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Macroeconomics: International and Monetary Economics

Are you interested in globalisation, emerging economies and international trade? If so, consider this minor. In this minor you set out to thoroughly analyse phenomena such as economic growth, unemployment and inflation and the design of and challenges to budgetary and monetary policies.

With this knowledge you can understand and evaluate current theoretical and factual developments in the (world) economy. When you have completed this minor, you will be able to participate in and contribute to economic policy discussions. After this minor you will have a major advantage when seeking employment in the public sector, in private corporations, NGOs and international organisations.


This minor consists of 30 EC spread over 2 semesters. There are 4 compulsory courses which cover a wide range of topics in macroeconomics (24 EC). This is supplemented with 1 restricted-course elective that gives you the possibility to gain more knowledge of a particular subject (6 EC).

  • Principles of Economics
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  • Mathematics 1 for Economics
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  • International Trade and Investment
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  • Macroeconomics 2
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  • Natural Resource Economics
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  • Restricted-course elective: Money and Banking
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  • Restricted-course elective: International Money & Finance
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  • Restricted-course elective: Monetary and Fiscal Policy
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  • Restricted-course elective: Development Economics
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  • Restricted-course elective: History of Economic Thought
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Find detailed course descriptions in the Course Catalogue (updated in June)

Entry requirements

  • This minor is open to students who have successfully completed their first year (60 EC) of a research university Bachelor's programme.
  • Students from a University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who passed their first-year programme (60 EC) can also be admitted.
  • Students from the UvA Bachelor's programme in Business Administration obtain an exemption for the course “Principles of Economics” . These students have to take one additional course from among the above list of elective courses in order to ensure that their Minor-programme consists of 30 EC.
  • Students from the UvA Bachelor's programme in Econometrics or Actuarial Science obtain an exemption for the courses “Principles of Economics” and “Mathematics 1 for Economics”. These students then have to take two additional courses from among the above list of elective courses in order to ensure that their Minor-programme consists of 30 EC.

Required prior knowledge

  • No prior knowledge in the field of economics is required.
  • Students are expected to possess sufficient quantitative skills.
  • No prior knowledge in the field of mathematics is required, but students are strongly advised to prepare well if they have doubts about their mathematical skills.

Application and Admission

The application deadline has passed and we will no longer accept applications.

What do you need to apply?

All students

  • a short motivation to be copied in the application form.

Non-UvA students:

  • Sign up as an elective student (bijvakstudent) for Bachelor's in Economics and Business Economics in Studielink before 8 May. Important: make sure that your start date is 1 September 2022.
    You will not be able to sign up for the minor without enrolment.
  • a signed and stamped transcript of your study results so far.

More info and contact

For more general information about applying for and 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 30 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September