This programme provides you with an understanding of how economics works and gives you access to methods for analyzing economic problems and calculating their solutions.
The double degree programme enables you to complete two entire three-year bachelor programmes in four years. By taking extra lectures and exams you earn two BSc degrees in two-thirds of the original time. You will acquire an average of 66 credits each year instead of the standard 60 credits. The BSc² Econometrics/ Economics is a small-scale programme that facilitates personal attention and intensive guidance.
Year one: focus on econometrics
The Double Degree BSc² Econometrics/Economics programme covers both global issues related to economics and business, and the application of mathematical and statistical techniques to help answer economic questions. This is unique. You benefit both from the excellent perspective that this gives you, compressing the timeline by building knowledge in both subjects.
In your first year, you will focus primarily on Econometrics and Operations Research with various basic courses in mathematics and statistics. This introduction includes computer programming, implementing mathematical models and solving optimization problems. The courses Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Philosophy of economics complete the year.
Years two, three and four: from a solid foundation to a double degree
The following three years all consist of both economic and econometric subjects. In the second year of the double bachelor programme, you will lay the groundwork for mainly basic subjects. Years three and four are about deepening your knowledge and further developing your skills. You will take on your economic major in year three and your econometric major in year four.
In the final year, you have the opportunity to choose a minor (a combination of electives) at or outside Erasmus School of Economics. You can also opt to study abroad, or take an internship. With the completion of a thesis, you conclude the double degree programme.
Why study this programme?
The double degree BSc² in Econometrics and Economics programme will bring you:
- extensive knowledge of leading economic theories;
- the ability to apply mathematics to real-life economic and social issues;
- the ability to apply your analytical expertise and your social and communication skills in a professional environment.
Career opportunities for Double degree BSc² in Econometrics and Economics
With a degree in Economics or Econometrics, the world is your oyster. A double degree will add to your value even more and can take you anywhere, career-wise:
- multinationals (in finance, marketing, logistics);
- banks, assurance firms, consultancy firms;
- government agencies, universities (international academic career);
- international organizations like the OECD or the IMF.
The demand for econometrists is booming and earnings among alumni are good. Recently, a research was conducted about the relative market value of certain studies. This is influenced by the duration of unemployment after graduating and the height of the salaries offered. Econometrics comes in second, after dentistry, when looking at net salary after one and a half years.
Moreover, studying econometrics offers you a very good chance of getting a job soon after graduating, often you can choose from multiple jobs. Alumni end up at multinational companies, financial services or in logistics. De Nederlandsche Bank (the Dutch national bank), ministries or the Netherlands Institute for Social Research are also common employers for econometrics alumni.
Being an econometrics alumnus thus grants you a privileged position on the labor market. This is also noticeable in the number of internships available; there are more places available than there are students.
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Last updated May 14, 2018