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Bachelor's in Economics and Business

Full-time - Day-time class

Educational institute
College of Economics and Business
Credits
180 credits
Duration
3 years
Instruction language
English
Requirements
access for all profiles with additional requirements
The programme
Schedule
Admission Requirements - Programme - Career Prospects - Information

The programme

Programme

An international perspective
All over the world borders are breaking down and a global economy is being created which in turn is reinforced by continued European economic integration. Employers today demand graduates who are prepared to work in an international setting and who are able to solve economic problems with an international perspective. Thus, globalization has even stretched into the field of education. More and more students opt for courses at a university abroad to gain a solid background for an international career in a rapidly changing international world.

Programme
This three-year Bachelor's programme is fully taught in the English language and connects to a number of Master's programmes offered by the Faculty of Economics and Business. The curriculum for the foundation year is the same for all students. After the foundation year, students choose between three specialisations.

Binding Study Advice (BSA)
In the first year, students of the Bachelor's programme in Economics and Business have to earn at least 42 credits (out of a total of 60 credits) of the first-year curriculum, including the course Mathematics (6 EC) or the course Mathematics and Statistics 1 (6011P0136). If a student does not meet this requirement, the student is not allowed to pursue further studies at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Amsterdam, except under special conditions. If the underperformance is due to illness, the death of a relative etc., a student can be allowed to continue despite not meeting the requirement. Whether a student is allowed to continue studying at the Faculty or not, will be decided upon by the Board of Examiners. For more information, please go to http://student.uva.nl/eco/az/item/binding-study-advice-bsa.html.

Specialisations
The Bachelor's programme in Economics and Business comprises three specialisations which all connect to one or more Master's programmes offered by the Faculty of Economics and Business:

  1. Specialisation Business Studies
    Connects to the Master's programme Master's in Business Studies;
  2. Specialisation Economics
    Connects to the Master's programme Master's in Economics;
  3. Specialisation Economics and Finance
    Connects to both the Master's programme Master's in Economics and to the Master's programme Master's in Business Economics.

Inclusion of a minor
Third-year students of the Bachelor's programme following either the specialisation Business Studies or the specialisation Economics, can choose to include a minor in their curriculum. In this case the student either follows a minor of 30 credits at one of the other faculties or uses the 30 credits of elective space to spend one semester abroad. To create room for taking up a minor, the set of compulsory courses is slightly reduced as compared to the regular programme. Inclusion of a minor (or a semester abroad) requires the approval of the Board of Examiners.

Bachelor's degree
After completion of the programme, students receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business together with a certificate indicating their specialisation as well as a list of the courses taken and the grades obtained. Students that have received this degree are unconditionally admitted to the connecting Master's programme of the University of Amsterdam.

Student monitoring
All students in the English-taught Bachelor's programme are closely monitored. In January and May, each student who has not obtained sufficient results will be invited to discuss the progress and problems concerning the study. In August, students will be advised whether or not to continue with the programme. Attendance will also be closely monitored. If you are frequently absent, the first-year coordinator will invite you to discuss the reasons for this.

Revisions in the curriculum
In the curriculum for this academic year some revisions might have been made, compared to the curriculum of the previous academic year. For more details please go to http://student.uva.nl/eco/az, see Changes in the curriculum for the 2013-2014 Academic year.

Structure of the study programme
For each programme there is a prescribed sequence for participating in courses and exams. Students who do not follow this sequence may experience study delay due to entry requirements for some courses in the programme.

Semesters and blocks
For an overview of the semesters and blocks, and the teaching, examination and enrolment periods in this academic year, please go to http://student.uva.nl/eco/az/item/academic-calendar.html.

Timetables
Schedules and timetables for the Faculty's courses and examinations are published at https://rooster.uva.nl.

Mandatory registration for courses and examinations
Please read all rules and regulations about the enrolment for courses and examinations for the academic year 2013-2014 very carefully on http://student.uva.nl/eco/az/item/course-and-exam-registration---feb.html. To register, please go to https://www.sis.uva.nl.

Digital student desk
For more information about the Faculty's rules and regulations, please go to http://student.uva.nl/eco/az/nav.

Entry requirements
For a number of courses strict entry requirements apply. This means that you can not register for a course or participate in course activities like examinations as long as you don't meet the requirements for that course. As a result the risk of study delays may increase. As a student of the Bachelor's programme Bachelor's in Economics and Business, you need to pay special attention to the entry requirements of the courses:

First-year curriculum
The first-year curriculum of the Bachelor's programme in Economics and Business is the same for all students of the English Language Undergraduate Programme.

