor's full review
Real life case: moral limits of markets

Markets are great at distributing resources and maximising utility. They are so effective that more things are being bought and sold in them. This trend often comes from the belief that if people are willing to pay more, it benefits everyone. But, is this always the case? Can markets influence our sense of right and wrong? Are there limits to this kind of free-market reasoning? Understanding the role of morals in markets is crucial. Learn how moral considerations affect market behaviour and how they are relevant to economic and business decision-making. Learn to analyse economic theories regarding moral responsibilities and critically discuss key research on the moral boundaries of markets.

Responsibility, sustainability and ethics integrated to the curriculum

In this Bachelor’s programme, you will not only learn all about theories from the fields of economics and business economics, but also about the concepts and theories of sustainability, ethics and corporate social responsibility. You will learn how ethical, social and sustainability issues factor into business decisions and can be integrated into business strategy and management practices.

How are these themes integrated into the curriculum?

Throughout this 3-year Bachelor’s programme, ethics, (corporate social) responsibility and sustainability will remain important topics and come back during the different courses. The course Principles of Economics and Business 1 and 2 focusses on main theoretical concepts in economics and business administration. Through practical assignments based on current topics in the media and real business cases, you will learn how to apply the literature to a current problem. These problems are related to ethics, corporate social responsibility or sustainability.

Ján Gercák, student BSc Economics and Business Economics
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This programme opens up numerous doors. It connects fields such as finance, governance, sociology and even psychology. It reveals how the world works and why it looks the way it does Ján Gercák, student BSc Economics and Business Economics Read about Ján's experiences with this Bachelor's
Frequently asked questions
  • What is the difference between Economics and Business Economics?

    Economics is about making choices when there is scarcity and the impact such choices have on our daily lives and society. A distinction is made between 2 fields: micro-economics and macro-economics.

    In Business Economics, you apply economic theories to decisions made by businesses. You consider the way they are organised, as well as the way they operate and their role in the economy.

  • What's the difference between the Bachelor's in Economics and Business Economics and Business Administration?

    Although these 2 Bachelor’s programmes share certain aspects, there are major differences between them. Economics and Business Economics is an economics-focused, analytical Bachelor’s programme that is based on mathematical models. The Bachelor’s programme in Business Administration deals with everything involved in running and administrating a business, especially from a strategic perspective and in light of aspects related to people (customers, staff). The 2 Bachelor’s programmes overlap in the sense that the issues being studied relate to figures, such as in bookkeeping and financing.

  • Do you need to be good at mathematics before you start with this Bachelor’s programme?

    Mathematics is an essential aspect of this 3-year Bachelor’s programme. Quantitative and analytical skills are very important in economics, since they allow you to do such things as view economic phenomena from a mathematical perspective. It’s therefore important that you enjoy mathematics and are good at it.

  • Will you be mentored during your studies?

    To make the transition from secondary school to university as easy as possible, you will receive extra guidance in the 1st year and will be assigned a tutor. This tutor will introduce you to both the campus and the city of Amsterdam, so you will quickly feel at home. This senior student will also give you tips on how to study smart and you can discuss your study goals and progress. Also during the rest of your studies you can count on support from our study advisers, mentors, tutors and our Economics and Business Career Centre. You can contact our experienced student advisers for questions about your Bachelor's programme, study planning or personal circumstances that may affect your studies.