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The 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.

UvA Master's in Economics elevator pitch

Prepare to get convinced. Take 90 seconds to find out why you should study MSc Economics at the University of Amsterdam. View the highlights of this study programme.

Learn to use up-to-date theories and tools

Our own internationally recognised researchers will introduce you to the latest techniques and theories. They will provide you with up-to-date tools which you can use 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 the Dutch Central Bank, the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis and the World Bank.

The programme

  • Choose from 6 tracks

    The Amsterdam School of Economics is one of the few Dutch universities to offer a selection of no less than 6 tracks. After the common 1st block, you can choose the track that suits you best.

    You can choose from the following tracks:

    1. Behavioural Economics and Game Theory
    2. Development Economics
    3. Environmental Economics
    4. International Finance and Trade
    5. Monetary Policy and Banking
    6. Public Policy
  • Choose your electives

    Depending on the track of your choice, you can also choose 1 of our electives:

    • Economic Growth
    • Empirical Market Analysis
    • Financial Institutions and Banking
    • Financial Regulation
    • Globalisation, Growth and Development
    • Human Development
    • Public Finance and Fiscal Policy
  • Macroeconomics

    In this course you will learn about modern macroeconomic models. You will learn how to use these models to explain and evaluate recent events and policy interventions. For example, the effect of uncertainty on savings, welfare and investment, the causes and nature of unemployment and inflation and the role of monetary and fiscal authorities. 

  • Microeconomics and Game Theory

    In this course you will learn to understand the workings and limitations of the market. You will learn how to analyse consumer and producer behaviour and how to use basic game theory. The central question is: what can markets do and when do they fail? What determines the outcome, and how does that depend on market structure?

  • Applied Econometrics

    In this course you will learn about regression analysis. In applied economics this is a powerful tool to analyse empirical relationships. You will learn how to interpret estimation and testing results and build a satisfactory empirical model. You will follow lectures and take part in lab sessions to acquire practical econometric skills by making computer exercises.

  • Thesis

    The Master’s thesis is the final requirement for your graduation. It is your chance to dive deep into an economics topic that you are enthusiastic about. You will 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.

  • Honours programme

    Highly motivated students can participate in the MSc Economics Honours programme. This challenging programme is a great chance to stand out for future employers.

    Learn more about the Honours programme

Copyright: Jesper Hanson
MSc Economics was a great preparation for my current job, where policymaking and economic analysis are combined. A wide range of those policy questions were discussed in the classroom at the UvA. Jesper Hanson Read about Jesper's experiences with this Master's

Add extra value to your studies

Hybrid Learning Theatre

Online meets offline in our Hybrid Learning Theatre. The future-proof setting is the stage for dynamic interaction and inspirational education. Students watching the lecture online are projected on a large Zoom wall of 5x3 metres. Together with students who are physically present in the theatre and the lecturer there can be energetic interaction in the class room. In class the material is studied actively, for example by having debates, discussions and case assignments.

Interactive Online Learning at UvA Economics and Business

During your Master’s, you will experience an inspiring combination of both offline and online education. We work with a blended learning teaching method. By applying this method, you will be able to combine different types of learning into 1 approach and enjoy mastering knowledge at your own pace. During class there will be more time for in-depth analyses and interaction with your lecturer other students.

Types of education
In this programme, you will find that in your education there’s a balance between innovative teaching methods and traditional forms. Writing an academic paper can be alternated by an online challenge. A peer-feedback assignments or a video recording with explanation can also be part of the teaching method.

Our Centre for Educational Innovation and our Teaching and Learning Centre are continuously working on improving our teaching methods. We take the interactions between students, teachers, and learning resources into account. In doing so, we hope to offer you the right combination of challenging, effective, and efficient education.