Two-year Research Master's Programme

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 the Utrecht University MSc in Multidisciplinary Economics, you will  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 two-year Research Master in Multidisciplinary Economics was carefully designed to give you the specialised knowledge and expertise you need for a career in economics. Moreover, the 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.

U.S.E. provides you with a flexible and comprehensive Master’s programme. The curriculum combines compulsory first-year courses, designed to give you a solid foundation in economics, with elective second-year courses that match your  personal areas of research  interest. In this highly international programme, you will work closely with  fellow students on projects, courses, events and research, offering the chance to develop interpersonal and social skills along with practical and academic strengths.

Outline of the programme
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In your first year, you will gain the solid theoretical basis necessary to conduct economic research and analysis. Additionally you will learn to look at economic problems from the perspectives of other disciplines in the course Thinktank Institutions. During the second year, you will complete a series of specialised elective courses at U.S.E. and/or the University of Groningen. Throughout the programme, special attention is given to the development of essential research skills such as data handling, academic writing, and presentation. From the end of the first year and continuing throughout the second year of the programme, you develop your own research topic starting with a literature review, followed by a research proposal, and finally culminating in the Master's thesis.

Career perspectives

The MSc 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. Of the group graduated in September 2014, 100% found research-related jobs.

"Excellent starting point for a PhD."
Testimonial MDE

The MSc 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 and macroeconomics, finance and financial markets, international and public economics, labour economics and organisational economics.
  • Get involved in research projects conducted by the Tjalling C. Koopmans Institute (TKI), the research institute at U.S.E.
  • Pursue your own research interests.
  • Explore economics in relation to a secondary discipline selected from history, geography, law or social sciences.
  • Broaden your understanding of the impact of institutional, historical and spatial dimensions on economics.
  • Testimonial Gaby
    “Conducting high-quality, innovative economic analysis.”
  • Testimonial Nils
    "Ideal set-up for developing your own research interest."


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Multidisciplinary Economics (research)
  • Programme: Multidisciplinary Economics
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2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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