Master's Business Economics: Neuroeconomics (track)

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About the Neuroeconomics track

The goal of this master's track is to provide insights into recent scientific advances in the field of Neuroeconomics and identify current societal challenges that can benefit from the insights gained by understanding the neurobiological basis of social and economic decision making and the emotional and cognitive processes that support choice. Interdisciplinary fields, such as Neuroeconomics, enable researchers to approach scientific questions from a broader perspective and thereby offer unique advantages that enrich the scientific process by offering multiple levels of analysis. However, this opportunity comes with a specific challenge: understanding the different research methods and theoretical perspectives used across disciplines. To enable students to bridge the disciplines that together compose Neuroeconomics, in-depth training will be provided in Economics, Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology.

In this one-year Master track, you will receive interdisciplinary training in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Economics with a strong focus on Behavioral Economics and Neuroeconomics. Another important focus is the fostering of quantitative skills that allows you to employ advanced experimental methods used to understand social and economic decision-making at different levels of analysis: at the neurobiological, psychological and economic level.

Entry requirements

This interdisciplinary master track is open to excellent students with a bachelor in economics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience or related disciplines. As an interdisciplinary master programme, we aim to attract students that have specialized in one of the core disciplines of neuroeconomics, but also show evidence of “branching out” into other fields of study relevant for neuroeconomics. The basic entry requirements are sufficient knowledge in:

  • Econometrics or Statistics

And at least one of the following courses (or their equivalent):

  • Microeconomics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Game Theory
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Cognitive / Affective Neuroscience

Students will also benefit if they have conducted an empirical research project (e.g. Bachelor's thesis or equivalent).

One Master’s programme, three tracks

The Master's programme in Business Economics currently offers three top-level academic specialisation tracks:

All three tracks offer a common knowledge base in Business Economics, as well as in-depth specialised courses and subject matter.


After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Business Economics and the title Master of Science (MSc).

Rankings and reputation

The Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE) at the University of Amsterdam is an excellently ranked school with an international focus and highly rated researchers and lecturers. Read more about our rankings and reputation.

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