Quint Zieltjens, alumnus Economische Psychologie

Alumnus Economic Psychology Quint Zieltjens, Brand Manager at McDonald’s Netherlands

Read the interview on his work and experiences after this study

Economic Psychology

1 year English Starts end of August

During the master Economic Psychology, you become an expert in economic behavior, consumer psychology and decision making related to marketing, financial behavior, and communication. In this master's you will learn how companies, non-profits, and governments can use knowledge of economic and psychological reasoning to understand and influence consumer decisions and financial behaviors. Economic Psychology is a track of the MSc in Social Psychology.

On Campus if we can | Online because we can

This academic year, education will take place partly online and partly on campus depending on the corona measures in place. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. For the latest updates on the corona situation see our FAQs for prospective students and current students.

80.9%
of the current students is (very) satisfied with their program

National Student Survey, 2021 | n=22

73%
has a job within 6 months after graduation

National Alumni Survey, 2020 | n=15

#37
worldwide in Business & Economics, #47 in Psychology

Program and courses

Learn to understand and apply psychological and economic insights to understand consumer behavior, financial decision-making, and marketing.

  • Specialist in Economic Psychology since 1972.
  • International setting with small groups and a lot of interaction.
  • Courses and supervision are done by a team of international, diverse, and enthusiastic researchers.
  • Internship (12 or 18 ECTS) in an organization chosen by you.
  • The program focuses on the critical and valid application of theory in practice, with an emphasis on how economic psychology and consumer psychology can be applied to companies, non-profits, and policy making.

Typical courses are:

  • The Psychology of Economics
  • Money and Financial Behavior
  • Psychology and Marketing
  • Consumer Analytics Using Big Data

More on the program and courses

  • Student Economic Psychology Sanne Diepens

    Sanne Diepens

    Master's student

    "Learning more about consumer behavior from a psychological perspective was my main reason to choose this program. I learned how people make decisions every day in the context of financial decisions and buying behavior. Once I graduated I would love to work in a retail company where I can apply my knowledge in a B2C environment."

  • Quint Zieltjens

    Quint Zieltjens

    Brand Manager at McDonald’s Netherlands

    "I noticed pretty quickly that contributing a psychological background to the marketing field is a big advantage. Your perspective is the psyche and behavior of people, something that, for example marketing study programs, don’t really focus on."

    Read more on his work and experiences after this study

  • Vanessa Rettkowski

    Vanessa Rettkowski

    Graduate student

    Vanessa has won the Unilever Research Prize 2021 with her master thesis on greed and buying behavior. This prize is awarded annually to talented students who graduate on a theme that touches on Unilever's Global Goals (in line with the sustainable development goals). Vanessa researched the role of greed in how people react to missing out on offers.

    Read more on the research on greed 

Career prospects

You're prepared for both academic and practical careers in the fields of economic psychology, consumer behavior, marketing, communication, policy, consulting, or research.

  • Alumni are often employed by management consultancies, and trade unions as well as in the consumer products industry and at market research institutes.
  • Our graduates have been hired at Philips, GfK, Accenture, Rabobank, Bol.com, Nationale Nederlanden, Booking.com, research universities and schools of applied sciences, KPN, Blauw Research, Interpolis, and the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration.

Example positions of graduates:

  • Financial Economic Crime Coordinator 
  • Hair Brand Building Marketing Advisor
  • Market Researcher
  • Project Manager
  • Teacher
  • Researcher
  • Policy Advisor

Alumni facts

  • On average 5 months until first paid job
  • 73% of graduates find a job within 6 months after graduation
  • Gross monthly income one year after graduation: € 2,449

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2020 | n = 15

More information on the career prospects

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Application and admission

This Master's track starts:

End of August

Best preparatory programs:

Bachelor in (Social) Psychology

Pre-Master's program:

Not available. The following Master's programs do offer pre-Master's programs for students from universities of applied sciences (hbo): Sociology, Human Resource Studies, Organization Studies, Marketing Management, Marketing Analytics, and Communication and Information Sciences.

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students, please find all information about the tuition fees and the scholarships available.

Interested in this Master's track?

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More information

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Meet us

Throughout the year you have the opportunity to meet us and learn more about Tilburg University and the programs that we offer. You can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

Interested in the MSc Economic Psychology?

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