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Economics: Transition Minor

Would you like to learn more about national and international economics and be able to analyse current global economic developments? In this minor, you will explore the underlying economic framework of individual and societal functioning.

After successfully finishing the minor Economics: Transition Minor (60 EC) you have acquired a thorough knowledge on the main theories and applications in the field of Economics. This knowledge allows you to understand and evaluate current developments in the (world) economy. You can use this knowledge to participate in and contribute to policy discussions.

Transition to the MSc Economics

The minor allows you to enrol in the Master’s programme in Economics. Find more information about this Master on the programme page.


You need at least one academic year to complete this minor and the programme consists of 60 EC. There are compulsory courses that cover a wide range of topics in general economics (48 EC) and restricted-choice electives that allow for more specialised knowledge in the desired field (12 EC).

Curriculum for 2020-2021:

Compulsory courses (48 EC)

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Period 1 Principles of Economics  Microeconomics 2
  Mathematics 1 for Economics Mathematics 2 for Economics
  Statistics 2 for Economics  
Period 2 Econometrics Macroeconomics 2
    Game Theory

Restricted-choice electives (12 EC, choose two)

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Period 1   Development Economics
    Labour Economics
Period 2 International Money & Finance History of Economic Thought
  International Trade and Investment Industrial Organisation

You can find the programme and detailed course descriptions of the current academic year in the Course Catalogue.  Please note that the content of the courses may be subject to change. The new course catalogue containing the final programme will be published in the beginning of June.

Entry requirements

  • You must have successfully completed your first year (60 EC) of a Bachelor’s programme at a research university (WO).
  • This minor is not open for students of a University of Applied Science (HBO).
  • This minor is open for students from the BSc Business Administration of Economics and Business. Instead of the course "Principles of Economics", they have to take an additional restricted-choice elective. Please inform us of your choice in your application. 
  • This minor is not open for other programmes of Economics and Business.

Required prior knowledge

  • Other required prior knowledge: you are expected to possess sufficient quantitative knowledge. The minor Economics: Transition Minor (60 EC) is a difficult programme.

    This means that students are assumed to have previously studied mathematics at the vwo level A or B. Students are strongly advised to take a Summer School in Mathematics if the aforementioned knowledge is not present or if they would feel more secure after brushing up their knowledge in this field.

    Statistics 1 for Economics provides an excellent basis for self-study should deficiencies exist with respect to the knowledge of statistics.

Application and Admission

Applications work on a first come first serve basis. Please note that your can only apply for one minor at the Faculty of Economics and Business. All other applications at our Faculty will not be taken into consideration.

You will be able to apply for this minor by filling in the form below, that will open on Wednesday 12 May, 10:00

What do you need to apply?

All students

  • a short motivation to be copied in the application form

Non-UvA students:

  • Latest 11 May: Sign up as an elective student (bijvak student) for Bachelor's in Economics and Business Economics in Studielink. Important: make sure that your start date is 1 September 2021.
    You will not be able to sign up for the minor without enrolment.
  • a signed and stamped transcript of grades. We understand that due to the corona crisis it might be difficult to provide us with a certified transcript. Therefore, as an exception, we will also accept non-certified transcripts for the minor applications. We rely on your integrity.

More info and contact

For more general information about taking a minor, visit the student website about minors at UvA Economics and Business. Or you can contact the Education Desk.

Facts & Figures
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission
Starts in September