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MSc Information and Network Economics


About This Masters Degree

Course Description

The economics of information and networks
Information, networks and Information Technologies are becoming more and more important in our daily lives. Being either a company, a consumer or a government organisation we are all challenged by rapid developments in new technologies and how they are affecting our collective and individual behaviour. Information and Network Economics is one of the few programmes in the world focusing on information and information technology from an economic and business perspective. Building a strong theoretical foundation in economics and business, you will study the nature and impact of information, networks, and information technology on our society.

Practical experience
Alongside the theoretical aspects of the programme, Information and Network Economics also has an important practical component. This includes regular presentations, group work and the study of academic papers. The latter requires critical thinking and the application of the theory you have learned. You will have to demonstrate your methodologies and whether your results are the same as those in the papers. This is excellent preparation for the real-life problems you will encounter in your future career.

The master's programme in Information and Network Economics is a 1-year, full-time programme taught entirely in English. Graduates will receive a master's in Information and Network Economics.

Programme Information

Information and Network Economics is one of the few academic programmes in the world to combine economics and business, with a focus on information technology. Having the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to be able to cross these disciplines is becoming increasingly important. This is because Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are developing rapidly and companies often do not know how to keep up with them or how best to integrate them for maximum productivity and performance. Information and Network Economics will equip you with the theoretical and practical skills to develop policies and strategies that address ICT challenges in a business environment.

What will you learn?
Due to its multi-disciplinary nature, Information and Network Economics will challenge you both intellectually and practically. You will learn to think conceptually about information technologies and their impact on business productivity and profitability. You will also understand more widely how information affects markets. On a more human level, you will be able to define and measure different kinds of capital, such as human and information capital, and analyse how new technologies are perceived by and can benefit individuals and teams.

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

- think conceptually about information technologies and their impact on productivity and profitability;
- understand the economic nature of information and of information networks;
- understand how information affects markets;
- critically analyse complex economic and business problems;
- apply the theory you have learned in innovative and practical ways.

Career Prospects

There is a huge demand for specialists who can develop policies and strategies that address new information technology challenges, while having leadership experience. Your ability to deal with these technologies and understand what they mean for individuals, companies and society is a much-needed skill.

- Graduates have found positions as:
- IT consultans
- Business development managers
- IT Managers
- Policy advisors
- Researchers

at:
- consultancy firms, such as Capgemini, KPMG, and Accenture
- large multinationals, such as Shell and Philips;
- IT firms, such as SAP, Google and Microsoft;
- new media and telecommunications companies, such as Vodafone and Deutsche Telecom;
- Universities and other research institutes
- Governmental and non-governmental organisations

Entry Requirements

http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/Faculties/SBE/TargetGroup/Education/MastersProgrammes/InformationAndNetworkEconomics/Admissions2.htm

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