MPhil First year

In the first year of the MPhil program students have to complete 60 ECTS. At the start of the academic year, students choose one of the tracks: Economics, Econometrics or Finance. The first year Economics, Econometrics and Finance programs include 13 core courses, 2 field courses (to be chosen from a selection of field courses organized in block V), the Principles of Programming in Econometrics course and the MPhil seminar series. In the MPhil seminar series research fellows introduce themselves and their research interests. Attendance of courses and seminar series is mandatory.

The standard Economics track consists of:

  • Microeconomics (16 ECTS)
  • Macroeconomics (16 ECTS)
  • Econometrics, Statistics and Fundamental Mathematics (20 ECTS)
  • 2 Field courses (6 ECTS)
  • Principles of Programming in Econometrics (1 ECTS)
  • Seminar series (1 ECTS)

Students in the Econometrics track take the Advanced Mathematics course, Asymptotic Theory instead of Statistics, and Advanced Econometrics (I, II and III) instead of Econometrics (I, II and III). Students in the Finance track replace Macroeconomics II and III or Microeconomics III and IV with Asset Pricing and Corporate Finance Theory.

To a certain extent, exchange between the tracks is possible.


MPhil Second Year

In the second year, students have to

  • complete 30 ECTS of specialized coursework, taking at least 4 courses in a chosen research major,
  • attend the Academic Writing course and the lectures on Academic Integrity,
  • write and publicly defend an MPhil thesis. The MPhil thesis (30 ECTS) is the final examination of the MPhil program.

The research majors (specializations corresponding to TI’s research groups) are the following:

  1. Behavioral and Experimental Economics (BEE)
  2. Cooperative Behavior, Strategic Interaction, and Complex Systems (CSC)
  3. Econometrics and Operations Research (ECTOR)
  4. Finance (FIN)
  5. Macroeconomics and International Economics (MIE)
  6. Labor, Health, Education and Development (LHED)
  7. Organizations and Markets (OM)
  8. Spatial, Transport, and Environmental Economics (STEE)

Increasing field course options in the area of Data Science for Economics and Business will be available for second year students, in the academic year 2019-2020.

Students who wish to graduate in the Econometrics track should choose the Advanced Econometrics courses and Asymptotic Theory in the first year and take their research major in Econometrics (ECTOR); students who wish to graduate in the Finance track should choose the courses in Asset Pricing and Corporate Finance Theory in the first year (see above) and take their research major in Finance (FIN).

Over 40 field courses will be in organized in 2018-2019, including the two Tinbergen Institute Lectures:

  • Economics Lectures: Fatih Guvenen (University of Minnesota)
  • Econometrics Lectures: Serena Ng (Columbia University)


Detailed information on the course program and all individual courses can be found in the Program Brochure.