DDM Economic Development and Growth (MEDEG) (MSc)

the Netherlands

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 Months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2209 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 16201 per year

All study options

About DDM Economic Development and Growth (MEDEG) at University of Groningen

This international double degree trains you to be a well-rounded expert in the field of development. You get Master's degrees from two top-class European research universities: Groningen and Lund.

The programme provides you the theoretical and quantitative tools needed to grasp the main debates in economics and other social sciences, as well as the deep, specialised understanding of context, institutions, and historical legacies in developing economies required to deal with the full complexity of development issues.

The MEDEG programme is offered by a consortium of the University of Groningen (The Netherlands), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) and Lund University (Sweden). Candidates study the first year either in Groningen or Madrid. In the second year all students move to Sweden to specialise in development and growth issues at Lund University School of Economics and Management.

The Groningen-Lund programme provides rigorous training in economics and quantitative methods and offers a variety of electives in central topics in development. At the end of each programme year you complete an independent research project, closely supervised by the faculty.

On successful completion, you will obtain an MSc in Economic Development and Globalization (formerly known as MSc International Economics and Business) of the University of Groningen, and a Master Degree in Social Science with major in Economic Development and Growth of Lund University. 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.

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 study24 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2209 per yearInternational course feesEUR 16201 per year

Entry requirements

GMAT/GRE test is required from all candidates who obtained their bachelor's degree from a university in a non-EU/EEA country.

IELTS Academic overall score 6.5 (Speaking 6, Writing 6.5); TOEFL internet-based overall score 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 24); C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency (with minimum score 180).

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 Economics, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business,Technology Management.

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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