MSc in Economics and Business - Specialisation in Urban, Port & Transport Economics

Erasmus School of Economics - Erasmus University Rotterdam

Program Description

MSc in Economics and Business - Specialisation in Urban, Port & Transport Economics

Erasmus School of Economics - Erasmus University Rotterdam

MSc in Economics and Business - Specialisation in Urban, Port & Transport Economics

The dynamics of economic activity and transport intensity unravelled

Are you fascinated by transport and its driving role in economic development? Do you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city, where economic growth manifests itself?

The Urban, Port and Transport Economics programme focuses on the challenges in better organising and managing transport, logistics and cities, boosting further economic growth. Through interactive lectures, challenging assignments and lively debates you learn to apply the appropriate methods for a wide range of real-life issues. Thanks to lecturers actively involved in international economic research, consultancy and advice, you are sure to address all the latest developments and insights.

Your highway to a successful career in business or government

A strong reputation, a city buzzing with activity, a world port, a cohesive student body, a multitude of alumni in top positions in business and government against a backdrop of high-quality courses: you couldn’t find a better place for your Master specialisation in Urban, Port and Transport Economics.


With a track-record dating back to 1988, this specialisation has a strong reputation in both the business community and public offices. It is renowned for its high quality, practical relevance and experienced graduates. Managers, consultants, policy makers; our LinkedIn alumni group shows that the specialisation in Urban, Port and Transport Economics will open doors to a successful career anywhere for you, in i.a.:

  • transport
  • trade
  • logistics
  • banking
  • real estate
  • government

"This specialisation is as dynamic as its subjects"


The Master’s specialisation consists of two elective seminars, one compulsory course, four elective courses, and a Master’s thesis distributed over five blocks of eight weeks. The seminars are the central components of the Master’s specialisation. These are highly interactive with several assignments where students are expected to analyse real-world cases and report their findings.

The compulsory course is instrumental for the seminars and the Master’s thesis in order to be able to properly analyse relevant data and to critically assess findings in the available literature. The choice of seminars and courses allows students to tailor the Master to their own interests. They acquaint students with a range of topics that are central in urban, port and transport economics.

The Master’s thesis is written during the last part of the programme. The thesis is written individually under the close supervision of one of the staff members. The study guide provides more detailed information on the courses.


  • Seminar Port Economics and Global Logistics
  • Seminar Regional and Transport Economics
  • Seminar Multinational Strategy and Foreign Direct Investment
  • Seminar Supply Chain Management and Optimisation
  • Quantitative Spatial Analysis
  • Urban Economics and Real Estate
  • Transport Economics and Policy
  • Port Economics
  • City Marketing
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Economics of Governance
  • Sports Economics
  • Strategic Management of the Transport and Logistics Firm
  • Economics of Strategy
  • Quantitative Logistics
  • Course from Master in Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics (TUD)


Anna Wildeboer

'Satisfaction! The programme Urban, Port and Transport Economics lived up to all my expectations of a masters specialization in economics'

Why I chose Urban, Port and Transport Economics?

After my bachelor Economics in Amsterdam, I was looking for a master that covered more than just the mainstream economics, finance or marketing courses that we all have experienced during our bachelors. That’s when I came across Urban, Port and Transport Economics. The master specialisation Urban, Port and Transport Economics is unique in its kind. As part of the applied economics department, it is less theoretically focussed and really about applying economic reasoning and analytics to a broad range of tangible topics.

The curriculum

In the first block, you will deepen your knowledge of the relevant quantitative methods. More specifically this includes the spatial dimension that is present in the Urban, Port and Transport field. Thereafter I completely focused on all urban-related courses. Topics that have been discussed ranged from public investments in sports venues to the role of the creative class in urban regeneration to place (de)marketing.

Besides the great course offer, the master relies on a highly qualified and passionate teaching staff and an international student base. I would also strongly recommend you to join Transito; the master’s study association. As part of the board, I was able to get the most out of my studies. If you are looking for a programme that you can tailor to your needs and interests, consider Urban, Port and Transport Economics!

Leon van der Vliet

'The programme brings much more than the name brings to mind, it offers a variety of courses that will serve as a perfect foundation for your career'

Why I chose Urban, Port and Transport Economics?

Since I remember the port of Rotterdam always caught my attention, probably because I always lived close to Rotterdam and therefore had the port virtually in my backyard. After finishing my BSc Economics and Business Economics the choice for my Master was easily made; my passion for the port and logistics is reflected in the master specialisation Urban, Port and Transport Economics.

The curriculum

This programme offers a great variety of courses of which one could choose from. Personally, I chose all courses related to Port and Transport economics topics. However, for my seminar, I wanted to widen my horizons and decided to go for an Urban Economics related seminar. In my opinion, this is what makes this programme great and special, you are not bounded by only one direction, since, each block, you are able to choose a completely different topic.

Not only did I learn about ports, logistics and urban planning in general, this Master specialisation also taught me to work with all types of models. Several courses and seminars have econometrical aspects and taught me, among other things, to optimize an entire supply chain which I found to be extremely helpful.

All in all, I believe this programme prepares you for a glorious career in the future!

Cost & Fees

  • € 2.060 EEA/EU students*
  • € 14.700 NON-EEA/EU students**

*This is the statutory tuition fee for Dutch students, students from another country within the European Economic Area (EEA), the European Union (EU), Switzerland and Suriname who meet the statutory conditions.

**This is the institutional tuition fee for students for whom the statutory tuition fee does not apply. You have to pay the institutional fee if you:

  • don’t have an EU-, EEA, Swiss or Surinamese nationality
  • have finished a Dutch programme and want to follow another programme on the same level
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 19, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
1 year
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2,060 EUR
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Netherlands - Rotterdam, South Holland
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