Structure of your study programme

The Bachelor's degree programme Economics and Business Economics lasts for three years and earns you 180 EC. 

Your degree programme is made up of the following components:

  • Major required courses (semester 1-3)
  • Major electives (semester 4-6)
  • Dedicated minors
  • Optional Course Profile
  • Applied Economics Research Course

You can find these components further below.

General information

Subjects are taken at three levels:

  • Level 1 – Introductory
  • Level 2 – Intermediate
  • Level 3 – Advanced

You have a lot of freedom to make your own choices, but keep the graduation requirements in mind.

Academic Skills

Professional economists have to combine their knowledge of economics and the professional skills to apply this knowledge. During your bachelor studies at U.S.E. you will experience that all courses provide a combination of both elements. Visit Academic Skills for more information. 

Other information

Exit qualifications (pdf) describe what you are to master after completing the Bachelor's programme Economics and Business Economics.

For students who started in 2019-2020
With dedicated minor (pdf)
Without dedicated minor (pdf)

For students who started in 2014-2015 up to and including 2018-2019
With dedicated minor (pdf)
Without dedicated minor (pdf)

For students who started in 2013-2014
with dedicated minor
without dedicated minor

For students who started in 2012-2013
with dedicated minor
without dedicated minor

For students who started in 2011 and earlier
with dedicated minor
without dedicated minor

For changes in the Study Programme see Changes in the Courses.

The compulsory courses are the base of your bachelor. They are focussed on familiarising you with the basic principles of Economics and Business Economics during the first 18 months of your study. 

Major Required Courses Year 1

Major Required Courses Year 2

Major Required Courses Year 1

Major Required Courses Year 2

Major Required Courses Year 1

Required Major Courses Year 2

Major Required Courses Year 1

Major Required Courses Year 2

Major Required Courses Year 1

Major Required Courses Year 2

This is the part of the programme where you can select the Major electives which suit you most. Have a look at How to choose your courses in the third year? (pdf)

Major Electives Year 1

Major Electives Year 2

Major Electives Year 3

Major Electives Year 2

Major Electives Year 3

Major Electives Year 2

Major Electives Year 3

Major Electives Year 2

Major Electives Year 3

Major Electives Year 2

Major Electives Year 3

In the Bachelor's programme Economics and Business Economics of U.S.E. you get the unique opportunity to attend a dedicated minor. This is a minor in a discipline that is related to Economics and Business Economics and that has been specially designed for economics students to broaden their insights. Visit Dedicated Minors for more information. 

These are the four dedicated minors:

Students without a dedicated minor follow a context course in period 4. These can be found under the header Major electives. 

These are the options to fulfil the optional course profile part of you bachelor programme:

  1. One of the four dedicated minors.
  2. To put together a complete economics programme, you can also take more major electives.
  3. The following minors of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance are particularly interesting for economics students: 
  4. Other Utrecht University minors (out of 130 minors of the UU) we consider of special interest for economics students are:
  5. Or else you can fill the optional course profile as you like. You can select courses offered at UU or other universities as long as you take the graduation requirements in mind. 

During your bachelor's programme you can also choose to go on exchange or do an internship.

The full time Applied Economics Research Course is an important part of your Bachelor’s programme. The research paper you write in this course is the final piece of your bachelor. You write your research paper in either period 2 or period 4. Please check the prerequisites, these are different per period.