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Study programme Bachelor's Economics and Business Economics

Within the Bachelor’s of Economics and Business Economics each year is divided into two semesters. Each semester is then divided into two blocks, during which you will have lectures and seminars. At the end of each block you will be expected to take exams to conclude the module. A certain number of study credits (ECTS) is contributed to each module. 1 ECTS equals a study load of 28 hours.

Instruction modes


  • Curriculum year 1

    During the first year, you will explore the content of the field of Economics and Business Economics. You will learn how the scientific field is related to the real world and you will get acquainted with research methods. At the end of the first year, you will conduct your own research project with fellow students. During this project you will combine the theoretical knowledge of the first year with practical insights.

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  • Curriculum year 2

    After the first year of Economics and Business Economics, you can choose from five specialisations to continue your studies in the second and third year. These specialisations will be more in depth than the first year. The specialisation International Economics and Management is a dual degree programme and will take four-and-a-half years to complete.

    In comparison tot the Dutch programme Economie & Bedrijfseconomie, Economics and Business Economics offers two additional specialisations: International Economics & Business and the International Bachelor in Economics and Management. These specialisations are only available when choosing the English programme. Note: for the International Bachelor in Economics and Management there are additional entry requirements.

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  • Curriculum year 3

    In the third year you will follow courses of your chosen specialisation along with other general courses about academic skills, like research methods, presenting and academic writing. During your third year, you have the opportunity to choose electives, go abroad or do an internship.

    The third year will conclude with a bachelor’s thesis. You will write your thesis (an elaborate paper) about a relevant subject you like. You may want to write about a theme related to your desired specialisation.

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  • Dual degree

    Do you wish to expand your horizons and take on an extra challenge during your studies of Economics and Business Economics? Then the dual degree programme International Bachelor in Economics and Management with the University of Victoria in Canada might be just what you are looking for.

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This programme has a binding study advice

This study programme consists of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) per year. At the end of the first year you will need to have accumulated a minimum of 42 ECTS in order to receive a positive BSA to continue your studies in the second year. Failing to meet this minimum requirement and receiving a negative BSA means that you are no longer allowed to continue with your studies. Of course, we will consider outstanding circumstances such as sickness or other personal factors. Your study advisor or mentor will regularly discuss your study results with you so that you are not faced with any surprises.

Study abroad

During your Master’s/Bachelor's programme, you will have the opportunity to go abroad for your studies, internship and/or thesis. You will learn to look at things from the perspective of a different culture and you will meet new people; it is an experience that will enrich your life. What’s more, it will look great on your CV.

Please see the International Office web page for information about meetings, scholarships, internships and other practical information.

Additional challenge

Do you want an extra challenge during your studies? Do you find it interesting to think about current, social themes from different academic perspectives? Discover what the Radboud Honours Academy has to offer to achieve your maximum potential during your time as a student.