MASTER education


This program is offered as part of all of the graduate programs provided by the Tilburg School of Economics & Management (TISEM), but it specifically targets four master’s programs:

  • Master of Finance;
  • Master of Economics;
  • Master of Econometrics and Mathematical Economics (EME); and
  • Master of Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science (QFAS).

The Pensions Honors Program offers a unique specialization in pensions, retirement, and aging at Tilburg University, with the course The Economics and Finance of Pensions at its core. Along with this course, Netspar offers graduate students a community program consisting of various events and activities, such as the International Pension Workshop, interactive lectures from experts in the pensions and retirement field, and company visits. Students are eligible to receive a certificate if they successfully pass the Economics and Finance of Pensions course and write a thesis about a Netspar-related topic.

Of the students from 2020, at the time of publication of this annual report, 34 had joined the Netspar community, 59 were officially enrolled in the program and 6 students graduated with a Netspar certificate. Students have been attending events and a number of them have indicated that they will be writing their thesis on a pensions- or retirement-related topic.

[1] The Netspar Annual Report reviews the entire 2019-2020 school year, which means students enrolled in September 2019 and February 2020 are included.

Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is a thinktank and knowledge network. Netspar is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding of the economic and social implications of pensions, aging and retirement in the Netherlands and Europe.


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