Master in Economics

Opening statement (bvb Universiteit van Amsterdam: Are you interested in what makes the world tick? In the MSc Economics, leading experts share their research and insights on how to make the economy future proof. Ready to make an impact?)

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Content

The Economics programme studies the functioning of the global economy. You will discuss all economic actors and their interactions: families, businesses, financial institutions, government and society. The master’s programme provides you with an advanced insight into economic theories, models and techniques that you can use to analyse and evaluate complex social issues with regard to the interactions and behaviours between economic actors. You’ll learn how these actors make economic choices (consume, production, labour, investments, import, export …), what the consequences are for society and how problems in this matter can be solved best.

Structure

In addition to a common part with general courses, you can choose three courses from one major and an elective course from a broad range of courses. You can also do an internship as an elective course. It's a great way to learn potential employers, get acquinted with the workflow of an accountant or auditor and start building your professional network. An internship is definitely an asset for your future career!

Majors

In the master’s programme, you can choose one of our two majors that allow you to tailor your curriculum according to your own interests. 

The major Financial institutions and markets aims at students who aspire a job in the financial sector. You study the different financial assets and their risk-return characteristics from the perspective of the institutional investor. Good investment decisions require knowledge of the most important financial markets (stocks, bonds, corporate securities, exchange rates, commodities, emerging markets) and the evolution of economic variables such as government budget, interest rates and inflation. In addition, you will explore the main issues and the complex interactions in the management of banks and identify important trends within the changing regulatory environment of banks. In doing so, you will study all aspects that a central bank is faced with when conducting its monetary policy, in particular the ECB.

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The major Economic policy aims at students looking for a job that determines economic policy, in the very broad sense of the word (not only government, but also social partners, central bank, international institutions, financial institutions, ...). You study the role of the government in the economy: efficient allocation, government intervention and failure, inequality and poverty, social choice, and optimal taxation. We will teach you how you can deal with the current problems that welfare states face through an adapted policy. You also master the aspects that a central bank is faced with when conducting its monetary policy (in particular the ECB). In addition, the environmental and energy policy is discussed extensively: the central focus is on the optimal use of scarce resources and the related concepts of cost-efficiency, cost-effectiveness and information problems. Finally, you will discover the effects of fiscal policy on key macroeconomic variables such as economic growth and employment. Finally, the master’s dissertation is a very important element. Via that dissertation you can show that you are able to apply the acquired knowledge to a problem independently.

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Is the MSc in Economics for you?

The admission requirements depend on previous degrees (type of degree, country of issue etc ...) or additonal experience.

  • Check out the entry requirements
  • Learn more about the preparatory programme (only in Dutch)

ValeryiaThe education here was high-quality, but very demanding. I felt secure here and if I had a problem there was always someone to come to. The professors here are really smart people, they are extremely intelligent and love what they do. I have so much respect for your country and system of education. 

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Diploma requirements

The Business Economics programme consists of three learning trajectories. These trajectories should be present in the candidates' educational background in order to be eligible for the master's programme.

  • economics trajectory: microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, labour economics, etc
  • quantitative trajectory: mathematics
  • methodological trajectory: statistics, econometrics, research methodology

Language requirements

English at level B2 is required upon enrolment.

GMAT/GRE

GMAT and/or GRE should be included in the application file. If you submit an application file without GMAT or GRE, you have significantly less chance of being admitted.

Career perspectives

Graduates from the Economics programme can be found in macroeconomic organisations where there’s a need for experts with social-financial-international-economic insights. In the financial sector (banks, insurance companies and central banks), we find economists back into research services, management, credit analysis, economic analysis, asset management, etc. In addition, many Economics graduates can be found in governmental organisations, international institutions, social partners (trade unions and employers’ associations), education and research. In governmental organisations they hold numerous functions that involve the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of many aspects of the economic and socio-economic policy. Some examples of jobs: procurement analyst, chief economist of a bank, economic analyst at the National Bank, policy advisor of the Flemish Government, investment specialist and environmental economist at a NGO.

Testimonials

Yael Elizabeth Negrete Saeteros

Yael

  • From Ecuador
  • 'I am so grateful for all that I learned and all the experiences that I had here. The professors were so polite and approachable: they really cared about our knowledge.'

Ana Milanez

Ana

  • From Slovenia
  • 'The international relations administrator at my home university gave me the advice I should go to Ghent, not to Paris. I had blind faith and did not regret my choice.’

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Application

How to apply

In order to apply, you have to start up the online application procedure.

After completing the online application, you will be required to submit an application package (paper package) before the deadline.

Application deadline

Applications for academic year 2020-2021 are closed.

Applications for academic year 2021-2022 started on October 1st 2020. 

 

Non-EEA citizens: before 1 March 2021

EEA citizens: before 1 June 2021

 

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Tuition fees and funding

Tuition fees

Non-EEA citizens: €5687,20

EEA citizens: €947,20

These tuition fees are applicable for academic year 2020-2021 and can change in academic year 2021-2022.

Funding

Master Mind scholarship: the Government of Flanders awards scholarships to academically outstanding students for master programmes in Flanders and Brussels.

Top-Up grant: Ghent University provides Top-Up grants to candidates from all countries on the OESO-DAC list, who wish to obtain a master's degree at Ghent University.

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