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Overview. Economics Plus. looking beyond money, markets and regulations and becoming an economist that can tackle complex economic issues in today’s fast-changing, globalising world. Read more

Overview

Economics Plus: looking beyond money, markets and regulations and becoming an economist that can tackle complex economic issues in today’s fast-changing, globalising world.

Radboud University offers six Master’s specialisations in Economics. When choosing a specialisation it’s important to realise that each specialisation may lead to very different future prospects. Each with its own unique challenges and charm. Do you want to immerse yourself in the nitty-gritty of a company’s finances? Or would you prefer to understand financial markets and perhaps be the one that discovers how they can be tamed? Or are you more interested in the economies of developing countries that offer great challenges but also surprising potential?

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/economics

Specialisations of the Master’s programme in Economics

- Accounting and Control

- Multinational Corporate Finance

- Financial Economics

- International Business

- International Economics & Development

- Economics and Policy

Why study Economics at Radboud University?

- Economics at Radboud University could be called ‘Economics Plus’: the ‘standard’ economics package is expanded with relevant knowledge from related disciplines such as Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

- Education and research at Radboud University go hand in hand. Our lecturers are active in academic and applied research and incorporate the latest academic developments and applied issues in their teaching.

- In our Master’s programmes, professors and students interact in small groups, thus strengthening the academic atmosphere.

- Our programme is academic. We believe in a strong theoretical background in a broad range of economical theories so that students thoroughly understand not just what is happening, but also why and how. However, we never lose sight of practical relevance. Real-world case scenarios, guest-speakers and the very latest theories on current events, will contribute to you becoming a professional that upon graduating immediately attracts the attention of potential employers.

Change perspective

Radboud University challenges you to look at Economics differently and to discover that within all specialisations this field is much more than money, markets and regulations. Economists also examine consumers’, businesses’ and governmental financial behaviour and decision-making. Their decisions as to where and why they spend money is fundamental in economics. And because their reasoning is not always rational, it’s important to have a clear understanding of thought processes. We therefore include aspects of sociology and psychology in our programme, and we look at our field from a cultural, legal and even philosophical perspective.

Having an eye for all these facets will give you a much better basis to tackle the complex economic issues in today’s fast-changing globalising world than when you just focus on numbers and methods. Simply put, Radboud University’s Master’s programme in Economics will put you ahead of the game.

Career prospects

The career prospects for the Master’s programme in Economics differ slightly, depending on which Master’s specialisation you choose. Below you can find the career prospects of each specialisation:

- Accounting and Control http://www.ru.nl/english/education/masters/economics-accounting/career-prospects

- Corporate Finance and Control http://www.ru.nl/english/education/masters/economics-corporate/career-prospects

- Financial Economics http://www.ru.nl/english/education/masters/economics-financial/career-prospects

- Economics and Policy http://www.ru.nl/english/education/masters/economics-policy/career-prospects

- International Business http://www.ru.nl/masters/ib/career-prospects

- International Economics and Development http://www.ru.nl/english/education/masters/economic-development/career-prospects

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/economics



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'Behavioral Economics' is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics. Tilburg University is ranked #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016). Read more

Master's specialization in Behavioral Economics

'Behavioral Economics' is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics.

Tilburg University is ranked #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016).

Address economic questions around behavior and behavioral change

Many economic questions ultimately revolve around behavior and behavioral change.
•How to encourage households to waste less food?
•How to prevent fraud in organizations?
•How to stimulate employees to cooperate efficiently?
•How to foster trust in online markets?

The track ‘Behavioral Economics’ will provide you with the knowledge and skills to effectively address such questions.

Integrate insights from economics and psychology

The specialization track integrates insights from economics and psychology. It builds on the principle that policy advice should be evidence-based and cannot rely on theory alone. The starting point is that individuals are not rational self-interested maximizers but that human behavior is based on a bounded capacity to process information and on preferences that include a regard for such social norms as fairness and reciprocity.

