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Curriculum of BSc Econometrics and Operations Research

Econometrics and Operations Research is the ideal program for students who have an aptitude for mathematics and who are enthusiastic about applying mathematics to real-life problems. This is reflected in the curriculum of the program. You will first learn the basics of mathematical and statistical theories. Then you will build further on these basics by learning to design mathematical models and by performing the necessary analyses to help a company or organization thrive.

Unique in the Econometrics and Operations Research program is the Improving Society Lab EOR. During year one and two a series of lectures will allow you to immerse yourself in the real-life applications of Econometrics and Operations Research, and practice this yourself. You will discover that Econometrics and Operations Research can really improve society in an essential way. The Improving Society Lab EOR will show you the range of careers which are open to you as a graduate from this program.

First year

The first year of the program consists of ten courses taught in four blocks of lectures: these are four units of seven weeks each, with each unit followed by one or two weeks of exams. Five of the courses provide a solid mathematical and statistical basis: Mathematical Analysis 1 and 2, Linear Algebra, Introduction Analysis and Probability Theory, and Probability and Statistics. The other five courses focus on subjects in economics and business: Macro-economics, Micro-economics, Linear Optimization, Introduction Econometrics, and Introduction Finance and Actuarial Science. The Improving Society Lab EOR  will run alongside year one and two.

Second year

From the second year on, the program switches to a semester system. Besides the mathematical and statistical courses (Advanced Linear Algebra, Differentiation and Integration Theory, Statistics for Econometrics, and Computer Programming for Econometrics and Operations Research), there is room for a number of courses that provide an orientation to the quantitative Master's programs at Tilburg University: Stochastic OR Models, Introduction Mathematical Economics, Introduction Asset Pricing and Econometrics. And you learn to develop important skills in the course Communication and Information Skills. In year two you will continue with the Improving Society Lab EOR alongside the main curriculum.

Third year

In the third year, you can specialize in the field of your interest by choosing courses from a range of electives that follow the three main fields of econometrics:

  • Econometrics and Mathematical Economics (Auctions, Bargaining and Networks, Game and Economics Behavior, and Computational Aspects in Econometrics)
  • Operations Research and Management Science (Combinatorial Optimization, Inventory and Production Management, and Operations Research Methods)
  • Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science (Life Insurance, Quantitative Finance, and Risk Theory).

Picking your electives is the ideal preparation for the Master's program you might want to do in the future. In addition there is one elective which allow you to broaden, for example in the direction of the Master's program in Marketing Research.

Want to go international? During the first semester of the third year, you can go on an international exchange for six months. You will follow a philosophy course, two or three courses in the field of Econometrics and Operations Research, and one elective at one of Tilburg University’s partner universities.

Finally, in the third year you have the option to take part in 'Career perspectives EOR'. In a series of five to seven sessions, guest speakers who work for companies will be invited to the campus to speak about their company and a striking example they’ve encountered in practice.

  • The sessions 'Business Analytics and Operations Research Mastermind' are related to the program of Business Analytics and Operations Research
  • The sessions 'Options for the Future' relate to Financing and Actuarial Services
  • The sessions ‘Career perspectives for Econometricians’ related to Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

The sessions will be the ideal opportunity to get to know the latest trends and applications of Econometrics and Operations Research in practice. You will get to know companies and it might help you decide which direction you want to go with your master’s program and future career!

And finally, in the last year of your Bachelor’s program, you will write your Bachelor’s thesis: the final research product to crown your Bachelor’s degree.