Utrecht University

Economic Policy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
Utrecht's University Master of Science in Economic Policy will equip you with the skills, mindset and multidisciplinary knowledge, needed to give informed responses to the questions facing contemporary society. You will take courses that combine economic theory with socio-economic policy-making in a small group of students representing diverse academic and cultural backgrounds. 

About

The Master of Science in Economic Policy is offered by the Utrecht University.

What are the primary tasks of government in a market-based society. How do we deal with the long term challenges from new technologies, demographic shifts and environmental change? Are our current pension and healthcare systems strong enough to cope with an ageing population? What policies are required to achieve environmental sustainability and who is responsible for taking action? If you are strongly motivated to contribute to just and effective decisions in economic policy-making, the Master’s in Economic Policy at Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) is the right choice for you. 

The MSc in Economic Policy deals with complex societal issues, with a focus on the role of government policies, ranging from the organisation of care and the provision of social insurance to policies of sustainable growth. In this programme you will learn to apply modern economics to questions relating to labour market reform, inequality, the future of education and health care, energy transition and sustainable economic growth.

Career Perspectives

As a graduate of this Master’s programme, you will be well-prepared for a range of careers in both the public and private sector. Our alumni have gone on to develop careers as economics policy advisors for government agencies at a national, European and international level; as economic professionals in the public domain of public administration, health care, education and social security; or as consultants in sustainable transitions and energy economics.

Programme Objective

The MSc in Economic Policy will provide 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. As a graduate, you will contribute to societal development by designing and implementing new solutions to the complex and multifaceted issues facing governments organisations and society today.

You will consolidate your expertise in both economics and the social sciences by studying the following core subjects:

  • Econometric Methods in Empirical Economics
  • Public and Political Economics
  • Sustainable Growth
  • Labour Market Reform
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Energy transition
  • Social Security

You will actively participate in major research projects, conduct your own research, present your results, and write short essays and a master’s thesis. By the end of this programme in Utrecht you will be able to:

  • put academic knowledge and skills into practice;
  • conduct independent research which contributes to the field of economics and policy;
  • solve problems independently and in a team, while taking social factors into consideration;
  • demonstrate mastery of subject-specific English terminology;
  • manage your own personal and professional development.

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
  • Public Risk Management
  • Policy Competition In An International World
  • Research Project
  • Multinational Firms
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • Asset Pricing
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Tax Policy
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    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 (Grade B):

    193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    96

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic 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
    • Students with other university Bachelor’s degrees must have knowledge in the following fields: Microeconomics, Mathematics, Macroeconomics, Economics of Public Sector or Labour Economics, Econometrics and Advanced Statistics
    • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.
    • Further accepted proof of your proficiency in English: CPE- Grade C

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      15575 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      2060 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
    For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

    Living costs for Utrecht

    900 - 1,450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

    Funding

    Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

    • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
    • Holland Scholarships
    • Orange Tulip Scholarships
    • Canadian student loans
    • Fulbright / NAF
    • US Federal Loans
    • Erasmus+ Master 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.