MSc Economics: European Economic Policy

Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics

Program Description
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MSc Economics: European Economic Policy

Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics

MSc Economics / European Economic Policy

The EU faces many challenges in today’s global economic climate: taxation and monetary policies for the European Economic Area, labour market reforms, globalisation, sustainable growth, competition regulations and the relationship between the EU and emerging market economies are just a few. You will study all this and more in the European Economic Policy track.



What will you learn?


The European Economic Policy track
requires you not only to assess existing European policies and identify existing challenges, but also to absorb different arguments and form your own opinions about them. You will develop skills in interpreting different models and communicating your opinions about them to others in a persuasive manner.


At the end of the track, you will be able to:

•assess how Europe can meet the challenges of globalisation, and develop its relationships with emerging economies in Asia and Africa
•evaluate the value of the European social policy model
•define the main challenges and opportunities within the EU and why the integration process develops at different rates in different countries
•understand the wider implications of this process

Internships

Would you like to gain professional experience while still studying? The School considers doing an internship during your studies a highly valuable experience, and helps you gain this advantage by offering the possibility of an extracurricular internship.

This means that the internship is an addition to your master’s programme and therefore it cannot be used to replace any part of your programme. To qualify, the internship should last at least 8 weeks full-time (12 ECTS) but never more than 20 weeks full-time (30 ECTS). Furthermore, the internship may only take place after you have completed at least two courses in your master’s programme. Since it is an extracurricular part of the programme an administrative fee of € 250 will be charged.

To assist students in finding an internship that matches their interests, SBE maintains an extensive database with internship opportunities that are perfectly suited to the various fields of study offered at SBE. In addition, the SBE Internship Office is on hand for guidance and counseling.

Exchange

The opportunity to gain experience abroad gives you a great advantage in today’s job market, and will broaden not only your career but also your personal horizon. A master’s exchange is in addition to your regular study programme, which means that you take an extra semester at one of the School’s top partner institutions. A master's exchange will only be possible on condition that you have a 100% study progress; students who will be doing their exchange in a third, extended, semester will take priority over students who will run into more study delay.

The administration fee for going abroad in your SBE master’s programme is €500. This fee will be charged as soon as you have confirmed your allocated study place abroad.

For a master’s exchange semester within the Erasmus programme, that is to say within the EU, grants are available but will be assigned according to priority. Master’s students going abroad outside of the European Union (EU) will not be eligible for any grants.

Double-degree programme

Are you an ambitious bachelor’s student with a strong academic record? And are you interested in obtaining a master’s degree from not one but two top universities? Maastricht University offers you the opportunity to increase your career prospects byparticipating in our double-degree programme.

Université catholique de Louvain is an excellent institution inLouvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. You will spend your first year studying at Maastricht University and your second at the Université catholique de Louvain. A double-degree programme with this institution takes two years and is accessible to bachelor’s graduates from both the school and other universities.

Career prospects

The three career events in which you will have the opportunity to participate are orientated towards various roles, including those in the EU civil service and lobbying.

The skills you will learn on this track are great preparation for a career in EU policy-making, lobbying or economic advisory roles. However, these same skills can also be usefully employed in roles in the financial sector, especially within Europe, as well as in many other international roles.

Graduates have found positions in:

  • EU civil service, especially in Brussels
  • the top four accountancy firms – PwC, KPMG, Ernst & Young and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • banks, especially in Germany and the Netherlands
  • economic advisory departments in private companies
  • research institutes
  • universities, to do a PhD

Admission

For general bachelor’s graduates


If you are not a SBE continuing master’s student, you should complete a registration request for the selective master's programme via Studielink.

You will then receive a confirmation of your request as well as login details for MyUM. In the My UM portal you should complete the application form and upload all documents relating to the admission requirements (see admission requirements table below). If further information is needed to assess or complete your application, additional documents may be requested. After the receipt of a complete application has been acknowledged, your file will be assessed. Within approximately two weeks you will hear whether you have been admitted to the programme.

Admission requirements

  • Registration request: a registration request for the master's programme in Studielink.
  • Application form: a completed application form in My UM
  • Bachelor’s degree: a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, together with a certified transcript of exam subjects and grades
  • Grade Point Average: we encourage you to provide your GPA using the 0-10 Dutch grading system. If your transcript uses a different grading system, you may use this Nuffic document to convert the GPA into the 0-10 scale
  • Motivation letter: a letter describing your motivation for applying to the MSc International Economic Studies programme at SBE
  • CV (optional): a curriculum vitae (CV) in English
  • GMAT / GRE: an official GMAT or GRE score (valid for two years). An official score lower than 500 results in automatic rejection.
  • TOEFL / IELTS (not applicable for native English speakers and/or EU/EEA students): a minimum TOEFL score of at least 575 (paper-based test), 233 (computer based test) or 90-91 (internet-based test), a minimum IELTS score of at least 6.5 or a pass for the Cambridge Proficiency test (valid for two years)
  • Passport: a scanned copy of your passport (must be valid at the programme start date)
  • Portrait picture: a scanned portrait picture

Application deadlines

  • September intake: 1 July (for students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland) and 1 May (for students from other countries)
  • February intake: 1 December (for students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland)and 1 October (for students from other countries)

For SBE bachelor’s graduates *


(Only the BSc Economics and Business Economics gives direct access to the MSc International Economic Studies)

If you qualify for one of the continuing master’s programmes, you should complete a graduation request for the bachelor’s programme and submit it online. You should then complete a re-registration request for the bachelor’s programme and a registration request for the continuing master’s programme via Studielink. You will then receive a confirmation of your request. After that you will need to fill out an application form via My UM. If further information is needed to assess or complete your application, additional documents may be requested. After the receipt of a complete application has been acknowledged, your file will be assessed. Within approximately two weeks you will hear whether you have been admitted to the programme.

Admission requirements

  • Graduation request: a graduation request for the bachelor’s programme
  • Re-registration request: a re-registration request for the bachelor’s programme
  • Registration request: a registration request for the continuing master's programme
  • Bachelor’s degree: a bachelor's degree from SBE that gives direct access to the MSc International Economic Studies programme
  • Passport: a scanned copy of your passport (must be valid at the programme start date)
  • Portrait picture: a scanned portrait picture


Application deadlines

  • September start: 1 July (for students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland) and 1 May (for students from other countries)
  • February start: 1 December (for students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland)and 1 October (for students from other countries)
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated May 2, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Duration
Duration
1 year
Full time
Price
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12,000 EUR
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Start date Sept. 2016
Place
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Price 12,000 EUR
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