Economics can rightly be seen as the most influential social science in our modern society, as the economic forces are dominant in the our daily life and in our society at large. As modern citizen it seems almost a requisite to understand economics. This minor provides the opportunity to meet this need. It consist of a thorough introduction plus an exposition of one of its applications of economics by experts in the field and it adds 30 EC for your Bachelor diploma. Choose a minor in Economics in your optional course profile.


What can you expect in this minor? The course Principles of Microeconomics provides you with the basic concepts and theories of economics as far as the decisions of individual persons and firms are concerned.

Principles of Macroeconomics analyses the development of welfare, employment and inflation. We will present a typical macroeconomic model the enables us to analyse the coherence between macroeconomic variables and the mechanisms that describe the relations between these variables. The model will enable you to gain better insights in the macroeconomic events in the word and to develop a view on potential policies to solve macroeconomic problems. 

In Principles of Corporate Finance you study in which assets or projects corporations should invest to increase shareholder and stakeholder wealth, and how the corporation is going to fund these investments.

In the course Economics of the Public Sector you learn to analyse the economics of public governance at different levels (taxation, government spending, tasks of governments and so on).

The course International Economics, Spatial Interactions covers the theory and practice of globalisation, including international trade, the multinational enterprise and foreign direct investment (fragmentation, outsourcing). The main theories with respect to international trade will be analysed at length. Special attention will be given to the implications of trade for the distribution of income.


Level Period Course
1 1 Principles of Microeconomics
1 1 Mathematics for Economists
1 2 Principles of Macroeconomics
Choose one out of three*:
2 2 Principles of Corporate Finance
2 4 Economics of the Public Sector
2 3 International Economics, Spatial Interactions

Minor Economics and/or pre-Master

Up to 2016-2017, the minor Economics together with the course or summer school Econometrics was equivalent to a pre-Master programme (for academic students only). As of 2017-2018 the pre-Master programmes will change and will therefore no longer be the same as the minor Economics. 

Entry requirements

The entrance requirements for this minor are the entrance requirements of the chosen courses. Expected is knowledge of Mathematics at the level of the Dutch VWO-education (A of A1,2).

Application and registration

Utrecht University Students

Utrecht University students can enrol for a minor and courses via Osiris Student during the enrolment period. You can find all relevant information regarding the enrolment procedure, the enrolment periods, the schedules and deadlines under Practical information at the Students Site.

Please note! You must enrol for both the minor and the corresponding courses

Non-Utrecht University students

You must apply before the end of the enrolment period. You can find all relevant information regarding the enrolment procedure, the enrolment periods, the schedules and deadlines under 'Practical information' at the Students Site.

You can apply for a place in the minor programme through our non-degree students portal.

Please note! It is only possible to enrol for courses during the regular enrolment periods.

More Information

Due to changes in the Economics and Business Economics bachelor’s programme the Economics minors have been changed. Started with this minor before 2014-2015? Look at the transitional arrangement.

If you have any questions and/or comments, please contact the Study Advisor.