Why this programme?
Information and Network Economics is one of the few academic programmes in the world to combine economics and business, with a focus on information technology. Having the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to be able to work across these disciplines is becoming increasingly important. This is because information and communication technologies (ICTs) are developing rapidly and companies often don't know how to keep up with them or how best to integrate them for maximum productivity and performance. The Information and Network Economics programme will equip you with the theoretical and practical skills to develop policies and strategies that address ICT challenges in a business environment.
Alongside the theoretical aspects of the programme, Information and Network Economics also has an important practical component. This includes regular presentations, group work and the study of academic papers. The latter requires critical thinking and the application of the theory you have learned. You'll have to demonstrate that you've acquired the necessary methodological skills and discuss whether your results are the same as those in the papers. This is excellent preparation for the real-life problems you will encounter in your future career.
What will you learn?
Due to its multi-disciplinary nature, Information and Network Economics will challenge you both intellectually and practically. You'll learn to think conceptually about information technologies and their impact on business productivity and profitability. You'll also understand more widely how information affects markets. On a more human level, you'll be able to define and measure different kinds of capital, such as human and information capital, and analyse how new technologies are perceived by and can benefit individuals and teams.
At the end of the programme, you'll be able to:
- think conceptually about information technologies and their impact on productivity and profitability
- understand the economic nature of information and of information networks
- understand how information affects markets
- critically analyse complex economic and business problems
- apply the theory you've learned in innovative and practical ways
Tailored to your ambitions
The master's in Information and Network Economics offers a large amount of free choice within the programme. This means that you have the opportunity to personalise your degree and specialise in a topic or topics that match your interests and ambitions.
It's never business as usual at Maastricht University. Not only do our academic programmes incorporate the latest developments in each field, but we also focus on research and innovation in education itself. One of our three university-wide research themes is Learning & Innovation. With the creation of EdLab and the continuing improvement of our education strategies, you can be confident that not only will you know your chosen discipline inside and out, but you will also have the best learning experience possible.
Small groups = big advantages
As with most UM programmes, the School of Business and Economics uses Problem-Based Learning (PBL). In small tutorial groups of no more than 15 students, you seek solutions to ‘problems’ taken from real-world situations. Instructors only give help as needed, allowing you to develop independence and problem-solving skills useful to your career. This dynamic, collaborative system has one of the highest knowledge retention rates of any teaching method.
Amazing education opportunities
PREMIUM honours programme
PREMIUM gives you that extra edge by offering real-world experience during your studies. As part of a team of students, you’ll build the experience and skills employers are looking for. Work on a real-world assignment for a company, NGO or educational institution. Create a personal development plan. Participate in intensive individual coaching, master classes and workshops.
Internships give you practical experience that enhances your studies and increases your employability. Many graduates often end up working at the organisation where they intern. SBE encourages master’s students to do an extracurricular, 8-26 week internship. The SBE Internship Office has an extensive database of internship opportunities and is on hand for guidance and counselling.
Combine thesis & internship
Rather than face a trade-off between finishing your studies and doing an internship, SBE students have the option of combining the two. During the Thesis-Internship Programme (TIP), your thesis will be written on a topic relevant to a company or organisation during a part-time internship. This gives your thesis focus and applicability and gives you practical work experience.
Maastricht University is among the top 15 most international universities in the world. We encourage our students to see themselves as world citizens, and our educational programmes encourage study abroad, multilingualism, cultural exchange and sensitivity, and international career goals.
The international classroom
UM embraces the International Classroom, an environment where our differences become our strengths. From day one, you’ll be challenged with differing viewpoints and experiences as you interact with staff and students from all over the world. This kind of interaction brings you closer to the programme’s goal of teaching you not only facts and concepts but also international accessibility and understanding. SBE is one of the most international faculties at Maastricht University, with over 60% of students and 55% of the academic staff coming from abroad, representing roughly 60 different nationalities.
Take your degree anywhere!
The SBE has the ‘Triple Crown’ of accreditations: from the American AASCB, the British AMBA and the European-wide EQUIS. This means your degree is recognised in many places throughout the world: perfect for an international career or postgraduate studies abroad.
The opportunity to gain experience abroad gives you a great advantage in today’s job market, and will broaden not only your career but also your personal horizon. An exchange semester is a unique opportunity for motivated and ambitious SBE master’s students to study at one of our partner universities abroad. It is always in addition to your regular study programme, which means that you take an extra semester at one of the School’s top partner institutions.
Study abroad and get to know new people
Students from every one-year, full-time SBE master’s programme can apply for a master’s exchange semester. However, a master's exchange is only possible if you have 100% study progress. Students who will be doing their exchange in a third, extended, semester will take priority over students who will run into more of a study delay. Competition for exchange positions is high, and applying for a semester abroad does not guarantee a spot or that you will be allocated to your preferred choice. SBE will consider your study progress, motivation, academic achievements and curriculum vitae in the selection process.