International Business Administration


Are you curious about other cultures? Looking to create a platform for your future international business career? Ready to acquire competences to successfully operate in a globalized world? 

By studying International Business Administration you’ll combine a comprehensive study of all the essential business disciplines in a genuinely international context with a strong focus on people in a cross-cultural environment. Not only the businesses you’ll study are international, but also the faculty staff and your fellow students are from a wide variety of backgrounds. 

The programme is multi-disciplinary, which means you’ll study everything from management and organization to cross-cultural marketing, and from information technology to international strategy. 

The first two years of the bachelor’s programme revolve around fundamental disciplines relevant for any internationally operating business professional, including Strategy, Organization, HRM, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Supply Chain Management and Technology. Moreover, the academic core in year one and two provides a thorough introduction into Business Mathematics, Business Research Methods, and Academic Skills. 

Additionally, year two offers electives that offer you the opportunity to develop your knowledge on different business practices in developed versus emerging economies.

In the third year, you will gain international experience by studying the first semester abroad. This exchange to another university is mandatory. Back in Amsterdam, in the second semester of year three you will specialize yourself in a discipline of your choice. This last part of your studies also includes completing a your BSc Thesis on an international topic. 

On top of this, excellent and ambiguous students are also given the option to follow an additional Honours programme.


Level Bachelor
Language English
Duration 3 years
Type Fulltime
Credits 180 EC
Faculty School of Business and Economics
First year International Business Administration
The first year consists of obligatory courses. In addition, an English
Language test is mandatory.

The final grade for the course Business Processes is only granted if the
conditions of Research Participation I are met. (Note that for students
who started their programme in an earlier year Research Participation
will be connected to Academic Skills).

In the first year a there is a Binding recommendation on continuation of
studies (BSA). This means that you must have earned at least 42 credits
at the end of the year, plus the course Business Mathematics (E_IBA1
_BUSM) in order to continue your study. For more information,
take a look at VUnet.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Business Mathematics P1 6EC E_IBA1_BUSM
People in Business and Society P1 6EC E_IBA1_PBS
Taaltoets P1 0EC E_BACH_TAALT
Research Participation I P1+2+3+4+5 0EC E_IBA1_RPR1
Economics for the Global Era P2 6EC E_IBA1_EGA
Organization Theory P2 6EC E_IBA1_ORGT
Academic Skills P3 6EC E_IBA1_ACSK
Business Statistics P4 6EC E_IBA1_BS
Global Supply Chain Management P4 6EC E_IBA1_GSCM
Accounting P5 6EC E_IBA1_ACC
Cross Cultural Marketing P5 6EC E_IBA1_CCM
Business Processes P6 6EC E_IBA1_BP
Second year International Business Administration
In the first semester, the second year continues to introduce the core
discplines of IBA. In the second semester, the academic core continues
with a strong focus on the research skills, including both quantitative
and qualitative research methods.

Moreover, the second semester zooms in on the international context of
the business environment by explicitly discussing different disciplines
in the setting of developed versus emerging economies. As student, you
will be able to select those electives that appeal to your own personal
interest and start to shape your own personal profile of expertise.

Again, in year 2 of the IBA programme you will continue to actively
participate in research and to further develop your skills set. You will
join the course Research Participation II, which you will need to
complete as part of the requirements for Integrative Research Project.
During Integrative Research Project, you will actively reflect on your
learning experiences related to Research Participation II.
(Note that for students who started their programme in an earlier year
Research Participation will be connected to Academic Skills).

Note that:

- In order to be able to start with the Bachelor Thesis in year 3,
students need to have completed 120 ECTS, which include the courses 2.4
BRM I, 2.5 BRM II, and 2.6 Integrative Research Project before the
deadline for thesis registration (28 February of 8 October). This means
that you will have to complete these courses in your second year to
avoid study delay in year 3.

- In case you want to enter a master programme after your bachelor, keep
in mind that each master programme has its own entry requirements. It is
important to inform yourself about these entry requirements, as in some
case (e.g., MSc Finance) you are required to take an additional course
in order to meet those requirements in addition to the IBA program. At you will find the admission requirements of all master
Third year International Business Administration
The third and final year of the programme offers students the
opportunity to develop their personal profile. In semester I the
mandatory exchange takes place. Upon return, in semester 2, you
specialize in the discipline of your choice. This specialization will
also prepare you for related Masters' programmes at this School or
elsewhere, in case you would like to continue studying after your

In case you want to enter a master programme after your bachelor, keep
in mind that each master programme has its own entry requirements. It is
important to inform yourself about these entry requirements, as in some
case (e.g., MSc Finance) you are required to take an additional course
in order to meet those requirements in addition to the IBA program.
Therefore, take a look at this study guide, under General Information>
After your BSc, for the specific entry requirements to the SBE master
Third year International Business Administration - Exchange
For all IBA students starting their Bachelor programme in 2012 or later,
an exchange semester is an obligatory part of their study programme.

