MSc in Economics and Business - Specialization in International Economics

Are you ready to conquer the world of International Economics?

Do you see yourself in an international economic and business environment? Do you seek the challenge of a high-level practice-oriented education to realise your ambitions? The International Economics programme presents you with a wide range of topical global economic issues.

In this wide–ranging programme you explore and analyse the progressive integration of national goods, labour and capital markets and the decline in the national barriers that separated them in the past. You address the effects that increased interdependence of economies has on governments, firms, their managers and employees. In short, you are guided to the frontiers of International Economics research in both theory and practice.

Rotterdam: where great minds of all nationalities meet

Rotterdam, port of Europe, is the city to acquire knowledge regarding international economics par excellence. Here at Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), you surround yourself with students from all nationalities who are as ambitious and inquisitive as you are. You are taught by renowned researchers and leaders in business. A perfect combination for a successful global career.


Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) has long been involved in leading developments in teaching, policy and research in international economics and business. This specialisation is designed to continue this tradition. It equips you with the practical and analytical tools to work and excel in the field of international economics, for instance as a:

  • manager
  • consultant
  • policy advisor
  • banker
  • researcher
  • government or international (economic) agency official

"The combination of theory and practical analysis is perfect to truly understand the economic impact of globalisation"


The Master’s specialisation consists of core courses, electives, seminars and a Master’s thesis distributed over five blocks of eight weeks each. Core courses and electives help students to get acquainted with a wide range of topics that are essential to international economics and business studies, and provide a solid background for attending the seminars.

Seminars are the most important component of the Master’s specialisation. For these intensive courses, active participation and commitment are a prerequisites. Students are expected to present excerpts of literature or case studies, ask questions, express doubts and share their ideas in class discussions.

The last block of the specialisation is devoted to the Master’s thesis. The thesis is written individually under close supervision by one of our staff members.


Adrian Dubovecky

'An opportunity to gain a practical perspective of international economics and trade in today's globalised world'

Why did I choose International Economics?

I chose this Master specialisation because I wanted to expand my analytical skills in the field of international economics and develop a better understanding of the interdependence of countries in today's globalised world.

The curriculum

The programme in International Economics offers a great balance between learning the key theoretical economic models and acquiring a strong econometric skillset to allow you to conduct high quality research. This particular specialisation attracts students from all corners of the world and adds another great learning element to your studies.

The highlight of the course was the Trade and Growth seminar where as a group we took part in an international research project to India and engaged with multinationals and governmental institutions to conduct hands on economic research. Another key to enjoying my Master was the interactive style of teaching. Erasmus School of Economics has professors with expertise in a wide range of economics fields, hence students can engage in practical debates on a daily basis.

Challenging but rewarding

The quantitative and analytical skills I acquired helped me to gain a more profound insight into my interests and inspired me to embark on a technically rigorous career within consulting.

The specialisation is a very challenging but rewarding course and I would not hesitate to recommend it to any prospective students.

Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated September 12, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
1 year
2,060 EUR
EEA/EU students; €14.700 NON-EEA/EU students
May 1, 2020
1 August for ESE students
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Application deadline
May 1, 2020
1 August for ESE students
End Date
Aug 31, 2021