TOWARDS AN ACADEMIC CAREER
Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) has an average of 12 Ph.D. students, each working towards their doctoral degree under the supervision of a professor. As the second year of the Research Master’s in Multidisciplinary Economics covers material from the Ph.D. program, you can complete your doctoral program in three rather than four years. During this time, you write and submit a thesis, and are encouraged and supported in establishing yourself as an academic researcher by publishing journal articles and contributing to local and international seminars and conferences.
Under the supervision of one or more specialists in the field, you are employed or receive a grant to write a Ph.D. dissertation on a (typically multidisciplinary) economics topic in which you become a specialist. Your research leads to publishable papers, and you become an academic at a university, or a research-oriented economist at a national or international organization, bank, or financial institution (see further information below). Former Research Master’s students have become Ph.D. candidates at Utrecht University, either within U.S.E. or at another UU department such as the Department of History and Art history; at another Dutch university such as University of Tilburg, Groningen University, Free University of Amsterdam; or at international universities such as Cambridge University, University of Edinburgh or the European University Institute Florence.
TOWARDS A PROFESSIONAL CAREER
You may become an applied economist at a national or international organization such as a ministry, a central bank, a private bank, or a financial institution. You will apply the academic knowledge you have acquired during your studies to concrete, real-life problems. Depending on the type of function, you may follow such a path immediately after completing the Research Master’s or after first having completed a Ph.D. Former Research Master’s students who pursued such a career currently work at organizations like the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis or at international banks (for example the Asian Development Bank).