Research Master in Economics and Business

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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The Economics and Business research master's in Groningen is a tailor-made programme for ambitious students who want to pursue a career in research.

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typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
accreditatiesAACSB, NVAO
numerus fixusnee

Are you interested in solving complex societal challenges, like climate change, public health and poverty? Do you want to learn from the best researchers and interact with ambitious fellow students? Are you interested in a research career inside or outside academia? Are you highly motivated to initiate and perform innovative research? Then this is the programme for you.

In the research master's programme in Economics and Business, we offer talented and motivated students a tailor-made study programme. This programme gives you a solid foundation in economics and business, and you get the opportunity to specialize in the area that meets your personal interests.

The motto of the programme is “learning research by doing research”. The core courses give you thorough training in all aspects of academic research (30EC), including philosophy of science, research methodology, and academic writing. For the largest part, you can choose from a variety of dedicated research master's courses in economics and business that meet your interest (60EC). Courses are generally small-scale and offer close interaction with lecturers, enabling the development of important analytical skills. In addition, there are opportunities to participate in courses and workshops offered by other schools in Groningen, The Netherlands and abroad. The master thesis (30 EC) allows you to further develop your research ideas under the supervision of experienced researchers.

To guide you in your course selection we provide support and have developed example programmes in a variety of specializations, for example, Leadership, Health management, Energy economics, and Operations management.

Do you want to contribute to solving important societal challenges of today?

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • The programme was chosen 'Top-rated programme' and 'Best Research Master' in Economics and Business in the Netherlands in 2020, 2019 and in 2018 by Higher Education Guide Masters. It was rated as 'Best Research Master in the Netherlands' in 2016, 2015 and 2012 and as 'Top Programme' in 2016 and 2014.
  • You are individually supervised by high-quality researchers and in the programme we focus on research skills training, as well as deepening and broadening knowledge.
  • The programme has been internationally accredited by the AACSB and EQUIS, ensuring a high-quality education, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide.


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1e jaar In the first year, all students take 15 EC research courses, 10 EC research methods courses and 35 elective courses.
Learning and Practising Research
Elective courses
Philosophy of Science and Research Methodology
Research methods courses
2e jaar In the second year, students further specialise in their research field and take 25EC electives and a 5EC research course. In the last semester, students write a 30EC research master thesis.
Academic Writing
Master's Thesis
Elective courses


taal van onderwijs100% en
case study, literature study, oral presentation, computer exercise, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, group discussion, individual assignment, practicum, self study, project
study guidance
The coordinator of the Research Master 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 kosten


1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2023
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Follow these steps to apply to the Research Master.


Admission to the Research Master (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. 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 (i.e. thesis) of at least 8;
  • Students with a relevant diploma from a Dutch university do not need to submit a GMAT/GRE score or an IELTS/TOEFL score.

For a complete overview of all the documents you need to upload, please visit and the application checklist on

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

  • Rina Koning:

(For general information on the application procedure and requirements)

  • Anna Minasyan:

(coordinator Research Master)

inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 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.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


36 studenten volgen deze opleiding
50% daarvan is vrouw
2 eerstejaars gestart in 2019
0% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


MORE 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.
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.

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 ...
Marit Drijfhout (current PhD student) and Thanh Nam LE (Alumnus)
Completing the Research Master programme requires that you have to work hard, but if you enjoy doing research and strive to develop yourself, it is definitely worth it.

FEB's Research Master in Economics and Business best university Master in the Netherlands

On Thursday 8 March the Keuzegids Masters results were announced and we are proud and excited to say that FEB's Research Master's degree programme in Economics and Business has been rated the best university Master's degree programme in the Netherlands. This fantastic news was celebrated with colleagues and students over tea and cake. During the celebration we asked them what they think makes this particular Master's degree programme so special.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
algemeen oordeel4.54.5
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 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Research Master in Economics and Business aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 24 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.5 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

As a graduate of the Research Master 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.

As a graduate, your degree will be highly valued in the labour market. The Faculty of Economics and Business is internationally accredited and belongs to the 1% of business schools around the world accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB.

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

FEB Career Services
When you become a student at the faculty, we want to support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills. You can count on a dedicated on-campus Career Services team offering you a wide range of courses, workshops, events and career-related support during your studies. Everything you need to enter the labour market.

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Potentiële beroepen

(luitenant-)kolonel, kapitein/kapitein ter zee bedrijfseconomische zaken
beleidsmedewerker financiële, economische zaken, arbeidsmarkt (wetenschappelijk)
directeur instelling (bedrijfs)economisch, consumentenonderzoek
economisch adviseur
hoofd economische zaken
leidinggevende economisch onderzoek
majoor, luitenant ter zee 1e klasse bedrijfseconomische zaken
manager instelling economisch onderzoek (groot bedrijf)
supply chain controller (wetenschappelijk)
wetenschappelijk onderzoeker economie
bron: CBS


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