Quench your thirst for the mathematical side of everything. Become an indispensable expert in effectively combining economic theory and quantitative analysis.
Would you like to acquire the skills to be able to use advanced econometrics to model real-life issues? Whether you wish to examine to what extent government policies affect individual decision making, how to model and predict economic recessions, or estimate the probability of a total failure of the Dutch power network, this programme will help you to do so. It will not only provide you with in-depth knowledge of econometric theory, but will also perfect your skills to use advanced quantitative methods and techniques, perform empirical econometric analysis and develop and apply new models.
The master’s specialisation consists of seven core courses; the seminar course Case Studies in Applied Econometrics, and a master’s thesis distributed over five blocks of eight weeks each.
The core courses (among which Microeconometrics and Time Series Econometrics for Macroeconomics) help students to get acquainted with a wide range of topics that are essential for econometrics. Most of the courses consist of assignments, which can be individual or in small groups and a final exam. During the seminar course Case Studies in Applied Econometrics small groups of students undertake an applied research project under supervision of a staff member.
You have the opportunity to choose two electives from nine courses, divided in two groups of electives. From each group of electives, you can pick one course. The electives vary from Machine Learning to Advanced Macroeconomics.
The last two blocks of the programme are devoted to the master’s thesis, which can be theoretically oriented or practically oriented. Practically oriented theses are usually combined with an internship or traineeship. The thesis is written individually under close supervision by one of the staff members.
The quantitative skills you acquire in this programme are your ticket to a great starting position on the job market. Records show that later in their careers, many of our graduates acquire top positions at leading industrial firms and banks or become highly positioned civil servants. With the right attitude and rigour, you can enjoy an exciting career.
Possible employers include:
- Multinationals (including Shell, Unilever)
- Public Offices (including ministries in the Netherlands and the U.S. Federal Reserve Board)
- International Economic Organisations (including OECD and IMF)
- Academia (various international universities).