TI offers a welcoming environment to students: students have their own office space, the programme is stimulating collaboration and active student participation. The student body is closely knit group and at the same time a diverse cultural mix, with students coming from Europe, Asia and Latin America. The institute contributes financially to a social programme organized by and for students: students go ice skating, go to the museum night, have a joint end-of-the-block-dinner and an introduction weekend. The number of dropouts from the programme is close to zero.
TI runs its own merit-based scholarship programme: over the years, TI financially supported some 50% of the students in the 1st year. Percentages are even higher for second year students. PhD students have an employment contract and a full salary.
Tinbergen Institute is a joint venture of the faculties of economics of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam and University of Amsterdam. The Institute was named after Jan Tinbergen, the Dutch Nobel Prize laureate in Economics (1969).
The study programme includes three tracks: economics, econometrics and finance
The Research Master in Economics offers advanced courses and yields 120 EC. Current information on the study programme and all courses can be found here.
In the first year, all tracks offer rigorous training in the core subjects and tools of economics, econometrics and finance. Tinbergen Institute allows students to explore the research groups of three faculties in economics before they commit to work on a thesis with a specific advisor.
In the second year, students specialize in their choice from among the institute’s many fields of research through field course work and research master thesis research.
TI organizes annual Lectures in economics, econometrics and finance where a world-class scholar teaches an intensive advanced small scale course on a topic that appeals to many of the institute’s students and fellows. Past lectures were taught by: Christopher Sims, Trevor Hastie, James A. Robinson, Guido W. Imbens, Pascaline Dupas, Serena Ng, Fatih Guvenen. Lectures are listed here.
Stepping Stone for an Academic Career
This two-year Research Master's programme is an entry point for PhD research and training at one of the partner universities. A minority of the students continues their career in research positions elsewhere (consultancy, policy advice).
After the PhD
TI’s job market support programme supports students who are about to enter the academic job market. TI’s over 750 PhD alumni can be found all over the world: Some 50% in academic positions, others in international organizations like ECB, IMF, the World Bank and large consultancy firms, others have leading positions in government organizations or private companies. Find TI’s placement record here.
TI Research Master programme: the best way to start an academic career in economics, econometrics or finance
Students work with the best researchers and lecturers from the three leading Dutch universities in economics, econometrics and finance. Once you graduate, you will:
Tinbergen Institute offers:
TI Research Master Programme accredited
The Research Master programme in Economics of the Tinbergen Institute is accredited by NVAO (Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie), the accreditation organization of The Netherlands and Flanders.
NVAO is entrusted by law to accredit all existing bachelor’s and master’s degree courses and to validate new study programmes at government-funded higher education institutions as well as institutions approved (but not funded) by the Dutch government.
Specific entry requirements
Admission to the Research Master programme in Economics programme is highly selec-tive. No more than 30 students are admitted to the programme each year. Admission is determined by a selection committee consisting of research fellows of the participating faculties.Criteria for admission are: a Bachelor’s degree (completed prior to starting the master programme); strong quantitative skills; an excellent command of English and a strong motivation to pursue an academic career. Please find the admission requirements and procedure here.