Research Master in Economics

CentER's Research Master (RM) in Economics is an intensive two years program. It prepares you for academic research in economics with graduate level coursework and research training. After completing the RM program most students continue with PhD research in economics. RM graduates who performed well in their course work and have a strong research proposal supported by one or two supervisors will be admitted to CentER's three-year PhD program. The RM and PhD program together form an integrated graduate program in Economics.

Program structure

Year 1

The first year of the program is fully devoted to rigorous training in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. After this year, you will have a sound basis in economic and econometric theory and methods and their applications. You will be able to read and discuss state-of-the-art research papers, and apply modern economic and econometric models and techniques.

Year 2

The second year allows you to explore the many exciting research areas in economics through specialized field courses taught by the Tilburg School of Economics and Management  Faculty, by getting a first taste of research, writing a short field paper, and, finally, by writing a Research Master Thesis that will be the basis for your first major research paper. Current research areas include behavioral and experimental economics, industrial organization, macroeconomics, econometric theory, empirical microeconomics and microeconomic theory.

Collaboration with leading experts

The program typically admits less than 25 students per year and allows for intensive interaction with and guidance from your professors, both inside and outside the classroom. You will collaborate with excellent students from all over the world and with junior and senior researchers at CentER, including leading experts in their fields. CentER typically ranks among the top 5 of economics schools in Europe and the top 25 worldwide. Some of our PhD graduates find positions at the best universities in the world.

As a student you will be actively involved in our research community early on, have the opportunity to attend several research seminars on a weekly basis, and join reading groups on topical issues.

In order to provide this personalized teaching approach, we only admit a selected number of excellent students with strong quantitative and analytical skills and a sincere interest in economics or econometrics. During the Research Master, students will receive their own academic mentor (an education coordinator) who will guide them through the Research Master and, hopefully, the subsequent PhD-phase.

A program for excellent students

Students with outstanding study results in their (under) graduate program in economics, econometrics or other relevant disciplines (e.g. business, mathematics, physics, engineering) and with a strong motivation for pursuing an academic career in economics or econometrics, are cordially invited to apply.


Prof. dr. A.H.O. (Arthur) van Soest

Director of Graduate Studies

"The Research Master's in Economics is a rigorous two-year program that is intended to train students in conducting research and to prepare them to write a PhD dissertation."

Research Master in Economics in short

Language English
Start End of August
Duration Two years
Title Master of Science (MSc)
Tuition feeTuition fees
SpecificsSpecialized program to prepare for a PhD or for
a professional career in a (international)
research-based environment
More information Graduate Officers:
Application deadline 1 01-02-2018 (when applying for a scholarship)
Application deadline 2 01-04-2018 (when not applying for a scholarship)

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