Dian van Rooi_alumnus Economics

Economics: Public Policy

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

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.

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.

#1
in the Netherlands and #41 worldwide in Economics & Econometrics
59%
international students

in 2021/2022
MSc Economics including all tracks

90%
of our students are (very) satisfied with the program

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

More 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.
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

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 on your career prospects

Students on campus enjoying the good weather

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.

Interested in this Master’s program?

Check your eligibility

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.

Interested in the MSc Economics?

Check your eligibility and the deadlines for application