Research Master TiSEM main page

All over the world

Find our graduates at universities and organizations all over the world

See where our Research Master graduates work

Research Master in Economics

2 years English Starts end of August

CentER's Research Master (RM) in Economics is a challenging two-year program that prepares you for academic research in economics and econometrics with graduate level coursework and research training. After completing the program, most students continue with PhD research in economics or opt for a research-based position at a company or public sector organization. The RM and PhD program together form an integrated graduate program in Economics.

in Business & Economics worldwide

US News Best Global Universities, 2023

Average number of students per year

Small classes, personal guidance and active involvement in our international research community

Top 100
Graduate placements at top 100 worldwide universities

Excellent track-record in graduate placements at top universities worldwide

Program and courses

  • Gain a sound foundation in economic and econometric theory, methods and their applications
  • Explore the many exciting research areas in economics through specialized field courses, by getting a first taste of research, writing a research proposal, and, finally, by writing a Research Master Thesis that will be the basis for your first major research paper.
  • 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. Some of our PhD graduates find positions at the best universities in the world.
  • With less than 25 students with strong quantitative and analytical skills selected per year, the program offers ample space for intensive interaction with and guidance from your professors, both inside and outside the classroom. You will receive your own academic mentor, who will guide you through the Research Master and, in many cases, the subsequent PhD-phase.
  • As a student, you will be actively involved in our overall lively, informal yet intellectual research community early on. You will have the opportunity to attend research seminars weekly, join reading groups on topical issues, and participate in workshops and conferences. The Graduate Students’ Society (GSS) organizes many professional events, as well as social events.

Typical courses are:

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Individual Decision Making
  • Macroeconomic Dynamics: Consumption, Investment, and Growth
  • Foundations of Econometrics 

More on the program and courses

Career prospects

As a Master of Research in Economics you are prepared for PhD thesis research at CentER or elsewhere. However, you may also start a professional career, typically at government organizations (National Departments, Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, regional organizations) and in the consultancy or financial sector. 

Examples of our graduates’ careers first jobs:

  • Assistant Professor at VU Amsterdam
  • Assistant Professor at Central University of Finance and Economics
  • Research Economist at Deutsche Bundesbank
  • Research Economist at Rabobank

More on career prospects

Students on campus enjoying the good weather

Application and admission

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.

This Master’s program starts:

  • End of August 

Best preparatory programs:

A Bachelor’s degree in Econometrics or Economics or in a related program (e.g. mathematics, statistics, data science, or business analytics).

Pre-Master’s program:

  • Not available

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 

CentER Honors Experience for TiSEM students 

Interested in the Research Master and already studying at TiSEM? The CentER Honors Experience is an opportunity to work on a research project with one of our faculty members, helping you to get a taste of what academic research in economics or econometrics is like.

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.

All information in one brochure   Check out our events calendar 

Interested in the Research Master in Economics?

Check your eligibility and the deadlines for application