Structure 

The “Master of Science in Economics” is a two-year (four-semester) degree program. The first three semesters are scheduled for coursework while the fourth semester is reserved for the master’s thesis. A total of 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit points have to be acquired, which implies a workload of 30 ECTS credits per semester. In order to graduate, students need to earn 90 ECTS through coursework and 30 ECTS through the master’s thesis. Considering the variety of courses offered the program differentiates between:

  • Core Modules: Macroeconomics I and II, Microeconomics I and II (5 ECTS per module) and Econometrics and Microeconometrics (10 ECTS per module). Students have to obtain at least 30 ECTS out of the six core modules during their studies. The core modules provide students with a solid knowledge base in economics at master’s level which they can later complement with more specialized electives. 
  • Specialized Modules: Every year there are about 20 different specialized economics modules offered in the fields of Applied and Theoretical Microeconomics, Empirical Economics, Energy Economics, International and Development Economics, Macroeconomics and Finance, Economic Policy etc. The class size in specialized modules is usually small (10-30 students).

You can find an overview of all economics modules in the Student Handbook. A detailed timetable of the courses offered during a particular semester can be found on the website of the Dean's Office.

 The curriculum of the Master’s Program in Economics is structured as follows: