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voltijd master Economic Development and Globalization - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Economic Development and Globalization

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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Study economic development and globalization in Groningen and learn about the societal and economic implications of international trade, finance, and sustainable development.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee

At present, we are confronted with major challenges, such as rising inequality, populism, the erosion of democracy, tackling climate change and promoting fairer, and more inclusive growth. How can you make a real impact to address these challenges? The professors in this master’s programme are highly motivated to train you in the necessary tools and economic theories to make an impact. As you develop your skills, you develop an analytical mindset to work on societally relevant issues. Students who complete this master’s programme move on to influential jobs at (international) companies, government, or international organizations.

In the MSc Economic Development and Globalization (MSc EDG), you are taught societally relevant topics and how they are related to the world of economics, and we help you develop valuable skills in international trade, international finance and banking, policy analysis, and more. Also, you learn to analyze economic data, assess policy options, make economic development strategies, and provide recommendations to policymakers.

Did you know that the courses taught are closely related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? To address the complex challenges facing the world, we believe it is essential for students to learn about the environmental, social, and economic dimensions. Companies all over the world increasingly recognize the importance of socially responsible practices that contribute to sustainable development. In this master’s programme, you work on real-world assignments in a diverse team to come up with solutions using empirical methods. Furthermore, you will explore the various dimensions of globalization, including the movement of goods and capital. You will cover issues such as inequality, trade, investment, environmental sustainability, and economic policy in developing countries.

Those seeking to augment their master EDG can do so by following an interesting one-year programme abroad. There are four possibilities to pursue a double degree master: Fudan University (Shanghai), the University of Göttingen (Germany), Lund University (Sweden), and Corvinus University (Budapest).

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • The MSc EDG in Groningen is unique because of its international perspective, reflected both in its content and student community. You delve into a wide range of topics, all highly relevant to our society, you study linkages between industries across borders and you will work in project teams with students from different countries.
  • Our graduates pursue various career paths. You may work in the private sector, government agencies, international organizations, research institutions, or consulting firms, focusing on international trade, climate change, international finance, policy analysis, and more.
  • Explore the ethical dilemmas and consequences associated with economic development and globalization, including issues related to sustainability, social justice, and human rights. You will address global challenges and topics that are related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and work towards solutions to make a positive change.
  • We take an interdisciplinary approach, integrating economics, environmental research, policy analysis, and technological developments. This broad perspective prepares you to tackle complex and real-world problems.
  • Our academic staff have strong relationships with international research and consultancy institutes, as well as policy advice centers. We invite industry experts regularly to give guest lectures and show you how what you study can make an impact.
  • The programme has been internationally accredited by the AACSB and EQUIS, ensuring a high-quality education, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide.
  • Our alumni have the opportunity to engage in high-level research activities of international organizations (such as the OECD in Paris, Conference Board in New York, and the ILO in Geneva) and national organizations (such as the Dutch Central Bank and The Netherlands' Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis).


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You start by learning about topics like international trade, growth, and development economics and apply these theories to real-world problems. Using data and research findings, you are able to understand the role of globalization on sustainable business practices, why governments come up with certain policies, and how they can benefit one country but disadvantage another.
Economic Development
5 EC
Foreign Direct Investment and Trade
5 EC
Elective(s) MSc ED&G B
10 EC
Elective(s) MSc ED&G A
10 EC
Research Seminar for ED&G
5 EC
Master's Thesis ED&G
20 EC
Country Studies
5 EC


specialisatie Energy Focus Area

Focus on the serious changes within the energy sector by dealing with issues such as how firms adapt to renewable energy, how the higher taxes are managed during this transition and how to deal with the weather dependent production of energy systems. Gain the knowledge and skills to shape a sustainable future in this evolving energy sector.

specialisatie Master Internship

Opportunity to gain work experience by doing an internship in the second semester of your study.

You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the third semester.

specialisatie Double Degree Master - 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 Double Degree Master - International Development Economics (Göttingen)

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

specialisatie Double Degree Master - 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 Double Degree Master Chinese Economy and Finance (Shanghai)

Are you interested in an international career in or involving China?

Study in Shanghai after your FEB Master's programme in Groningen and gain first-hand knowledge and experience of China and the economy, finance and culture.


taal van onderwijs100% en
case study, computer exercise, group assignment, group discussion, individual assignment, lecture, literature study, research, research project, research proposal, oral presentation, practicum, project, self study, tutorial, working group
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Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2024

aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2023
wettelijk tarief : € 2530 (€1265 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 19900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 20800

1 september 2024

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2024
wettelijk tarief : € 2530 (€1265 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 19900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 20800

Students with a Dutch diploma can apply directly to Studielink. More information on the steps to apply.

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De stad


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.


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1/5 RUG
Economic Development and Globalization
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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2/5 RUG
DDM Central-East European Economies
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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3/5 RUG
DDM International Development Economics
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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4/5 RUG
DDM Economic Development and Growth (MEDEG)
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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NAN% vrouw
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5/5 RUG
DDM International Business and Finance
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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Na de studie

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In the MSc EDG, you will acquire a diverse set of skills that will prepare you for a wide range of careers in both the public and private sectors. As an economist, you will be able to analyze economic data, conduct research, and use economic models to understand and evaluate economic trends, policies, and development strategies. What's more, you will have an understanding of international economic dynamics and how they affect inequality but also environmental economics and sustainability. This knowledge and skills are needed to address some of the most pressing challenges facing our society today. 

Graduates of the MSc EDG take up positions in internationally oriented firms (such as banks, consultancy firms, and multinationals), international organizations (such as World Bank, IMF, European Union, UN, and OECD), and internationally oriented departments of government agencies and policy advisors.

Potentiële beroepen

(development) economist
global strategy and policy advisor
market/policy analyst
sustainability consultant
trade expert
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