"The Master's programme taught me to look at economic issues from various perspectives."
“Economics is often seen as an abstract subject, especially compared to business administration. In this Master's programme, that is definitely not the case. All right, you start with a theoretical basis. But after that, you immediately connect it to practice. In almost every subject, current themes are brought up: from the ‘race to the bottom’ with taxes, to the sharing economy and the ageing population. You also learn how to apply your knowledge immediately. For instance, we taught the seminars for one subject ourselves. For another subject, we wrote a research paper that we then learned to translate into an attractive policy proposal. Those skills are indispensable to your career. With my Master's degree, I can go work for the government or in the corporate world. If there is one economics Master's programme that makes the link to society and practical skills, it's this one.”
“What also makes this Master's programme so interesting, is the attention to how other disciplines influence the economy. Think of law, sociology, geography and the role of psychology in Behavioural economics. It's a substantively strong programme with high-level subjects, as I've gotten used to during my Bachelor's programme at Utrecht University. The macro-economic approach gives you a broad perspective that you can take in many directions. There is also much attention for a thorough preparation of your thesis. The rule for this Master's programme is: your thesis is your business card to the job market. So that's what you pursue. It's hard work, but you do have all the freedom to make it worthwhile by yourself. Also important, the lecturers are there for you when you need help.”
“The Master's programme is very international: I'm in a class with students from Colombia, Taiwan, the United States, Italy, Austria, Sweden and Spain. The small-scaled, varied group doesn't back away from discussion. There are many different opinions and perspectives within the group, such as on how much influence the government should have. That room for discussion and critical thinking can also be found in class. The personal character of the Master's programme, the international composition and the motivated attitude of the students ensured that we quickly became a solid group. We learn from each other and help each other by asking. This also always results in valuable discussions. All in all: a really good atmosphere!”
Sharon Spruit (the Netherlands)
Master student Economic Policy
"One of the best challenging experience that provided me with different views and insights."
“Without a doubt, I would say that the experience of this year was challenging and tough in a good way.
Probably, the best thing about the programme is that it combines both the research and the analytical approaches to economic policies. It allows us to understand the research methods, and to link outcomes and findings with practical solutions applied by policy makers when facing societal challenges. Personally, I liked that the programme covers distant fields in economics, from microeconomics and market failures to alternative macroeconomic theories, while touching more sensitive topics, such as development, inequality, and poverty. During the year, I have had the opportunity to assist at many conferences and guest lectures, and that provided me with different views and insights.”
Alberto Oeo Pizarro (Spain)
"Freedom to work on issues that interest you."
"In this Master’s programme, you will be challenged from the beginning in the fast-paced Dutch education system. You will learn fast, meet great people and receive helpful feedback! There is a good mix of students, giving international students the chance to meet Dutch people and learn about the Netherlands without feeling like the odd one out. Students come from several backgrounds (politics, marketing, psychology, economics) which enabled different perspectives on each topic. This good mix of students, coupled with open-minded, interested and approachable lecturers make for great discussions about topics covered in class, which were always relevant to the real world."
Margarida Bandeira Morais (Portugal)
"In my experience, this Master's degree opens doors to many places."
"After having completed a bachelor in political sciences and an internship at the OECD in Paris, I was eager to take further steps in the economical field. This master answers very important questions from every political and economic debate: should governments intervene with the market, and if so, how? A country is much more than a market, and this is made very clear in this Master’s programme.
The courses are taught profoundly and because the classes are not very large, this sometimes evolves in nice discussions. Also, the Master’s has some inspiring professors that are very willing to continue the discussion or help out after class. Because it is possible to choose paper subjects by preference, it is a nice way of specialising according your personal ambition.
In my experience, this degree opens doors to many places. Many employers are interested in Economics with a policy focus. I started working at Price Waterhouse Coopers on a project which is based on a paper I wrote for one of the courses. This master about economics and policy offers great opportunities for people that are passionate about economics and society!"
Siebe Stellingwerf (the Netherlands)