Compare the Master Management, Economics and Consumer Studies

How are goods and services produced? How do they reach the consumer and what happens to it afterwards? You will learn to answer these questions in the master's Management, Economics and Consumer Studies. The study programme focuses on the managerial, economic, and social processes of the agrifood chain. Examples include issues concerning the environment, sustainable management, food provisioning, consumer behaviour, marketing and facility management.

About the master's Management, Economics and Consumer Studies

The master's Management, Economics and Consumer Studies has a multidisciplinary and research-oriented approach. Based on your previous education, you can choose from one of the following specialisations: Business Studies, Consumer Studies, Economics and Governance, Management in Life Sciences.

Compare the master's Management, Economics and Consumer Studies with similar study programmes in the Netherlands

The master's Economics (Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen, VU University of Amsterdam and Tilburg University). Wageningen University’s master's Management, Economics and Consumer Studies is the only study programme to offer a combination of economics with nature and environment, sustainable development, management and policy, living environment and logistics.

Master's Business Administration (Maastricht University). Although both study programmes offer classic managerial courses, the focus is different. Maastricht focuses mainly on real estate whereas Wageningen studies the relation between performance and (work) environment. The master's Management, Economics and Consumer Studies is distinctive in its knowledge of the agrifood industry.

Consumer Studies. The consumer angle is unique at Wageningen and incomparable to other study programmes. There are similarities with elements of the more general study programmes like Behavioural Economics and Management, Sociology, Psychology and Communication.

Differences between the master's Management, Economics and Consumer Studies and similar study programmes at Wageningen University

The master's programmes Food Technology and Animal Sciences offer you a choice of management or economics courses to become a food technologist or animal scientist with knowledge of management, economics and consumers. If you select the master's Management, Economics and Consumer Studies programme then you will become a manager with knowledge of the food- and livestock/breeding industries.

The master's Food Quality Management is more technical compared with the master's Management, Economics and Consumer Studies which is more about management. A similarity is that both study programmes integrate technology and management knowledge to find sustainable solutions to complex issues.

The master's programmes Environmental Sciences and Climate Studies are technically oriented and study the technological factors that affect the environment, climate and natural environment. Management, Economics and Consumer Studies looks at the influence of socio-economic factors, management development and policies pertaining to the environment and natural resources.

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