MSc Econometrics: Free Track

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MSc Econometrics: Free Track

University of Amsterdam

In the Free track of the Econometrics Master’s programme, you'll choose your own path in econometrics. It caters to students with an independent mindset, leaving you to pick the intellectual challenges you desire from all of the four themed econometrics tracks. With an excellent teaching staff and a high regard for critical thought, you're sure to find challenging discussions, rewarding research and an overall unforgettable experience. Build your own programme by combining the intellectual challenges you're looking for; prepare for a career in the field of business, in academic research, or both; become your own kind of econometrician and stand out in the field.

The Amsterdam School of Economics' Master’s in Econometrics provides a balanced and rigorous training in the quantitative analysis of problems in economics and finance. You will become fluent in the application of advanced mathematical and statistical methods, supported by modern software packages such as E-Views and Matlab. The multidisciplinary one-year programme consists of advanced courses in both mathematical economics and econometrics.

The programme in brief

The Free Track is designed to allow you the flexibility you may need to find your way in the field of Econometrics. Study different learning models of bounded rationality, compute and analyse the stability of steady states, and find out about evolutionary finance. The multidisciplinary character of the programme is reflected in the wide range of courses you can take, such as: General Equilibrium Theory, Micro-Econometrics, Derivatives and Bounded Rationality.

All of the acclaimed lecturers in the programme are researchers in one of the ten research programmes of the Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE). The school is affiliated with a number of internal and external economics-related research institutes, enriching the research and career opportunities for students in the Master’s programme. ASE's courses in Non-Linear Economic Dynamics and Bounded Rationality, for instance, are directly connected to the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance (CeNDEF), a research facility dedicated to the subjects.

Programme structure

The master Econometrics is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Refer to the academic calendar for exact dates. The curriculum for the Master’s in Econometrics is quite demanding, with classes taking up 12-15 hours a week on average. An additional 25 hours are required for class preparation, homework, debates, casework and computer time.


Your Master’s thesis is your graduation piece of work and it will be supervised by one of the researchers in Department of Quantitative Economics. Your thesis must add to the existing body of scientific knowledge to an appropriate extent and it may be written during an internship at a firm.

For the Free track it may cover any area within quantitative economics; it may also combine Economics Theory with Applied Econometrics, for instance.

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Last updated April 19, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Start date Sept. 2016
Netherlands Amsterdam
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Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
per year, EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €14,850 per year.