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MSc in International Economics & Development

Radboud University Business and Economics

Full time September MSc Full-time: 1 year

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Master's specialisation in International Economics and Development

International economics with a strong empirical and analytical emphasis on the low and middle income countries of the Global South.

This specialisation offers you the opportunity to follow a state-of-the-art curriculum in International Economics with a strong empirical and analytical focus on the low and middle income countries of the Global South. Hosting one of the largest databases for developing countries in the world, we offer you a unique possibility to analyse poverty, inequality, and economic development in these countries in an international context. Using recent theoretical insights and modern empirical methods, you will be actively involved in comparative research on issues in developing countries such as the

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Entry Requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Economics or a closely-related discipline from a research university.
2. A proficiency in English (Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following):
a. A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 18
b. A IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
c. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
3. A letter of motivation


€2,168 (from EEA countries); €16,000 (from non-EEA countries).

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Mina Jang

The Bachelor’s programme in Economics I did in Seoul was broader and more math-oriented than the Master’s programme I do here in Nijmegen. During my first term I chose International Financial Markets for my optional module, and from second term I have development-focused modules.

So far I have found two challenging points in my Master’s programme. Firstly, I did an exchange programme at Leiden University before coming to here, so I thought I knew the Dutch style. However, I found out that the Radboud Master’s programme style is quite different again. Secondly, I like math-based lectures. In Korea, we have around five or six modules during one semester, so I could always choose two or three numerical modules such as Econometrics or Intermediate Microeconomics, and others with specific fields like Labour Economics or Theory of Economic Policy. The Radboud Master’s programme focuses more on inequality and development. So I had to learn Advanced Mathematical Economics, which I also wanted to learn, by myself with the books and papers.

There are quite a lot of students in the Master’s programme in Economics. However, there are only ten students doing the specialisation in International Economics and Development this year: six Dutch and four international students. As we are a small group, we have become quite close. We enjoy having a drink together after finishing the last lecture of the week or eating together at someone’s place. Also, the coordinator of our programme, Jeroen Smits, organised a lunch meeting for us around the time we started the Master’s. Overall, professors and lecturers are very open for opinions of the students during lectures.

In my opinion, the Master’s programme in Economics at Radboud University gives you a chance to learn pluralism in Economics. Students can explore various fields of economics, learning different perspectives. From this, students can train themselves to read the context and approach problems with different viewpoints.

After receiving my Master’s degree, I plan to pursue a PhD degree. I am open to opportunities all over the world. I have a life-time Dutch friend whom I have known for ten years, so I am willing to stay in the Netherlands more. This is my third time to have my residence permit in the Netherlands, so perhaps I get the fourth one next year.


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