Bachelor EOR

Econometrics and Operations Research BSc

3 years English Starts end of August

Learn how to use mathematical models to describe and analyze everyday problems in business and in the public sector. In contrast to pure math or engineering the Bachelor's program in Econometrics and Operations Research is focused on developing math skills that can be applied to any real-life question. This quantitive program teaches you how to use math to optimize processes, simplify procedures or analyze a set of data.

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Short overview of BSc Econometrics and Operations Research

Program and courses

Program content

  • The first year of the program consists of ten courses taught in four units of lectures. Five of the courses provide a solid mathematical and statistical basis, the other five courses focus on subjects in economics and business. The Improving Society Lab will run alongside year one. This series of lectures will allow you to immerse yourself in the real-life applications of Econometrics and Operations Research, and practice this yourself.
  • From the second year on, the program switches to a semester system. In addition to the mathematical and statistical courses, there is room for a number of courses that provide an orientation to various quantitative fields within econometrics and operations research such as Introduction Asset Pricing and Stochastic Operations Research Models. You will develop communication and information skills and continue with the Improving Society Lab alongside the main curriculum.
  • In the third year, you can specialize by choosing from a range of courses that follow the three main fields of econometrics. You can go on an international exchange for six months. And finally, in the last year of your Bachelor’s program, you will write your Bachelor’s thesis.

Typical courses are:

  • Analysis 
    Develop your key algebraic skills to understand and develop more advanced mathematical techniques. For instance: limits of sequences or functions, differentiation and calculation of integrals.
  • Probability and Statistics
    Refresh your knowledge of the mathematical model of probability and statistics.
  • Linear Optimization
    Linear optimization is one of the fundamental computational tools in Operations Research, and is used for example for airline scheduling, production planning, and in many other industrial settings.

More on the program and courses

Why this Bachelor's program in Tilburg?

Study Econometrics and Operations Research in Tilburg

  • Tilburg University holds excellent international rankings in the fields of economics and econometrics.
  • Researchers and professors in this program are leaders in their field: they have strong expertise in quantitative finance, operations research, quantitative logistics, mathematical economics, and econometric methods.
  • This program is perfect for students who thrive on solving real-life problems by using mathematics and statistics and by logical and analytical thinking. The 'Improving Society Lab', which runs alongside your program in years 1 and 2, gives you the unique opportunity to see practical applications of Econometrics from the start.
  • This is your ticket to one of our Master’s programs with excellent career perspectives: the majority of our students progresses to a Masters degree, and many of them find a job in their field, even before graduation.

What to expect when coming to Tilburg

Beyond your Bachelor's: Extracurricular Activities

Beyond your Bachelor's: Extracurricular Activities

  • Join one of our student organizations. A great way to meet like-minded students and make friends.
  • Challenge yourself by participating in one of the programs of excellence.

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After your Bachelor's

Careers and subsequent Master’s programs

After obtaining your Bachelor's degree in Econometrics and Operations Research, you can choose to do a Master's program. After you've completed a Master's program, you'll have favorable career prospects, for example as a supply chain specialist or quantitative financial analyst.

Alumni found work at, for example, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and PwC.

Discover what you can do after your Bachelor’s

    Application and admission

    Please follow the national application and admission procedure (in Dutch) if you are applying based on a Dutch vwo or hbo-p diploma, regardless of your nationality. A general description of the national application procedure is also available in English.

    Admission requirements

    • To be eligible for admission to a research university such as Tilburg University, you must have a high school diploma equal to the highest level of secondary education in the Netherlands (the Dutch vwo diploma).
    • As this Bachelor’s program is taught entirely in English, you must prove your English language proficiency
    • A good knowledge of mathematics is important for being successful in this Bachelor’s program. In order to be admitted, you must therefore prove that you have sufficient knowledge of mathematics.

    You can find more detailed information about the admission requirements on this program's 'Application and admission' page.

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    Tuition fees and monthly cost of living

    Tuition fees

    When you wish to study at Tilburg University, you must pay a tuition fee.

    • Tuition fees cover the cost of lectures and facilities provided by the university, such as the extensive university library, Wi-Fi on campus, and symposia and other meetings.
    • Tuition fees at Tilburg University are always for one full academic year.

    More information on the tuition fees and rates

    Estimated monthly costs of living

    Besides the tuition fees, you will have living costs and other expenses. You will find life in Tilburg relatively inexpensive compared to life in other Dutch university cities, such as Amsterdam and Utrecht. The approximate cost of living is between € 925 and € 1.125 per month.

    (Furnished) accommodation Starting from € 550 per month
    Foods & Drinks € 200 per month
    Books & Readers € 65 per month
    Insurance € 100 per month
    Sport membership + € 139.95 per year
    Other Bachelor's programs you might like

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    • If you are interested in the big picture, and studying that through mathematical models, but with slightly less mathematics than in econometrics, then Economics could be interesting for you. 
    • If you are interested in business, finance or management, and want a program with much less mathematics than in econometrics, have a look at International Business Administration.
    • Data Science if you enjoy mathematics, but are more interested in big data than applying mathematics to business and economics, Data Science could be your program.

    Do you want more information on this Bachelor's program?

    • Julia Klimaszewska


      Bachelor's student

      "Econometrics and Operations Research is a program that will challenge you, but in a very rewarding way. It has a great reputation and represents outstanding quality of education."

    • Janne


      Bachelor's student

      "It is fascinating to use the mathematical techniques that are taught in this program to solve social and economic problems."

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    • Lara Raffaella Iglesias Masenlle


      Bachelor's student

      "I really like how students and professors interact with each other. Professors are friendly and understanding here, and there is always somebody you can ask for help if you run into problems."

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    Are you and Econometrics and Operations Research a match? If you...

    • love mathematics and statistics

    • are interested in using your mathematics skills to optimize processes for companies, governments and non-profit organizations

    • are ready to develop skills which are in high demand

    Then this is the program for you!