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Economic Policy

Universiteit Utrecht

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In this one-year, English-taught Master's programme in Economics, you will analyse and evaluate government policy and management.

The MSc in Economic Policy deals with complex societal issues, with a focus on the role of government policies, ranging from the organisation of care and the provision of social insurance to policies of sustainable growth. You will learn to apply modern economics to questions relating to labour market reform, inequality, the future of education and health care, energy transition and sustainable economic growth.
You will take courses that combine economic theory with socio-economic policy-making in a small group of students representing diverse academic and cultural backgrounds. This diversity helps to create a learning environment that encourages intense discussion and interaction.

"The initial core modules are challenging, but covered important economic theories and techniques. This is built on with constant reference to real-world situations and implications throughout the year, making it all the more engaging. The teaching staff, who are open and extremely proficient in English, have extensive professional experience. Courses didn't just cover economic measurement and analysis, but also policy design, implementation and review." - John Appleton (MSc graduate United Kingdom)


Profiel Extra vakken
Academische bachelor A BSc in either Economics or in Economics and Business Economics (although we particularly recommend that you have completed a course in Labour Economics) or a BA in another subject and a sufficient knowledge of economics (pre-master).

2018 Full-time Institutioneel € 10512 / jaar
2018 Full-time Internationaal € 15575 / jaar
2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar

1st year

Please have a look at the website of Economic Policy for the most up to date study schedule.


We welcome applicants to the MSc programme in Economics of Public Policy and Management from graduates with BSc in either Economics or in Economics and Business Economics. For further details on how to apply and deadlines, please visit the website: www.uu.nl/programmes/mastersineconomics


*Analyse topical issues in depth
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.

*Learn from active and experienced professionals
Our tutors and academics have significant professional experience as researchers, advisors and consultants.


The Master's in Economic Policy starts every year in September. The academic year is divided into two semesters. Semester 1 runs from September to January and semester 2 runs from February to June.

Each semester is divided into two periods. The academic year consists of eight courses worth 5 EC each, two courses worth 2,5 EC each and a Master's thesis worth 15 EC. A short break is taken over Christmas.

instruction modes

Lectures, project groups, working groups, presentations and discussion groups.


Graduates are educated to be well-rounded economists able to work on an academic level, conduct scientific research and contribute to economic policy-making.

sustainable strengthening

There will be a specific answer for each graduate, but generally speaking participation in an international high quality Master programme will increase his or her professional knowledge. Since the employer plays an important role in the application procedure, it is expected that the organisation will benefit from the upgrading of its employee.

tuition fee

Tuition fees in the Netherlands vary for EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students. See www.uu.nl/tuitionfees for detailed information and exceptions.

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60