MSc in Economics


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Program Description

  • This programme is designed for students with a background in Economics or closely related disciplines
  • Gain the skills and theoretical insights into contemporary debates in Economics, and find practical answers with interdisciplinary approaches
  • Uncover the scientific and societal relevance of your chosen specialisation, and address contemporary issues in economics, such as economic crises in the EU, investment decisions, corporate accountability, and more
  • Prepare yourself for a broad range of careers in the private and public sectors

Why study Economics at Radboud University?

Radboud's Master's programme in Economics takes a multidisciplinary approach to contemporary problems, borrowing ideas from Political Science, Psychology and Sociology, and gives you the flexibility to customize your own programme to focus on the topics that you are passionate about. We also balance our approach between theory and practice, ensuring that you can take what you learn with you into the world.

As a student you will also benefit from Radboud's extensive network, providing you with great internship opportunities (for those who wish to do one) and great career opportunities once you have graduated.

What will you learn?

Scientific and societal relevance reinforce one another. When addressing contemporary issues in economics, like the economic crisis in the EU or investment decisions by a company, it is crucial to take an academic approach We offer you the tools to understand and evaluate these issues and improve your economic decision making. We teach you how to think independently and critically about the way in which economics can be applied in a professional sense.

The programme offers small-scale teaching and a personal approach to education and all professors are easily approachable. A major advantage of this programme is its methodological emphasis- essential to increasing our understanding of the world of economics and business.

Employers are increasingly looking for economists who can tackle a wide variety of economic problems in a professional manner, and from different perspectives. Our multidisciplinary focus means that you will be well suited to answer the questions of the future.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme could find opportunities in a number of different areas:

  • Central banks
  • Government ministries and organizations
  • Investment banks
  • International agencies
  • NGOs
  • Consulting firms
  • Pension funds
  • Accounting Firms


Before the programme starts, you will choose a specialisation:

  • Accounting & Control
    Gain the skills and knowledge required to become a professional in the domains of auditing, accountancy, controlling and financial management and consulting.
  • Corporate Finance and Control
    Focus on the financial management and governance of firms and learn how to deal with not just economic but also managerial, legal, and reporting aspects to strengthen and maximise enterprise value.
  • Financial Economics
    Analyse and understand the working of (global) financial markets. Explore various aspects, such as financial risk management, asset pricing and monetary policy.
  • Economics, Behaviour & Policy
    Make smarter, more effective economic policy. In this track, you learn to analyse and design behaviour-proof economic policy for governments and public or private organisations
  • International Business
    Understand the global economic landscape that multinationals operate in. Learn how these firms shape and are shaped by this landscape. Gain the skills to develop successful business strategies and international (trade) policies.
  • International Economics & Development
    Analyse and compare the economic development of developing countries with a special focus on the low and middle-income countries of the Global South.
  • International Political Economy
    Uncover the economic and political dimensions of global issues and power struggles behind policy choices. Learn to understand and explain the world from the perspectives of different stakeholders.

Admission requirements

As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Economics or a closely-related discipline from a research university with a fair number of courses in your preferred specialisation. See the admission requirements page of the specialisation for information on the required courses.

2. A letter of motivation
In this letter of motivation (max 2 pages) you should explain why you want to attend this programme and why you think you are suited for this programme.

Pre-master for international academic students

In some cases, when your educational background does not grant you direct admission to the Master’s programme in Economics, you can enrol in one of the one-year pre-master's programmes. Each pre-master's programme corresponds with one of the specialisations of the Master’s programme in Economics.

Language Requirments

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • Has successfully completed a three-year Bachelor's programme at a Dutch university.
  • Is a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Bachelor's programme that was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: EU/EEA-countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Master's programme from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO).

All other students need one of the following certificates (TOEFL and IELTS certificates may not be older than two years).

  • A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 18
  • An IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher


Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April
  • EEA students: 1 May

Quality label

Both the Keuzegids Masters and the Bachelor’s programme information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten have now designated Radboud University as the ‘Best General University’ in the Netherlands.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 r ... Read More

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 research university. We offer 11 English-taught Bachelor's programmes and 35 English-taught Master’s programmes with many specialisations which will give you the necessary skills and insights into research and practice within your own subject area. You will benefit from our personal teaching style, our top research institutes, and a green and friendly student city. Read less