Economics, Academic Research
Edu type:
Formal education
Bachelor (EQF 6)
Start date:
Study Load:
5040 hrs
3 years
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Do you have a profound interest in the origins and evolvement of economic issues? Are you interested in applying mathematical and statistical techniques to help answer economic questions? Would you like to be able to develop and use your own models to define and explain reality systematically? Are you self-motivated and eager to study with international students?

If so, International Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research with mathematics, statistics and economics at its core is the programme for you.

It enables you to take on complex issues like:
- How will the price of energy and commodities evolve over the coming years?
- How can queue times in hospitals be reduced?
- How is advertising in online media best combined with offline media?
- How can public transport planning be improved?

The International Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research programme focuses on the application of mathematical and statistical techniques to answer economic questions. Your academic year is divided into five eight-week blocks, in which you attend two or three courses. The study load is measured in credits of 28 study hours each. Each academic year consists of 60 credits.

Year one: a diverse kick-off in every way
Your first-year courses include Mathematics, Statistics, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. You will also receive training in computer programming to learn to build and implement mathematical models. Your first experience with operational research will consist of analysing and solving optimisation problems by applying these mathematical models.

The small-scale teaching approach at Erasmus School of Economics, with tutorial groups smaller than 35 students, allows for individual attention and intensive guidance. During many of the practical assignments, you will work in groups of around four students.

Years two and three: a topical and practice-oriented approach
During your second year you will focus on more advanced courses in different areas like Mathematics, Statistics, Econometrics and Business Economics. You will divide your time equally between theory and practice; in small groups for lectures and assignments.

The third year offers many choices. First you get to take a minor (elective courses within or outside the field of Economics, such as Law or Psychology), study abroad at a partner university, or take an internship. In the second half of the year, you will choose to specialise in one of the following four majors:
- Econometrics
- Quantitative Logistics
- Quantitative Finance
- Business Analytics and Quantitative Marketing
Your major involves two specialisation courses and a seminar. You will complete your programme with a bachelor thesis.


The International Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research programme will bring you:
- a unique combination of theory and practice;
- intensive individual academic support;
- an international classroom and cosmopolitan atmosphere;
- a vast international business and academic network;
- a highly valued education with graduates in top positions in every sector.


NVAO accreditation

This program is legally recognized and accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).