Help solve economic questions
As an econometrician or data scientist you build models that can explain the problems under investigation and predict changes. With these models you help organisations and businesses deal with questions like:
- How will housing prices evolve over the coming years?
- How can traffic jams be reduced?
- How many people use another means of transport if fuel excise duty is increased?
- Is it possible to predict whether a customer is likely to purchase an item, based on their website click behaviour?
Take 2 minutes to find out what econometrics and data science are and why you enjoy the benefits from the work of econometricians and data scientists every day.
Top-5 reasons to study Econometrics at UvA
- Study at an internationally highly-ranked university
You will take the BSc Econometrics at the Amsterdam School of Economics, part of the University of Amsterdam. This means that you will have studied at one of the best universities in the world. We are one of the few Dutch universities ranked in the global top 100 (QS Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Ranking). We traditionally house a large Economics department that operates in the frontline of economic research.
- Get into contact with the Amsterdam corporate sector
Inspiring guest lectures are an important part of our curriculum. They will give you the option to interact with industry experts and get a first impression of your future work environment. Also, we host a very active study association (VSAE) that organises a wide range of business network events and other exciting activities like the international Econometric Game. This yearly competition attracts teams from the best universities in the world.
- Learn in small lecture groups
During lectures you have plenty of opportunity to ask individual questions and discuss answers thanks to the small size of the groups. Lectureres will challenge your acedemic thinking by discussing theory and having you apply the acquired knowledge to real business cases, using real business data. You will team up with fellow students to find solutions for these issues, which will widen your perspective and give you a great learning experience.
- Specialise in Econometrics or Data Science
After the 2nd year of the programme, you can choose between 3 specialisations: Econometrics, Data Science and the Free track. In the Econometrics specialisation, you learn how to build and use econometric models to analyse economic problems and make recommendations on economic policy. Focus in the Data Science specialisation is on large data sets (big data) that businesses collect. Learn how to programme and fine-tune tools to analyse these data and to predict human behaviour.
- Experience our lively campus
You will attend lectures at the Roeterseiland Campus, right in the heart of Amsterdam. Our campus offers everything you need to study effectively and meet with fellow students. From a large library and 1,100 internet-connected study places to a well-catered restaurant, student pubs and a cinema.
'Econometrics is the perfect combination of maths, with a clear practical application in society. I’m very happy in the programme. The group is small, which means that there are plenty of opportunities for one-on-one interaction with the lecturers.'
Econometricians and data scientists are highly sought after on the labour market. As a qualified econometrician you could work for organisations such as:
- government ministry
- Dutch Central Bank
Bachelor’s student Koen Vleugels explains in less than 1 minute what Econometrics is and which career prospects econometricians have.
Is Econometrics for you?
If you recognise yourself in the following profile, Econometrics could be the right choice for you.
- You like Mathematics;
- You are fluent in English;
- Of course you are interested in economics and societal issues;
- You are able to think abstractly and analytically;
- You are capable of working independently and in groups;
- You show initiative.
Do you want to find out the main differences and similarities between our Bachelor’s programmes in Econometrics and Actuarial Science? Or are you still not sure which programme is the right fit for you? Check out the infographic.