Economics and Business Economics

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Would you like to become an economic expert in topics such as financial decision-making by firms, fiscal or monetary policy of governments, or economic development and international trade?

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typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
accreditatiesAACSB, NVAO
numerus fixusnee

During the three-year BSc Economics and Business Economics (E&BE), you will study a wide range of topics like banking, finance, fiscal and monetary policy issues, economic development and sustainability, economic theory, decisions made by consumers on markets, and strategic behavior between firms on markets. You will learn how business experts and policymakers attempt to stimulate both corporate and general economic activity. This programme will give you the theoretical tools and analytical skills needed to address complex issues.

During the 1st year - the foundation year - all students take the same course units. In year two, you will either specialize in Business Economics, Economics or Economic Development and Globalization.

  • Business Economics focuses on decision-making within an organization from an economic point of view.
  • In Economics, you learn to develop models with which to obtain an understanding of economic phenomena.
  • Economic Development and Globalization focuses on international economic development and globalization and its impact on firms’ strategies and government policies.

In the 3rd year, you have the chance to choose a minor at the faculty, university or study abroad at one of the university partners.

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • The programme has been internationally accredited by the AACSB and EQUIS, ensuring a high-quality education, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide.
  • Economics and Business Economics is a complete programme: you start with a broad foundation year in which basic economic theory and business issues are covered and then choose the profile that interests you most.
  • After finishing the Bachelor's degree, you can continue directly to pursue one of the many Master's programmes at the faculty.


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1e jaar In the first year, you will tackle the fundamentals of finance, micro- and macroeconomics, the basics of mathematics and statistics, and write a short research paper. These include introductions to Financial Accounting, International Economics, and International Business. You will also tackle the fundamentals of Micro- and Macroeconomics, Mathematics and Statistics.
International Business for E&BE
Mathematics for E&BE
Microeconomics for E&BE: Consumers & Firms
Financial Accounting for E&BE
Macroeconomics for E&BE
Mathematics and Data Analysis for E&BE
Academic English for E&BE
Research Paper for E&BE onderzoek
Marketing for E&BE
Statistics for E&BE
Asset Pricing and Capital Budgeting
International Economics for E&BE
2e jaar In the second year, you will learn to conduct applied, research based on economic data and choose from one of the three profiles:
BE - Capital Structure and Financial Planning
BE - Econometrics for E&BE
BE - Economics of Banking
BE - Trade Policy and Economic Integration
BE - Human Resource Management for BE
BE - Monetary Macroeconomics
BE - Management Accounting for BE
ED&G - Technological Change & Innovation
BE - Empirical Research Paper for E&BE
BE - Matrix Analysis and Optimization
BE - Microeconomics - Industrial Organization
BE - Operations and Logistics Management
BE - Business Ethics, Sustainability and Law
ECO - Capital Structure and Financial Planning
ECO - Economics of Banking
ECO - Econometrics for E&BE
ECO -Empirical Research Paper for E&BE
ECO - Trade Policy and Economic Integration
ECO - Growth, Institutions and Business
ECO - History of Economic Thought
ECO - Intermediate Mathematics
ECO - Monetary Macroeconomics
ECO - Matrix Analysis and Optimization
ECO - Microeconomics - Industrial Organization
ECO - Public Finance
ED&G - Capital Structure and Financial Planning
ED&G - Econometrics for E&BE
ED&G - Economics of Banking
ED&G - Empirical Research Paper for E&BE
ED&G - Trade Policy and Economic Integration
ED&G - Global Development Studies
ED&G - Growth, Institutions and Business
ED&G - Monetary Macroeconomics
ED&G - Matrix Analysis and Optimization
ED&G - Microeconomics - Industrial Organization
3e jaar In the third year, you will choose a minor (faculty, university or study abroad). You can pick from: a minor offered by your own degree programme, a minor from a different faculty of the University of Groningen or a minor that involves studying abroad for a full semester – be that in Europe, Latin America, Australia, Canada, China, the USA or elsewhere in the world. At the end of the third year, you will write your Bachelor's thesis.
BE - Faculty Minor, University Minor or Foreign Minor (study abroad)
BE - Bachelor's Thesis
BE - Intermediate Asset Pricing
BE - Marketing Research for E&BE
BE - Intermediate Corporate Finance
BE - Financial Statement Analysis for E&BE
ECO - Faculty Minor, University Minor or Foreign Minor (study abroad)
ECO - Bachelor's Thesis
ECO - Intermediate Microeconomics
ECO - Labour Economics
ECO - Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECO - Political Economics
ED&G- Faculty Minor, University Minor or Foreign Minor (study abroad)
ED&G - Bachelor's Thesis
ED&G - Sustainability and Globalization
ED&G - International Financial Markets
ED&G - Trade and Firms
ED&G - Growth and Development Economics


