Research Master in Economics and Business (MSc)

University of Groningen

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 14350

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About Research Master in Economics and Business at University of Groningen

Are you interested in high end research in the field of Economics and Business? Are you ready for an intellectual challenge? Then this is the programme for you.

**Top rated programme and best Research Master inEconomics and Business in the Netherlands - HigherEducation Guide Masters 2017**

The Research Master's degree in Economics and Business is atwo-year programme and is open to bright and ambitious students.This programme provides you with a thorough basis for academicresearch in the fields of Economics and Business. The aim of theprogramme is to qualify you for a career in research. Therefore,there is a strong focus on scientific and academic skills. You canchoose from three different profiles:

1) Business Analytics and Econometrics
2) Business Research 
3) Economics

You will participate in lectures given by the best researchers,not only from Groningen but also from our national and international networks. The small-scale programme ensures anintensive exchange of knowledge, both between lecturers andstudents as well as among students themselves. Moreover, eachstudent is individually supervised by experts in the student's area of interest.

Curious? For more information, download the brochureof the Research Master

Are you interested in high end research in the field of Economics and Business? Are you ready for an intellectual challenge? Then this is the programme for you.

**Top rated programme and best Research Master inEconomics and Business in the Netherlands - HigherEducation Guide Masters 2017**

The Research Master's degree in Economics and Business is atwo-year programme and is open to bright and ambitious students.This programme provides you with a thorough basis for academicresearch in the fields of Economics and Business. The aim of theprogramme is to qualify you for a career in research. Therefore,there is a strong focus on scientific and academic skills. You canchoose from three different profiles:

1) Business Analytics and Econometrics
2) Business Research
3) Economics

You will participate in lectures given by the best researchers,not only from Groningen but also from our national and international networks. The small-scale programme ensures anintensive exchange of knowledge, both between lecturers andstudents as well as among students themselves. Moreover, eachstudent is individually supervised by experts in the student's area of interest.

Curious? For more information, download the brochureof the Research Master

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate from this degree, you are ideally placed to becomea PhD student or to obtain a research position in a public orprivate organisation. So far, graduates from this programme have obtained PhD positions at the Universities of Antwerp (Belgium),Bocconi (Milan, Italy), Rotterdam, Sydney (Australia) and of courseGroningen. Others have started working for companies andorganisations such as McKinsey, the Dutch Ministry of SocialAffairs and Employment, and the Dutch Central Bank.

Others have started working for companies and organisations suchas McKinsey, the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment,and the Dutch Central Bank. Because all our programmes are EQUISand AACSB accredited—a standard which only one percent ofuniversities reach worldwide—your degree will be highlyvalued on the labour market.

The Faculty of Economics and Business offers a range offacilities to help Research Master students prepare for the jobmarket through, for example, a future job talk, a job assessmentworkshop, and a mock job interview.

FEB Careers Company:

To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Careers Company empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies.Check: http://www.rug.nl/feb/career-services/

As a graduate of the Research Mater in Economics and Business,you are ideally placed to become a PhD student or to obtain aresearch position in a public or private organisation. So far,graduates from this programme have obtained PhD positions at,amongst others, the Universities of Antwerp (Belgium), Bocconi(Milan, Italy), Rotterdam, Sydney (Australia) and of courseGroningen.

Others have started working for companies and organisations suchas McKinsey, the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment,and the Dutch Central Bank.

Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSBaccredited—a standard which only one percent of universitiesreach worldwide—your degree will be highly valued on thelabour market.


The Faculty of Economics and Business offers a range offacilities to help Research Master students prepare for the jobmarket through, for example, a future job talk, a job assessmentworkshop, and a mock job interview.


FEB Careers Company
To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Careers Company empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies. Check: FEB CareerServices

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Entry requirements

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Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Admission to the RM programme is selective, based on a thoroughassessment of study results, personal competences and motivation.In principle, students with a BSc degree in Economics or Businessare eligible for the RM programme.

Furthermore, students with a Bachelor degree in a related field,like psychology or sociology, may be admitted to some profiles of the programme. The Admission Board of the RM (appointed by theExamination Board) decides on admission. The Admission Boardconsists of the Director of Graduate Studies and the directors of the research programmes.

  • A strong motivation and talent for scientific research asexemplified by the motivation letter, course papers, thesis, and the activities listed in the curriculum vitae;
  • Excellent knowledge of the relevant fields and methods asexemplified by BSc or MSc grades and GMAT or GRE scores (our GMATcode is 7207). In principle, students must have completed theirBachelor's or Master's degrees with an average grade of 8 (on a10-point scale) and with a grade for their Bachelor research workof at least 8. Students with a relevant diploma from a Dutchuniversity do not need to submit a GMAT or GRE score.
  • Good abilities to read, write and speak in English, asexemplified by a TOEFL score of at least 580 (paper-based), 237(computer-based) or 92 (internet-based). Our TOEFL code is 9077.Alternatively, a score of at least 6.5 (overall band), 5.5(writing) and 6 (speaking) should have been obtained at an IELTStest of English proficiency. Students with a relevant diploma froma Dutch university do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTSscore.

If you want to know more about the programme, please contact:

(for general information on the application procedure andrequirements)

(coordinator Research Master)

other admission requirements

Application date with scholarship: 1 January

Application date without scholarship (EU / non-EU): 1 May

Read more about scholarship opportunities for EU/EEA-students(http://www.rug.nl/(...)ogramme/scholarships)

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Admission to the RM programme is selective, based on a thoroughassessment of study results, personal competences and motivation.In principle, students with a BSc degree in Economics or Businessare eligible for the RM programme.

Furthermore, students with a Bachelor degree in a related field,like psychology or sociology, may be admitted to some profiles of the programme. The Admission Board of the RM (appointed by theExamination Board) decides on admission. The Admission Boardconsists of the Director of Graduate Studies and the directors of the research programmes.

  • A strong motivation and talent for scientific research asexemplified by the motivation letter, course papers, thesis, and the activities listed in the curriculum vitae;
  • Excellent knowledge of the relevant fields and methods asexemplified by BSc or MSc grades and GMAT or GRE scores (SOM's GMATcode is 7207). In principle, students must have completed theirBachelor's or Master's degrees with an average grade of 8 (on a 10point scale) and with a grade for their Bachelor research work ofat least 8;
  • Good abilities to read, write and speak in English, asexemplified by a TOEFL score of at least 575 (paper-based), 237(computer-based) or 90 (internet-based). SOM's TOEFL code is9077.
  • Alternatively, a score of at least 6.5 should have beenobtained at an IELTS test of English proficiency

If you want to know more about the programme, please contact:

(For general information on the application procedure andrequirements)

(coordinator Research Master)

other admission requirements

Application date with scholarship: 1 January

Application date without scholarship (EU / non-EU): 1 May

Read more about scholarship opportunities for EU/EEA-students(http://www.rug.nl/(...)ogramme/scholarships)

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing5.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL internet based92

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