Research Master in Economics, M.Sc. | Tilburg University | Tilburg, Netherlands
24 months
15100 EUR/year
2253 EUR/year
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CentER's Research Master in Economics at Tilburg University is an intensive two years program. It prepares you for academic research in economics with graduate level coursework and research training. 

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After completing the Research Master in Economics at Tilburg University  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. 

The two-year Research Master in Economics consists of the doctoral course work and research training in economics. It thoroughly prepares you for doing PhD thesis research during the three-year PhD phase.

The first year of the Research Master’s program in Economics is fully devoted to a rigorous training in the core of economics. It equips you with a sound basis in economic and econometric theory and methods.

The second year is evenly split between specialized course work in the field(s) of your choice and a first major research paper, the Research Master’s thesis. It allows you to explore the many research groups at CentER, to fully develop your research interests, and match up with one or more advisors that share your interest. 

Career prospects Research Master in Economics

The Research Master's program in Economics is fully dedicated to preparing students for PhD thesis research at CentER. To this end, we limit the inflow to a small number of excellent students with a sincere interest in pursuing a PhD.

  • However, graduates that do not continue with a PhD project, 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.
  • After completing the PhD, many students participate in CentER's academic job placement procedure and find jobs at universities, research institutes, and government institutions around the world, as well as at private companies.
  • In the PhD phase, most accepted PhD students become university employees earning a gross salary over more than Euro 85000 over three years and are granted pension rights.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Quantitative Methods (CentER)
  • Microeconomics (CentER)
  • Macroeconomics (CentER)
  • Econometrics (CentER)
  • Empirical Industrial Organ.(CentER)
  • Non- and Semiparametric E’trics (CentER)
  • Behavioral Economics (CentER)
  • Competition and Regulation (CentER)
  • Development and Growth 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • NON-EU/EEA and EU/EEA applying for a scholarship: 01 February


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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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GRE admission requirements GRE®
  • You have completed your previous degree with an excellent GPA (top 10% of your class).

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An academic Bachelor's or Master’s degree program in economics, econometrics or business studies or another relevant field that is deemed a quantitative equivalent to the previous education profile.
  • English language proficiency
  • Adequate knowledge of English can also be demonstrated by successful completion of a Bachelor's degree program conducted entirely in English. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15100 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2253 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2253 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Tilburg

700 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Partner Scholarships Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM)
  • Tuition fee waiver (25%) for non-EU students of non-EU partner universities of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management.

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