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DDM Economic Development and Growth (MEDEG)

This international double degree trains you to be a well-rounded expert in the field of development. You get Master's degrees from two top-class European research universities: Groningen and Lund.

The programme provides you the theoretical and quantitative tools needed to grasp the main debates in economics and other social sciences, as well as the deep, specialised understanding of context, institutions, and historical legacies in developing economies required to deal with the full complexity of development issues.

The MEDEG programme is offered by a consortium of the University of Groningen (The Netherlands), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) and Lund University (Sweden). Candidates study the first year either in Groningen or Madrid. In the second year all students move to Sweden to specialise in development and growth issues at Lund University School of Economics and Management.

The Groningen–Lund programme provides rigorous training in economics and quantitative methods and offers a variety of electives in central topics in development. At the end of each programme year you complete an independent research project, closely supervised by the faculty.

On successful completion, you will obtain an MSc in Economic Development and Globalization (formerly known as MSc International Economics and Business) of the University of Groningen, and a Master Degree in Social Science with major in Economic Development and Growth of Lund University. This two-year double-degree master combines the analysis of economic development from a long-run, historical perspective with a range of courses in economics and demography.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Economic Development and Globalization
Course type
Double Degree master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60963
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Economics and Business
Why study this programme in Groningen?

Two degrees of two top-class European research Universities, Groningen and Lund, combining training in strategic analysis and decision-making in national and international corporations and public organisations, thorough understanding of recent aspects of globalisation, specialisation in economic development and growth issues. It is an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide.

Programme

In the first year of the MEDEG programme you will study the one-year, 60 EC Master's degree programme in Economic Development and Globalization (formerly known as MSc International Economics and Business) at the University of Groningen. You will focus on the theme "Globalization, Growth and Development", studying development and international economics, statistics and long run development. You will take 35 EC of compulsory courses and 5 EC electives, and will complete a 20 EC Master's thesis pro

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Country Studies (5 EC)
Economic Geography (5 EC)
Economic Growth in History (5 EC, optional)
Finance and Development (5 EC, optional)
Foreign Direct Investment and Trade (5 EC)
Global Finance and Growth (5 EC, optional)
Globalization Debates (5 EC)
Master's Thesis (5 EC)
Master's Thesis (20 EC)
Research Seminar for IE&B (5 EC)
Trade, Environment and Growth (5 EC)

During the second year at Lund University, you can further specialize in economic development and growth in relation to issues such as demographic change, institutions, sustainability and energy, innovation and human capital. You take 15 EC of compulsory courses and 30 EC of electives and can choose elective courses of the MA programme International Economics. You will also do a 15 EC Master's thesis.

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Study at Lund University (60 EC)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required
  • Maximum of 60 EC

The second year of the two-year MEDEG programme, you will study at Lund University, Sweden.

http://www.lusem.lu.se/

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Economics, Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Technology Management.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained. For more information, see https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: https://www.rug.nl/admissions

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

GMAT/GRE; for specific scores (and exemptions), see https://www.rug.nl/feb/gmat-gre

grade list

A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation

language test

TOEFL internet based (IBT): 90, IELTS Academic: 6.5; for specific scores see: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Economics, Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Technology Management. To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained. For more information, see https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: https://www.rug.nl/admissions

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)C2
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing6.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time

The tuition fees above are for the one year studying in Groningen. For an estimation of the total tuition fees for the double degree, please see DD fees.

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After your studies

Job prospects

This programme provides you with plenty of career opportunities in institutions all over the world addressing economic development, such as the EU, OECD, ILO, World Bank, UNESCO, WTO, CEPAL, IADB (Inter-American Development Bank), NGOs, governments and central banks, think tanks, multinational companies and consulting firms.

You will also obtain the advanced skills required to carry out research in the fields of development economics, economic history, applied economics and international economics. You may choose to pursue an academic career and continue in a PhD programme. Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

FEB Career Services
To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Career Services empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies. Check: FEB Career Services.

Research

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in society. Right from the start of the degree programme, attention is paid to academic research and professional development, since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

The teachers in this programme are all active researchers in the Global Economics and Management research group, in the area of international economics, and several of them collaborate in the renowned Groningen Growth and Development Centre. The following (full) professors teach in the MSc ED&G:

Marcel Timmer focuses on international production fragmentation in global value chains and its impact on labor markets and economic growth. He has published in the economic profession’s top journals, including the American Economic Review, and he has conducted extensive grant research, funded by the NWO and the European Commission.

Steven Brakman is an expert in the field of economic geography, including as co-editor of the Journal of Regional Science. He frequently contributes to the public debate, including on Brexit, Trump’s trade war and trade agreements. He has published extensively and authored textbooks on international economics and economic geography.

Dirk Bezemer studies the interaction between the financial system and the rest of the economy, focusing on the role of debt. His research is published in numerous journals and he has been funded by the Institute of New Economic Thinking. He is also a columnist in the Dutch periodical De Groene Amsterdammer.

Bart Los’ area of expertise is on the interlinked nature of (regional) economies and the impact of such linkages on trade patterns and economic outcomes, such as economic growth and employment. He has published widely, is the editor of Economic Systems Research and has contributed to the public debate on the consequences of Brexit.

Robert Inklaar’s research is on the causes and consequences of productivity growth, including the impact on broader welfare. His research has appeared in a range of top economic journals and his work on developing the Penn World Table and Maddison Project Database is used extensively around the world.

Erik Dietzenbacher is an authority in the field of input-output analysis, including as president of the International Input-Output Association. His research has improved the tools for input-output analysis and these have been applied in such areas as international trade and environmental economics.

Harry Garretsen combines research in international economics with research on management and leadership. In this latter role, he is one of the directors of the In the LEAD centre of expertise. He is also a sought-after expert, including on the Bankraad, the advisory board of the Dutch Central Bank.

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme DDM Economic Development and Growth (MEDEG), please contact:

  • Dr. Jutta Bolt (Academic Coordinator)
    Email: j.bolt rug.nl

Study associations

EBF

The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.
https://www.ebfgroningen.nl/

Master Community - IBM

Make the most of your master by getting to know your fellow students and prepare for your future career.
https://www.ebfgroningen.nl/committees
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Study support

Studying means working independently and planning your studies yourself. But successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you may need to consult an impartial expert to discuss your study progress and personal circumstances that influence your studies. The faculty's study advisors are available to help you. Obviously, everything discussed with the study advisor remains confidential.