Learn how to affect behavior by policies and strategies

In recent years it has become increasingly clear to firms, organizations, and governments that policies and strategies should take account of both the economics and the psychology of behavior. There is an urgent need for economists who have been trained to take a broader view, who have a profound knowledge of all relevant aspects of behavior and the ways it can be affected by policies and strategies.

Key courses:

•Seminar Economics and Psychology of Risk and Time
•Seminar Economics and Psychology of Social Norms and Strategic Behavior
•Methods course Experiments and Surveys

Career perspectives

This track is recommended to students who want to work in consultancy, policy advice and project management. The insights from behavioral economics are in high demand at financial institutions, insurance companies, multinational enterprises, as well as in regional and national government.

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The human side of economics. the impact of psychology on decision making. Read more

The human side of economics: the impact of psychology on decision making

Why do people not always act as rational economic decision makers? How can we apply mathematics and psychology to improve our economic models? Contrary to assumptions in traditional economics, people do not automatically choose the optimal course of action, even if given proper incentives. Intrigued? Our Behavioural Economics programme brings you the skills to optimise strategies and policies by including the framing and context that affect people’s choices.

The skills-based specialisation addresses the psychology of decision making. In both mainstream and behavioural economics courses you will acquire both a deep understanding of economics and the skills to adapt strategies and policies to deviations from rational behaviour.

Erasmus School of Economics, where else?

Few universities offer this increasingly popular stream in economics. If Behavioural Economics is your programme of choice, Rotterdam, frontrunner in economics, makes perfect sense. Select the curriculum that suits you best, study among ambitious and inquisitive co-students and benefit from the expertise of the internationally renowned Behavioural Economics Group.

Careers

Countries like the US, UK, and the Netherlands, and companies worldwide increasingly use the insights from Behavioural Economics to shape their policies. With this specialisation you can either help improve products, marketing policies, negotiation procedures, contracts, and financial portfolios in business, or design and improve public economic policies and strategies. It’s up to you. Careers are possible in many sectors, including: 

  • Consultancy
  • Financial sector
  • Governments
  • Research

"It’s great to be able to combine the math and psychology of Behavioural Economics with the track of your choice"

The MSc Behavioural Economics programme offers you a solid training in economics, complemented with psychological insights. Our students particularly appreciate the interactive nature of this programme. We gladly share their stories with you here

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Your path to contribute to effective solutions in health care. Read more

Your path to contribute to effective solutions in health care

Are you intrigued by topics like health insurance, costs, benefits and reforms and health disparities? Does contributing to economic solutions in this atypical sector sound like the challenge for you? The Health Economics programme provides you with the concepts and quantitative skills necessary to face the 21st Century health sector challenges.

This programme teaches you to apply economic knowledge and econometric analysis to pressing issues in health care. You will address problems caused by rising costs, population aging and rapid advances in medical technology. All this, in a sector with atypical agents (after all, doctors do not maximise profits) where even the value of the main good itself, health, is subject of debate. 

Get educated by the best in Rotterdam

Health Economics? Rotterdam is where you should be. As global frontrunners in research and training our researchers frequently publish in top journals in the field and are regularly consulted by international bodies from all over the world. It’s these researchers of the Health Economics Group of Erasmus School of Economics and the Health Economics and Health Systems and Insurance groups of the Institute for Health Policy and Management who will shape your education.

Careers

The Master specialisation in Health Economics at Erasmus School of Economics has an outstanding reputation in the health business community. It has everything to prepare you for a bright future as a health economist at for example:

  • consulting firms (e.g. KPMG, IMS Health, SiRM)
  • the pharmaceutical industry (e.g. Pfizer, Glaxo Smith Kline)
  • health insurance companies (e.g. Achmea, Delta Lloyd)
  • academia (e.g. EUR, University of Birmingham)
  • international organisations (e.g. WHO, World Bank)
  • regional health authorities and government institutions (e.g. RIVM, Ministry of Health)
  • hospitals (e.g. Erasmus MC)

"Addressing topical healthcare issues is inspirational in and of itself"

Far from an average sector, complex and far-reaching economic issues and as topical as science gets: Health Economics is truly unique. Do you want to combine quantitative skills with economics in this sector? Meet your fellow students!

