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Make a difference – Solve real-world problems

Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics

Career prospects of graduates in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics are excellent.

Most graduates find jobs within 3 months as policy economists with (inter)national government agencies or consultancy firms, or at organizations such as airlines or railway operators – and are better paid than graduates from other economic programmes. Some opt for a career in economic research.

Professional perspectives
The Master Spatial, Transport, and Environmental Economics is a highly relevant master with excellent career prospects. Many organizations are keen on hiring students that have completed this master, as employees or as interns. Below several companies explain why they are particularly interested in students that have completed the Master Spatial, Transport, and Environmental Economics. These companies take part in the Advisory Board of the Master programme.

  • SEO Economisch Onderzoek is interested in students and graduates because they are good at analysing economic issues and performing econometric analyses.
  • Cushman & Wakefield is keen on hiring students who understand the real estate market.
  • CPB is performing quantitative analyses of policies and are therefore interested in students or graduates who can perform economic analyses in the fields of spatial, transport, and environmental economics. 
  • KiM thinks that students or graduates who can perform economic analyses in the field of transport economics are very useful.
  • ING Global Sector Research is particularly interested in analytic students who are good at finding, processing, interpreting and visualising data. 
  • Decisio is looking for students and interns with an interest in the field of mobility and spatial development and a good command of the Dutch language.

Discover Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics

The programme addresses highly relevant and closely interrelated policy issues in today’s modern society in the field of regional development (such as the advantages of agglomerations), urban problems, transport policies, environmental degradation (such as climate change), real estate economics (such as housing shortage). As such, it is concerned with many aspects of society in which space, distance and networks play a fundamental role.

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Entering the job market

A master's in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics offers excellent career prospects. Many graduates find jobs as policy economists at government institutions or consultancy firms such as KPMG and Ernst & Young. Also, transport organizations such as KLM, Schiphol and Dutch Rail offer great opportunities for work. Others opt for positions as economic researchers at institutes such as CPB (the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis).

You may also want to pursue an academic career. Options are then a research Master’s programme in Economics (MPhil), or a PhD position at the Tinbergen Institute (a joint graduate school of VU Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam).