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What is the 'Master of Economics' all about?. The Master of Economics programme offers students with a bachelor's degree a theoretical framework, allowing them to provide well-grounded answers to socio-economic questions. Read more

What is the 'Master of Economics' all about?

The Master of Economics programme offers students with a bachelor's degree a theoretical framework, allowing them to provide well-grounded answers to socio-economic questions. As an economist, you will observe the various players (individuals, companies, domestic and foreign governments) and their interactions within the global economy. You will be able to interpret the general economic situation in a wider social and legal context.

The programme consists of a common core of two programme units and a master's thesis.

You select one of the three majors:

  • General Economics
  • Research in Economics
  • Financial Economics

Truly international

The Faculty of Economics and Business has close links with top business schools around the world, such as Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, University of Cardiff in the UK, Hanken in Finland, SKEMA Business School in France, the University of Illinois in the United States, the University of Sydney and het University of Adelaide in Australia, Queen's University in Canada, Tsinghua and Fudan University in China, PUC in Brazil, City University of Hong Kong and many more institutions both in Europe and overseas.

For Student MSc in Business Economics, the faculty offers an additional semester at one of these destinations after completing 2 semesters in Leuven. Make your experience truly international by studying in different parts of the world.

Is this the right programme for me?

  • You have an interest in the dynamics of economy and society.
  • You have an ability to analyse, synthesise and interpret.
  • You have a positive scientific attitude and you are critical and creative.

Students should have a solid academic background in economics or business, including the most important domains in economics or business/management (such as macro and microeconomics), mathematics and statistics. Students should also be familiar with more general themes necessary for understanding the evolutions in the business world and be able to relate these evolutions to the broader social, juridical, political and societal context.

Objectives

The Master of Economics programme aims to transfer an economic-science based structured reasoning about individual, interpersonal and social phenomena, so that the student is able to autonomously formulate an answer to questions or developments that the society/sector/company is facing.

The training aims knowledge, to provide understanding, skills and attitudes required to achieve recognition, structuring and solve complex economic issues in their contextual environment. In addition, the training aims the ability and skills to communicate and to report economic analysis and solutions and to test the results in an explicit ethical value framework.

Exit qualifications of the programme:

The student masters the general framework of economic analysis, the conceptual and methodological principles of economic science and can therefore recognize economic problems.

The student can - by means of economic research methods and techniques - carry out, independently and in teams as well - a complete analysis of economic problems. This includes: formulating the problem, selecting of information, master mathematical and econometric methods, setting up a research-based strategy, reporting and presentation of the research and the results, including the possible policy recommendations.

Career perspectives

As a graduate, you will have a very informed perspective on society as a whole. Moreover, you will be equipped to address social problems in an economically and socially sound way. Thanks to the expertise and flexibility acquired throughout the course of the programme, you will be qualified for employment in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Policy development in sectors in which decision making is highly dependent on the external economic context: government research centres, professional associations, large enterprises and international organisations.
  • Problem solution and implementation in managerial positions involving external communication, i.e. government departments, public institutions, international organisations, financial services, companies and social organisations.
  • Critical reflection on and transfer of knowledge in education and basic scientific research


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What is the 'Master of Business Economics' all about?. Upon completing the Master of Science in Business Economics, you will be able to apply scientific frameworks independently and critically, allowing you to evolve continuously in a dynamic society. Read more

What is the 'Master of Business Economics' all about?

Upon completing the Master of Science in Business Economics, you will be able to apply scientific frameworks independently and critically, allowing you to evolve continuously in a dynamic society. By combining this programme with initial specialisations from your bachelor's programme, you will develop deeper insight into a broad range of fields. The programme is structured around the choice of a major and minor discipline, which allows you to fine-tune your personal graduation profile, and to apply research- and evidence based management practices and tools in various domains. You will gain expertise in selecting best practices in management in today’s volatile, complex and ambiguous business environments. The programme equips you for both entrepreneurship and start-up management as well as for management and strategic decision making in established organisations.

KU Leuven occupies a leading position in management and economic research and is highly ranked by the European Economic Association. Top-level research and education complement and strengthen each other. The Faculty of Economics and Business Alumni Association includes many leaders of industry, ensuring excellent career opportunities for our graduates.

International experience

The Faculty of Economics and Business has close links with top business schools around the world, such as Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, University of Cardiff in the UK, Hanken in Finland, SKEMA Business School in France, the University of Illinois in the United States, the University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide in Australia, Queen's University in Canada, Tsinghua and Fudan University in China, PUC in Brazil, City University of Hong Kong and many more institutions both in Europe and overseas.

