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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About International Economics and Business at University of Groningen

Do you want to understand the opportunities and challenges posed by globalisation for firms' strategies and government policies? Then this programme is for you.

Increasing international trade and finance is opening up newopportunities for growth of firms, regions and countries. At the same time, it is posing new challenges as the benefits will not beequally distributed and competition is mounting. Strategies ofgovernments and firms need to be constantly aligned to quicklyadapt to changing circumstances. In the one-year Master's degree inInternational Economics and Business you will learn the toolsto  grasp the complex relationships between firm behaviour andeconomic growth in regions and countries.

You will use state-of-the-art theories to discover the impact ofglobal trade on economic growth and welfare. You will study globalbusiness and focus on the economic influence of firms andinstitutions. As you develop your skills, you will learn torecognise the forces that shape geographical patterns of economicactivity. Also, you will learn to advise firms and governments onhow to reap the benefits of globalisation and international valuechains.

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

Do you want to understand the opportunities and challenges posed by globalisation for firms' strategies and government policies? Then this programme is for you.

Increasing international trade and finance isopening up new opportunities for growth of firms, regions andcountries. At the same time, it is posing new challenges as thebenefits will not be equally distributed and competition ismounting. Strategies of governments and firms need to be constantlyaligned to quickly adapt to changing circumstances. In the one-yearMaster's degree in International Economics and Business you willlearn the tools to  grasp the complex relationships betweenfirm behaviour and economic growth in regions and countries.

You will use state-of-the-art theories to discover the impact ofglobal trade on economic growth and welfare. You will study globalbusiness and focus on the economic influence of firms andinstitutions. As you develop your skills, you will learn torecognise the forces that shape geographical patterns of economicactivity. Also, you will learn to advise firms and governments onhow to reap the benefits of globalisation and international valuechains.

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

After your studies

Job prospects

After completing this programme you are a broadly orientedeconomist with a strong international profile. You are ready for an international career at multinational firms, in financial institutions, consultancy and public agencies. Jobs as marketanalyst, trade expert, global strategy and policy advisor will suityou well. Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSBaccredited, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide, yourdegree will be highly valued on the labour market.

Graduates of the MSc IE&B will be able to take up positionsin internationally oriented firms (such as banks andmultinationals), international organisations (such as World Bank,IMF, European Union, UN and OECD) and internationally orienteddepartments of government agencies and policy advisors. The programme is focused on developing the kind of skills and abilitiesneeded by those who work as professional economists and economicadvisers.

The MSc IE&B offers a consistent international setting bothin terms of content and orientation at high level. Graduates areselected to participate in high level research activities ofinternational organisations (such as the OECD in Paris, ConferenceBoard in New York, and the ILO in Geneva) and nationalorganisations (such as the Dutch Central Bank and The Netherlands'Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis).Our academic staff have strongrelationships with international research and consultancyinstitutes as well as policy advice centres.

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After completing this programme you are a broadly orientedeconomist with a strong international profile. You are ready for an international career at multinational firms, in financial institutions, consultancy and public agencies. Jobs as marketanalyst, trade expert, global strategy and policy advisor will suityou well. Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSBaccredited, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide, yourdegree will be highly valued on the labour market.

Graduates of the MSc IE&B will be able to take up positionsin internationally oriented firms (such as banks andmultinationals), international organisations (such as World Bank,IMF, European Union, UN and OECD) and internationally orienteddepartments of government agencies and policy advisors. The programme is focused on developing the kind of skills and abilitiesneeded by those who work as professional economists and economicadvisers.


The MSc IE&B offers a consistent international setting bothin terms of content and orientation at high level. Graduates areselected to participate in high level research activities ofinternational organisations (such as the OECD in Paris, ConferenceBoard in New York, and the ILO in Geneva) and nationalorganisations (such as the Dutch Central Bank and The Netherlands'Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis).Our academic staff have strongrelationships with international research and consultancyinstitutes as well as policy advice centres.


FEB Careers Company
FEB Careers Company empowers you to achieve lifelong successthrough various career services during your studies. Check: FEB CareerServices

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Business EconomicsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Business AdministrationAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Econometrics and Operations ResearchAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Economics and Business EconomicsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
International BusinessAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Technologie ManagementAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

GMAT/GRE; for specific scores (and exemptions), see http://www.rug.nl/(...)ication/intl-route/1

grade list

A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation.

language test

TOEFL internet based (IBT): 90, IELTS Academic: 6.5; for specific scores, see: http://www.rug.nl/(...)ication/intl-route/1

previous education

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: BusinessEconomics, Business Administration, Econometrics and OperationsResearch, Economics and Business Economics, International Business,Technology Management.

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: http://www.rug.nl/(...)ication/intl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/(...)rt/admissions-office

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

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: BusinessAdministration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics andBusiness 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: http://www.rug.nl/(...)plication/nl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/(...)rt/admissions-office

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing5.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based575
TOEFL internet based90

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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