Bachelor in Econometrics and Operations Research

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Program Description

Application deadline update

  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 May (the original deadline of 1 April has been extended due to COVID-19)
  • EU/EEA students and students who do not need a study visa/residence permit through VU Amsterdam*: 1 June (the original deadline of 1 May has been extended due to COVID-19)

Studying Econometrics and Operations Research?
During the Bachelor’s programme Econometrics and Operations Research at VU Amsterdam you learn to investigate and solve problems in economics, business and finance, using quantitative techniques. Should the European Central Bank increase or decrease interest rates (and by how much)? How are families affected by a change in consumption taxes? How can we reduce waiting times in healthcare? What is an adequate model for credit risks? These are the types of questions you will learn to answer!

Econometrics and Operations Research at VU Amsterdam is a top programme— it is rated one of the best Dutch Bachelor’s programmes by Keuzegids Universiteiten 2019. The programme offers a unique combination of econometric theory and practice, advanced methods for complex decision-making, as well as economic theory.

After the Bachelor’s programme, you will be able to choose from a number of Master’s programmes. As an econometrics graduate, you will be highly desired on the job market. You stand out because of your quantitative expertise, combined with knowledge of economics and business.

This is what you will be doing
Imagine: a new mobile phone is about to be launched. How many potential customers are there? How many will actually purchase the phone? Are these new customers or existing customers? What kind of price can we ask for? All of these are predictions on the basis of which companies make decisions. In the Bachelor’s programme in Econometrics and Operations Research, you will discover what the best decisions are, based on predictions that you yourself learn to make.

First year - In the first year, you will build your methodological foundation. You will study probability theory and statistics, and you will learn how to program. You will also follow some economics and finance courses. In addition, you will be introduced to the programme’s three areas of specialisation: Econometrics, Operations Research and Mathematical Economics.

Second year - Besides continuing to build up your methodological skills, you will become more familiar with the three areas of specialization within the programme: Econometrics, Operations Research and Mathematical Economics. Furthermore, you will carry out several case studies, in which you can apply your acquired knowledge to practical problems.

Third year - In the first semester, you can opt for a minor within or outside the faculty, an internship, or a period abroad. In the second semester, you will choose and deepen your knowledge in one or more areas of specialization. Finally, you will write a bachelor's thesis on a subject of your interest.

Last updated Feb 2020

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,00 ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 122 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Curious about student life at VU Amsterdam? Click here to ask our International Student Ambassadors. Read less