Dian van Rooi_alumnus Economics

Program and courses Economics: Public Policy track

Learn how public policies and tax schemes can be designed to create the right incentives and nudges to bring important societal goals within reach. 

Program structure:

This one-year track of MSc Economics consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • 6 core courses (24 ECTS)
  • 4 elective courses (21 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (15 ECTS)

You can start at the end of August or at the end of January. However, the curriculum is primarily designed for the program to start at the end of August (fall semester), as courses in the fall semester lay groundwork for courses in the spring semester. If you believe that you have sufficient knowledge to enter directly into the spring semester, you are also welcome to start end of January. 

Program content

Core courses

You will follow 6 core courses (24 ECTS)

Please note: the MSc Economics is a flexible program in which you are also free to specialize in another track or freely choose from the courses of different tracks.

  • Applied Economic Analysis 1
    The experience course Applied Economic Analysis gives you a proper exposure to the practice of the economic analyst and culminates in thesis writing and/or project work.
  • Applied Economic Analysis 2
  • Methods: Econometrics 1
  • Methods: Game Theory 1 or 2
  • Seminar Taxation
  • Seminar Labor Economics
Elective courses

Choose 4 elective courses (21 ECTS)

First choose 2 electives from the following courses (12 ECTS):

  • Seminar Governance of Innovation (recommended for this track)
  • Seminar Growth and Regional Development (recommended for this track)
  • Seminar Environmental and Resource Economics (recommended for this track)
  • Seminar Competition Policy (recommended for this track)
  • Seminar Health Economics (recommended for this track)
  • Seminar Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Seminar Economics and Psychology of Social Norms and Strategic Behavior
  • Seminar Economics and Psychology of Risk and Time
  • Seminar Data Science for Economics
  • Seminar Financial Economics
  • The Economics and Finance of Pensions

Choose a free elective from another Master's program (6 ECTS), or one more seminar course 

Choose 1  of the following methods courses (3 ECTS):

  • Methods: Game Theory 2
  • Methods: Econometrics 2
  • Methods: Experiments and Surveys

Follow this optional, but highly recommended course (0 ECTS):  

  • Career Development Economics
Master's thesis

The Master’s thesis addresses  a well-defined economic research question, using theory and empirics, reviewing and contributing to existing literature.

Most students write their thesis during the spring semester. In case you started the program at the end of January, you can write your thesis during the summer (and proceed with coursework in the following fall semester) or write it in the fall semester (possibly while also taking some coursework).

Examples of thesis subjects:

  • Attitude of Dutch citizens towards immigrants: An empirical study based on a large sample
  • The informational role of rating agencies in the 2008/09 economic crisis
  • How does technological development affect economic sustainability and labor market inequality?

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

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Please note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.


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Make the most of your Master's

In the first semester of the regular program, ambitious students can apply for the following additional advanced programs:

Extended Master's Program: traineeship (+0.5 years)

Short overview of the Extended Master's Program

During your traineeship, you work on practical assignments for a company, follow professional skills courses, and receive mentoring and guidance. By increasing your professional experience, skills, and network like this, you seriously boost your chances in the job market.

  • If selected, you will fulfill your traineeship from April to October. On average, you will work four days at the company, and attend skills training once a week at Tilburg University. In addition to this, company visits will be organized in the Extended Master's Program network.
  • If both you and the company are happy with the results, you are welcome to extend the traineeship by writing your Master's thesis at the company. Your research topic then needs to be approved by the Tilburg University thesis coordinator.
  • There are no administrative or participation fees for taking part in the Extended Master's Program. You will pay the regular tuition fees for the extra six months the Extended Master's Program takes.

Application and admission

You can apply for the Extended Master's Program once you've started the regular Master's program.

More on the Extended Master's Program

Short overview of the Economics: Public Policy track

Learn how public policies and tax schemes can be designed to create the right incentives and nudges to bring important societal goals within reach. 

  • Learn what it means to be a policy advisor in national governments and international organizations such as the EU, a researcher in applied research institutes or a consultant at an (inter)nationally oriented consultancy firm.
  • Great diversity in nationalities, with about 60% international fellow students.

Interested in the MSc Economics?

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