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Public Policy (MSc Economics)

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In the Public Policy track in Economics you learn how to apply the latest economic theory and research methods to help governments intervene in the economy. This is one of the tracks you can opt for in our Master's in Economics.

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Master's Week: 18-24 Nov
Master's Week: 12 -16 Feb
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Why choose Public Policy?

  1. Beside the 3 general courses of the MSc Economics in your curriculum, you will take 3 courses with focus on the struggles of government with the impact of financial challenges on the economy.
  2. You will learn from professors and experts working in a wide range of economic organisations and fields. Therefore, you have access to up-to-date cases and learnings from the field of public policy.
  3. After graduation, you have an excellent job prospect at e.g. bureaus for policy making, or national ministries.
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Understanding the role of government in the economy

In all economies around the world, government plays key roles. Most Western countries rely on markets and competition for the organisation of economic activity, but always within an extensive institutional context with laws, regulations and government interventions. We witnessed the importance of good government in the COVID-19 crisis, during the financial crisis of 2008, and in the need to deal with challenges such as climate change, income inequality, and the pressures of immigration, to name a few. In this track you will discover how governments are struggling with the impact these developments have on their economies and how they can benefit from economics in the design of their policy responses.

Career prospects

Graduates of the Master's programme in Economics/Public Policy track have excellent job prospects for positions as researchers, experts and policy advisors at:

  • Specialised top consulting firms and think-tanks
  • Multinational corporations, commercial banks
  • European Commission, National ministries and governmental agencies (competition authorities, ministries of finance and economic affairs, economic forecasting agencies, statistical agencies)
  • NGOs and international organisations such as OECD and United Nations
  • Academia, investigative journalism

Is the Master's in Economics for you?

Studying economics gives you an understanding of the world we live in and its inner workings. If you have a natural interest in what makes the world tick, you have a head start. Economists analyse a situation, weigh up the evidence and draw various conclusions for policy action. A critical, analytical mind and the ability to think logically are crucial, as is having a way with numbers and an affinity for math.

Are you an ambitious student, but do you not yet meet the admission requirements for the Master’s programme? Start our pre-Master’s programme in September and gain all the necessary knowledge and skills to start your Master's.

Explore all MSc Economics tracks

Public Policy is one of the tracks you can opt for in our Master's in Economics. Take a look at the other tracks.

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Degree programme
MSc Economics
60 ECTS, 12 months
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