BSc in Economics and Business: year 1
Semester 1 
    Block 1:
    Marketing and Strategy (6 EC)
    Mathematics (6 EC)
    Academic and Study Skills (2 EC)*
    Block 2:
    Academic and Study Skills (continued)
    Microeconomics (6 EC)
    Accounting (6 EC)
    Block 3:
    Academic English and Skills (6 EC)
Semester 2
    Block 1:
    Organization and Management (6 EC)
    Statistics (6 EC)
    Block 2:
    Macroeconomics (6 EC)
    Finance (6 EC)
    Block 3:
    Research Project (6 EC)
*The results for the course Academic and Study Skills (6011P0144) will be incorporated in the results for the courses Marketing and Strategy (6011P0149) and Accounting (6011P0150). Students must pass the course Academic and Study Skills (6011P0144) in order to obtain a grade for the other two courses.

Transition arrangement
In the curriculum of the academic year 2013-2014 the course Mathematics and Statistics 1 (6011P0136) is replaced by the course Mathematics (6 EC) and the course Mathematics and Statistics 2 (6011P0137) is replaced by the course Statistics (6 EC). Students who started the Bachelor's programme before 1 September 2013 and who have not completed their first-year programme must take the new course(s) as a part of their study programme if they have not yet completed the cancelled course(s).

Specialisation Economics

BSc in Economics and Business - specialisation Economics: year 2
Semester 1 
    Block 1:
    Intermediate Statistics (6 EC)
    Economics of Markets and Organizations (6 EC)
    Block 2:
    Finance (6 EC)
    Money and Banking (6 EC)
    Block 3:
    Economic Methodology (6 EC)
Semester 2
    Block 1:
    Microeconomics (6 EC)
    Mathematical Economics (6 EC)
    Block 2:
    Macroeconomics (6 EC)
    International Money (6 EC)
    Block 3:
    Game Theory (6 EC)

BSc in Economics and Business - specialisation Economics: year 3
Semester 1 
    Block 1:
    Public Economics (6 EC)
    Econometrics (6 EC)
    Block 2:
    Industrial Organization (6 EC)
    International Trade and Investment (6 EC)
    Block 3:
    Monetary and Fiscal Policy (6 EC)
Semester 2
    Block 1:
    Elective(-s) (12 EC)
    Block 2:
    Elective (6 EC)
    Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Economics (12 EC)
    Block 3:
    Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Economics (12 EC) (continued)

Thesis Internship
Students can choose to do a Thesis Internship instead of an elective (6 EC). In which case they must replace the course Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Economics (12 EC), with the course Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Economics with Thesis Internship (18 EC) in their study programme.

Electives
Elective courses of a curriculum can be chosen from the Bachelor’s courses offered by:

Courses taken as electives in the study programme, have to meet the following requirements:

  • the student meets the entry requirements of the course;
  • the student is registered at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the UvA in the period that the course is taken;
  • the course needs to have at least the level of a second-year Bachelor's course, unless it is a language acquisition course for a maximum of 12 credits;
  • the course cannot have any overlap with other courses within the Bachelor's programme of the student;
  • for a course outside the FEB, the student needs to ask permission of the Board of Examiners in advance. Please go to http://student.uva.nl/eco/az/a-z/a-z/content/folder/board-of-examiners/electives-inside-uva/electives-inside-uva.html.

The course Current Research in Economics at Tinbergen Institute (6 EC) can also be included in the study programme as a free elective. This course is offered by the Tinbergen Institute and can be taken by third-year Bachelor's students or Honours' students.

Recommended electives
The following list contains free elective courses that are more oriented towards (general) economics students.

Specialisation Economics with a Minor

BSc in Economics and Business - specialisation Economics with a Minor: year 3
Semester 1 
    Block 1:
    Public Economics (6 EC)
    Econometrics (6 EC)
    Block 2:
    Industrial Organization (6 EC) or International Trade and Investment (6 EC)
    Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Economics (12 EC)
    Block 3:
    Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Economics (12 EC) (continued)
Semester 2
    UvA Minor (30 EC) or Study abroad (30 EC)

Minor or courses abroad for less than 30 credits
If the student obtains less than 30 credits during the exchange period, the student must do the courses Industrial Organization (6 EC), International Trade and Investment (6 EC) and Monetary and Fiscal Policy (6 EC). The courses followed abroad can be placed in the elective space of 18 credits or can be used as extra courses.

