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 firms' strategies and government policies? Then this programme is for you.

**Best MSc International Economics and Business in the Netherlands - Higher Education Guide Masters 2018**

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 will not be equally distributed and competition is mounting. Strategies of governments and firms need to be constantly aligned to quickly adapt to changing circumstances. In the one-year Master's degree in International Economics and Business you will learn the tools to grasp the complex relationships between firm behaviour and economic growth in regions and countries.

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

The programme offers four Double Degree possibilities: with Fudan University (Shanghai), the University of Göttingen (Germany), Lund University (Sweden) and Corvinus University (Budapest)

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diplomaMSc International Economics and Business
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma
Studying Economics and Business in Groningen

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

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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opbouwCheck for in-depth info on all courses:
1e jaar The programme offers 2 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. You can also choose your own selection of electives and follow your own interests (subject to certain conditions).
The programme aims to train students in strategic analysis and decision-making
Master's thesis afstuderen
Foreign Dir. Investment & Trade (MSc)
Competitiveness of Firms and Nations
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 profile Globalization, Growth and Development aims to provide the student with a thorough understanding of recent aspects of globalization.

The global production system is increasingly becoming more fragmented. This raises some important questions. Where 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?

More inter-country specialization has consequences for local labour markets. Are labour markets becoming increasingly specialized? Are they becoming more globally integrated, just as commodity markets. In the theme 'Globalization, Growth and Development' students will learn to use tools and methods to answer these and related questions and to independently carry out analyses of the causes and consequences of globalization.

profiel International Capital and Globalization

Students analyse the recent growth in domestic financial markets and in international capital flows. 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. Typical questions that will be discussed and analysed include: 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 optimal currency areas such as the Eurozone? 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 to an economy and when do they harm an economy? What caused the Euro crisis and how do we evaluate alternative solutions?

This IE&B profile is on the interface of theory and application. Students will obtain an overview of current ways of thinking about the impact of finance on the economy and the international dimensions of that relation. Upon completion of this theme, you will be able to carry out a hands-on analysis of the above questions.

specialisatie Energy Focus Area

Focus your MSc on Energy and open up extra career opportunities. There are two steps to the Energy Focus Area-

  1. complete two of four chosen electives 2) write and round off an MSc thesis on an energy topic

  1. DDM - Applied International and Development Economics (Göttingen)The 2-year double degree master concentrates on the acquisition of specialised knowledge of international markets and the global interconnections of national economies.
  2. DDM - Central-Eastern European Economics (Budapest)The 2-year double degree master combines international business and international economics topics, with a special focus on issues of economic transformation and integration.
  3. DDM - China and the World Economy (Fudan)The Chinese year of this 2-year DDM focuses on a variety of themes relating to the economy of China and China's role in the world economy.
  4. DDM - Economic Development and Growth (MEDEG, Lund)This international double degree master of 2 years trains you to be a well-rounded expert in the field of development.
  5. Master InternshipOpportunity 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 compulsory when you choose one one of the Double Degree Masters.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 februari 2019
aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 juli 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14350
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 1 juli 2019
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

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 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
28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


The EBF (Faculty of Economics and Business student association) is an association that builds a bridge for students between their college years and career. The EBF organizes symposia, research projects in and outside of Europe, two-day congresses and much more events.

Risk is the study association for Accountancy, Controlling, Finance, and the financially interested student at the University of Groningen.

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

Biying Jiang
"Best study of all"

Having obtained three university degrees in scientific fields, I experience the International Economics and Business study as being the best study of all. It is very inspiring and will stand me in good stead for my future career.

"I started my university life when I was sixteen. Having obtained three university degrees in scientific fields, I experience the International Economics and Business study as being the best study of all...
The courses are both interesting and informative. Besides plenary lectures, courses are taught in small groups, a teaching method I like because it is a good way to gain knowledge and understanding. I really like the way the courses are structured. Moreover, I can study in an international environment, meet students from many different nations, and gain valuable experience living abroad.
I have been elected Chairperson of the student association of IE&B. This has not only been beneficial for my fellow students, for whom I have planned various activities, including organising a symposium, it has also been an enriching experience for me in that it has shaped my personality and increased my leadership skills. Moreover, Groningen is a city with an interesting student life that provides a good environment for international students to study and live."

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1/9 Rijksuniversiteit
International Economics and Business
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
25 eerstejaars
40% vrouw
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2/9 Rijksuniversiteit
DDM Central-East European Economies
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
25 eerstejaars
40% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/9 Rijksuniversiteit
DDM Economic Development and Growth (MEDEG)
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
25 eerstejaars
40% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
4/9 Rijksuniversiteit
DDM China and the World Economy
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
25 eerstejaars
40% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
5/9 Rijksuniversiteit
DDM International Development Economics
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
25 eerstejaars
40% vrouw
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Financial Management
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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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 2017
algemeen oordeel4.34.0


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 200.000 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 agencies. 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.

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