profiel Business Economics (BE)


Does it pay for firms to invest in corporate social responsibility? Do stocks of environmentally friendly firms provide a better risk-return tradeoff? In the Business Economics profile, you learn to understand decision-making within organizations from an economic point of view.After the first year in the BSc Economics and Business Economics in Groningen, you have the opportunity to specialize in Business Economics in year two and three. In this profile, you will learn about corporate finance, asset pricing and accounting. Students who choose this profile are interested in learning more about the functioning of organizations from an analytic, microeconomic as well as macro- and international economic point of view.During your study, you will find a balanced mix of theory and practice that is applied to current and worldwide trends. You will study how firms create value in their operational and financing decisions and have the chance to work in project teams on real-life assignments. Moreover, you will learn about business ethics and sustainability and get an insight into corporate responsibility and its impact on organizations at both local and global levels.We work closely with companies from various industries and regularly offer talks and guest lectures by our alumni, business leaders, and economists. By engaging with the labour market, you see how research and theory are applied into the real world and you get insights that will help you prepare for your future career. Do you want to learn more about the other two profiles in Economics or Economic Development and Globalization?

profiel Economics (ECO)


How do periods of high inflation affect the economy? And, how can monetary and fiscal policy be used to combat inflation? In the Economics profile, you learn to develop models to understand economic phenomena.In the Economics profile of the BSc Economics and Business Economics in Groningen, you analyze big societal problems equipped with rigorous tools from economics while also using insights from politics, philosophy, and history.The courses taught focus not only on the problems of macroeconomic and microeconomic theory and policy but also on worldwide topics such as inequality and limits to growth. You will get insights into a wide range of topics like banking, finance, fiscal and monetary policy issues, economic development and sustainability, economic theory, decisions made by consumers on markets, and strategic behavior between firms on markets. By studying economic problems with statistical data from real life, you will gain the necessary knowledge to analyze complex economic issues, interpret data, and make informed decisions.The focus is on both theoretical and practical knowledge which prepares you for your professional life. Our programme is designed to shape students into future economists with a solid and strong analytical foundation. An economist who can understand historical trends and interpret today’s policies and economic data is able to make predictions about the future.Do you want to learn more about the other two profiles in Business Economics or Economic Development and Globalization?

profiel Economic Development and Globalization (ED&G)

How is economic development initiated and maintained? Which threats and opportunities arise as a result of economic globalization?

If you are interested in these types of questions, this profile is the perfect fit for you. In the last decades, millions of people have been lifted out of poverty in many developing countries. Development Economics deals with the theories, policies and patterns underlying this process. It also seeks to analyze why some regions of the world have managed to develop successfully, while other regions are struggling. At the same time, the world has become increasingly integrated by international trade and capital flows. This has major consequences for e.g. labor markets, internationalization decisions of firms and environmental sustainability, but also for the determinants of international capital flows, exchange rates and financial crises. The ED&G profile gives you the tools to understand the process of economic development and globalization. The core of the profile consists of courses in both Development Economics and International Economics. In your Bachelor's thesis, you will investigate a problem related to one of these topics.


taal van onderwijs100% en
case study, literature study, oral presentation, computer exercise, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, group discussion, individual assignment, practicum, self study, project
study abroad
Study load of 30 EC.
exchange programs
  • List of All Exchange Partners FEB All Exchange Partners FEB - Europa
bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

