Each semester is divided into two periods. The academic year consists of eight courses worth 5 EC each, two courses worth 2.5 EC and a Master’s thesis worth 15 EC.

Course schedule

Download the full course schedule (pdf) and go to the courses webpage to find more detailed information on the content. Please note that the names of the courses may change next year.


Your Master’s thesis is the culmination of the MSc in International Management. Worth 15 EC, you will write and complete the thesis during periods 3 and 4. Your thesis is a piece of work that will contribute new knowledge to your field of study, express your unique viewpoint to future employers, and will give you a feeling of pride and accomplishment. In the MSc in International Management you have the ‘real world’ opportunity to combine your thesis with an internship (external research), so that you conduct your own independent research on an issue of importance to the organisation you’re working with, and record the outcome in a research report.

You can choose to complete your thesis in a number of ways. Students typically write their thesis in the context of one of the ongoing research programmes at the Utrecht University School of Economics. However you are welcome to choose your own thesis topic. It is also possible to conduct your research at an external research institute, government organisation or company. 

Each year we select a winning Master's thesis for each of the 1-year master’s programme of the Utrecht University School of Economics. These theses need to be written and completed in semester 2 and are chosen for its relevance, academic merit, and particularly for its integration of a ‘real-world perspective’ into an economics issue. From these winning theses, one overall winner is selected by a jury. This thesis is recognized with the U.S.E. Master's Thesis Award. The author of the winning thesis of U.S.E. is awarded with a certificate and cash prize during the Master’s Graduation ceremony.

Educational methods

  • Lectures: to all students;
  • Seminar: groups of 50-60 students. Ocassionally, depending on the nature of the seminar, course coordinators may provide a further explanation in brackets, e.g. seminar (workshop) or seminar (review session). This teaching format still enables interactive small-scale teaching.
  • Tutorials: groups of 25-30 students;
  • Tutorials take many forms. Some are used for general discussion of important concepts and topics, some to solve quantitative problems using analysis and mathematics, some to present and discuss case studies or review literature.
  • Project: groups of max. 5 students;
  • Assignments range from performing an empirical analysis to investigate the validity of an interesting hypothesis using empirical methods, doing a case study on a company’s strategy with respect to M&A or risk management, or writing a country risk report. In many cases, you will present your findings and discuss them with your fellow students and professors.
  • Writing academic essays and Master’s thesis;
  • Field trips to organisations and institutes.

Examination methods

The assessment typically consists of a mix of:

  • written exams;
  • written assignments such as an essay, a research proposal, a policy note, or conducting a panel data study; and
  • for certain courses your classroom performance will contribute to your overall grade.