Study programme

Economics: Development Economics

Distinguished professors at the Amsterdam School of Economics combine eminent teaching skills with an active research agenda, resulting in a programme that is both knowledge-intensive and research-based. You won't regret choosing the Development Economics track of the Economics Master’s programme in Amsterdam.

Programme Structure

The Master of Science in Economics is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0,5 US credit). The course schedule is listed below. The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Please refer to the academic calendar for the exact dates.

First semester 

In the first period you will acquire an advanced level of understanding of the core of economics: Microeconomics & Game Theory, Macroeconomics and Applied Econometrics. During this first part you will choose your specialisation track; in the second part of the first semester you will enroll in the first three specialisation courses.

Second semester 

In the first period of the second semester you will specialise further by attending two specialisation courses. You will follow courses such as Impact Evaluation: Development & Public Policy, Microeconomics for Development, Experimental Economics, Globalisation, Growth & Development, and Human Development.

At the same time students will prepare themselves for their thesis which they will complete in the last part of the second semester.

MSc Economics Development Economics


The Master’s thesis is the final requirement to be completed prior to graduation. It will be supervised by one of the economics researchers from the relevant field. Some students will draw upon information found at the AIID (see as it contains valuable field research data.

Internships and exchange

Students who have completed the curriculum of the Development Economics track will have the possibility of doing an internship or go on exchange. This especially gives international students a unique opportunity to experience the Dutch labour market.

Published by  Economics and Business

20 September 2017