You will be offered study advice after the first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.
You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.
N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

study guidance
As a student, you are expected to work independently, but of course, the faculty will help you do so. Together with other first-years, you will participate in a mentor group. The mentor, a senior student, will help you learn the ins and outs of the faculty. In addition, you will discuss your study progress with your tutor (a lecturer-supervisor) at regular intervals. The study advisers are available to help you with specific study problems.
During the first year, your mentor group, called Study Performance and Academic Attitudes (SPAA) group, will meet on a regular basis, supervised by your student-mentor. Assignments and discussions will help you gain insight into your own way of studying and how to develop effective study skills. You will follow most tutorials with the same group. This small-scale approach enhances contact between students and between students and lecturers. You will also have a lecturer-tutor, whom you will meet individually at the start of your studies and after the first two exam periods. This way you receive personal and regular feedback on your study progress. Successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you may need to consult an impartial expert with whom you can discuss your study progress and personal circumstances.. The faculty's study advisors are available to help you. Obviously, everything discussed with the study advisor remains confidential.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2023
wettelijk tarief : € 2314 (€1157 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 9800
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 11200

1 september 2024

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2024
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Students have to apply online via Studielink. After you have applied, you have the right to participate in a matching activity. Matching is a procedure for students who want to apply for a Bachelor programme without a decentral selection procedure. Read more about the matching procedure.

More information on the steps to apply.

toelaatbare profielen
VWO N&Ttoelaatbaar
VWO N&Gtoelaatbaar
VWO E&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO C&Maangevuld met Wiskunde A of wiskunde B.
hbo-pIt is also possible to enter the programme with an HBO propaedeutic certificate, on condition that you meet the required level of mathematics and the English language skills. For mathematics, you must at least have completed A or B (previously mathematics A12 or B1) at Dutch VWO level. For English, you must also have completed this at VWO level or obtained one of the English certificates: IELTS Academic overall score 6 (Speaking 6, Writing 5.5); TOEFL internet-based overall score 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 20); C1 Advanced (with minimum score 169).
WO propedeuseYou can enroll, as long as you have a finished VWO-degree with mathematics A or B.
studie kosten
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€ 600studiematerialenper jaar
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registration fee

De stad


The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.


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2/13 RUG
Economics and Business Economics - Business Economics
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3/13 RUG
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€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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4/13 RUG
Economics and Business Economics - Economics
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5/13 Erasmus
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695 eerstejaars
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6/13 Erasmus
International Bachelor Economics and Business Economics
€ 342 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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7/13 Radboud Universiteit
Economics and Business Economics
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29% vrouw
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8/13 Radboud Universiteit
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166 eerstejaars
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11/13 Tilburg University
Economie en Bedrijfseconomie
€ 253 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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100% Nederlandstalig
12/13 Amsterdam VU
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Graduates continue their studies with a Master's degree in various fields such as finance, economics, and economic development and globalization.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

A Master's degree in Finance offers career opportunities in corporate finance, corporate governance, financial markets and portfolio management, with job opportunities at multinationals such as PwC, Google, Coca-Cola, or Toyota.

A Master's degree in Economics grants you access to the world of banking or the government sector, where you could help develop economic policy. A Master's degree in Economic Development and Globalization opens the gateway to multinationals, intergovernmental institutions or international organizations. All of these degrees could help you become an analyst for a research institute, consulting firm or university.
If you choose the Research Master's degree programme you could move into academia and perhaps decide to go further and earn a PhD at a university in the Netherlands or abroad.

As a graduate, your degree will be highly valued in the labour market. The Faculty of Economics and Business is internationally accredited and belongs to the 1% of business schools around the world accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB.

FEB Career Services
When you become a student at the faculty, we want to support you in developing your career and strengthening your employability skills. You can count on a dedicated on-campus Career Services team offering you a wide range of courses, workshops, events and career-related support during your studies. Everything you need to enter the labour market.

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expert in economic development and globalization

A Master's degree in Economic Development and Globalization will provide you with the credentials to work for a multinational or any kind of governmental institution or international organisation. You might become an analyst for a research institute, consulting firm or university.

financial or asset manager

A Master's degree in Finance offers graduates attractive career opportunities in many different areas. You could end up as a financial or asset manager. Or maybe corporate governance, risk analysis or stock trading is your thing. You will be ready to start work at multinationals such as PwC, Google, Coca-Cola or Toyota. Studying Finance will open a wide range of opportunities for you.

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