Real world perspective

A real-world perspective

The statement ‘the real-world perspective’ summarizes succinctly U.S.E.’s mission. It indicates a strong awareness of the complex socio-economic reality: human behaviour is not always ‘rational’ and markets are not always in equilibrium. Institutions are important in understanding economic dynamics and so are the dimensions of time and space. The real world perspective leads to a multidisciplinary-economics approach, a profile that favours crossing borders between academic disciplines, but also – within the economics discipline – between economics and business. U.S.E. aims to contribute to a society where people thrive, by taking a broad view on welfare and all factors involved. Well-being, cooperation, innovation and curiosity are the core values in the academic profile of U.S.E.

"Explore a range of complex, multidimensional issues from both an economic and societal perspective while gaining specialised knowledge."
Loek Groot

As a student of the MSc in Economic Policy programme in Utrecht you will:

  • Analyse topical issues in depth
    Today’s society is constantly evolving and each new development creates new questions for governments, corporations, financial institutions and societies. In order to prepare you fully for the job market, you will explore important topics such as the key  concepts of public finance, active labour market policies and sustainable economic growth.
  • Pay special attention to questions around sustainable growth and development in public policy
    One of the main challenges for the future is how to make the transition to sustainability, not only in terms of use of natural resources, but also with respect to the institutional framework of society, e.g. the tax-and-transfer system and the issue of sustainable finance. The insights of behavioural economics are used to improve public policy decision-making.
  • Be part of a small, international community
    The high staff-to-student ratio in tutorials encourages close interaction between you, your peers, and your professors and lecturers in this highly international programme. Guest lectures from experts in the field, company visits and the option to combine your thesis with a research internship all provide you with interesting and challenging opportunities to prepare for your future career. Finally, you will be part of a very active student community, with access to a much larger university environment with international students, researchers and lecturers  from all over the world.
  • Learn from active and experienced professionals
    Our tutors and academics have significant professional experience as researchers, advisors, and consultants. By working alongside individuals with real world experience, you will not only build up a solid knowledge base in your area of study, but you will also build on your professional network and gain an insider’s view into professional practice.
Top-100 university

Utrecht University in the rankings

As a student at Utrecht University (UU), you will be studying at one of the world's top universities. The Shanghai Ranking places UU as the top university in the Netherlands, 13th in Europe, and 49th in the world. The Times Higher Education World University Ranking places UU at number 74. More information about Utrecht University.


Top-quality facilities

The Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) is located on the attractive grounds of the International Campus Utrecht. The campus is approximately ten minutes by bicycle from Utrecht’s beautiful historic city centre and is very close to Utrecht Science Park, our main campus. You will have access to a wide range of high-quality facilities such as Wi-Fi, cross-campus library access, and online access to academic books, journals, and databases. More information about student facilities. More information about student facilities.


Active study association

The Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) is also home to an active study association: ECU ’92. This association is a meeting ground for economics students of all nationalities and specialties. Representatives from ECU’92 are found on most Faculty boards, and the society plays an important role at U.S.E. in ensuring that your voice is heard. ECU’92 is also responsible for organising a range of student activities, from social gatherings to field trips and guest lectures, and every year, the study association hosts an annual career event and scientific conference, where you can speak with – and get noticed by – representatives from many major international companies.