Master in Spatial, Transport, and Environmental Economics (STREEM)

The program offers you the possibility to specialize in spatial, transport or environmental economics.

Spatial Economics: analyze how various forces contribute to spatial dynamics and network development from a mainly microeconomic perspective; explore the use and further development of various techniques, methods, and tools in this field.

Transport Economics: focus on the causes and consequences of a growing demand for mobility from a microeconomic perspective; address problems such as congestion, reliability, safety and environmental externalities.

Environmental Economics: focus on economic aspects of environmental problems and policy; combine scientific and policy expertise; address the need to integrate economics with insights from other disciplines, notably the environmental sciences.

First semester

The first semester aims to provide you with a thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of economic theory and research methods in spatial, transport and environmental applications. From period 2 onwards, you will select at least four of the various core courses and optional courses. The program offers you the possibility to specialize in spatial, transport or environmental economics, but also to widen your academic interests. You can take one Master’s course from another program within the faculty or even at another faculty, subject to approval. You will round off the first semester with a research project, in which you will write a critical literature review of a coherent set of scientific papers.

Second semester

In the second semester, you will take further core and/or optional courses. The majority of your second semester is devoted to writing your Master’s thesis. To this end, you will carry out and report on an independent academic research project. The research and writing of your thesis will take about three months. You will write your thesis individually while participating in a thesis seminar, in which students present and critically discuss their research findings. Although an internship is not obligatory, you can combine your thesis with an internship. The teaching staff can help you find one.

Career prospects

A Master’s in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics offers excellent career prospects. Many graduates find jobs as policy economists with the government or consultancy firms such as KPMG and Ernst & Young. Opportunities also exist at organizations with an interest in economic subjects, spatial economics and transport such as KLM, Schiphol and Dutch Rail. Others opt for positions as economic researchers at institutes such as the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

You can also pursue your studies at a higher level. If your ambition is an academic career, you can opt for a research Master’s program in Economics (MPhil) or the Tinbergen Institute, a graduate school run by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam and Erasmus University.

Admission requirements and application

There are strict admission criteria. These are set by the Admissions Board, which also decides on individual applications. The requirements are split up into Master specific requirements and general requirements. Please read them both carefully:

Specific admission requirements Master's program Spatial, Transport, and Environmental Economics:

  • If you hold a Bachelor's degree in Economics, Business Administration or Econometrics obtained at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can gain direct admission to the Master in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics as long as you have passed the core courses in Microeconomics and Research Methods for Economics and Finance.
  • Applicants must have a thorough knowledge of the standard literature listed below (or its equivalent). A self-study program can be advised for these 5 topics:
    • Microeconomics
    • Econometrics
    • Regional Economics
    • Transport Economics
    • Environmental Economics
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