Master in Economics (MPhil)
The two-year Research Master’s in Economics is an ideal programme for students who wish to pursue PhD studies. The programme provides select, high quality education in the field of economics and econometrics. If your ambitions are focused on an academic career in economics, econometrics or finance, then this Research Master’s is ideal for you. Not only does it teach you to carry out independent scientific research, but it also provides an excellent stepping stone to good PhD positions.
This Research Master offers you three specializations:
Building a top research school in Economics
In March 2005, a commission of leading economists (including Nobel Prize winner Robert C. Merton) issued an evaluation report of the Tinbergen Institute. This report gives an exact description of the Tinbergen Institute’s mission: to train the outstanding researchers of the future. We do this by applying strict selection criteria and making high demands of our students.
The students receive a lot in return: small-scale education in a positive atmosphere, intensive supervision and a unique opportunity to mix with students, teaching staff and researchers from all over the world.
The Tinbergen Institute
The programme is run by the Tinbergen Institute, a research school set up by the economics faculties at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Amsterdam. A maximum of thirty students are admitted to the programme each year, approximately half of whom come from outside the Netherlands (South Africa, India, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, and Central, Eastern and Southern Europe).
The Research Master’s in Economics leads to a PhD research position. As a graduate of the Research Master’s in Economics, you will have mastered the latest knowledge of economic theories, empirical economics and econometric methods and you will be capable of conducting independent academic research. Obtaining a PhD is therefore your first step on the way to a career in research at a university, a government body, a research agency or a bank.
In the Netherlands the PhD research position is a paid position for three years, during which time you are expected to complete your PhD studies. Students who have completed their Master’s programme at the Tinbergen Institute are given guidance in seeking a suitable PhD position at one of the TI faculties. So far every graduate with the ambition to pursue a PhD has found a suitable position. A PhD is not necessarily a direct precondition for finding a good job in the corporate sector, but it does form an excellent preparation for a business career.
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Last updated August 12, 2017