For all third-year IBA students who meet the exchange criteria there is
a mandatory exchange semester in autumn. You are entirely free to select
universities or courses. If you want to know if courses abroad meet the
entry requirements for SBE Master's programmes, it is advisable to
contact an academic advisor. All courses chosen must be approved of by
the examination board before you leave.

Although the third-year programme is geared towards exchange in the
first semester, it is possible to go abroad in the period February-June.
This may prove more problematic, however, and will require greater
flexibility on your part as more individual arrangements need to be

International Office

Exchange programmes are arranged through the School’s International
Office. The academic advisors can provide you with detailed information
on courses on offer abroad and how to incorporate them into your third
year, but also on arrangements for visa, insurance, allowance etc. The
website contains a wealth of information on studying abroad. It is well
worth visiting this for orientation before you start making definite
plans. See Exchange Programmes for VU Students.

For more information please contact the outgoing exchange team via More information about our exchange programme can be
found on the VUnet page 'Study Abroad' and information about our partner
universities at In case you need us to sign
documents, please visit the International Service Desk, ground floor,
main building. The desk is open from Monday to Friday between 13:00 –

The deadline for enrolling for an exchange programme with the
international office is usually after the first week of January, but
check the website for precise dates. Remember also that you can only go
abroad if, at the start of your third year, you have at least 90 EC.
This means that you must have at least 60 EC when enrolling in order to
be eligible for exchange.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Third year International Business Administration - Specialization
Choose a specialization. Each specialization contains two courses and a
Third year Bachelor (International) Business Administration - Specialization Economics
The specialization Economics consists of two courses plus a thesis.

The course Inclusive Growth and Sustainability, as well as the thesis,
are compulsory. Furthermore, you may choose between Microeconomics II
and Public Economics. Note that the course Microeconomics II will be
lectured in the Dutch language; therefore non-Dutch speaking IBA
students have to opt for the course Public Economics.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Microeconomics II P4 6EC E_EBE2_MICEC
Public Economics P4 6EC E_EBE2_PE
Inclusive Growth and Sustainability P5 6EC E_EBE3_IGS
Third year Bachelor (International) Business Administration - Specialization Finance
The specialization Finance consists of two courses plus a thesis. Please
be aware that, in case you like to enter the master Finance after your
BSc, you need to pass an additional course, namely Financial Markets and
Institutions (E_EBE3_FMI).
Course Name Period Credits Code
Financial Modelling and Derivatives P4 6EC E_IBK3_FMD
Investments P5 6EC E_EBE3_INVES
Third year Bachelor (International) Business Administration - Specialization Management Consulting
The specialization Management Consulting consists of two courses plus a

The MC specialization prepares you well for master programmes focusing
on management consulting, leadership and change management or strategy &
organization. In our specialization courses we extend your knowledge on
topics such as strategy, change, consultant roles and consultant-client
interaction. We also focus on analytical skills that are important when
starting in a consultant job. Part of the specialization is that you
gain experience with the work of consultants, and what it means to be a
consultant. You will interview consultants, and we invite them to the
programme. As business administration students often start their careers
at a consultancy, this specialization helps you to find out whether this
would be a good start for you.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Foundations of Strategic Management P4 6EC E_IBK3_FSM
Debates in Management and Consulting P5 6EC E_IBK3_DMC
Honours programme
The Honours Programme (HP) contains 30 EC on top of the regular
programme and offers several advantages to ambiguous students. All
honours courses are special courses that are only accessible to honours

The increased study load is 30 EC of honours courses (or more if you
prefer). The programme consists at least 12 credits SBE honours
courses, of at least 12 credits Interdepartmental honours courses and 6
credits for an elective that you are free to choose within all honours
courses offered either by our School or elsewhere by Vrije Universiteit,
the University of Amsterdam and Amsterdam University College.

For more information, take a look at
SBE Honours Courses
The SBE honours courses of the Honours Programme are taught mainly in
the evening by lecturers from our School. The classes are small and you
will be expected to give presentations, write papers and make an active
contribution to discussions.

The 6 credits of the Research Assistantship count only as elective and
not as credits to fulfill the 12 credits of SBE honours courses.

You have to choose at least 12 credits of SBE honours courses from the
list below. Enrollment into these courses is via VUnet, except for a
Research Assistentship.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Research Assistantship Honours Course Ac. Year (sept) 6EC E_HP2_RASS
Behavioral Game Theory P2 6EC E_HP2_BGT
Contemporary Perspectives in Corporate Strategy P4 6EC E_HP1_CPCS
Economics of Globalization: A Transaction Cost Perspective P4 6EC E_HP1_EGTC
Bubbles and Crashes P5 6EC E_HP1_BC
Interdepartmental Honours Courses
The interdisciplinary components of the Honours Programme are taught
mainly in the evening by lecturers from Vrije Universiteit, the
University of Amsterdam and Amsterdam University College, as well as
guest lecturers from the Netherlands and abroad. The classes are small
and you will be expected to give presentations, write papers and make an
active contribution to discussions.

You have to choose at least 12 credits of Interdepartmental honours
courses from the overview of interdepartmental honours courses, as well
as an application form, at:
Optional minors in third year International Business Administration -
As an option IBA-students may follow a minor, on top of their regular
Each minor consists of 5 courses of 6 EC each (30 EC in total). You may
choose between a faculty course or a university course.

Note that you are not allowed to follow two university minors:
- Business Administration
- Managing Digital Innovation
Faculty Minors SBE
Underneath the minors that have been developed by the School.
Minor Entrepreneurship
In SBE’s minor in entrepreneurship, students not only study
entrepreneurs but also become entrepreneurs. This minor is an exciting
set of carefully selected courses that are designed to offer students
fundamental knowledge about entrepreneurship in different contexts and
enhance their entrepreneurial skill sets. The knowledge students gain
from this minor is extremely valuable in today’s labor markets, because
career success increasingly depends on students’ capacity to be
proactive, promote change, and pursue new entrepreneurial initiatives
that create economic and/or social value. Specifically, completing the
minor will allow students to better appreciate the different forms of
entrepreneurship across various contexts, understand the distinct
challenges faced by entrepreneurs, and find creative solutions for
overcoming these challenges. Indeed, both startup and corporate
entrepreneurs often struggle to launch and grow new business ventures
such that knowledge about how to successfully develop new
entrepreneurial initiatives is essential to any student. So if you are
thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, this is definitely the minor
for you. But also if you do not have plans to go in that direction, this
minor is worthwhile because knowledge of entrepreneurship is critical to
anyone who interacts in significant ways with entrepreneurs including
managers in large established firms, consultants, bankers, and
government policy makers.

This minor contains 5 compulsory courses. Instead of the courses Filming
Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation you may choose to do an
internship. Note that the internship has to be approved by the minor
coordinator in advance.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Foundations and Forms of Entrepreneurship P1 6EC E_BK3_FFE
Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation P1 6EC E_BK3_SMTI
Enterprising Behavior P2 6EC E_BK3_ENTBEH
Filming Entrepreneurship P2 6EC E_BK3_FE
Internship Minor Entrepreneurship P2+3 12EC E_BK3_IMENT
New Venture Creation P3 6EC E_BK3_NVC
Minor Understanding and Influencing Decisions in Business and Society
The Department of Marketing offers this SBE minor in collaboration with
the department of Management and Organization Studies in the fall
semester (September-January) starting in the academic year 2016-2017.
The 30 EC programme is entirely taught in English and will allow
students to understand and influence human decision making and behavior
in the context of organizations and their interactions with the world
outside (markets and consumers, but also business partners and
competitors). To achieve this goal, we rely on recent insights from
behavioral economics and psychology.
Upon completion of this minor, students will be able to:
- Understand how decisions and behavior are influenced by the physical
and social environments and the decision making strategies that are
- Based on this knowledge, develop strategies to influence (e.g.,
through "nudging") the behavior of others in order to achieve business
and societal goals, such as increasing sales or reducing environmental
- Analyze historical and every day examples of leadership in order to
improve (your own) leadership skills and the output of teams and
- Apply negotiation strategies to achieve optimal results in terms of
outcomes (distributive negotiations) and relationships among parties
involved (integrative negotiations).
- Reflect on the ethical aspects of such influence strategies

The minor is relevant to:
- All students in Business Administration and Economics
- All students from other bachelor programmes that are interested in
decision making and influencing other people’s behavior (e.g. health
science, communication science, psychology, social sciences).

This minor contains 5 compulsory courses. Instead of the courses
Designing Interventions in Business and Society and Managing
Negotiations: Getting to Yes you may choose to do an internship. Note
that the internship has to be approved by the minor coordinator in
Course Name Period Credits Code
Judgment and Decision Making P1 6EC E_BK3_JDM
Leadership: Mobilizing People P1 6EC E_BK3_LMP
Managing Negotiations: Getting to Yes P2 6EC E_BK3_MNGY
Nudge: Influencing Behavior P2 6EC E_BK3_NIB
Internship Minor Understanding and Influencing Decisions in Business and Society P2+3 12EC E_BK3_IMUID
Designing Interventions in Business and Society P3 6EC E_BK3_DIBS
Minor Accounting, Organizations and Society
Financial information systems are part of a company’s infrastructure. A
thoroughly understanding of the context in which companies operate is
required to be able to design effective information systems. Completing
this minor will allow students to understand the effects of integrating
traditional bookkeeping with the application of latest IT developments,
the legal and societal role of good Corporate Governance as well as the
importance of organizational behavior and decision making.

The minor contains 5 compulsory courses.

Note: all courses are mandatory for students who want to become licensed
auditors in the Netherlands (registeraccountant).
Course Name Period Credits Code
Accounting and IT Systems I P1 6EC E_EBE3_AIT1
Organizational Behavior and Decision Making P1 6EC E_EBE3_OBDM
Business Intelligence and Analytics P2 6EC E_MM_BIA
Corporate Governance and Accountibility P2 6EC E_EBE3_CGA
Tax and Organizations P3 6EC E_EBE3_TO
Minor Health Care Management
The minor Health Care Management is a joint programme offered by the
School of Business and Economics (SBE) and the Faculty of Earth and Life
Sciences (FALW). It is open to all bachelor students from the VU, from
other Dutch universities and from universities abroad.

This minor discusses health care policy from an economic perspective and
deals with management of health care organizations, using economic,
organization, accounting and finance theories and methods. It offers
students in economics and business sciences the opportunity to use
economic and organizational theories which enables them to gain in-depth
knowledge about the cure and care sector. The minor is also useful for
students from other faculties who have studied health care issues from
another perspective, like medicine, social sciences, life sciences and
behavioral and movement sciences. The minor may be especially helpful
for those students who consider working in policy development or
managerial positions within the health care sector. The minor relates to
two major VU themes: Human & Life Sciences en Professional Services.

The minor focuses on the following themes:
- The economic effects of health, illness, demographic developments and
- The role of government intervention in the health care market,
positive and negative economic implications of regulation.
- Structure and functioning of care and cure markets, and the way health
care supply meets health care demand.
- The role of health insurance arrangements in influencing health care
- Policy issues around health care regulation, accessibility of care,
cost control and health care quality.
- Financial management of health care organizations in their pursuit of
health care productivity, cost effectiveness and quality.
- Management of health care organizations, the role of management in
steering and controlling professionals, leadership, and communication.

The minor enables students to analyze the effectiveness of health care
policies, to analyse complex issues related to financing and controlling
health care institutions, and to improve internal management issues
within health care organizations.

The minor contains 5 compulsory courses.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Economics of the Dutch Health Care System P1 6EC E_EBE3_EDHCS
Health Economics P1 6EC E_EBE3_HEC
Economic Assessment of Health Care P2 6EC E_EBE3_EAHC
Financial Management in Health Care Organizations P2 6EC E_EBE3_FMHCO
Health Care Management P3 6EC E_EBE3_HCM
Minor Real Estate Economics and Finance
Why does economic activity concentrate in specific locations? How do
real estate developers react to the strong demand for space at these
focal points? What are the implications for the surrounding urban areas?
Should the government provide guidance through land use policy? These
questions illustrate a number of important topics that will be dealt
with in the Minor Real Estate Economics and Finance. You will learn what
economic analysis contributes to our understanding of how cities evolve
and what role policy can play. You gain insight into the functioning of
real estate markets, including their volatility and apparent lack of

The minor contains 5 compulsory courses.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Real Estate Finance and Urban Development P1 6EC E_EBE3_REFUD
Real Estate Investment P1 6EC E_EBE3_REI
Behavioral Finance and Real Estate P2 6EC E_EBE3_BFRE
Urban Economics and Real Estate P2 6EC E_EBE3_UERE
Real Estate Economics and Finance Research Project P3 6EC E_EBE3_REEFR
Minor Risk Management for Financial Institutions
The minor highlights risk issues from different perspectives, such as
human behaviour, methods and techniques, financial markets and
supervision, and technological innovation. You will gain insights how
financial institutions work and analyse their business models and risk
issues. The minor emphasises the importance of a holistic view including
behavioral finance. Finally, the risks of new developments will be
discussed. What is the impact of new financial technologies (FinTech’s
and Big Data) and how can you mitigate cybercrime.

The minor contains 5 compulsory courses.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Risk Management for Financial Institutions P1 6EC E_EBE3_RMFI
Risk Management in Banking P1 6EC E_EBE3_RMB
Behavioral Finance and Real Estate P2 6EC E_EBE3_BFRE
New Developments in Risk Management P2 6EC E_EBE3_NDRM
A Big Risk Experience P3 6EC E_EBE3_BRE
Minor Applied Econometrics: A Big Data Experience for All
An in-depth introduction to Econometrics. The Minor Applied Econometrics
provides a thorough introduction to econometric methods and techniques
with an emphasis on how to implement and carry out the methods in
empirical studies and how to interpret the results. The key steps of
model formulation, parameter estimation, diagnostic checking, hypothesis
testing, model selection and empirical analysis are given extensive
attention throughout the different courses. Apart from the fundamentals
of econometrics, much emphasis is given to how econometric methods are
carried out in different empirical settings and studies. Particular
attention will be given to issues related to "big data" in the context
of different disciplines in economics and business.

The minor consists of two tracks: a regular and a technical track. The
regular track contains five mandatory courses. The technical track
consists of obligatory and elective courses. Also, an internship is
possible (in both tracks); in that case one of the courses in period 2
plus the period 3 course can be dropped).
Minor E-Business and Online Commerce
Business-related interactions are increasingly facilitated by various
Information & Communication Technologies - from websites and social
media to Enterprise Systems, from mobile devices to EDI. In the minor E-
business and online commerce, this development is viewed from different
disciplines, yet with an integrative perspective. With a focus on
Business-to-Consumer online commerce (although taking into account
Business-to-Business and Consumer-to-Consumer interaction as well), we
address the Marketing, Logistics and Information Systems-related aspects
of E-Business. This minor provides students with an in-depth knowledge
of the full range of business aspects related to E-business - from
consumer interaction to fulfillment, and from marketing strategy to
data, analytics and information systems. This knowledge will be applied
in answering both academic and practical questions. Also, students will
be stimulated to critically reflect on the business and ethical issues
related to E-business and online commerce.

For who?
This minor is relevant to students from both the business administration
(BK/IBA) and the economics and business economics (EBE) programme. For
EBE students, this minor is relevant since commerce is a crucial factor
from both a macro-economic and a business economics perspective. As
interactions between business and customers increasingly move to the
online world, this has far reaching economic implications at several

This minor contains 5 compulsory courses. Instead of the courses
Emerging Technologies for E-Business and Online Commerce and Information
Systems in E-Business and Online Commerce you may choose to do an
internship. Note that the internship has to be approved by the minor
coordinator in advance.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Consumer Science for Online Commerce P1 6EC E_IBA3_CSOC
Introduction to E-Business and Online Commerce P1 6EC E_IBA3_IEOC
E-Commerce Supply Chain Management P2 6EC E_IBA3_ESCM
Information Systems in E-Business and Online Commerce P2 6EC E_IBA3_ISEOC
Internship Minor E-business and Online Commerce P2+3 12EC E_IBA3_IMEOC
Emerging Technologies for E-Business and Online Commerce P3 6EC E_IBA3_ETEOC
Minor Sustainability: Management and Innovation
Sustainable development is one of the key challenges for the 21st
century. The minor on Sustainability and Innovation offers students a
programme rooted in business and economics to explore how innovation can
contribute to sustainable development. Sustainability builds on the
understanding that actions ‘here and now’ have effects in other places,
for other people, at other moments in time. This leads to grand
challenges such as problems with global warming, water, energy, and
poverty. Yet, addressing such grand challenges offers opportunities for
business as well, and many leading companies and new start-ups are
reaping such opportunities. Through sustainable innovations like
renewable energy solutions, micro loans, circular business models, and
‘sharing economy’ platforms emerging businesses tap into growth markets.
Characteristic of these opportunities is that they create shared value:
they do not only create profit, but also create value for planet and

In this minor, students will learn how to turn global and local
sustainability issues into business opportunities, and learn how to
apply this knowledge to design strategies, value chains, and
innovations. With its academically and practically challenging
programme, this minor aims to inspire students that wish to take on an
entrepreneurial role in society by joining an established firm, a
government agency, or by starting a firm themselves.

This minor is especially interesting for:
- Future managers who want to understand how sustainability can be
implemented in existing business
- Entrepreneurs / intrapreneurs who want exploit the opportunities
sustainability offers
- Future consultants in sustainability, strategic business consultants,
or government policy consultants
- Students who want to be active in NGO’s or other societal

This minor contains 5 compulsory courses. The minor programme will be
taught in English. Instead of the courses Marketing Sustainable
Innovations and Organizing Sustainable Innovation you may choose to do
an internship. Internships should be aligned with a topic addressed in
the minor and should be initiated by students. Proposals for an
internship need approval from the minor coordinator in advance.

Coordinator: Philipp Tuertscher Department of Information, Logistics and
Course Name Period Credits Code
Grand Challenges for Sustainability P1 6EC E_IBA3_GCS
Shared Value Creation P1 6EC E_IBA3_SVC
Organizing Sustainable Innovation P2 6EC E_IBA3_OSI
Sustainable Supply Chain Management P2 6EC E_IBA3_SSCM
Internship Minor Sustainability and Innovation P2+3 12EC E_IBA3_IMSI
Marketing Sustainable Innovations P3 6EC E_IBA3_MSI
University Minors IBA
Students International Business Administration are allowed to
participate all university minors, except for the university minors
Business Administration and Managing Digital Innovation.
Minor Brain and Mind
The purpose of this minor is to acquaint the student with different
disciplines within the field of Neuroscience. The student will become
familiar with the workings and functions of different types of brain
cells and brain areas. The student will learn how this knowledge can be
used to understand characteristics of the healthy brain (e.g.,
perception, attention, learning and memory, consciousness, personality),
of the developing brain
(pre- and postnatal), and of the diseased brain (e.g., depression,
addiction, eating disorders).
In addition, the students will be familiarized with recent findings from
the fields of human genetics and will actively participate in
nature-versus-nurture debates. Finally, this minor provides an
introduction into recent technological advances in brain-machine
interfaces, deep brain stimulation, and robotics in the context of
Neuroscience. The integration of disciplines such as biology,
psychology, sociology, and genetics, is central to this minor. Students
learn to think critically about how knowledge of the brain and the human
genome can be applied to tackle societal issues.
Course registration
TARGET GROUP: Third year BSc students alpha and gamma topics (e.g.,
Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Law, Artificial Intelligence) and
students from Lifesciences (e.g., Biology, Fysics, Chemistry, Medicine,
Movement Science, Nutrition) with a broad interest.


Due to overlap in curriculum, this minor is NOT open for students from
Biomedical Sciences-VU and Health & Life Sciences-VU. These students, as
well as students who plan to pursue a career in Neuroscience, are
advised to sign up for the more specialised minor
Biomolecular/Neurosciences. Please contact the minor coordinator dr
Sophie van der Sluis ( for more information about

For international students, we explicitly note that you will only obtain
credits for the courses if you successfully pass the course exams as
described in the individual course guides (i.e., participation alone is
not sufficient).
Course Name Period Credits Code
Cognitive Neuroscience P1 6EC AB_1056
Nature versus Nurture P1 6EC AB_1057
Brain in Trouble P2 6EC AB_1038
The Developing Brain P2 6EC AB_1059
Mind and Machine P3 6EC AB_1060
Minor Global Food Security
Global food security is at the core of many of today’s societal
problems, varying from undernourished children to obese adults and
elderly; climate change presents a challenge for future food production;
novel technologies raise ethical questions with respect to animal
welfare, preservation of biodiversity, and protection of national policy
autonomy. These and many other societal issues are part of the content
of this course. These insights will be useful to a variety of academic
and societal fields, and may help you to choose your master’s programme.

This minor takes real world problems as a starting point. Examples,
assignments and (guest)lectures will be based on the variety of actual
challenges related to food security. Throughout the minor, culminating
in an advisory report in the last course, you will conduct an assignment
for a real organization active in the field of food security; e.g. the
Ministry of Economic Affairs; Oxfam Novib; FrieslandCampina.

Jobs are increasingly about combinations of insights and skills rather
than specialized knowledge only. In this minor you will acquire skills
and insights from different scientific backgrounds to be able to conduct
interdisciplinary research. The fact that this minor is offered by the
Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies, an institute that brings
together researchers from different faculties of the VU to conduct
inter- and transdisciplinary research on food security, guarantees the
richness of skills and methods taught.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Agriculture for Food and Nutrition Security P1 6EC E_MG_AFNS
Challenges of Food and Nutrition Security P1 6EC E_MG_CFNS
Economics and Politics for Food and Nutrition Security P2 6EC E_MG_EPFNS
Food and Quality of Life P2 6EC E_MG_FQL
Applications in Food and Nutrition Security Analysis P3 6EC E_MG_AFNSA
Minor Economics
What is the future of employment in the face of technical innovation?
Why does the discovery of natural resources make a country sometimes
poorer rather than richer? How can we keep the pension and health care
system sustainable if there are only half as many working age people?
Why do economic crises occur? These questions illustrate how economics
touches upon the most pressing problems of today: economic well-being,
inequality and sustainability. In the minor in Economics you will learn
to tackle economic issues by learning to think like an economist.

The minor in Economics is a 30 EC programme of 5 compulsory courses,
taught in English. You will become familiar with the development of
economic thought, including the principles of micro- and macroeconomic
theory and key insights from empirical economic analysis. You will gain
insight into the role of economic policy, learning to identify when
markets fail and when policy interventions may provide solutions.
Finally, you learn to take a structured approach to solving practical
problems using economic core concepts. Upon completion you will have a
proven ability to apply sound economic reasoning to a range of issues on
a micro- and macroeconomic level, for example related to labor markets,
social insurance, health and welfare policy, environmental and product
market regulation, fiscal and monetary policy, trade and development

Students in the BSc programmes Economics and Business Economics as well
as Econometrics are excluded from participating in this university
minor. More information is also available on our general Canvas page
Course Name Period Credits Code
Foundations of Macroeconomics P1 6EC E_ME_FMA
Foundations of Microeconomics P1 6EC E_ME_FM
Macroeconomic Policy P2 6EC E_ME_MAEP
Microeconomic Policy P2 6EC E_ME_MIEP
Economic Policy Analysis P3 6EC E_ME_EPA
Minor Psychology and the Brain
De kennis over de psyche en ons brein groeit snel. Wekelijks verschijnen
er artikelen en boeken met baanbrekende inzichten over de werking van
onze hersenen en het effect hiervan op ons gedrag. Deze kennis verandert
de wereld, met steeds sterk wordende effecten op marketing, rechtspraak,
technologie, computers, onze voeding en de economie. Het geeft ons
inzichten in waarin en waarom we van elkaar verschillen, en helpt ons
bepaalde groepsprocessen in de maatschappij te verklaren. Kennis over de
psychologie en ons brein zijn een must voor iedereen die wil begrijpen
waarom we doen wat we doen.

De minor Psychologie en het brein laat studenten kennismaken met de
vakgebieden die gedrag en brein onderzoeken. Studenten krijgen in de
minor een overzicht van de psychologie en de cognitieve
neurowetenschappen, en worden vervolgens geïntroduceerd in de manier van
onderzoek doen in deze velden. De doelstellingen hierbij zijn bij de
a. de kennis aan te brengen om met verstand te oordelen over claims die
zowel binnen als buiten de wetenschap over psyche en brein worden
b. de vaardigheden bij te brengen om zelf onderzoek te doen naar psyche
en brein.

De minor is aantrekkelijk voor studenten met een algemene interesse in
psychologie en de hersenen, met voorkennis van statistiek (zoals
aangeboden in bachelors in de sociale wetenschappen, economie, exacte en
biomedische wetenschappen).

-Minstens 90 EC behaald binnen één bachelorprogramma.
-Minstens 6 EC behaald aan statistische vakken.

Aantal deelnemers:
Er geldt een maximum van vijftig studenten per jaar, die op basis van
First come First serve worden gekozen.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Evolutionary Psychology P1 6EC P_BEVOLPS
Introduction Psychology (UM) P1 6EC P_UINLPSY
Biological Psychology (UM) P2 6EC P_UBIOPSY
Twin Research in Psychology (UM) P2 6EC P_UTWRES
Neuropsychology (UM) P3 6EC P_UNEUPSY
Law and Global Society (Minor)
Globalisation impacts the way we live. We meet different people, learn
about diverse cultures, and internet facilitates world-wide
communication and information exchange. Law traditionally focuses on
nation states, but topics like migration, internet, climate, and
terrorism do not stop at the border. Quite the contrary. The objective
of this minor is to become aware of the fact that many societal issues
ask for a transboundary approach to law.

The minor explores the role of law in defining and resolving social
issues concerning the globalisation of societies. Central topics are
migration (transnational movement), internet (transnational
communications) and climate change (transnational action).
This minor offers students insight in questions, such as:
• Why transnational issues are not suited for unilateral, national
• What states can do within international law (such as European Union
• The ways in which states are currently responding to these issues;
• The criticism of the current actions and regulations;
• Future perspectives.
After completing this minor, the student has knowledge of the core of
the legislation concerning the three topics, has gained insight in the
most important critique and analysis of this legislation (from a legal,
policy-orientated, sociological, anthropological and/or philosophical
perspective), and is capable of critically judging proposed changes. For
each of the topics the student knows which actors play a role in making
rules and policy, how states work together (or not), the consequences of
this (lack of) cooperation and the future perspective for transnational
regulations in migrations, climate change and internet. Knowledge of
these ‘case studies’ and the theory involved also enables student to
independently reflect on other areas of transnational problems, such as
Course Name Period Credits Code
Street Law Ac. Year (sept) 6EC R_StrLaw
Human Rights and the Border P1 6EC R_HumRB
Internet Governance P1 6EC R_InternGov
Climate Change Law P2 6EC R_TL-TP
Human Rights and Citizenship P2 6EC R_HumRC
Current Issues in Migration Law P3 3EC R_HumRCI
Current Issues in Transnational Law P3 3EC R_CIsTrL
Minor Development and Global Challenges
This minor explores a number of burning issues in the global world, such
as environment and sustainability, poverty and unequal economic growth,
global political economy, diversity and inequality, and urbanization.
Contrary to the previous minor entitled Development Studies, which
focused on issues surrounding poverty and social inequality in less
developed countries, or the Global South, this new minor approaches the
aforementioned issues through an understanding of “development” as a
field that not only pertains to so-called developing countries but also
to our own western, so-called developed, societies. In other words, the
minor Development and Global Challenges addresses a select number of
burning issues far away and in our own backyards.
The minor both addresses the policy level (including the role of states,
transnational corporations, and non-governmental organizations) and
local responses to contemporary global challenges; The minor critically
assesses earlier conceptualizations and approaches (governance) of
development and discusses their successes and failures; The minor
examines local responses to aforementioned issues, the importance of
political empowerment, and the conditions under which these responses
(and strategies) have been/can be successful; The minor addresses global
challenges such as environmental issues, urbanization and
sustainability, and social inequality both in the global south as well
as in the so-called developed world; The minor acknowledges the fact
that global challenges and burning issues are deeply connected at a
global scale, and need to be confronted at different levels (global,
national, local)
Course Name Period Credits Code
Development and Globalization P1 6EC S_DG
Environment and Development P1 6EC S_ED
Global Political Economy P2 6EC S_GPE
Identity, Diversity and Inclusion P2 6EC S_IDI
Urban Studies P2+3 6EC S_UBS
Extra courses concerning entry requirements to SBE Master Programmes
Following your bachelor, you can opt to continue studying, either at our
faculty or at different university. Our faculty offers several Master's
of Science programmes. All programmes start in September only and are
taught in English.

At you will find the admission requirements of all master
programmes. At the introduction page of this study guide you will find a
link to the specific courses that count as entry requirement for the SBE
master programmes.

For the majority of the masters, you will be able to fulfill the entry
requirements by choosing a specific specialization or track within your
bachelor programme. However, in some cases this is not possible and you
will need to follow additional courses on top of your bachelor program
in order to be admitted to the master.

In the list printed underneath you will find the courses that are not
included within your bachelors programma, but may be needed to enter a
masters programme. You can enroll to the course via VUnet.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Analysis I P1+2 6EC X_400641
Econometrics I P1+2 6EC E_EOR2_TR1
Numerical Methods P1+2 6EC E_EOR2_NUME
Operations Research I P1+2 6EC E_EOR2_OR1
Probability Theory P1+2 6EC E_EOR1_PT
Econometrics III P4 6EC E_EOR3_TR3
Financial Accounting P4 6EC E_EBE2_FAC
Financial Markets and Institutions P4 6EC E_EBE3_FMI
Microeconomics II P4 6EC E_EBE2_MICEC
Quantitative Research Methods III - Economics and Finance P4 6EC E_EBE3_QRMEF
Analysis II P4+5 6EC X_400642
Econometrics II P4+5 6EC E_EOR2_TR2
Operations Research II P4+5 6EC E_EOR2_OR2
Statistics P4+5 6EC E_EOR1_STAT
Financial Econometrics P5 6EC E_EOR3_FTR
Management Accounting P5 6EC E_EBE2_MANAC
Programming for Economists P6 6EC X_400644
Transitional arrangements
In the case of curriculum changes, a transitional arrangement applies to
higher year students who still have to take courses from the old
curriculum. The transitional regulations are stated at VUnet,
Course Name Period Credits Code
Empirical Marketing P1 6EC E_EOR3_EMKT