Utrecht University

Multidisciplinary Economics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
Utrecht's University Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Economicswas carefully designed to give you the specialised knowledge and expertise you need for a career in economics. Moreover, the multidisciplinary context will encourage you to look at complex economics issues from different perspectives and help you to apply that knowledge in academia, industry or government.

About

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

From upheavals in the housing market to high bonuses for bankers, from rising taxes to the global credit crisis, economics is no longer a straightforward matter of money and finance. Economics today is a multifaceted discipline with real impact on  global politics, law, and society.  In the Utrecht University MSc in Multidisciplinary Economics, you will  learn to cross the borders of economics into other scientific disciplines – a real strength of the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) -  in order to provide sound research and applicable solutions to  real-world problems, now and in the future.

U.S.E. provides you with a flexible and comprehensive Master’s programme. The curriculum combines compulsory first-year courses, designed to give you a solid foundation in economics, with elective second-year courses that match your  personal areas of research  interest. In this highly international programme, you will work closely with  fellow students on projects, courses, events and research, offering the chance to develop interpersonal and social skills along with practical and academic strengths.

Outline of the programme

In your first year, you will gain the solid theoretical basis necessary to conduct economic research and analysis. Additionally you will learn to look at economic problems from the perspectives of other disciplines in the course Thinktank Institutions. During the second year, you will complete a series of specialised elective courses at U.S.E. and/or the University of Groningen. Throughout the programme, special attention is given to the development of essential research skills such as data handling, academic writing, and presentation. From the end of the first year and continuing throughout the second year of the programme, you develop your own research topic starting with a literature review, followed by a research proposal, and finally culminating in the Master's thesis.

Career

The MSc in Multidisciplinary Economics is a comprehensive and versatile degree that will leave you well prepared for a range of different careers. As a Research Master’s degree, it provides good preparation for a PhD; content from the MSc often contributes towards your PhD programme, reducing the time spent in the doctoral programme. In previous years, graduates from this programme have gone on to work on a PhD dissertation at various international universities. This MSc is also a great starting point for a research-oriented career in economics and finance. 

Accreditation

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Mathematics
  • Econometrics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Institutional Think Tank
  • Advanced Business Economics
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Experiments in Economic and Business
  • International Trade
  • Monetary Theory
  • Managing Innovation

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

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A BSc of a research university in Economics or in a related field. Applicants with a strong mathematical background are encouraged to apply, although it may be necessary to attend a preparatory course in economics;
  • A GPA of 3.4 or above (Dutch equivalent: 7.75 on a ten-point scale). Students with a GPA of 3.0-3.4 will also be considered for the MSc in Multidisciplinary Economics if they have a strong background in economics and additional experience in one of the programmes related disciplines; and A minimum score of 80% on the quantitative section of the GRE General tests (Princeton Graduate Record Exam).
  • 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 per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 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.