What is economics?
Economics is a social science that deals with the production, use and transfer of wealth. It concerns issues that impact on financial situations and examines the distribution of wealth amongst organisations and individuals. It incorporates a number of subject areas such as politics, law, sociology and geography. There are a variety of different areas of economics you could explore or specialise in. Some of these areas are:
- Development economics - focuses on the development process in low-income countries
- Business economics - the application of economic theory and methodology to business and businesses
- Environmental economics - concerns the economic impact of environmental policies
- Macroeconomics - covers large-scale economics factors.
A degree in economics covers current real-world issues. While the course has a focus on mathematics and its application to economics, it also includes a theoretical aspect to build an understanding of economic models within different societies. You will learn how organisations and individuals make international decisions and how to forecast potential changes in the world of economics.
Reasons for studying economics
Economics is a broad field that offers a variety of benefits. A few of the reasons to study economics at university include:
Strong job prospects
A degree in economics is highly respected by employers. You will gain a strong knowledge of how the world works and a variety of highly transferable skills that are sought after by a range of industries and employers. Examples of the jobs that you could pursue include:
- Data analyst
- Chartered accountant
- Market research analyst
- Economic consultant
You will also be qualified to work in jobs not directly related to your degree. Some of these jobs include:
- Business development manager
- Data scientist
- Management consultant
- Policy officer
- Credit analyst
Highly desirable transferable skills
Studying a degree in economics will give you a range of subject-specific skills that allow you to apply your knowledge of economics to real-world situations. The transferable skills you learn from economics are sought after by a variety of employers, whether you are looking to pursue a related economic career or explore other fields. You will have a unique way of thinking that you can apply to everyday problems. You will develop a range of skills such as:
- Critical thinking
- Research skills
- Commercial and cultural awareness
- Data analysis
- Time management
Understanding of how the world functions
Economics is an important part of the world around us. It affects everything from how much we pay for goods and services to how much employees get paid. Studying economics at university gives you a new view of the world and how it functions when it comes to business and economics.
Gain a unique pool of knowledge
Studying an economics degree can be very rewarding and can be a great option if you want to have a wide range of opportunities after graduating. It opens up a number of paths thanks to the skills and variety of subjects it uses. You will explore questions that are key to the world’s economy, from what causes an economic crisis to how wealth is distributed around the globe. Economics is a degree that covers aspects of politics, sociology, psychology, history, mathematics, business, finance and international relations giving you strong general knowledge.
Why study an economics degree in Holland?
Top-ranked universities for economics
At Holland International Study Centre, you can progress to an economics degree at one of the best universities for economics. Tilburg University and Erasmus University Rotterdam are two of the highest ranked business schools in the world. Tilburg University is 28th in the world for Business and Economics (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2019) and has an excellent reputation for research-led Business and Economics degrees. Erasmus University Rotterdam is 32nd in the world for Business and Economics (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2019).
Study the International Bachelor Economics & Business Economics in Rotterdam
The BSc International Bachelor Economics and Business Economics covers a range of international issues relating to economics and business economics. It is taught at Erasmus University Rotterdam and will immerse you in subjects such as micro and macroeconomics, behavioural economics, marketing and mathematics. It is an analytical programme that will prepare you for a wide range of careers.
Study the only single Economics degree in Holland
Tilburg University is the only university in Holland to offer a single Economics degree - Bsc Economics. Choosing to study this degree means you will follow a unique programme in Holland that purely focuses on economics. You will cover topics such as development economics, international trade and macroeconomics.
International students who do not meet the requirements for this course can study the Business, Economics and Social Sciences International Foundation Year at Holland International Study Centre to progress on to the degree.