Sustainability is one of the tracks of the Master's Business Economics. You will follow 4 general courses and 2 track-specific courses. You will further be able to customise your curriculum with 2 courses selected from a wide range of electives.
In this course you learn about regression analysis. In applied economics this is a powerful tool to analyse empirical relationships. Particular attention will be paid to the statistical assumptions underlying the basic model. We will cover the analysis of: (1) experimental data, (2) panel data and (3) time series.
In this course we use game theory to analyse optimal strategies for firms. After discussing the main concepts of game theory we apply these concepts to business strategy. We distinguish between the internal context and the external context of the firm.
Classic economics assume agents to be rational and selfish. Behavioural economics challenge both assumptions. You will study individual choice: bounded rationality concepts in decisions under uncertainty, information processing, judgement, time preferences and heuristic decision-making. Also you will explore strategic interaction, especially social preferences and reciprocity.
In this course you will learn the basic methodology of experimental economics: how to design a simple experiment, including writing instructions. You will practice both with laboratory and field experimentation evolving around industrial organisation, labour economics, behavioural economics and individual and group decision-making.
Formulating a good research question for your thesis can be challenging. This course helps you find one, by discussing your ideas with faculty members and fellow students.
This course sets the thematic foundations of the track. The three pillars of sustainability (environmental protection, social equity and economic resilience) are presented and discussed. We focus on themes such as climate protection and restauration, equitable access to resources, responsible and ethical businesses, and social cohesion. Best practices in policy and business are presented and critically analysed with case studies and real-world applications.
The seminar prepares students to write a successful thesis in sustainability. The seminar is based on guest lectures by professors working on cutting-edge projects fostering sustainability in policy and business. The course further includes guest-speakers active in promoting sustainability in the workplace, which will serve as valuable inspiration for a thriving career in this field.
The academic programme culminates in a thesis which allows you to design, execute and take leadership on your very first sustainability project. It is your chance to dive deep into a sustainability goal that you are enthusiastic about and allows you to do an independent research project. A professor of your track will supervise and support you in writing your thesis.
If you are a student of the Master's Business Economics and you have a record of academic excellence, a critical mind and an enthusiasm for applied research, then our Business Economics Honours programme is a great opportunity for you.
Associate Professor Giorgia Romagnoli and student Melchior explain.
By 2050, Amsterdam wants to reduce CO2 emissions by 95%, and become a circular city, re-using everything that is produced and consumed. As a student in the Sustainability track, you will become an expert in public policies and business innovations that allow our societies to reach this vital outcome.
Examples of relevant issues that could be discussed in your classroom.
Once you have completed your curriculum, you will have the possibility of doing an internship or going on an exchange abroad. For international students, it is an excellent opportunity to experience the Dutch labour market.
Are you interested in learning Dutch? There are various options available to maximise your Dutch experience and prepare for your future job in the Netherlands.
Many of our students are members of a study association. It is fun and useful for your future career at the same time. Faculty student associations are a great way to meet fellow students and future employers. They organise study trips (abroad), career events, weekly debates and social events. You can also purchase your textbooks and course syllabi at reduced rates.
Overview Study Associations
Amsterdam has a thriving student community with many activities organised outside the university’s grounds. You will find student associations focusing on networking, specific interests and sports. It is only at sororities and fraternities that you can expect an initiation ritual (hazing).
At university, you are entitled to make your voice heard and assess the quality of your own education. Students can participate in the discussion on the university's education policy in various ways, such as by joining the Programme Committee, the Faculty Student Council or the first-year focus group. You can also stand for election and dedicate your efforts to the programme and your fellow students.
A specialisation track must be chosen when applying for the Master’s programme. However, track modifications are still possible until late October. The criteria for all tracks are identical and do not impact the likelihood of being accepted into the programme.
Our Master’s programme admits around 35 students per specialisation track. If you meet the entry requirements, you will always be accepted; this Master’s does not have a numerus fixus.
Most courses have one 2-3 hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial per week. Generally students take 3 courses at a time, so count on about 12-15 contact hours per week.
Our preference is for in-person lectures. Certain sessions may be pre-recorded or follow a hybrid format. This entails preparing for Question and Answer (Q&A) sessions through video clips and readings, with subsequent online discussions during meetings.
Attendance is usually not compulsory for lectures, but commonly for tutorials and other sessions. Students greatly benefit from being present and engaging in discussions with both the instructor and their classmates.
The majority of courses have a written on-site exam, which counts for a large percentage of the final grade. Most courses have additional assessment methods, including oral presentations, developing research proposals, conducting experiments and writing up results. Finally, some courses grade attendance, which is reflected by presence and activity in tutorials and online assignments.