Economics

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CentER's Research Master's program in Economics offers two years of graduate level coursework and research training in economics. It prepares you for PhD dissertation research. The program is intergrated with CentER's three-year PhD program to comprise the five-year Graduate Program in Economics.

The first year of the Research Master's program in Economics is fully devoted to rigorous training in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. It equips you with a sound basis in economic and econometric theory and methods.

The second year of the Research Master's program in Economics is evenly split between specialized coursework and a first major research paper, the Research Master thesis. This year allows you to explore the many research areas available at CentER, to fully develop your research interests, and to match up with one or more advisers that share your interests.

Career Perspective

The Research Master's program in Economics is fully dedicated to preparing students for PhD thesis research at CentER. To this end, we limit the inflow to a small number of excellent students with a sincere interest in pursuing a PhD at CentER. We expect at least 75% of these students to successfully complete the Research Master in Economics and continue with PhD thesis research in a fully funded PhD position at CentER.

However, the graduates of the Research Master's program in Economics that do not continue with a PhD project, may also start a professional career, typically at government organizations (National Departments, Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, regional organizations) and in the consultancy or financial sector.

After completing the PhD, many students participate in CentER's academic job placement procedure and find jobs at universities, research institutes, and government institutions around the world, as well as at private companies.

In the PhD phase, most accepted PhD students become university employees earning a gross salary over more than Euro 85000 over three years and are granted pension rights.

All incoming students should carefully check our document on academic preparations, and resolve any deficiencies, before classes start.

Year 1

Fall semester (August 2013 - December 2013)

Compulsory subjects

  • Econometrics 1 (CentEr) 6 ECTS
  • Macroeconomics 1 (CentER) 6 ECTS
  • Microeconomics 1 (CentER) 6 ECTS
  • Quantitative Methods (CentER) 6 ECTS

Spring semester (January 2014 - May 2014)

Compulsory subjects

  • Econometrics 2 (CentER) 6 ECTS
  • Econometrics 3 (CentER) 6 ECTS
  • Macroeconomics 2 (CentER) 6 ECTS
  • Macroeconomics 3 (CentER) 6 ECTS
  • Microeconomics 2 (CentER) 6 ECTS
  • Microeconomics 3 (CentER) 6 ECTS

Year total 60 ECTS credits

Year 2

Fall semester (August 2014 - January 2015)

Compulsory subjects

  • Academic Writing in English for CentER Research Masters 1 ECTS
  • Major Field Paper 3 ECTS

Compulsory optional subjects

  • Advanced Econometrics 1 (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Advanced Econometrics 2 (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Advanced Game Theory (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Behavioral Economics (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Cooperative Games 4 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Corporate Finance 1 (CentER) (part 1) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Development and Growth (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Dynamic Equilibrium in Resource-Economy Models (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Empirical Industrial Organization 1 (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Empirical Industrial Organization 2 (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Experimental Economics 1 (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Experimental Economics 2 (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Industrial Organization Theory (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Law and Economics (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Minor Field Paper 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Organizational Economics (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Population Economics (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Public Finance (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Strategic Real Options Theory (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)

Select 27 ECTS credits from all subjects in cluster A

Attention! In 2014-2015 courses may be switched from fall to spring or vice versa. Please check the ESG again in August.

Spring semester (January 2015 - August 2015)

Compulsory subjects

  • Research MSc in Economics: Thesis 29 ECTS

Compulsory optional subjects

  • Advanced Econometrics 3 (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Advanced Macroeconomics (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Competition and Regulation (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Differential Games, Regmie Shifts and Environmental Economics (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Financial Econometrics (CentER) 6 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Health Economics (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Institutional Economics (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Labor Economics (CentER) 3 ECTS (Cluster A)
  • Minor Field Paper 3 ECTS (Cluster A)

Year total 60 ECTS credits

When applying for admission to the Research Master's program in Economics, you need to have completed an undergraduate program in the relevant field with excellent grades or will complete an undergraduate program before the end of the academic year.Before applying, please make sure that you meet the following requirements:- Completed academic Bachelor's or Master’s degree program in economics, econometrics or business studies or a completed program that the Admissions Committee deems a quantitative equivalent to the previous education profile- You have completed your previous degree with excellent GPA- An adequate knowledge of English is required.a) This can be demonstrated by successful completion of a Bachelor's degree program conducted entirely in English. Bachelor's degrees obtained in Australia, Canada (except for Quebec), New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom or United States will be presumed to satisfy this criterion.b) Notwithstanding the stipulations in section (a), an adequate knowledge of the English language can also be demonstrated with one of the following test results: Academic IELTS (min. 7.0 overall/ 6.0 on parts)TOEFL (min. paper-based: 600, internet-based: 100; the TOEFL Institutional Code for Tilburg University is 9860)Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with a min. level of BCambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 TOEFL iBT® test: 100

At Tilburg School of Economics and Management we are committed in supporting financially talented and motivated students to study in our Research Master and PhD programs. Below you will find a short description and a link to various types of scholarships which can help you finance your study at Tilburg School of Economics and Management.

Please note that the number of scholarships are limited and mainly targeted at students with excellent study results. We therefore recommend you to carefully read the requirements and deadlines.

Koopmans Scholarship

For several excellent students a full Koopmans scholarship of € 1,000.00 net per month is available. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and always include a tuition waiver for non-EEA students. Students joining the program in the first or second year of the Research Master are eligible for these scholarships. All applicants who want to be considered for a Koopmans Scholarship should have submitted their completed applications by February 1, 2014. Current RM Research Master students cannot apply for a Koopmans Scholarship.

CentER Scholarship

For excellent students a CentER scholarship of €420.00 net per month is available. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and always include a tuition waiver for non-EEA students. Students joining the program in the first or second year of the Research Master are eligible for these scholarships. All applicants who want to be considered for a CentER Scholarship should have submitted their completed applications by February 1, 2014. Current RM Research Master students cannot apply for a Koopmans Scholarship.

Exellence Scholarship

Excellent students with a bachelor degree of Tilburg University can apply for an 'Excellence Scholarship'. Please note: this scholarship is ONLY available for fulltime students with a bachelor degree from Tilburg University! The scholarship is a grant of 2500 euro plus 5000 euro max. in case of a Master's program abroad (depends on the fee abroad). The scholarship must be used for a Master's program abroad or a Research Master at Tilburg University. At least 45 ECTS of this program must be obtained.

Grantfinder

International students, who are looking for sources of funding for their studies in the Netherlands, should also consider looking at the Grantfinder site. This site is simple to use. After logging on just enter a few search criteria, such as your home country and your intended field of study, and then select the scholarships that you are interested in.

Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

If you are in full-time higher education in the Netherlands, EU/EEA students may be eligible for a student grant. In some cases you may be eligible for (full) funding for your studies (in Dutch: studiefinanciering) if you comply with one of the following conditions:

  • you have the nationality of one of the countries of the European Union and you work in the Netherlands for at least 32 hours per month (at least 56 hours from 1 January 2014 on)
  • you have the nationality of one of the countries in the European Union and you have been resident in the Netherlands for a minimum of 5 years without a significant break
you have the nationality of one of the countries of the European Union and one of your non-Dutch parents or your husband/wife, registered partner has the nationality of an EU country and works in the Netherlands
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