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Business Economics

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This 1-year academic Master’s programme teaches you to conduct research in business economics subjects. Choose from 3 top-level tracks: Managerial Economics and Strategy, Competition Law and Economics or Neuroeconomics.

Discover the MSc Business Economics programme and tracks

The MSc in Business Economics gives you the opportunity to specialise in your field of interest. You can choose 1 of 3 tracks.

  • Competition Law and Economics

    Competition is one of the prime organising principles of a market economy. Laws protect its processes, and international institutions enforce these laws when competition comes under threat. In the Competition Law and Economics track you learn to understand the intricacies of competition and the regulations that govern it.

  • Neuroeconomics

    In the track Neuroeconomics you gain insight into recent scientific advances in the field of neuroeconomics and identify current societal challenges that can benefit from them. Receive interdisciplinary training in brain and cognitive sciences and economics. All with a strong focus on behavioural economics and neuroeconomics.

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Top-5 reasons to study Business Economics at Amsterdam School of Economics 

  1. Choose from 3 specialisation tracks
    Giving you the chance to make a mark on your CV.
  2. Profit from great career prospects
    Our graduates are in high demand for their independent minds and strong interpersonal and transversal skills.
  3. Learn from business cases and real-life data
    Putting theory into practice with guest lectures from field experts.
  4. Blended learning, combining different types of learning into 1 approach
    You will experience an inspiring combination of both offline and online education.
  5. UvA's excellent reputation in the field of economics (top-70)
    Putting your Master’s degree on a worldwide map with interested employers.

Understanding the functioning of corporations and other organisations

As a business economist you analyse a situation, weigh up the evidence and draw various conclusions for policy action. Studying Business Economics gives you an understanding of the functioning of corporations and other organisations: both internally and in the market context in which they operate. You can create a study programme that perfectly fits your interest. Beside general courses and track courses, you have the option to do an internship, or study abroad. You will finish this Master's programme with a thesis.

Career prospects

After graduation you are ready for a successful career as a researcher or an expert in organisations such as:

  • multinational corporations;
  • financial institutions;
  • consultants and think tanks;
  • governmental agencies;
  • NGOs and non-profit organisations.
Time to find a job

3 months

Average starting salary


Is Business Economics for you?

If you have a natural interest in how organisations and (global) markets work and interact, you have a head start. A critical, inquisitive and analytical mind is crucial, as is having a way with numbers and an affinity for math. 

Going full speed from the beginning, you follow well-designed courses, strongly related to one another. This lets you see the bigger picture of the programme right from the start. Even though the programme is quite demanding and challenging, you develop a useful skillset. This makes it well worth the effort. Thierry Wetzel, track Competition Law and Economics Read about Thierry's experiences with this Master's
Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Business Economics
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60901