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Economic Policy at Utrecht University

What are the primary tasks of government in a market-based society. How do we deal with the long term challenges from new technologies, demographic shifts and environmental change?  Are our current pension and healthcare systems strong enough to cope with an ageing population? What policies are required to achieve environmental sustainability  and who is responsible for taking action? If you are strongly motivated to contribute to just and effective decisions in economic policy-making, the Master’s in Economic Policy at Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) is the right choice for you. 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. In this programme 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.

Combine economic theory with socio-economic policy making

This one-year MSc in Economic Policy will equip you with the skills, mindset and multidisciplinary knowledge, needed to give informed responses to the questions facing contemporary society. 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.


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Economic Policy at Utrecht University: Content

Click here to find out more about the courses within the Economic Policy Programme.

Year Schedule

The Master 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 and a ?Master’s thesis worth 15 EC. A short break is taken over Christmas?.

Educational methods

  • Lectures
  • Guest lectures by professionals from the field
  • Interactive tutorials: In the tutorials, you will discuss and present your assignments and critically discuss the course materials.
  • Preparing group or individual assignments and presentations
  • At the end of each course, you will present your written assignment(s). Every course has different assignments which range from conducting empirical panel data research based on an assigned topic in period 2 to writing a policy note in period 4.
  • Writing academic essays and a master’s thesis
  • Field trips to institutes such as the European Union or Dutch governmental organisations in The Hague

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.     

 


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Economic Policy at Utrecht University: Possible Careers

Whether you wish to work in the private sector or in the public domain, you will find that there is always a need for well-trained graduates with the skills – and the interest – to look beyond the boundaries of economics. Thanks to its multidisciplinary, wide-ranging content, as well as its unique emphasis on the interplay between economics and social change, the MSc in Economic Policy offers the ideal preparation for a career in a wide range of companies and institutions. Positions obtained by our graduates include policy functions in various corporations (usually on an academic level). But graduates also find their way to various research organisations linked to government. In previous years, graduates from this programme have found positions with:
 

  • government agencies;
  • pension funds;
  • insurance companies;
  • economic consultancy firms;
  • multinationals;
  • research institutes.


Economist at government advisory bodies

As an economist working at a government advisory body, you make use of quantitative models to support socio-economic decision making, for instance to analyse and predict the demand for public services. Because most projects are comprised of multi-disciplinary teams, your experience in the MSc in Economic Policy enables you to communicate with colleagues of different educational backgrounds. You combine a strong theoretical background in public economic policy-making with expertise in quantitative methods and a strong orientation towards sustainability.

Consultant

As a consultant in economic policy, you use your knowledge of public economics to advise decision-makers such as city counsellors. You are strongly policy-oriented and familiar with the organisation of the public sector, ranging from public administration, health care, and education to social security. You have strong communication skills and like to be in touch with clients regularly. Over the years, you will become an expert in specific policy areas and act as project leader.

Policy advisor Member of Parliament

As a policy advisor for a member of parliament, you must be able to process large amounts of information,  summarise the main issues, then translate this into policy recommendations. With your focus on socio-economic policy-making, you are sensitive to the many trade-offs in choosing one policy as opposed to  another. Your training in public economics and your expertise in quantitative economic research enables you to quickly grasp the quality and outcomes of studies produced by advisory government bodies, and policy notes produced by government departments.


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Economic Policy at Utrecht University: Entry requirements

  • A BSc in Economics and Business Economics, preferably with some degree of specialisation in Labour Economics. The International Office assesses all international credentials according to the credential evaluation criteria of the Nuffic (the Netherlands Organisation for international cooperation in Higher Education), and advises the Admissions Committee on this subject.; and
  • A good command of English. Check the specific English proficiency requirements below.
  • Students with other university Bachelor’s degrees must have knowledge in the following fields:
    • Principles of Microeconomics
    • Mathematics
    • Principles of Macroeconomics
    • Economics of the Public Sector or Labour Economics
    • Econometrics


English proficiency requirements
In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply */**:

  • IELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 7.0 overall band, at least 6.0 for all components.
  • TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 96, at least 23 for writing and 20 for the other sections. Institutional scores are not accepted (the TOEFL institution code for Utrecht University is 9062).
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.