For students MSc in Business Economics, the faculty offers an additional semester at one of these destinations after completing 2 semesters in Leuven. Make your experience truly international by studying in different parts of the world.

Is this the right programme for me?

You have an entrepreneurial personality with broad socio-economic interests. You are fascinated by the business world and would like to pursue a management career in strategy, international business or finance.

To start this programme, students need a solid background in economics or business economics. They should have acquired the basic conceptual frameworks of diverse areas in business economics and have a sufficiently broad view on the general economic and social contexts in which business operates as well as on the human networks within these organisations.

Specifically, students need:

  • sufficient analytical skills which will allow them to complete advanced courses in management;
  • background knowledge of other social scientific disciplines related to managerial sciences;
  • sufficient knowledge of economics.

Objectives

Building on previously acquired general economic knowledge and insights in business, the student is taught to judge complex business structures and propose creative solutions independently or in a team. He develops the skills to take on a management function in a company, he learns to fit decisions in with the whole structure of a company and assess strategic consequences for other departments of the company. He has a lot of specialised knowledge, but is also very versatile.

The programme consists of a compulsory part, a major and a minor and a Master's Thesis.

  • The compulsory programme aims to lend the students insight into the strategic consequences of certain decisions.
  • The major lends depth in a sufficiently broadly defined functional area, which trains the student for a management position with a wide variety of tasks within this area.
  • The minor allows the student to choose between a further deepening of the area discussed in the major, or a broadening in other areas/disciplines.

Career perspectives

Graduates generally take up managerial and/or research positions in business, national and international institutions, and in managerial functions at universities. Given the variety of skills acquired, you will be highly sought-after by a wide range of companies (from small firms to multinational corporations) in a variety of positions and sectors in Belgium or abroad.

You can pursue a career as:

  • auditor
  • entrepreneur
  • consultant
  • financial analyst
  • financial manager
  • project manager
  • sales manager
  • stockbroker

This is only a small selection of the many options available to you.



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The ERASMUS MUNDUS M.A. Economics of Globalisation and European Integration is a specialised academic training programme. Read more

About the programme

The ERASMUS MUNDUS M.A. Economics of Globalisation and European Integration is a specialised academic training programme. The objective is to develop competences in the core subjects of the Programme for European and third country economists with career aspirations in universities, government and international organisations, and in research departments of large banks and economic research departments of large industrial or commercial corporations. Third country students will especially profit from an increased awareness of the place of the EU in the world economy in general, and with respect to worldwide globalisation and international trade in particular.

Content

in the field of economics of globalisation, international trade and European economic integration. It provides a profound insight into the current scientific knowledge in this field and is supported by scientific research at the partner universities, both at these universities individually and in a network context. The Programme leads to an in-depth understanding in the following core fields: Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics, Open Economy Macroeconomics and International Finance, Economics of Globalisation, Economics of European Integration, and International Trade: Theory and Policy. As a master degree in economics should also include a strong quantitative component, Applied Econometrics is taught as an additional core discipline.

Added value

The M.A. focuses on conveying the new insights that come from recent economic research with respect to the impact on the relations with the emerging economies in East Asia and Latin America of social evolutionary processes like trade globalisation, globalisation on international financial markets, globalised governance and the ‘knowledge economy’. In doing so, the M.A. programme adds to university excellence and yields European added value, thereby, at least indirectly, contributing to European competitiveness.

The M.A. programme also creates specific European added value and is completely in line with the Bologna declaration, the Berlin Communiqué and with EUA Joint Master Recommendations through 6 specific features:
- European integration is one of the two core subjects of the Master Programme Economics of Globalisation and European Integration;
- a joint European degree: 7 European universities from 6 EU countries, together with 2 universities from BRICS countries, jointly award a consortium diploma;
- ECTS: the joint degree programme in entirely conceived within the philosophy and practice of the ECTS grading system;
internal and external quality control is in place in accordance with ENIC-NARIC recommendations;
- mobility: students move during the academic year as a group over three locations to three different countries, at least two of which are European; there is also teacher mobility;
- language: students stay during the year in three different language environments and they are offered the possibility to receive free and credited language courses in the corresponding countries.

Structure

The study-programme is full-time and runs over one year. The language of instruction is English. Courses are taught by professors from all partner universities. Professors from all partner universities act as supervisors and evaluators of the final dissertation.
The Programme consists of 60 ECTS credits, the taught part of the programme consisting of 45 credits and the dissertation having a weight of 15 credits. One credit is roughly equivalent to 25 working hours (lectures, assignments and study time).
Optional, but credited, language courses are offered in each of the languages of the countries involved in the Consortium (English excepted).

