Research Master in Economics and Business

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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Are you interested in high end research in the field of Economics and Business? Are you ready for an intellectual challenge? Then this is the programme for you.

**Top rated programme and best Research Master in Economics and Business in the Netherlands - Higher Education Guide Masters 2017**

The Research Master's degree in Economics and Business is a two-year programme and is open to bright and ambitious students. This programme provides you with a thorough basis for academic research in the fields of Economics and Business. The aim of the programme is to qualify you for a career in research. Therefore, there is a strong focus on scientific and academic skills. You can choose from three different profiles:

1) Business Analytics and Econometrics
2) Business Research
3) Economics

You will participate in lectures given by the best researchers, not only from Groningen but also from our national and international networks. The small-scale programme ensures an intensive exchange of knowledge, both between lecturers and students as well as among students themselves. Moreover, each student is individually supervised by experts in the student's area of interest.

Curious? For more information, download the brochure of the Research Master

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diplomaMSc Economics and Business (research)
typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
accreditatiesAACSB, NVAO
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

The programme was chosen 'Best Research Master in the Netherlands' in 2012,2015 and 2016 and marked as 'Top Programme' in 2014 and 2016.Students are individually supervised by high-quality researchers and there is a strong focus on research skills training,as well as deepening and broadening knowledge. The Research Master is an internationally accredited programme,ensuring high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards,which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Masterweek Groningen
Van 19 t/m 23 maart 2018 organiseren de faculteiten op verschillende dagen een mastervoorlichting op locatie. Aanmelden kan vanaf eind februari 2018.


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opbouwCheck for in-depth info on all courses:
1e jaar The research master programme consists of 3 different profiles: Economics, Business Research and Business Analytics and Econometrics. In the 1st year, all students take 15EC research courses, 10EC empirical research methods courses, 30EC profile courses, and a 5EC elective course.
Compulsory courses, depending on your profile
Research courses, depending on your profile
Electives, depending on your profile
2e jaar In the second year, students further specialize in their research field and take 25EC electives and a 5EC research course. In the last semester students write a 30EC research master thesis.
Master's Thesis RM E&B
Additional courses (subject to approval)


profiel Profile I: Economics

The Economics profile gives you a solid foundation in working with economic principles. You will learn how to use theory to formulate sharp research hypotheses, to build models and to put these predictions to the test using state-of-the-art quantitative methods. The programme is structured specifically to develop your research capabilities by combining theory and empirics side by side. It consists of core economic approaches, training in research skills and a choice of specialization courses, delving deeper into Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Monetary Economics, Industrial Organization, Experimental and Behavioral Economics, Development Economics, International Trade, or Finance.

profiel Profile II: Business Research

The Business Research profile provides you with a broad overview of organization and management theories and their applications in different fields of business research. It focuses on research questions that contribute to a better understanding of behavior both within organizations and of organizations in their environments. In the first year, the compulsory part of the programme includes courses such as Organization Theory, Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management, Marketing Theory, and Supply Chain Management. In the 2nd year, you have the opportunity to specialize in a particular Business Research field such as Marketing, Operations Management, Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior, or Innovation Management.

profiel Profile III: Business Analytics and Econometrics

The BA&E profile targets students with a background in Econometrics and/or Operations Research or a background with a strong focus on statistical and/or stochastic methods. In this profile you learn a large variety of skills to work on the frontiers of research in the fields of Business Analytics, Econometrics and Operations Research to solve theoretical and applied (business) research questions. The compulsory part of the programme has a strong focus on the theoretical aspects of research methods with courses such as Econometric Theory, Data Science Methods, Quantitative Logistics, Panel Data Econometrics, Asset Pricing, Market Models and Supply Chain Modeling. In the 2nd year, you can further specialize in any field of Economics and Business in which these methods can be applied. Examples include solving difficult logistic problems, developing econometric models or working with big data techniques to examine the behavior of consumers.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet54% zelfstudie
32% theorie
13% praktijk
The coordinator of the Research Master, Dr. Tristan Kohl, acts as a dedicated study advisor. He will give you plenty of advice about your curriculum, keep a close eye on the progress of your research projects, and coach you on the road from a Research Master degree to a PhD, or to any other future career you may aspire to.

Toelating en studiekosten

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

Admission to the RM programme is selective, based on a thorough assessment of study results, personal competences and motivation. In principle, students with a BSc degree in Economics or Business are eligible for the RM programme.

Furthermore, students with a Bachelor degree in a related field, like psychology or sociology, may be admitted to some profiles of the programme. The Admission Board of the RM (appointed by the Examination Board) decides on admission. The Admission Board consists of the Director of Graduate Studies and the directors of the research programmes.

