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What will I learn?

Use economic methods and models to identify regulations that ensure fair competition while mitigating negative economic effects. You'll combine insights from economics, industrial organization and competition law to business strategies and regulatory policies. Deal with, for example, the lack of competition in certain markets and the response by national governments and the European Union. This is a track of MSc Economics.

Program and courses

Analyze causes of imperfect competition and identify regulations that ensure fair competition, while at the same time mitigating negative effects on productivity and technological change.

  • You'll also consider the legal aspects, discussing the relevant legal concepts and laws.
  • Gain an understanding of how markets function, when they fail and how various markets are interrelated. Which is essential in a companies' strategic decision process as well as in solving social economic and development problems.
  • Great diversity in nationalities, with about 50% international fellow students.
  • This is a track of MSc Economics. You can choose to follow the main program or one of the tracks.

Typical courses are:

  • Innovation and Networks
  • Competition Policy
  • Game Theory

Career prospects

With a specialization in competition and regulation, you are skilled in applying combined insights from economics, industrial organization, and competition law to ensure fair competition and positive economic effects. These combined skills are tailored for a career at competition authorities, regulatory bodies, ministries of economic affairs, consultancy firms on competition and regulation, international organizations such as the EU and OECD, and economic departments of large firms.

Which department am I in?

School of Economics and Management

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€14,600.00 (11,92,810) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Tilburg University

Warandelaan 2,



5037, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based) / 233 (computer-based).

For international students

To be eligible for the Master’s program in Economics, you must have:

A Bachelor’s degree in Economics or in a similar program (e.g., in Econometrics) from a university that is recognized by the program management
A solid academic background in economics, especially:
- Macroeconomics (minimum 12 ECTS)
- Microeconomics (minimum 12 ECTS)
- Game Theory (minimum 6 ECTS)
- Mathematics (minimum 12 ECTS)
- Econometrics / Statistics (minimum 12 ECTS)
And at least 2 applied Economics courses (in total minimum 12 ECTS), for instance (but not exclusively!):
- Environmental Economics (minimum 6 ECTS)
- Public Economics (minimum 6 ECTS)
- Development Economics (minimum 6 ECTS)
- Industrial Organization (minimum 6 ECTS)

The GRE test is a compulsory qualitative admission requirement for this program

The minimum GRE score for applicants is 160 on the quantitative part of the test

English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL (internet based) with a minimum score of 90 overall and a minimum score of 22 on individual parts of the test.
  • Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 overall and a minimum score of 6.0 on individual parts of the test.
  • Cambridge English test results: C1 advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 proficiency (formerly CPE). For both C1 and C2, we accept a score of A, B or C.

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