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Are you ready to conquer the world of International Economics?. Read more

Are you ready to conquer the world of International Economics?

Do you see yourself in an international economic and business environment? Do you seek the challenge of a high-level practice-oriented education to realise your ambitions? The International Economics programme presents you with a wide range of topical global economic issues.

In this wide–ranging programme you will explore and analyse the progressive integration of national goods, labour and capital markets and the decline in the national barriers that separated them in the past. You will address the effects the increased interdependence of economies has on governments, firms, their managers and employees. In short, you will be guided to the frontiers of International Economics research in both theory and practice. 

Rotterdam: where great minds of all nationalities meet

Rotterdam, port of Europe, is the city to acquire knowledge regarding international economics par excellence. Here at Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), you surround yourself with students from all nationalities who are as ambitious and inquisitive as you are. Here, you are taught by renowned researchers and leaders in business. A perfect combination for a successful global career.

Careers

Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) has long been involved in leading developments in teaching, policy and research in international economics and business. This specialisation is designed to continue this tradition. It equips you with the practical and analytical tools to work and excel in the field of international economics, for instance as a:

  • manager
  • consultant
  • policy advisor
  • banker
  • researcher
  • government or international (economic) agency official

"The combination of theory and practical analysis is ideal to truly understand the economic impact of globalisation"

Do you have your eyes on the world? Do you share our students’ deep interest in all aspects of international economics and related business practices? Listen to their stories and decide if this is the programme for you.

Download the brochure here.



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The MSc Multidisciplinary Economics puts you at the forefront of the latest economic theory as you refine your expert research skills. Read more
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The MSc Multidisciplinary Economics puts you at the forefront of the latest economic theory as you refine your expert research skills.

Today economics is a complex discipline that touches upon many other fields of study. And the MSc in Multidisciplinary Economics gives you valuable Economics expertise at the same time you gain interdisciplinary research skills that enable you to solve wide-ranging economic issues.
Our two-year Research Master's degree in Multidisciplinary Economics was carefully designed to give you the specialised knowledge and expertise you need for a career in economics. Moreover, the multidisciplinary context will encourage you to look at complex economics issues from different perspectives and help you to apply that knowledge in academia, industry or government. You also have an opportunity to take on an internship at a research institute or company.

'The multidisciplinary nature and structure of this MSc means you have freedom to follow your own interests; an excellent way to become a well-prepared researcher with a broad view of economics.' - Mark Kattenberg, alumnus

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CentER's Research Master's program in Economics offers two years of graduate level coursework and research training in economics. Read more

Research Master in Economics

CentER's Research Master's program in Economics offers two years of graduate level coursework and research training in economics. It prepares you for PhD dissertation research. The program is intergrated with CentER's three-year PhD program to comprise the five-year Graduate Program in Economics.

The first year of the Research Master's program in Economics is fully devoted to rigorous training in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. It equips you with a sound basis in economic and econometric theory and methods.

The second year of the Research Master's program in Economics is evenly split between specialized coursework and a first major research paper, the Research Master thesis. This year allows you to explore the many research areas available at CentER, to fully develop your research interests, and to match up with one or more advisers that share your interests.

Career Prospects Research Master in Economics

The Research Master's program in Economics is fully dedicated to preparing students for PhD thesis research at CentER. To this end, we limit the inflow to a small number of excellent students with a sincere interest in pursuing a PhD at CentER. We expect most of these students to successfully complete the Research Master in Economics and we expect that many of them will continue with PhD thesis research at CentER.

However, the graduates of the Research Master's program in Economics that do not continue with a PhD project, may also start a professional career, typically at government organizations (National Departments, Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, regional organizations) and in the consultancy or financial sector.

After completing the PhD, many students participate in CentER's academic job placement procedure and find jobs at universities, research institutes, and government institutions around the world, as well as at private companies.

In the PhD phase, most accepted PhD students become university employees earning a gross salary over more than Euro 85000 over three years and are granted pension rights.

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Tilburg University's Master’s in Economics program equips you with the tools needed to understand and manage the complex problems facing companies and governments in the modern economy. Read more
Tilburg University's Master’s in Economics program equips you with the tools needed to understand and manage the complex problems facing companies and governments in the modern economy.
What defines the modern economy? Increasingly integrated and turbulent markets, opening up unprecedented opportunities for firms as well greater risks. With your deep understanding of how markets function, when they fail, and the implications of this for market participants, you will be optimally prepared to help organizations and governments seize the opportunities available in the global economy while avoiding potential market pitfalls.

Tilburg University is ranked as #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016). With its excellent quality and relatively low tuition fee, the program at Tilburg University is an excellent choice for those wanting to develop the skills, knowledge and attitude for a professional economic analyst.

The program is unique in its kind due to its flexible curriculum. Students can compose their own personalized curriculum by selecting courses from 13 different seminars and 5 methods courses. By selecting specific courses, they also have the opportunity to compose one of the specialized tracks:
-Competition and Regulation
-Public Policy
-Sustainability and Growth
-Pensions Aging and Retirement
-Money Banking and Financial Institutions
-Behavioral Economics.

Future jobs

Because of the excellent reputation of the Tilburg University Economics Department in both teaching and research, your Master's in Economics qualification gives you a competitive advantage in any career that requires sound economic knowledge, strong economic intuition, and sharp analytical and problem-solving skills.

Your degree will be an excellent launch pad for a career as consultant, analyst or policy advisor. Possible job opportunities include positions in:
•International companies
•Banks
•Management Consulting firms
•Research agencies
•Public sector
•Non-profit sector

Are you passionate about sharing your knowledge with others? After finishing your Master in Economics, Dutch graduates have the possibility to follow a one-year educational post-Master to become a teacher in General Economics.

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Challenge yourself and every preconception as you navigate the complex world of finance. Does the world of finance attract you like no other? Do you aim for a career in which you address challenges like private equity, corporate governance and asset management? The Financial Economics specialisation covers it all. Read more

Challenge yourself and every preconception as you navigate the complex world of finance

Does the world of finance attract you like no other? Do you aim for a career in which you address challenges like private equity, corporate governance and asset management? The Financial Economics specialisation covers it all.

In one of three tracks - Corporate Finance, Investments or International Finance - you will acquire deep and systematic knowledge of the driving force behind companies, markets and economies. You will learn to analyse and explain complex financial and business problems and, including setting up and executing a scientifically sound research project based on a financial problem of your own choice. In the process, you will learn how to effectively communicate and be critical, self-directed and original in your approach.

Erasmus School of Economics: international, well-connected, experience-based

This Financial Economics programme attracts students from around the world for a great number of reasons. Which ones triggers you the most? Is it our renowned experience-based teaching methods? Our close connections to the international business world? Or maybe the fascinating guest lectures, company and study trips?

Careers

Where do you want your knowledge and skills to take you? Be it in the Netherlands or internationally, the formidable reputation of the Financial Economics specialisation here will open doors for you everywhere, for instance at:

  • multinationals
  • banks
  • private equity houses
  • insurance companies
  • asset management institutions
  • government institutions such as central banks or treasury departments

 "This programme is both challenging and rewarding"

Are you highly motivated to be trained in financial economics? Do you have sufficient prior knowledge of economics and finance and mathematical skills? Then this specialisation brings the challenges you seek with the best advanced education.

Download the brochure here.