Deadline: 1st of June  
 


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Why in Utrecht? - The real world perspective

The statement ‘the real-world perspective’ summarises succinctly U.S.E.’s mission. It indicates a strong awareness of the complex socio-economic reality: human behaviour is not always ‘rational’ and markets are not always in equilibrium. Institutions are important in understanding economic dynamics and so are the dimensions of time and space. The real world perspective leads to a multidisciplinary-economics approach, a research profile that favours crossing borders between academic disciplines, but also – within the economics discipline – between economics and business. U.S.E. aims to contribute to a society where people thrive, by taking a broad view on welfare and all factors involved. Well-being, cooperation, innovation and curiosity are the core values in the academic profile of U.S.E.

As a student of the MSc in Economic Policy programme in Utrecht you will:

Analyse topical issues in depth
Today’s society is constantly evolving and each new development creates new questions for governments, corporations, financial institutions and societies. 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. Guest lectures from experts in the field, company visits and the option to combine your thesis with an internship all provide you with interesting and challenging opportunities to prepare for your future career. Finally, you will be part of a very active student community, with access to a much larger university environment with international students, researchers and lecturers  from all over the world.
     
Learn from active and experienced professionals
Our tutors and academics have significant professional experience as researchers, advisors, and consultants. By working alongside individuals with real world experience, you will not only build up a solid knowledge base in your area of study, but you will also build on your professional network and gain an insider’s view into professional practice.


 


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Extracurricular opportunities

U.S.E. Academy
As a U.S.E. Master’s student you have the opportunity to attend lectures of fascinating and inspiring people, like CEO’s from large companies, scholars on issues of general interest or politicians on the economic challenges Europe faces today. In the past the U.S.E. Academy has featured guest lectures by, amongst others: Henk Jan Beltman, CCO Tony’s Chocolonely; Herman Wijffels, Chairman Utrecht Sustainable Finance Lab; and Panicos Demetriades, former Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus.

Young Innovators
Are you curious, entrepreneurial, intellectually versatile, socially responsible? Do you want to get more out of your Master's programme, and learn to work across disciplinary boundaries to both research and actively (co-)create innovative initiatives that will make the world a little bit better? Then the Young Innovators honours programme (15 EC) might be of interest to you!

The programme will focus on exploring and designing innovations in three areas:

 

  • Sustainable innovations in health
  • Sustainable innovations in the economy
  • Sustainable innovations in urban living

Utrecht University Business Course
Are you inspired and energised by solving complex problems? Do you want to develop your business skills and to experience what it is like to be an entrepreneur? Then the extracurricular Utrecht University Business Course (UUBC) is the honours programme for you! The course is aimed at Master’s students from all disciplines studying at Utrecht University.

The Utrecht University Business Course is a 12-week Master’s honours programme where 30 of Utrecht University’s best students will learn and improve their business skills. During the programme you will participate in workshops, work on projects within a multidisciplinary team of students and network with professors, experts, consultants and entrepreneurs.

The programme
The UUBC kicks off in February with an introductory weekend. You will receive professional training and form a team with which you will be working on assignments and projects throughout the course. The programme consists of 3 main elements:

 

 

  • Pressure Cooker: valorise a business concept during a 2-week challenge.
  • Business Analysis & Consultancy: acquire business analytical skills and build a solution for a current problem of an existing company.
  • Entrepreneurship: step into the shoes of an entrepreneur by developing your own idea while being supported and coached by professionals.

Each segment of the programme ends with a team or individual presentation in front of a jury, with a grand finale held in the Academic Building at the end of the programme.
 

 


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