• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

Based on Utrecht University’s research expertise, the Economic Policy programme offered by Utrecht University gives you 360-degree picture of the importance of economic policy-making for business, government, and society.

In the Master in Economic Policy you focus on

  • the role of government policies in complex societal issues such as health care and insurance, sustainable economic growth, and energy transition;
  • applying modern economics to societal questions such as labour market reform, inequality, and the future of health care.

Programme Objectives 

This MSc in Economic Policy provides you with:

  • The sound theoretical knowledge and advanced analytical skills required to work in the complex, challenging and important field of economic and public policy;
  • A small-scale, culturally diverse cohort that creates a lively, intense and highly international interaction in and out of class;
  • A multidisciplinary approach that combines expertise in both economics and the social sciences;
  • The ability to  contribute to societal development by designing and implementing new solutions to the complex and multifaceted issues facing governments organisations and society today;
  • Broad perspectives from studying such core subjects as: Sustainable Growth, Econometric Methods in Empirical Economics, Public and Political Economics, Energy Transition and Behavioural Economics. 

Career Prospects

Whether you wish to work in the private sector or in the public domain, you will find that there is always a need for well-trained graduates with the skills – and the interest – to look beyond the boundaries of economics. 

Thanks to its multidisciplinary, wide-ranging content, as well as its unique emphasis on the interplay between economics and social change, the MSc in Economic Policy offers the ideal preparation for a career in a wide range of companies and institutions. 

Positions obtained by our graduates include policy functions in various corporations (usually on an academic level). But graduates also find their way to various research organisations linked to government. In previous years, graduates from this programme have found positions with:

  • government agencies;
  • pension funds;
  • insurance companies;
  • economic consultancy firms;
  • multinationals;
  • research institutes.

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Empirical Economics
  • Sustainable Growth And Inequality
  • Public Economics And Policy
  • Labour Market Policies and the Future of Work 
  • Policy Competition in an International World 
  • EP Research Project

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    93

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General Requirements

  • A BSc of a research University in Economics or Economics and Business Economics, with substantial quantitative background, preferably with some degree of specialisation in Labour Economics.The International Office assesses all international credentials according to the credential evaluation criteria of the Nuffic (the Netherlands Organisation for international cooperation in Higher Education), and advises the Admissions Committee on this subject.; and
  • A good command of English.
  • Students with other university Bachelor’s degrees must have knowledge in the following fields: Microeconomics, Mathematics, Macroeconomics, Economics of the Public Sector or Labour Economics and Econometrics or Advanced Statistics.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17078 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17078 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Utrecht University, the Dutch Government and other organisations offer scholarships, fellowships and grants. Below is a list of the scholarships that are most often used by international students studying in Utrecht. Note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Bright Minds Fellowships
  • Holland Scholarship
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship - for Chinese students only
  • Utrecht Sylff Scholarships - for outstanding graduates from University College Utrecht and Economics and Business Economics (UU)
  • Student grant and loan system
  • Tuition fee loan
  • Erasmus+ Master loans
  • Canadian student loans
  • US Federal Loans

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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