Dian van Rooi_alumnus Economics

Program and courses Economics: Sustainable Development track

Evaluate people’s willingness to pay for environmental improvements, measure the effectiveness of structural reform policies, and write policy proposals regarding income inequality and growth, educational policies, and innovation strategies.

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 starting 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 at the 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 choose freely from the course lists from different tracks.

  • Applied Economic Analysis 1
    The experience course Applied Economic Analysis  gives you the 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: Experiments and Surveys
  • Seminar Growth and Regional Development
  • Seminar Environmental and Resource Economics
Elective courses

Choose 4 elective courses (21 ECTS)

Choose 2 courses (12 ECTS) from this list:

  • Seminar Governance of Innovation (recommended for this track)
  • Seminar Financial Markets and Institutions (recommended for this track)
  • Seminar Economics and Psychology of Risk and Time (recommended for this track)
  • Seminar Economics and Psychology of Social Norms and Strategic Behavior
  • Seminar Taxation
  • Seminar Competition Policy
  • Seminar Data Science for Economics
  • Seminar Financial Economics
  • Seminar Labor Economics
  • The Economics and Finance of Pensions

Choose 1 free elective from another Master's program, or one more seminar course (6 ECTS)

Choose 1 of these 2 methods courses (3 ECTS):

  • Methods: Econometrics 2 (recommended for this track)
  • Methods: Game Theory 1/2

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 in the spring semester. In case you started the program at the end of January, you can write your thesis during summer (and proceed with coursework in the following fall semester) or write your theses during the fall semester (possibly in line with some coursework).

Examples of thesis subjects are:

  • Does experiencing an economic recession in youth lead to the formation of materialistic beliefs?
  • The effect of fossil fuel endowment on clean innovation
  • Comparing the long-term economic effects of the Protestant Reformation and the Counter-Reformation

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.


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 Sustainable Development track

Evaluate people’s willingness to pay for environmental improvements, measure the effectiveness of structural reform policies, and write policy proposals regarding income inequality and growth, educational policies, and innovation strategies.

  • Perfect for a career in international organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, or internationally oriented consultancy firms.
  • Great diversity in nationalities, with about 50% international fellow students.

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