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The objective of the programme is to teach you economic theories at a high analytical level. Moreover, the programme will familiarize you with the application of theory and research methods on economic practice and policy. Read more
The objective of the programme is to teach you economic theories at a high analytical level. Moreover, the programme will familiarize you with the application of theory and research methods on economic practice and policy. Such a combination of rigorous academic thinking with practical application is essential for any professional active in the field of economics policy or research.

The focus of the programme is on up-to-date economic theories of industrial organization, macro and monetary economics. The other areas within the field of economics that are covered depend on your choice of electives. You will learn about the influence of economic factors on society and how economic theory can be applied to interpret and analyse economic problems. You will complete this degree by writing a thesis to prove your ability in conducting economic research.

Why in Groningen?

The programme offers a broad general economics training, with the advantage of being flexible and with a strong international focus. It makes you understand how to put politics, society and business into an academic framework. Economics is an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

Job perspectives

The MSc in Economics trains students for positions in which they contribute to economic decision-making processes. This can be in (inter)national government bodies, public organizations and private corporations like financial institutions, multinationals and consultancy firms. In addition, economists can work as researchers in academia, business or governmental agencies. You can also use your expertise to write for journals and newspapers.

Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research and preprofessional development. Since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

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The Research Master's degree in Economics and Business is a two-year programme and is open to bright and ambitious students. This programme provides you with a thorough basis in academic research in the fields of Economics and Business. Read more
The Research Master's degree in Economics and Business is a two-year programme and is open to bright and ambitious students.

This programme provides you with a thorough basis in academic research in the fields of Economics and Business. The aim of the programme is to qualify you for a career in research. Therefore, there is a strong focus on scientific and academic skills. You can choose from six different profiles:

1) Economics, Econometrics & Finance
2) Marketing
3) Global Economics & Management
4) Operations Management and Operations Research
5) Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour
6) Innovation & Organization

You will receive lectures from the best researchers, not only from Groningen but also from our national and international networks. Furthermore, the small-scale programme ensures an intensive exchange of knowledge, both between lecturers and students as well as among students themselves. Each student is individually supervised by a researcher.

Degree: MSc in Research Master in Economics and Business (research)

Why in Groningen?

The programme is chosen best Research Master in the Netherlands 2012 and marked as 'top programme' in 2014. Students get intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in small groups and there is a strong focus on research skills training, as well as deepening and broadening knowledge. Besides, it's an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

Job perspectives

As a graduate from this degree, you are ideally placed to become a PhD student or to obtain a research position in a public or private organization. So far, graduates from this programme have obtained PhD positions at the Universities of Antwerp (Belgium), Bocconi (Milan, Italy), Rotterdam, Sydney (Australia) and of course Groningen. Others have started working for companies and organizations such as McKinsey, the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, and the Dutch Central Bank.

Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our Research Master programme is strongly embedded within our Faculty: the six profiles of the Research Master correspond with the six research programmes within SOM. Each student is supervised by a renowned researcher from his or her research area.

The study programme has a strong focus on scientific and academic skills. Before students can contribute to a field of study, they will need to know a great deal about that field and have sufficient knowledge about research methods and techniques. Students will therefore be provided with in-depth knowledge about a certain field of economics and business sciences on the one hand, and will be trained in a wide range of research methods on the other.

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Solving policy questions with advanced economic analysis and empirical research. Economic policy problems are everywhere. Think of the financial crisis in 2008 and the Eurocrisis that erupted in 2010. Read more

Solving policy questions with advanced economic analysis and empirical research

Economic policy problems are everywhere. Think of the financial crisis in 2008 and the Eurocrisis that erupted in 2010. Think also of population ageing which causes large increases in spending on healthcare and pensions. Global warming may threaten future life on earth. And income inequality is increasing almost everywhere in the Western world due to globalization and technological changes. In order to be able to solve economic problems governments need excellent policy economists. By completing this Master programme you will be able to apply state-of-the-art economic theory and research methods to solve the most important policy issues of our time.

