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Language of education
English (100%)
12 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Type of institution
Research University

Program description

Economics aims to deepen the understanding of how markets function, and the implications for strategic behaviour by the various market participants.

Ongoing technological progress and continuing globalisation have resulted in economies becoming increasingly integrated. One of the consequences of this integration is that competition between firms (in all sectors, including fnancial services and manufacturing industries) becomes ever harsher. Firms need to think carefully how to avoid the negative effects of increased competition on their profits, but they also need to consider whether they can strategically benefit from the opportunities globalisation and increased market integration create. But firms are not the only agents who need to think strategically; increased economic integration implies that governments are also confronted with ever-changing threats and opportunities.

The challenging problems firms and governments are confronted with have in common that they exist because of market failures – missing markets, imperfect monitoring, etc. You can choose among four tracks within this Master's: Competition and Regulation, Socio-economic Policy, Resources, Development and Growth, and International Economics and Finance.

Why Study Economics?

Tilburg University's Master’s in Economics program equips you with the advanced tools needed to understand and manage the complex problems facing companies and governments in the modern economy.

What defines the modern economy? Increasingly integrated and turbulent markets, opening up unprecedented opportunities for firms as well greater risks. With your deep understanding of how markets function, when they fail, and the implications of this for market participants, you will be optimally prepared to help organizations and governments seize the opportunities available in the global economy while avoiding potential market pitfalls.

A Tilburg University Master's in Economics degree offers you:

  • Teaching by the internationally-reputed economics professors of Tilburg University, world-leading scholars known for their academic publications and influence in policy circles.
  • The key competencies necessary for a successful career including the ability to gather, process, and analyze information and communicate the results in an effective way.
  • The opportunity to customise your degree with a specialized track. Choose between Competition and regulation, Socio-economic policy, Resources, development and growth, or International economics and finance.
  • An outstanding foundation for a future career. Your graduate degree in economics is a qualification in high demand by employers in both the public and private sector. Recent research shows that economics graduates earn up to 24% more than the average graduate.

Economics Tracks

Competition and Regulation
In the 'Competition and Regulation' track, you will learn how to apply insights from Industrial Organization and Competition Law, to business strategies and to regulatory policies. Cases deal with, for example, the lack of competition in certain markets (electricity, telecommunication services) and the response by national governments and the European Union.

Public Policy
Important domestic public policy objectives range from reduced income inequality and job security, to an affordable health care and pension system. Effective public policy requires the balancing of public services provision and individual incentives to makes use of these services. In this track you study how public policies and tax schemes can be designed to create the right incentives and nudges and make societal goals within reach.

Sustainability and Growth
In the 'Sustainability and Growth' track, you will learn how to analyze the sources of economic growth in a country or region, the barriers to growth and development they face, and the possible negative consequences of growth. You will be trained to evaluate policies and firm strategies towards development and sustainable resource use.

Pensions, Aging and Retirement (in cooperation with Netspar)
You will learn how economic theories and models can be applied to create solutions for financial institutions and government policy. The track is closely linked to research institute Netspar which is a renowned institute involved in the development of financial products and facilities for the ‘old age’ European citizens.

Money, Banking & Financial Markets
This track will train you in two sub-disciplines: Finance as well as Economics. You will get the opportunity to combine practical financial management to economic analysis of the markets you invest in. You will also learn how international bodies function (e.g., the European Central Bank), why tax policies are designed the way they are, and what the consequences are for firms in Europe.

Behavioral Economics
The specialization track integrates insights from economics and psychology. It builds on the principle that policy advice should be evidence-based and cannot rely on theory alone. The starting point is that individuals are not rational self-interested maximizers but that human behavior is based on a bounded capacity to process information and on preferences that include a regard for such social norms as fairness and reciprocity.

Economics Related Programs

Besides the MSc in Economics, Tilburg University offers several other Economics related masters such as the MSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics program.

See which other programs are related to the Master Economics

Economics Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master in Economics will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MSc degree at Tilburg University.

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Economics program

About Tilburg University

At Tilburg University, our mission is to inspire students and faculty members to reach their full potential, and in doing so, reap a positive impact on the society around them. Our education and research is internationally inspired and is ground breaking. Tilburg is represented among the top institutes in the international university rankings.

Tilburg University educational programs instil a broad social awareness in our students along with critical personal and professional skills. Learning and development are offered at all career levels. Research endeavours aim to advance the frontiers of knowledge on issues and subjects of direct value to society – and are actively disseminated and applied within the community with this objective in mind. We play an active part in the local community and that of the region, the Netherlands and the entire world, maintaining close contact at all levels.

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Admission requirements

Written request

See: http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/prospectivestudents/masters/programmes/feb/economics_admission.html

Entry test

Possibly required. See: http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/prospectivestudents/masters/programmes/feb/economics_admission.html

Additional subject

Depending on preparatory bachelor's programme.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS listening: 6, IELTS reading: 6, IELTS writing: 6, IELTS speaking: 6, TOEFL paper based: 575, TOEFL computer based: 233, TOEFL internet based: 90

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