Master's in Economic Policy

How do we deal with the long term challenges from new technologies, globalisation, 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.


Based on Utrecht University’s research expertise, this multidisciplinary Master’s gives you 360-degree picture of the importance of economic policy-making for business, government, and society.

In the Master in Economic Policy you focus on

  • the role of government policies in complex societal issues such as health care and insurance, sustainable economic growth, and energy transition;
  • applying modern economics to societal questions such as labour market reform, inequality, and the future of health care.

This MSc in Economic Policy provides you with:

  • The sound theoretical knowledge and advanced analytical skills required to work in the complex, challenging and important field of economic and public policy.
  • A small-scale, culturally diverse cohort that creates a lively, intense and highly international interaction in and out of class;
  • A multidisciplinary approach that combines expertise in both economics and the social sciences;
  • The ability to  contribute to societal development by designing and implementing new solutions to the complex and multifaceted issues facing governments organisations and society today;
  • Broad perspectives from studying such core subjects as: Sustainable Growth, Econometric Methods in Empirical Economics, Public and Political Economics, Energy Transition and Behavioural Economics.                    

You will actively participate in major research projects, conduct your own research,  present your results, and write short essays and a master’s thesis.

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Career outlook: Economist at government advisory bodies, consultant in economic policy, policy advisor of a Member of Parliament, researcher.

Upon completion of the MSc in Economic Policy you are prepared for a wide range of careers in both the public and private sector. Our alumni have gone on to develop careers as economics policy advisors for government agencies at the national, European and international level; as economic professionals in the public domain of public administration, health care, education and social security; or as consultants in sustainable transitions and energy economics. Read more about possible career prospects and career development. 



  • A real world perspective: real-life economic situattions, international community, experienced professionals. 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.
  • You will be studying at one of the world's top universities: The Shanghai Ranking places UU as the top university in the Netherlands, 13th in Europe, and 47th in the world.
  • Top facilities in a beautiful historic city: You will have access to a wide range of high-quality facilities such as Wi-Fi, cross-campus library access, and online access to academic books, journals, and databases.
  • Active student association with a variety of student activities: from social gatherings to field trips and guest lectures, and every year, the study association hosts an annual career event and scientific conference, where you can speak with – and get noticed by – representatives from many major international companies.


It is recommended to have a BSc of a research University in Economics or Economics and Business Economics, with substantial quantitative background, preferably with some degree of specialisation in Labour Economics. 

Students with other university Bachelor’s degrees must have knowledge in the following fields:

  • Microeconomics
  • Mathematics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Economics of the Public Sector or Labour Economics
  • Econometrics or Advanced Statistics

The admission and application requires varies depending on your nationality and institution where you obtained your previous degree. Enter to this page to check the specific requirements for your specific case

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60 Credits

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Full Time


Regular fees: 2083 EUR

International Fees : 16600 EUR


There are a few situations in which the required tuition fee differs from the fees mentioned above. Visit University page for more information

Funding Options

Utrecht Excellence Scholarships, Bright Minds Fellowships, Holland Scholarships, Orange Tulip, Utrecht Sylff Scholarships, etc.


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Utrecht , Netherlands

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