Year one: a diverse kick-off in every way

The International Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research programme focuses on the application of mathematical and statistical techniques to answer economic questions. Each academic year is divided into five eight-week blocks with two or three courses per block. 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 optimization 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 the necessary 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 of Econometrics and Operations Research you will focus on more advanced courses in different area like Mathematics, Statistics, Econometrics and Business Economics.  You will divide your time equally between theory and practise; in small groups for lectures and assignments.

The third year offers you many choices. First you get to take a minor (elective courses within or outside the field of Economics, like Law or Psychology), you can choose to study abroad at a partner university, or take an internship. In the second half of the year, you will choose to specialize in one of the following four majors and emerge as a focused graduate:

  • 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.