Economics - Development Economics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
16630 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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Development Economics applies basic tools of economics to key policy issues in developing countries and transition economies. The approach of the Economics - Development Economics specialization from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is strongly empirical, using case studies or survey data for individual households or firms to test competing theories.


The Economics - Development Economics specialization from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam discusses topics like: the role of constraints (for example through exposure to risk) on the ability of households to escape from poverty through asset accumulation; the potential for sustainable land use in areas with rapid population growth; the economic implications of migration, both within developing countries and from developing to developed countries; and the scope for economic growth through industrial development. 

These topics, along with aggregate aspects of growth and inequality, and broader issues of human development, shape the curriculum of the Development Economics specialization. There is also close cooperation with the University of Amsterdam, where some teaching takes place.

Career prospects

  • Graduates become policy economists at consultancy firms or with government agencies, or work in various positions in financial and non-financial industries. 
  • Others start working as market analysts at, for example, the Netherlands Competition Authority, or De Nederlandsche Bank. 
  • Still others go to work for multinationals such as banks and insurance companies. 
  • Some graduates work at economic research institutes or join PhD programmes at highly competitive research universities before continuing with their academic career.

Promotion alumni sessions Master’s day

During the Master’s day, you can also meet our (international) alumni during several workshops. In these sessions they will tell you more about career opportunities after finishing your Master’s degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Methods for Applied Economic Research
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics for Development
  • Globalization, Growth and Development
  • Economics of Climate Change
  • Economics of the Welfare State
  • Human Development (UvA)
  • Industrial Organization and Competition Policy
  • Labour Economics
  • Macro and International Finance
  • Macroeconomic Policy in the EU
  • Time Series Econometrics
  • Urban Economic Challenges and Policies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • EU/EEA or Dutch students: 1 June
  • Non-EU/EEA students who do not need a study visa and/or a residence permit: 1 June
  • Students who need a study visa and/or a residence permit: 1 April.






On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The MSc programme Economics welcomes ambitious students who want to develop an advanced knowledge in economics and apply their knowledge to study a wide range of topics. Therefore, students should start with a solid academic background in economics and have sufficient knowledge of mathematics and statistics.  
  • In order to gain admission to our Master's programme, you need to have at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academics study amounting to a minimum of 180 EC or equivalent. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16630 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16630 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


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