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 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.


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Research expertise

The two-year Research Master 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.

Content of the programme

In the Research Master 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 University of Groningen;
  • developing interpersonal and social skills in a highly international programme by working closely with fellow students;
  • the development of essential research skills such as data handling, academic writing, and presentation.

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

Programme objectives

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 U.S.E. Research Institute.
  • Pursue your own research interests.
  • Explore economics in relation to a secondary discipline selected from history, geography, law or social sciences.



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 students who graduated the last years, 100% found research-related jobs. Read more about possible career prospects.


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  • Testimonial Pedja Ignjacevic
    The multidisciplinary approach helps solving problems more effectively and is fun for the curious mind!
  • Space and support to develop my own ideas


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
Accredited by the NVAO
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Part- or full-time status:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
Tuition fees:
Law, Economics and Governance 
Graduate school:
Law, Economics and Governance