Specialization

Although there are no compulsory modules or specializations in the MSc in Economics, students may want to pursue a certain study scheme. For this purpose the program offers two optional specializations: 

  • International Economics and Finance 
  • Economic Policy 

The specialization International Economics and Finance is devoted to deepening students' knowledge about international and development economics as well as finance and macroeconomics. Aspects covered include the integration of developing countries into the world economy, governance and institutions, poverty traps, macroeconomic distortions, financial crises, and disruptions in financial markets. The International Economics and Finance specialization will appeal particularly to students who expect their future careers to be in international financial organizations, central banks, development banks, commercial banks or international firms. 

The specialization Economic Policy focuses on market, regulatory and institutional aspects of policy problems at the micro- and macro-level. Practical applications of economic thought to issues in trade, monetary/finance, growth/development, health and environmental policies will be covered. The Economic Policy specialization will appeal particularly to students who expect their future careers to be in governmental agencies, NGOs, think tanks and economic advisory consultancies. 

To pursue one of the two specializations, you have to obtain 40 ECTS (out of 90 ECTS) in modules that count toward that specialization and write your master's thesis in that specialization.

 

A list of courses that give credit for the specializations can be found in the Student Handbook