  • A strong motivation and talent for scientific research as exemplified by the motivation letter, course papers, thesis, and the activities listed in the curriculum vitae;
  • Excellent knowledge of the relevant fields and methods as exemplified by BSc or MSc grades and GMAT or GRE scores (SOM's GMAT code is 7207). In principle, students must have completed their Bachelor's or Master's degrees with an average grade of 8 (on a 10 point scale) and with a grade for their Bachelor research work of at least 8;
  • Good abilities to read, write and speak in English, as exemplified by a TOEFL score of at least 575 (paper-based), 237 (computer-based) or 90 (internet-based). SOM's TOEFL code is 9077.
  • Alternatively, a score of at least 6.5 should have been obtained at an IELTS test of English proficiency

If you want to know more about the programme, please contact:

  • Rina Koning:

(For general information on the application procedure and requirements)

  • Tristan Kohl:

(coordinator Research Master)

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.

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Studenten en studentenleven


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? eerstejaars gestart in 2012
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28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: HBO-raad/VSNU


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.

ORE is an acronym for Masters Of REsearch. As the name suggests, it is the study association for all Research Master students of the Faculty of Economics and Business.
Its primary purpose of existence is to counterbalance the stressful Research Master program. It does so by hosting social events for all Research Master students within the faculty, thus keeping students from all profiles in touch with each other.

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

Steffen Eriksen
"As a researcher each working day is different, as it depends on the project you are working on."

"The work I did as a student assistant combined with good thesis results allowed me to start as a researcher at the University of Groningen immediately after completing the MSc in Finance and the Research Master's. Although my current focus is in the area of microfinance and development economics, I am also interested in Asset Pricing, Investment Banking and Equity Research.

As a researcher each working day is different, as it depends on the project you are working on. A typical working day for me starts by checking my e-mails and then planning the rest of my day...
The knowledge and skills required for this job overlap to a great extent with my studies – especially the econometric skills, which I still use on a daily basis. Nevertheless, what was missing was a general course unit which focused on how to write an academic article or a course unit teaching advanced tricks for programs such as R and Stata. The biggest difference between my studies and my current job is the level of responsibility. I would therefore recommend you plan ahead as this makes it much easier to get through."

lees verder ...
Alec Minnema
I wanted to specialise and challenge myself intellectually

After the bachelor, I wanted to specialise and challenge myself intellectually and the Research Master in Economics and Business was just what I was looking for. So far, my experiences are very good, the courses are interesting, I am participating in a research project which is fascinating and the courses are clearly connected.

I chose this Research Master for two reasons. Firstly, the University of Groningen is high-ranked and the researchers of the marketing departement are among the best in their field. Secondly, I like to live in Groningen: my partner, friends and family all live in this city...
After a broad bachelor, I wanted to specialise myself and challenge myself intellectually and the RM was just what I was looking for. So far, my experiences are very good, the courses are interesting, I am participating in a research project which is fascinating and the courses are clearly connected to each other. I particularly enjoy the guest lecturers, they offer a different perspective and they are well known in their field of expertise. Currently, my plan is to apply for PhD position after finishing the Research Master. During this year I have become very enthusiastic about doing research because it combines two important interests of mine: mathematics and creativity. Quantification and modelling make subjects measurable and comparable. And designing your own model gives me a lot of satisfaction.

lees verder ...
Secil Hulya, Turkey
I enjoy the freedom you have as a researcher

Once I decided to leave Turkey there were a number of European countries where I could have studied. I eventually came to the Netherlands because a lot of programmes here are taught in English.

I was keen to take the International Economics & Business Research Master because of its double focus, and because I enjoy the freedom you have as a researcher. When I'm doing research I'm working for myself and my project, and that makes me happy. I have to say that the Research Master is very demanding. It's not something for someone who regards studying and doing research as a duty...

lees verder ...

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2015
algemeen oordeel3.93.9


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 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Research Master in Economics and Business aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 16 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.9 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

As a graduate of the Research Mater in Economics and Business, you are ideally placed to become a PhD student or to obtain a research position in a public or private organisation. So far, graduates from this programme have obtained PhD positions at, amongst others, the Universities of Antwerp (Belgium), Bocconi (Milan, Italy), Rotterdam, Sydney (Australia) and of course Groningen.
Others have started working for companies and organisations such as McKinsey, the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, and the Dutch Central Bank.
Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited—a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide—your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

The Faculty of Economics and Business offers a range of facilities to help Research Master students prepare for the job market through, for example, a future job talk, a job assessment workshop, and a mock job interview.

FEB Careers Company:

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

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Rina Koning

For general information on the application procedure and requirements

Meer informatie?
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