Semester abroad
Courses taken abroad have to meet the following requirements:

  • the study programme for the first-year curriculum is fully completed;
  • the student meets the entry requirements of the course;
  • the course is taken during the period that the student is registered as a student at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the UvA;
  • the course needs to have at least the level of a second-year Bachelor's course, unless it is a language acquisition course for a maximum of 12 credits;
  • the course cannot have any overlap with other courses within the study programme of the student;
  • the course does not have to be economic/business orientated and can be from another field.

For the procedures regarding courses taken abroad, please go to http://student.uva.nl/eco/az/a-z/a-z/content/folder/board-of-examiners/electives-outside-uva/electives-outside-uva.html.
For more information about studying abroad, please go to http://student.uva.nl/eco/az/content/study-abroad-feb/study-abroad-feb.html.

Minor programme
A Minor programme of no more than 30 credits can only be a part of the study programme, if:

  • the student can provide a Minor certificate issued by a faculty or institute of a Dutch university;
  • the Minor programme does not include courses given within the Bachelor's programme for which the student is registered, with the exception of the Minor Entrepreneurship.

Specialisation Economics and Finance

BSc in Economics and Business - specialisation Economics and Finance: year 2
Semester 1 
    Block 1:
    Intermediate Statistics (6 EC)
    Economics of Markets and Organizations (6 EC)
    Block 2:
    Finance (6 EC)
    Money and Banking (6 EC)
    Block 3:
    Economic Methodology (6 EC)
Semester 2
    Block 1:
    Microeconomics (6 EC)
    Mathematical Economics (6 EC)
    Block 2:
    Macroeconomics (6 EC)
    International Money (6 EC)
    Block 3:
    Game Theory (6 EC)

BSc in Economics and Business - specialisation Economics and Finance: year 3
Semester 1 
    Block 1:
    Advanced Corporate Finance (6 EC)
    Econometrics (6 EC)
    Block 2:
    Free Electives (12 EC)
    Block 3:
    Monetary and Fiscal Policy (6 EC)
Semester 2
    Block 1:
    Investment and Portfolio Theory 1 (6 EC)
    Management Accounting, Intermediate (6 EC)
    Block 2:
    Investment and Portfolio Theory 2 (6 EC)
    Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Economics (12 EC)
    Block 3:
    Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Economics (12 EC) (continued)

Thesis Internship
Students can choose to do a Thesis Internship, in which case they must replace the course Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Economics (12 EC), with the course Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Economics with Thesis Internship (18 EC) in their study programme. Students of the specialisation Economics and Finance who chose to do the Thesis Internship, will have a total workload of 186 credits in their Bachelor's study programme.

Electives
Elective courses of a curriculum can be chosen from the Bachelor’s courses offered by:

Courses taken as electives in the study programme, have to meet the following requirements:

  • the student meets the entry requirements of the course;
  • the student is registered at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the UvA in the period that the course is taken;
  • the course needs to have at least the level of a second-year Bachelor's course, unless it is a language acquisition course for a maximum of 12 credits;
  • the course cannot have any overlap with other courses within the Bachelor’s programme of the student;
  • for a course outside the FEB, the student needs to ask permission of the Board of Examiners in advance. Please go to http://student.uva.nl/eco/az/a-z/a-z/content/folder/board-of-examiners/electives-inside-uva/electives-inside-uva.html.

Recommended electives specialization Economics and Finance
The study programme allows free elective courses (12 EC). The following electives are more oriented towards economics and finance students:

Specialisation Business Studies

BSc in Economics and Business - specialisation Business Studies: year 2
Semester 1 
    Block 1:
    Strategic Management (6 EC)
    MR1: Introduction to Academic Research (6 EC)
    Block 2:
    Finance (6 EC)
    Marketing (6 EC)
    Block 3:
    Project 1: Academic Writing and Literature Study (6 EC)
Semester 2
    Block 1:
    Management Accounting, Intermediate (6 EC)
    MR2: Quantitative Research Methods (6 EC)
    Block 2:
    Organizational Psychology (6 EC)
    Operations and Process Management (6 EC)
    Block 3:
    Project 2: Qualitative Research (6 EC)

