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Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade


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Do you want to become a specialist in regional economic development in an international context with a keen eye for the role of policy?
The track in Regional Competitiveness and Trade prepares you for a career in regional economic strategies and research in regional science.The track, which is part of the Master in Economic Geography and organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics and Business, focusses on regional and global competitiveness related to trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Trade and FDI importantly govern the interconnectivity between countries and regions and their subsequent economic development. The ongoing fragmentation of value-chains - an iPad is manufactured all over the globe - leads to increasing trade between countries and a growing global presence of multinational firms.How do global linkages between regions and countries influence their competitiveness? You will learn the latest theoretical (New Economic Geography) and methodological (Spatial Econometrics) approaches to address the issues of interconnectivity between regions through trade and FDI.Our graduates are specialists in regional economic development with a keen eye for the role of policy. They are well versed in the latest theoretical and empirical Economic models of regional growth.If you are interested in following a two-year programme in Economic Geography in two differen




Master of Science


1 year

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530

€ 20,800

€ 19,900


Application requirements

*Direct access with a bachelor diploma in Human Geography & Planning; Urban and Regional Planning, and Spatial Planning and Design. Bachelor diploma's in Sociology, Business Administration, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Micro-Economics are sometimes admissible as well. *Do you have another previous education? Then the assessment whether you have direct access will take place on individual basis. If you do not have direct access it will be assessed if you are admissible after a pre-mast

English on VWO level or one of the following equivalents: * IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section * TOEFL internet based: * Overall: 90 * Reading: 18 * Listening: 18 * Speaking: 20 * Writing: 21 * Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE) * European Baccalaureate, English level L1 or L2 * Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure A prospective student can a

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Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
€ 20,800
€ 19,900
Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 15 Aug '24 1 May '24
1 Sep '25 15 Aug '25 1 May '25
1 Sep '26 15 Aug '26 1 May '26


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