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Economics: Data Science

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Become an economist with hands-on experience in processing and interpreting unstructured (big) data sets. With a strong foundation in statistical modeling and additional training in programming languages, you will have the right skills to understand the economic value of data and to become an ''analytics translator'': a person who can bridge the technical expertise of data engineers with the end user in any organization (managers, policy makers, etc.). This is a track of MSc Economics.

Education and COVID-19

All education takes place on campus again, now that the coronavirus measures have been scaled back. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. Therefore, a few basic measures still apply. For the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation, see our FAQs for prospective students.

worldwide, #1 in the Netherlands in Economics & Econometrics
international students

in 2021/2022
MSc Economics including all tracks

of the students is (very) satisfied with the program

National Student Survey, 2022, MSc Economics including all tracks (n=53)

Program and courses

The track 'Data Science’ trains economics students in programming languages that are used in firms, the public administration, and research to work with big data and algorithms (Python and R), including hands-on exercises that analyze and present (big) data sets from structured and unstructured sources, such as Internet and Social Media data, e-mails, company reports, images, or data from diverse administrative data sources. 

  • Moreover, it offers a deeper understanding of innovation economics, the consequences of datafication, and, thereby, how innovation affects markets, political landscapes, and our societies – and what to do about it as policy maker.
  • Finally, your strong foundation in Econometrics and Economic Analysis gives you the ability to make sense of data from an economist’s perspective. 
  • This is a track of MSc Economics. You can choose to follow the main program or one of the tracks. 

Typical courses are:

  • Data Science for Economics
  • Governance of Innovation 
  • Econometrics 1 & 2

More information on the program and courses

Students at their graduation ceremony

Career prospects

Upon graduating, you will have obtained the following title (as stated on your diploma): Master of Science. 
Data scientists are highly sought after in today’s economy by all types of private and public organizations, as they enable those organizations to make better decisions (based on data). Students taking this track will become ‘translators’ between data miners (who have a computer science or engineering background) and economic and political decision makers, who rely on advice based on data.

Some examples of our graduates' jobs:

  • Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Finance
  • Statistical Analist at De Nederlandsche Bank
  • Doctoral student at the University of Oxford

Alumni facts

  • 100% are (very) satisfied with the Master's program
  • 95% would recommend the program to friends, family and colleagues
  • Gross monthly income one year after graduation: € 2,645

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2021 | MSc Economics including all tracks| n=21 

      More information about career prospects

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      Application and admission

      This Master’s program starts:

      End of August and end of January

      Best preparatory programs:

      A Bachelor’s degree in Economics or in a similar program (e.g., in Econometrics)

      Pre-Master’s program:

      Open to Research University students, not to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO). 

      Tuition fees and scholarships

      International students find the information about the tuition fees and the scholarships available here.

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      More information on this Master's program

      Download the brochure with information on program content, admission requirements, career prospects, housing and immigration matters, and student life in Tilburg. Throughout the year you can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

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