BSc in Economics and Business - specialisation Business Studies: year 3
Semester 1 
    Block 1:
    Human Resources Management (6 EC)
    Elective (6 EC)
    Block 2:
    Entrepreneurship and Innovation (6 EC)
    Elective (6 EC)
    Block 3:
    Project 3: Quantitative Research (6 EC)
Semester 2
    Block 1:
    Marketing Management (6 EC)
    Strategy and Organization (6 EC)
    Block 2:
    Elective (6 EC) or Thesis Internship
    Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Business Studies (12 EC)*
    Block 3:
    Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Business Studies (12 EC) (continued)
*In academic year 2013-2014 the Thesis Seminar Business Studies will only be offered in the second Semester. Students who have planned to write their Bachelor's thesis in Semester 1 of 2013-2014 and will experience study delay of at least one Semester extra due to this change in de schedule, must submit a written request to the Board of Examiners before 1 September 2013. The request should contain an individual study plan for the completion of their Bachelor's programme.

Thesis Internship
Students can choose to do a Thesis Internship instead of an elective (6 EC). In which case they must replace the course Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Business Studies (12 EC), with the course Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Business Studies with Thesis Internship (18 EC) in their study programme.

Electives
Elective courses of a curriculum can be chosen from the Bachelor’s courses offered by:

Courses taken as electives in the study programme, have to meet the following requirements:

  • the student meets the entry requirements of the course;
  • the student is registered at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the UvA in the period that the course is taken;
  • the course needs to have at least the level of a second-year Bachelor's course, unless it is a language acquisition course for a maximum of 12 credits;
  • the course cannot have any overlap with other courses within the Bachelors’ programme of the student;
  • for a course outside the FEB, the student needs to ask permission of the Board of Examiners in advance. Please go to http://student.uva.nl/eco/az/a-z/a-z/content/folder/board-of-examiners/electives-inside-uva/electives-inside-uva.html.

Recommended electives
The study programme allows for free elective courses (18 EC). The following electives are particularly oriented towards business studies students:

List recommended electives Business Studies
Semester 1 
    Block 1:
    Cultural Industries (6 EC)
    Information Management (6 EC)
    Retail Marketing (6 EC)
    Block 2:
    Corporate Social Responsibility (6 EC)
    Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 (6 EC)
Semester 2
    Block 2:
    E-Business (6 EC)

Specialisation Business Studies with a Minor

BSc in Economics and Business - specialisation Business Studies with a Minor: year 3
Semester 1 
    UvA Minor (30 EC) or Study abroad (30 EC)
Semester 2
    Block 1:
    Marketing Management (6 EC)
    Strategy and Organization (6 EC)
    Block 2:
    Elective (6 EC) or Thesis Internship
    Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Business Studies (12 EC)
    Block 3:
    Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Business Studies (12 EC) (continued)

Thesis Internship
Students can choose to do a Thesis Internship instead of an elective (6 EC). In which case they must replace the course Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Business Studies (12 EC), with the course Bachelor's Thesis and Thesis Seminar Business Studies with Thesis Internship (18 EC) in their study programme.

Minor or courses abroad for less than 30 credits
If the student obtains less than 30 credits during the exchange period, the student must do the mandatory courses Human Resources Management (6 EC), Entrepreneurship and Innovation (6 EC) and Project 3: Quantitative Research (6 EC).

Semester abroad
Courses taken abroad have to meet the following requirements:

  • the study programme for the first-year curriculum is fully completed;
  • the student meets the entry requirements of the course;
  • the course is taken during the period that the student is registered as a student at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the UvA;
  • the course needs to have at least the level of a second-year Bachelor's course, unless it is a language acquisition course for a maximum of 12 credits;
  • the course cannot have any overlap with other courses within the study programme of the student;
  • the course does not have to be economic/business orientated and can be from another field.

For the procedures regarding courses taken abroad, please go to http://student.uva.nl/eco/az/a-z/a-z/content/folder/board-of-examiners/electives-outside-uva/electives-outside-uva.html.
For more information about studying abroad, please go to http://student.uva.nl/eco/az/content/study-abroad-feb/study-abroad-feb.html.

Minor programme
A Minor programme of no more than 30 credits can only be a part of the study programme, if:

  • the student can provide a Minor certificate issued by a faculty or institute of a Dutch university;
  • the Minor programme does not include courses given within the Bachelor's programme for which the student is registered, with the exception of the Minor Entrepreneurship.