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Educating professional economists
By choosing the master programme in economics you are educated as a professional economist, receiving both theoretical and practical knowledge. Economists study the decision-making processes of individuals, firms, governments and thereby explain the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. On the one hand you receive the tools to understand and build economic models that govern the decision-making process, both on micro and macro level. On the other hand, you receive training in empirical methods to analyse available data to form proper conclusions on observed relations.

Room for personal choice
The master programme at Maastricht University is targeted at decision-making process in various fields. The compulsory components of the programme ensure that you receive the basic tools in advanced economics, but the programme allows for individual choice by offering several specialisations. These specialisations include studying decision-making processes within the firm (managerial economics), of firms in regulated markets (competition and regulation), of governments in general (public economics), in a European context (European economic policy), a globalized world (global innovation economics) or more in general (social economics).

The master in Economics is a 1-year, full-time programme taught entirely in English. Graduates will obtain a master’s in Economics, with the specialisation of their choice.

Programme Information

The EU faces many challenges in today’s global economic climate: taxation and monetary policies for the European Economic Area, labour market reforms, globalisation, sustainable growth, competition regulations and the relationship between the EU and emerging market economies are just a few. You will study all this and more in the European Economic Policy track.

What will you learn?
The European Economic Policy track requires you not only to assess existing European policies and identify existing challenges, but also to absorb different arguments and form your own opinions about them. You will develop skills in interpreting different models and communicating your opinions about them to others in a persuasive manner.

At the end of the track, you will be able to:
- assess how Europe can meet the challenges of globalisation, and develop its relationships with emerging economies in Asia and Africa
- evaluate the value of the European social policy model
- define the main challenges and opportunities within the EU and why the integration process develops at different rates in different countries
- understand the wider implications of this process

Career Prospects

The three career events in which you will have the opportunity to participate are orientated towards various roles, including those in the EU civil service and lobbying.

The skills you will learn on this track are great preparation for a career in EU policy-making, lobbying or economic advisory roles. However, these same skills can also be usefully employed in roles in the financial sector, especially within Europe, as well as in many other international roles.

Graduates have found positions in:

- EU civil service, especially in Brussels
- the top four accountancy firms – PwC, KPMG, Ernst & Young and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
- banks, especially in Germany and the Netherlands
- economic advisory departments in private companies
- research institutes
- universities, to do a PhD

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