Two-year Research Master's programme

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From upheavals in the housing market to high bonuses for bankers, from rising taxes to the global credit crisis, economics is no longer a straightforward matter of money and finance. Economics today is a multifaceted discipline with real impact on global politics, law, and society.  In Utrecht University's Master's programme in Multidisciplinary Economics, you learn to cross the borders of economics into other scientific disciplines – a real strength of the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) -  in order to provide sound research and applicable solutions to real-world problems, now and in the future.

The real world perspective

The Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) aims to contribute to an economy where people flourish. We enrich economics with other disciplines to better solve problems and identify opportunities, from a business and a government point of view. Scientifically rigorous and societally relevant. The real world perspective.

Research expertise

The two-year Research Master's programme in Multidisciplinary Economics is taught by academics and lecturers who bring the true excitement and breadth of multidisciplinary perspectives on economics into the classroom. This multidisciplinary context will encourage you to look at complex economics issues from different perspectives and help you to apply that knowledge in academia, industry or government. The U.S.E. Research Institute cooperates closely with the Research Master’ s programme and focuses on the following research areas, in addition to its core area of multidisciplinary economics:

  • Future of work;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • Sustainable finance;
  • Sustainability and economic development.

The multidisciplinary context encourages you to look at complex economics issues from different perspectives.

Content of the programme

In the Research Master's programme in Multidisciplinary Economics you will focus on:

  • compulsory first-year courses designed to give you a solid foundation in economics necessary to conduct economic research and analysis;
  • looking at economic problems from the perspectives of other disciplines;
  • a second year that you can tailor with elective courses that match your personal areas of research interest, to be chosen from a list of U.S.E. electives, complemented with electives from other research masters at UU, and with electives from the Universities of Groningen and Wageningen;
  • developing interpersonal and social skills in a highly international programme by working closely with fellow students and faculty members;
  • the development of essential research skills such as data handling, academic writing, and presentation.

The multidisciplinary approach helps solving problems more effectively and is fun for the curious mind!

Programme objectives

The Master's programme in Multidisciplinary Economics gives you a unique qualification, which will enable you to work at a high level in a variety of economics-related fields. Over two years, you will:

  • receive training in economic research and analysis from top researchers at U.S.E.;
  • gain a sound knowledge of quantitative methods, microeconomics, macroeconomics complemented by the study of finance and business economics;
  • get involved in research projects conducted by the U.S.E. Research Institute;
  • pursue your own research interests.

Career prospects

The Master's programme in Multidisciplinary Economics is a comprehensive and versatile degree that thoroughly prepares you for a range of careers as a research-oriented economist in either the public or private sector. As a Research Master’s degree, it is also an excellent starting point for a PhD.


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Key facts

Multidisciplinary Economics (research)
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Mode of study: 
Study duration: 
2 years
Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2024-2025: € 2,530

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2024-2025: € 20,043

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Accredited by the NVAO
Law, Economics and Governance 
Graduate school: 
School of Economics