Besides courses, the core of the Master programme consists of seminars. In the main seminar you will try to solve one of the most pressing policy problems of our time. Moreover, our partners will provide internships for the best students of the program, for example, at one of the Ministries, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, competition and other government authorities. During this internship you will also most likely write your Master’s thesis.

Open minded, inquisitive, thorough? Rotterdam!

The main values of the Policy Economics programme at Erasmus School of Economics are: open minded, curious, academically thorough, hard-working and politically engaged. If you are a strongly analytical student, if you are highly motivated, and if you are socially engaged, then you should enroll in the Master in Policy Economics!

Careers

Good policy economists are scarce and your career perspectives will be excellent. When graduating from this master you will be able to work as an applied policy economist at ministries, applied research institutes, bureaus for policy analysis, and international institutions. The places where our Policy Economics specialisation alumni will be working are the Dutch Ministries, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Research, the Dutch Central Bank, the OECD, and universities.

"This programme is a great way to use economic analysis to assess current and important economic policy decisions"

Typically, a Policy Economics student is smart, active and has above-average Bachelor grades. Do you have a keen interest in applied-policy issues and the public sector? Then you should read what our students have to say.

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The latest knowledge

Do you want to make a difference in management? Are you research-oriented and eager to learn how to determine the impact of organisational choices on the performance of companies? Learn how to gain crucial insights to support effective management with the Economics of Management and Organisation programme.

This specialisation uses the latest research insights and teaches you to determine how recruitment, rewards, job design and decision-making procedures drive human behaviour at work and, by extension, organisational performance. With the skills and tools to perform theoretical and empirical analysis, you will be able to recognise core drivers for managerial problems and provide and present relevant input to solve them. And not just those of today, but also those 20 years from now.

Erasmus School of Economics, here’s why

This programme is ideal when you seek to gain insight in what drives human behaviour at work and how decisions affect organisational performance. The Erasmus School of Economics is unique in harbouring a large group of active researchers in the field of Organisational Economics, who are dedicated to combine excellent research with lecturing skills that inspire and enthuse. This makes the ESE the place to be in Europe for studying a programme in this field.

Careers 

Upon completion, this programme has given you the skills required to provide sound advice to other organisations or actively shape and improve the structure and functioning of your organisation from a managerial position. The high-level programme is practical and relevant and allows you, for instance, to become a (better):

  • consultant
  • manager
  • analyst
  • controller
  • HR manager

"This programme will make you the manager who knows how to run a firm and motivate people"

Are you dedicated, research-oriented and interested in a multi-disciplinary approach? Do you want to unravel the economic secrets to effective management? Do you aim for a career in consulting or management? Meet our students and find out more.

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The dynamics of economic activity and transport intensity unravelled. Are you fascinated by transport, and its driving role in economic development? Do you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city, the place where economic growth manifests itself?. Read more

The dynamics of economic activity and transport intensity unravelled

Are you fascinated by transport, and its driving role in economic development? Do you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city, the place where economic growth manifests itself?

The Urban, Port and Transport Economics programme focuses on the challenges in better organising and managing transport, logistics and cities, boosting further economic growth. Through interactive lectures, challenging assignments and lively debates you will learn to apply the appropriate methods for a wide range of real-life issues. Thanks to lecturers actively involved in international economic research, consultancy and advice, you are sure to address all the latest developments and insights.

Your highway to a successful career in business or government

A strong reputation, a city buzzing with activity, a world port, a cohesive student body, a multitude of alumni in top positions in business and government against a backdrop of high-quality courses: you couldn’t find a better place for your Master specialisation in Urban, Port and Transport Economics.

