MSc Economics

1 year



Start Date

EU/EAA: € 2,314
Non-EU/EAA: € 16,000

Tuition Fee

Maastricht – Tapijn Campus



Are you interested in exploring and solving societal challenges such as inequality, climate change or technological change? Do you want to learn how to develop recommendations for firms or create policies to help address these challenges? Then this master’s programme in Economics could be the perfect fit for you!

This programme follows a unique challenge-driven teaching approach, with a focus on solving today’s most pressing societal challenges. This means that you will learn to make use of economic theory and empirical methods to address global challenges hands on. Your toolbox of theories and methods will range from labour economics, growth theory and industrial organisation, to behavioural and experimental economics, applied econometrics and data science. Based on your preference, this programme allows you to specialise in one of the following societal challenges.

3 specialisations available:

Inequality and social inclusion

After you have studied this specialisation, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What is inequality and how can it be measured and identified?
  • How do we evaluate inequality and what should the goal of distributional policy be?
  • What are the causes and consequences of inequality?
  • How can we act on inequality?

Sustainable and resilient economies

After you have studied this specialisation, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What dynamics cause vulnerability and unsustainability of societies?
  • How generalizable are these issues across different applications and fields?
  • How can economic theory on the micro/meso/macro level be used to analyse real-life cases of unsustainability and vulnerability?
  • How to choose and use the right methodology to analyse a specific case of unsustainability and vulnerability?

Technology, markets and societal change

After you have studied this specialisation, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • How do new technologies affect existing markets?
  • How do new technologies lead to the creation of new markets?
  • What are potential competition and antitrust issues?
  • What is a responsible (governmental) reaction to new technologies?

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Julian Slotman, 2014, Associate Economic Affairs Officer – UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs