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Are you passionate about research? Take the smart route to your PhD!
How does Economic and Financial Research differ from many of the other master’s programmes on offer? Economic and Financial Research is one of two two-year research master’s programmes. The first year will offer you high-level courses in economics, while your second year will allow you to specialise. The content and scope of these courses adheres to the American standard, which will kick-start your successful career in research. It will also enable you to enrol for a PhD in the United States (or an American PhD offered elsewhere) or work internationally.

Research Assistant Grant
To lighten the financial burden of studying as well as to facilitate the transition from research master’s student to PhD candidate, Maastricht University School of Business and Economics offers Research Assistant positions for which you may receive a grant. You can apply for a Research Assistant position (and the grant) prior to the start of the second year of your MSc Economic and Financial Research.

Contribute to research development
The courses are taught by top researchers in their fields, meaning that they are relevant, up-to-date and at the forefront of today’s research. Many of Maastricht University’s researchers are internationally renowned. Various courses are offered in conjunction with other top universities; guest lecturers are also invited from top international institutions. These learning opportunities mean that you have the chance to interact with the best lecturers and students in the field.

The master's programme in Economic and Financial Research is a 2-year, full-time programme taught entirely in English. Graduates will receive a master's in Economic and Financial Research.

Programme Information

The research master’s programme in Economic and Financial Research focuses on two main skill sets. You will learn the methodologies that will allow you to contribute to the development of research in economics or finance. You will also learn the academic skills necessary in order to succeed in research, such as writing in English, getting published, the review process and so on.

What will you learn?
Economic and Financial Research is a very challenging programme that attracts the very best of students. Your learning experience will cover general research methodologies, including those that are specific to economics and finance as well as those that are relevant to all academic research. You will also be able to specialise in your areas of interest, especially in your second year.

At the end of the programme, you will be able to:

• research economics and finance topics according to the highest standards
• analyse and interpret recent literature in your field of interest
• demonstrate how to increase the impact of your research

Career Prospects

If you aspire to an academic career, this is the best preparation for you. Having completed the research master’s programme in Economic and Financial Research, you will be excellently equipped to go on to do a PhD in Europe, the United States and many other worldwide institutions. The methodological, presentation, communication and general academic skills that you will learn are a great preparation for a research career in the field, whether at Maastricht University or elsewhere.

Graduates in Economic and Financial Research have, for example, found positions as:

- Quantitative Analyst, Neuberger Berman
- Consultant, Bain & Company
- Modeling Analyst, ABN-AMRO
- Quantitative Research Analyst, ING Investment Management
- Consultant Financial Risk Management, Capgemini Consulting
- Demand Chain Planner, DSM Engineering Plastics
- PhD Candidate, Maastricht University (and other universities worldwide)





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