International Economics and Business

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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Do you want to understand the opportunities and challenges posed by globalisation for economic development of countries? Then this programme is for you.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
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**Best MSc International Economics and Business in the Netherlands - Higher Education Guide Masters 2018**

Important to know

As of September 1, 2019, the MSc in International Economics and Business will change its name to MSc in Economic Development and Globalization. Please note that the content of this study programme will remain the same. With this name change, our goal is to provide you with a clearer understanding of what this Master programme has to offer. The MSc in Economic Development and Globalization will give you a better understanding of economic development in a broad sense, including living standards and their growth rate, but also topics such as inequality. When analyzing economic development, we are particularly interested in the role of globalization. This is also a broad term that covers trade in goods and services as well as international investment and capital flows.

Increasing international trade and finance is opening up new opportunities for growth of firms, regions and countries. At the same time, it is posing new challenges as the benefits are not equally distributed and inequality is rising. In the one-year Master's degree in International Economics and Business you will learn the tools to grasp the complex relationships between globalisation and the economic development of regions and countries.

You will use state-of-the-art economic theories to discover the impact of global trade and of financial globalisation on economic growth and welfare. As you develop your skills, you will learn to recognise the forces that shape geographical patterns of economic activity. You will learn to advise firms and governments on how to reap the benefits of globalisation and international value chains.

For those seeking to augment the one-year programme in Groningen, there are four possibilities to follow a Double Degree: with Fudan University (Shanghai), the University of Göttingen (Germany), Lund University (Sweden) and Corvinus University (Budapest).

Waarom aan de RUG?

In the programme you learn how globalisation is changing our world. What is the role of internationally operating organisations, institutions and policies in economic advancement and in bridging the global development gap? International Economics and Business is an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.


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1e jaar The programme offers two profiles: 'Globalization, Growth and Development' and 'International Capital and Globalization'. You choose a specific set of electives, write your master's thesis on a topic within that theme and receive a certificate as a supplement to your degree.
Foreign Direct Investment & Trade
Master's thesis afstuderen
Economic Development
Research Seminar for IE&B
Elective(s) MSc IE&B A
Elective(s) MSc IE&B B
2e jaar
2nd year, Double Degree option: Economic Development and Growth (Lund) keuzevak
2nd year, Double Degree option: Applied International and Development Economics (Göttingen) keuzevak
2nd year, Double Degree option: China and the World Economy (Shanghai) keuzevak
2nd year, Double Degree option: Central-East European Economies (Budapest) keuzevak


profiel Globalization, Growth and Development

The global production system is increasingly becoming more fragmented. This raises some important questions. Is manufacturing located in developed or developing countries? And do fragments have a natural home-base, for example, R&D in developed countries and assembly in developing countries? Some firms participate in this process, others do not. What determines the internationalization choices of firms? What is the role of distance, transportation costs, or language and culture when making these choices? Increasing country specialization has consequences for local labour markets. Are labour markets becoming increasingly specialized as well? Are they becoming more globally integrated, just like commodity markets?
In this profile, students will learn to use tools and methods to answer such questions and to independently carry out analyses of the causes and consequences of globalization.

profiel International Capital and Globalization

There has been high economic growth with increasing financial fragility since the 1990s worldwide. This was followed by credit crises and recessions in much of the Western world since 2007 and the threat of crisis elsewhere (e.g. China). Students study these developments based on theories of banking, financial markets, international capital flows and exchange rates. How have financial markets and their regulation changed in recent decades? How have changes in exchange rates and capital flows affected policies, for example with respect to the euro area? When is financial development good for economic growth and stability and when does it lead to financial crisis and recession? When do international capital flows contribute positively to an economy and when do they cause harm? What caused the euro crisis and how do we evaluate alternative solutions?
In this profile, students will learn to use tools and methods to answer such questions and to independently carry out analyses of the causes and consequences of (financial) globalization.

specialisatie DDM - Economic Development and Growth (MEDEG, Lund)

This two-year double-degree master combines the analysis of economic development from a long-run, historical perspective with a range of courses in economics and demography.

specialisatie DDM - Applied International and Development Economics (Göttingen)

The two-year double-degree master focuses more on economic development of low-income countries and a more microeconomic perspective on inequality, poverty and growth.

specialisatie DDM - China and the World Economy (Fudan)

The Chinese year of this two-year double-degree focuses on a variety of themes relating to the economy of China and China's role in the world economy.

specialisatie DDM - Central-Eastern European Economics (Budapest)

The two-year double-degree master combines international business and international economics topics, with a special focus on issues of economic transformation and integration.

specialisatie Energy Focus Area

Focus your MSc on Energy and open up extra career opportunities. The Energy Focus Area requires you to complete two of four possible electives and write an MSc thesis on an energy topic.

specialisatie Master Internship

Opportunity for an internship between February and June. You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the first semester of your next study year.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet52% zelfstudie
26% theorie
22% praktijk
case study, literature study, oral presentation, computer exercise, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, group discussion, individual assignment, practicum, self study, project
study guidance
Studying means working independently and planning your studies yourself. But successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you may need to consult an impartial expert to discuss your study progress and personal circumstances that influence your studies. The faculty's study advisors are available to help you. Obviously, everything discussed with the study advisor remains confidential.
study abroad
Study abroad is only compulsory when you choose one of the Double Degree Masters.

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 14650
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14650

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend


To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.

For more information, see:

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office:

studie kosten
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 8000levensonderhoudper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


94 studenten volgen deze opleiding
41% daarvan is vrouw
25 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
40% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.
Master Community - IE&B
Make the most of your master by getting to know your fellow students and prepare for your future career.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Find out more about the name change of the MSc in International Economics and Business


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1/9 RUG
International Economics and Business
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
25 eerstejaars
40% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/9 RUG
DDM International Development Economics
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
25 eerstejaars
40% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/9 RUG
DDM Central-East European Economies
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
25 eerstejaars
40% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
4/9 RUG
DDM Economic Development and Growth (MEDEG)
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
25 eerstejaars
40% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
5/9 RUG
DDM China and the World Economy
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
25 eerstejaars
40% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
6/9 UU
Financial Management
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
72 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
7/9 UU
International Management
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
72 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
8/9 UU
Banking and Finance
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
72 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
9/9 UU
Business Development and Entrepreneurship
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
72 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
algemeen oordeel4.33.9
De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

International Economics and Business aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 37 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.3 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

After completing this programme you are a broadly-oriented economist with a strong international profile. You are ready for an international career at multinational firms, in financial institutions, consultancy and public organisations. Jobs as market analyst, trade expert, global strategy and policy advisor will suit you well. Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

Graduates of the MSc IE&B will be able to take up positions in internationally oriented firms (such as banks and multinationals), international organisations (such as World Bank, IMF, European Union, UN and OECD) and internationally oriented departments of government agencies and policy advisors. The programme is focused on developing the kind of skills and abilities needed by those who work as professional economists and economic advisers.

The MSc IE&B offers a consistent international setting both in terms of content and orientation at high level. Graduates are selected to participate in high level research activities of international organisations (such as the OECD in Paris, Conference Board in New York, and the ILO in Geneva) and national organisations (such as the Dutch Central Bank and The Netherlands' Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis).Our academic staff have strong relationships with international research and consultancy institutes as well as policy advice centres.

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

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