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Master's specialisationInternational Economics and Development

This specialisation offers you the opportunity to follow a state-of-the-art curriculum in International Economics with a strong empirical and analytical focus on the low and middle income countries of the Global South.

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Something for you?

  • A broad perspective on issues pertaining to low and middle income countries.
  • Strong comparative and empirical focus.
  • One of the world’s largest micro-level databases for developing countries. 
  • Small group teaching and close contact with professors and their research.
Why study this programme?

Admission requirements

Do you want to know if you can be admitted? Read more about the admission requirements of this programme.

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The specialisation has challenged me to think analytically about development, without losing sight of the local context or culture.
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What will you learn

The Master’s specialisation in International Economics and Development is unique in that we deal with the problems that poor countries face, as well as with interesting new developments taking place in the Global South. In this specialisation, you will discuss the rise of the BRIC countries, concentrating on their potential and the challenges they face. Unique new economic phenomena within developing countries will also be examined. Using recent theoretical insights and modern empirical methods, you will be actively involved in comparative research on issues in developing countries such as the impact of globalisation on economic growth, corruption, the education of children, child labour and women’s empowerment.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

With a strong analytical attitude, empirical skills and broad knowledge of the field, you can prepare for a career as a:

  • Researcher for an international organisation like the UN
  • Consultant in a development-oriented consultancy firm
  • Policy makers for national government
  • Researchers at a university

Career prospects


To indicate the type of research topics in this specialisation, a few examples:

  • Which influence educational participation has on economic growth
  • What the main factors are that influence child mortality
  • What leads to the rise of the BRIC countries

Questions about this programme?

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.