Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics (STREEM)

1 Jahre
1. September. (Studiengänge mit Studienbeginn Februar)
Abgeschlossenes Bachelorstudium oder vergleichbarer Studienabschluss
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Application deadline: 1 May (1 April if you want to use the housing options of the VU)
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Become a versatile economist

tackle spatial, transport and environmental problems

The programme offers you the possibility to specialize in spatial, transport or environmental economics.
Spatial Economics: analyse how various forces contribute to spatial dynamics and network development from a mainly microeconomic perspective; explore the use and further development of various techniques, methods and tools in this field.
Transport Economics: focus on the causes and consequences of a growing demand for mobility from a microeconomic perspective; address problems such as congestion, reliability, safety and environmental externalities.
Environment Economics: focus on economic aspects of environmental problems and policy; combine scientific and policy expertise; address the need to integrate economics with insights from other disciplines, notably the environmental sciences.


The programme

STREEM (Spatial Economics, Transport Economics & Environmental Economics – Master’s programme) is a one-year master’s programme worth 60 EC credits.

First semester

This time period provides you with a thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of economic theory and research methods. After 6 weeks, you select at least four core courses. The programme offers you the possibility to specialize in various combinations of urban & regional-, transport- or environmental economics. The first semester is concluded with a research project, during which you write a literature review of a coherent set of scientific papers.

Second semester

In the second semester, you continue taking core and/or optional courses. A large share of the second semester is devoted to writing a Master’s thesis. You write your thesis individually, while participating in a thesis seminar, in which students present and discuss their research findings. Although an internship is not obligatory, you may combine your thesis with an internship. Our teaching staff can help you find a suitable place.


The courses of STREEM cover the following topics: Microeconomics for Spatial Policy; Advanced Methods for Applied Spatial Economic Research; Applied Transport Economics; Geographical Information Systems; Environmental Economics; Network Analysis; Regional and Urban Economics; Airline Business; Applied Spatial Economics; Real Estate Management; Transport Economics.

Career prospects

A Master 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 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam).

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Graduate School of Economics and Business
De Boelelaan 1105, Room 8A-62
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Floris Korbee
Tel + 31 (0)20 598 3944

Leanne Schrijver
phone: + 31 (0)20 598 3032

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