The Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics programme offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam provides the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to tackle complex problems at a high level of abstraction, keeping in mind the need to translate theoretical solutions into clear-cut policy advice. It is designed for students with an interest in spatial, transport or environmental economics. It is firmly rooted in economics, but enables you at the same time to establish a multidisciplinary orientation.
The programme addresses highly relevant and closely interrelated policy issues in today’s modern society in the field of regional development (such as the advantages of agglomerations), urban problems (such as crime), transport policies (such as congestion management) and environmental degradation (such as climate change). As such, it is concerned with virtually every aspect of society, in which space, distance and networks are key issues.
Students learn to adopt a structured approach in applying economic analytical tools to practical problems. Using economic models, you analyse real-life societal problems such as regional differences in income, traffic congestion and environmental pollution. You learn to tackle these problems at a high level of abstraction, assessing the pros and cons of different solutions and formulating your own alternative.
There are four specialisations:
- Real Estate Economics and Finance
- Environmental Economics
- Transport Economics
- Urban and Regional Economics
All Master’s degree programmes of VU Amsterdam are accredited by NVAO (Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie), the accreditation organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders.
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- Real Estate Economics and Finance - On average, households in the Netherlands spend no less than about 30% of their income on real estate. Also, the prices of commercial properties are sky-high. Real estate prices heavily fluctuate, over both time and space. Prices in Amsterdam are, for example, many multiples above real estate prices in more peripheral areas.
- Urban and Regional Economics - Regions, cities and buildings: Understanding the spatial and economic dimensions of urbanization, agglomeration and regional decline and development
- Transport Economics - Understanding the economics of the great societal challenges in urban and international transport, mobility and accessibility
- Environmental Economics - Understanding the economic and spatial aspects of the great societal challenges in managing local and global environments, natural resources and the transition from fossiel fuels to renewable energy
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- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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- Apply before , EEA/EU
- 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.
DisciplinesEconomics Environmental Economics & Policy Transport Management View 102 other Masters in Economics in Netherlands
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
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.
- Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
- Curriculum Vitae
- A motivation letter
- Transcript of records
- Thesis (or another sample of academic writing)
- A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
- A list of all the main literature used during your previous higher education
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International16630 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 16630 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA2143 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
VU Fellowship Programme:
The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented prospective international students the unique opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. VU Amsterdam has committed to providing approximately 1 million euro towards attracting highly motivated and excellent students.
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