Economics - Public Policy

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
16630 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The Economics - Public Policy M.Sc. degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has a strong interest in the design and evaluation of public policy.


The Economics - Public Policy programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam addresses questions on market performance and failures, and associated policies, studied from the perspective of incentives and economic behaviour of individual firms and households. 

The programme covers both micro- and macroeconomic perspectives on policies at an advanced level. This provides you with a very rich set of perspectives on economic policy analysis. Therefore, this programme offers you the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to tackle complex problems at a high level of abstraction, while emphasizing the need to translate theoretical solutions and empirical evidence into clear-cut policy advice.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Microeconomics and Methods
  • Public Economics and Policy
  • Economics of the Welfare State
  • Economics of Climate Change
  • Growth, Globalization and Development
  • Urban Economic Challenges

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines






On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The MSc programme in Economics, specialization in Public Policy, welcomes ambitious students who are interested in studying key policy challenges from an economics perspective. Students should have an interest in thinking about societal problems and should start with introductory knowledge in economics and 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 academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 EC or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.

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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Economics - Public Policy
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam