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Make a difference – Solve real-world problems

Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics

Why do some cities thrive while others do not? How can we ensure that motorists go to work outside of peak traffic hours? Why would a country commit to the Kyoto or Sofia Protocol? Why are real estate prices so volatile in many countries? In the master's programme in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics, you will deal with these types of issues related to urban, transport, environmental, and real estate economics. This master’s programme receives high ratings. In Keuzegids Masters 2024, the programme was rated the best Economics master's programme in the Netherlands. We also receive consistently high scores in the National Student Survey and the program was awarded a bronze medal in Elsevier's Best Studies 2023.

If you're interested in exploring the dynamics of economic growth, urban development, housing affordability, living and working environments, mobility, resource depletion, and climate change, then choose this master’s programme! The programme will provide you with both the necessary theoretical framework and practical abilities to effectively tackle complex issues. You'll also learn how to provide clear and actionable policy advice based on economic theory. It also offers four specialization options or a combination of them, allowing you to tailor your education to your interests.

Upon completion of this Master's program, you will have excellent professional prospects. Typically, you will secure employment within three months, and often receive a higher salary compared to other economics graduates. Equipped with theoretical knowledge and practical skills, you will be able to tackle complex problems at a high level of abstraction.

During the program, you have the option to specialize in one of the four specializations or a combination of them: Urban and Regional Economics, Transport Economics, Environmental Economics and Real Estate Economics and Finance.

Why study Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics?

Hans Koster, Professor of Urban Economics and Director of the Master Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: "This master offers a unique set of courses to understand the complex interactions between the environment, cities and transport networks in order to solve 21st century problems."

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Change your world, study Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics