The goal of this master's track is to provide insights into recent scientific advances in the field of Neuroeconomics and identify current societal challenges that can benefit from the insights gained by understanding the neurobiological basis of social and economic decision making and the emotional and cognitive processes that support choice. Interdisciplinary fields, such as Neuroeconomics, enable researchers to approach scientific questions from a broader perspective and thereby offer unique advantages that enrich the scientific process by offering multiple levels of analysis. However, this opportunity comes with a specific challenge: understanding the different research methods and theoretical perspectives used across disciplines. To enable students to bridge the disciplines that together compose Neuroeconomics, in-depth training will be provided in Economics, Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology.
In this one-year Master track, you will receive interdisciplinary training in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Economics with a strong focus on Behavioral Economics and Neuroeconomics. Another important focus is the fostering of quantitative skills that allows you to employ advanced experimental methods used to understand social and economic decision-making at different levels of analysis: at the neurobiological, psychological and economic level.
This interdisciplinary master track is open to excellent students with a bachelor in economics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience or related disciplines. As an interdisciplinary master programme, we aim to attract students that have specialized in one of the core disciplines of neuroeconomics, but also show evidence of “branching out” into other fields of study relevant for neuroeconomics. The basic entry requirements are sufficient knowledge in:
Econometrics or Statistics
And at least one of the following courses (or their equivalent):
- Behavioural Economics
- Game Theory
- Introductory Psychology
- Cognitive / Affective Neuroscience
Students will also benefit if they have conducted an empirical research project (e.g. Bachelor's thesis or equivalent).
One Master’s programme, three tracks
The Master's programme in Business Economics currently offers three top-level academic specialisation tracks:
- Managerial Economics & Strategy
- Competition Law & Economics
All three tracks offer a common knowledge base in Business Economics, as well as in-depth specialised courses and subject matter.
After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Business Economics and the title Master of Science (MSc).
Rankings and reputation
The Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE) at the University of Amsterdam is an excellently ranked school with an international focus and highly rated researchers and lecturers.
What can you expect to achieve once you have completed the MSc in Business Economics in general with a specialisation in one of the tracks? Job prospects are generally quite excellent. The master’s in Business Economics is a highly successful programme that will introduce you to an extensive and international network of professionals that include many UvA alumni.
The Master’s programme in Business Economics teaches you about the inner and outer workings of organisations, as well as their place and role in regulated market economies. Research questions considered include: how to design an organisation internally to motivate management and staff to deliver the best results, and how to operate business strategies in the context of competitive markets. As a graduate, you will have become a valuable commodity for many private and public organisations: a university-trained expert in economics. ASE graduates are highly regarded for their independent minds as well as their strong interpersonal and transversal skills.
Graduates can be found in a wide variety of organisations, including:
- Multinational corporations;
- Financial institutions;
- Consultants and think tanks;
- Governmental agencies;
- NGOs and non-profit organizations.
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Last updated October 16, 2018