Careers

With a track-record dating back to 1988, this specialisation has a strong reputation in both the business community and public offices. It is renowned for its high quality, practical relevance and experienced graduates. Managers, consultants, policy makers; our LinkedIn alumni group shows that the specialisation in Urban, Port and Transport Economics will open doors to a successful career anywhere for you, for example in:

  • transport
  • trade
  • logistics
  • banking
  • real estate
  • government

"This specialisation is as dynamic as the subjects it covers"

Are you eager to take on the challenges rising from the economic dynamics in the field of urban economics, logistics and transport? Acquire the right combination of knowledge and skills right here. Hear what our students have to say.

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The Management, Economics and Consumer Studies programme deals with the interrelationships between producers, consumers and society-at-large. Read more

MSc Management Economics and Consumer Studies

The Management, Economics and Consumer Studies programme deals with the interrelationships between producers, consumers and society-at-large. We offer specialisations for students with a Social Sciences background as well as a technical Life Sciences background.

Programme summary

During the programme, students will study the dynamics in the agro-food chain involving suppliers, producers, retailers and consumers; focusing on how they affect each other and how they affect, and are affected by, the economy and society. The domain of this programme is business and all the components of industry including production, distribution and final use or consumption. It covers managerial, economic, sociological and environmental aspects – internal and external – of households and businesses in the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world, in both developed and developing countries.

Specialisations

Within the MSc Management Economics and Consumer Studies you can choose from four specialisations. Each specialisation trains you to become an expert in that field.

Management Studies
This specialisation includes several options. Students can investigate and analyse the strategies and operations of companies in production and distribution networks as well as the dynamic decision-making processes involved in production. Alternatively, you may choose to focus on the various aspects of marketing and consumer behaviour in business, agribusiness and the food industry. It is also possible to acquire expertise in facility management, information systems, operations research (logistics), information management or quantitative decision modelling.

Consumer Studies
This specialisation allows you to study the behaviour, lifestyles and consumption patterns of consumers and households. Students will acquire insight into the economic and sociological aspects of consumers and households, and the factors determining consumption behaviour and patterns. Alternatively, the role of communication between the various actors in the food chain or consumer technology can be studied.

Economics, Environment and Governance
Students analyse the economic behaviour of various participants in the agricultural sector and rural areas in developed countries or study the pivotal role of agricultural and rural development in low-income countries. You can also specialise in Public Administration and Policy if you are interested in the governance of complex problems in domains of sustainable agriculture, climate change or water management. If students are more interested in environmental issues, they can focus on the economic or policy aspects of national and international environmental problems or the processes of environmentally-induced social change in modern industrial and developing societies.

Management, Innovation and Life Sciences
The goal of this specialisation, especially designed for students with a life science background, is to integrate technical and managerial knowledge. Examples of how this interaction can be of optimal use are complex innovation processes in production, logistics or market development. These processes have a high technological character in which innovation plays a central role and for which good communication and managerial skills are necessary. Three different profiles can be studied within this specialisation: innovation management, innovation in decision support and economics, and innovation in operations management.

Your future career

Graduates have career prospects as managers, consultants, researchers and teachers in the public or private sector. Career opportunities are found within financial institutions, marketing agencies or in the field of consumer affairs. Also, alumni work as policy makers in government agencies or non-profit organisations, in development and innovation in life science related businesses or organisations.

Alumnus Bart Zwartjes.
Innovate a new chip flavour, assist in expanding an encyclopedia made by consumers (Wikipedia), or write a review of a purchased product. These are just a few examples of co-creating as a consumer. Co-creation is a joint effort by company and consumer and companies have a lot to gain by this. Namely, 50-70% of all product innovations fail at market entry. Co-creation allows companies to offer products and services that meet consumer needs better. But why would consumers spend their free time helping out companies? Currently Bart works as a consultant for Cap-Gemini advising businesses on how to make successful use of co-creation.

Related programmes:
MSc International Development Studies
MSc Food Quality Management
MSc Applied Communication Science
Health and Society (specialisation)
MSc Development and Rural Innovation.

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