Economics: Public Policy
Study important domestic public policy issues, ranging from reduced income inequality and job security, to an affordable health care and pension system. Upon graduation you are an economic expert on how governments can achieve such critical goals, design effective solutions, and finance these activities. This is a track of MSc Economics.
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MSc Economics including all tracks
National Student Survey 2022, MSc Economics including all tracks (n=53)
Program and courses
Learn how public policies and tax schemes can be designed to create the right incentives and nudges to bring important societal goals within reach.
- Experience what it means to be a policy advisor in national governments and international organizations.
- Great diversity in nationalities, with about 60% international fellow students.
- This is a track of MSc Economics. You can choose to follow the main program or one of the tracks.
Typical courses are:
- Labor Economics
- Health Economics
Economics and Psychology of Social Norms and Strategic Behavior
Upon graduating you will have obtained the following title (as stated on your diploma): Master of Science.
With a specialization in Public Policy, you can apply economic theories and models to important domestic policy issues; advising governments on how to achieve, design and finance these goals. These skills are perfect for a career as policy advisor in national governments or international organizations such as the EU; researcher in applied research institutes, or consultant within nationally or internationally oriented consultancy firms.
Some examples of our graduates' jobs:
- Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Finance
- Statistical Analyst at De Nederlandsche Bank
- Doctoral student at the University of Oxford
- 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
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)
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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