Research Master in Economics

Master of Science (MSc) in Economics 

The programme is a two year research master in economics, econometrics and finance. Fully dedicated to preparing students for PhD thesis research.

Research Master in Economics? Only be satisfied with the highest standards. Join the graduate school and research institute of the economics departments at Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam. At the renowned Tinbergen Institute, named after Jan Tinbergen, Dutch Nobel Prize laureate in Economics (1969), you take the necessary steps toward a PhD while working with the best lecturers and researchers of these three leading Dutch universities. Here, you benefit from lectures by internationally renowned experts in a small-scale setting with fellow students from all over the world.

With a PhD achieved at this top-ranked institute the world is your oyster, beckoning you to claim the top position of your choice.

Why study a Research Master in Economics in Rotterdam?

  • Top lecturers
  • An extensive range of field courses
  • Individual mentoring
  • Good funding opportunities

Career opportunities

The programme offers excellent preparation for further study and research leading to a PhD. The Tinbergen Institute’s 450 PhD alumni have taken up positions at universities all over the
world, but can also be found in influential positions in:

  • Government ministries
  • The Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis
  • The Dutch Central Bank
  • The World Bank
  • The European Commission
  • The International Monetary Fund
  • Larger enterprises and consultancy firms

Education objectives

Once you graduate, you will:

  • Have a solid and comprehensive grasp of the latest approaches in economics, econometrics and finance.
  • Be able, initially under supervision, to write research papers for international peer reviewed journals.


The first year of the research master offers rigorous training in the core of economics, econometrics and finance. In the second year, students specialize in their choice from the institute's many fields of research through field course work and thesis research. Students who perform well in the programme are invited to transfer to the three-year PhD programme.

Mode of education

The programme’s first year: students complete core courses, field courses and a seminar series, where research fellows introduce themselves. These seminars allow students to explore potential supervisors and fields of specialisation. In the second year, students have to complete 30 ECTS of specialised coursework and write a thesis.

Target audience

Only hard-working and very talented students are admitted to the research master programme in Economics, where their fascination for the world of economics, econometrics and finance is satiated. This research masters is the stepping stone towards a PhD in Economics. If you genuinely wish to contribute to the fundamental discourse in Economics, you’d do well to apply.

Admission criteria

The programme is a selective research master programme that is geared towards excellent and ambitious students who want to pursue a PhD in Economics at the Tinbergen Institute. Admissions are highly selective and competitive. A maximum of 30 students may enrol each year. Students are selected by the institute's Admission Board in a rigorous and careful process.


1.    GRE score report
2.    TOEFL iBT or IELTS test results  
3.    Diplomas and transcripts of current and previous higher education
4.    Writing sample
5.    Statement of Academic Interests, including research proposal (max. 2 pages)
6.    Curriculum Vitae
7.    Passport

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Tinbergen Institute offers one research programme with three specialisations (tracks): one in economics, one in econometrics and one in finance. The finance track is sponsored by the Duisenberg school of finance. The three tracks have the same structure, institutions and regulations. All tracks provide access to a three-year PhD track.

Master specialisation (track) Full-time Part-time
Economics Full-time n/a
Econometrics Full-time n/a
Full-time n/a