MSc in Economics - Specialisation in International Economics and Development



What will I learn?

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.

Master's specialisation International Economics and Development: something for you?

A broad perspective on issues pertaining to low and middle income countries
Strong comparative and empirical orientation
One of the world’s largest micro-level database for developing countries
Small group teaching and close contact with professors and their research

What will you learn?

The Master’s specialisation International Economics & Development is theoretically unique in that we not only deal with the problems that poor countries face, but also with interesting new developments taking place in the Global South. We will discuss the rise of the BRIC countries, concentrating on both the potential they have as well as the challenges they face. We will also look at unique new economic phenomena within developing countries. 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.

Career prospects

Master’s specialisation in International Economics & Development

Scientific and societal relevance go hand in hand in this programme. We address contemporary issues like child labour, women’s empowerment, human development, children’s schooling and economic growth by evaluating societal developments with the help of sound academic theories. We not only discuss pressing issues of today but also issues we believe will be pressing in the near future.

Upon completing the Master’s programme in International Economics & Development, you will be knowledgeable about recent developments in the field. You will be an up-and-coming professional that is able to:

Understand and reflect on the international, professional and academic literature in the field of international economics & development.
Report independently on various issues in international economics and development, including state of the art empirical and theoretical studies.
Use and apply statistical tools and methods.
Conduct independent research.
Present and clearly and consistently defend your views and research outcomes.
Maintain a critical attitude towards your own work and that of others in your field.

We make sure our graduates have the strong academic background they need to be able to work as economists, policy-makers and researchers for international organisations (The World Bank, UN), development-oriented consultancy firms, NGOs, national governments as well as universities and research institutes.

Which department am I in?

Nijmegen School of Management

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€16,500.00 (14,57,984) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree. A proficiency in English: In order to take part in the programme, you need to have fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following: TOEFL score of 575 (paper based) or 90 (internet based); IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher.

For international students

Your admission into this programme depends on your previous education. You are admissible if you have a completed:

A Bachelor’s degree in a similar (or related) field from another research university with a fair number of courses in your preferred specialisation. Your degree must be equivalent to a Dutch Research University diploma.

All other students need one of the following certificates (All certificates may not be older than two years).

TOEFL iBT: ≥ 90 & subscores ≥ 22
IELTS Academic: ≥ 6,5 overall. Subscores ≥ 6,0, writing subscore ≥ 6,5
Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency: C or higher

Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).


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