More details on http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.EGEI&n=96030

Degree awarded

The programme leads to a master degree called M.A. Economics of Globalisation and European Integration.
The diplomas are certified jointly by the partners and are signed by the Rector, President or Vice-chancellor of each partner university.

Student profile

The programme is aimed at students with career aspirations in research, in government and international organisations, and in research departments of large banks and industrial and commercial corporations.

Admission requirements

The programme is open to students who have earned 240 ECTS credits in an economics or applied economics university study programme or have a bachelor degree in these areas that is considered by the Joint Studies Board to be equivalent.
Applicants who are enrolled in the final year of their academic programme should submit an official letter in English from their university confirming that they are expected to finalise their course at the end of the current academic year, and submit up-to-date authenticated transcripts with the results of the previous years.

The proficiency in English of the students of the participating universities is checked by the local academic co-ordinators. Students from other universities should submit proof of an internet-based TOEFL level of minimum 90 (or its equivalent in another TOEFL score system), or a IELTS grade of at least 6.5, or should submit proof of having studied at least one academic year in an English-language programme.

The selection procedure of all students (with and without an EM scholarship) is a common one. After having passed the eligibility check (see above) the candidates are first ranked according to their study results (GPA and/or class of degree). The weights used to differentiate those applicants who passed the eligibility tests, are the following: 30% for the type of diploma, 30% for the GPA average, 20% for fluency in English and 20% for the reputation of the home university based on the Shanghai ranking. This ‘reputation’ criterion is applied in conjunction with the requirement to strive for regional balance in the student population. The global intake of new students (with and without a scholarship) is limited to 45.

Application form: http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.EGEI&n=93777

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What is the 'Master of Advanced Studies in Economics' all about?. Read more

What is the 'Master of Advanced Studies in Economics' all about?

The Master of Advanced Studies in Economics offers students a deeper knowledge in specific areas of application, provides them with advanced theoretical and empirical tools to analyse concrete economic problems and acquaints them with current research practices in economics.

The MASE features a choice of graduate-level courses from different fields within economics. The goal of the programme is to enable you to find a promising research topic and to stimulate you to develop your own research on this topic. This research leads to the MASE thesis, which for many students eventually becomes the first chapter of a doctoral dissertation.

Truly international

The Faculty of Economics and Business had close links with top business schools around the world, such as Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, University of Cardiff in the UK, Hanken in Finland, SKEMA Business School in France, the University of Illinois in the United States, the University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide in Australia, Queen's University in Canada, Tsinghua and Fudan University in China, PUC in Brazil, City University of Hong Kong and many more institutions both in Europe and overseas.

Objectives

The main purpose of the programme is to offer students with an economic background a deeper knowledge in specific areas of application, to provide them with advanced theoretical tools to analyse economic problems and to acquaint them with current research practices in Economics. These research practices, currently used in leading business, political, academical and international institutions, make use of formal and quantitative techniques. The programme reflects this quantitative orientation.

Graduates of the programme should have:

  • A deep insight into the most recent developments in economic theory and an active knowledge of the analytical techniques used by economists for the study of economic problems.
  • An active and specialized knowledge of the detailed features of economic problems in some specific fields of interest.
  • The ability to translate general and specific questions into operational problems and the ability to find creative solutions to these problems. This includes formulating a specific research or policy question, collecting and analysing the relevant information, choosing an adequate methodology for analysing the problem, reporting the results, and formulating policy advice.

Career perspectives

A large majority of MASE graduates find careers in managerial and/or research positions in business, national and international institutions and universities. Students graduating with distinction can apply for the PhD Programme in Economics at KU Leuven.



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The Brussels-Washington joint degree in Political Economy is an innovative one-year programme combining the strengths of two internationally renowned institutions. Read more
The Brussels-Washington joint degree in Political Economy is an innovative one-year programme combining the strengths of two internationally renowned institutions. Successful graduates will receive a Master of Arts in Economics from Georgetown University, and an Advanced Master certificate from ULB-Solvay Brussels School.

This unique joint degree from Georgetown University and the ULB-Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management offers:

- An international experience at the heart of global policy-making decision powers, with full immersion in both Europe (Brussels) and the U.S. (Washington D.C.);
- A combination of frontier training in formal and quantitative political economy, with a strong emphasis on concrete policy cases;
Academics and practitioners who are leading specialists in their field;
- On-site meetings to learn how to navigate through international institutions and policies, such as at the European Commission, the World Bank, the OECD, the IMF, the European Central Bank, and the U.S. Federal Reserve;
- Opportunity to join the wide and active alumni networks of Georgetown and Solvay.

The objective of the program is to prepare the next generation of economists to rigorously analyze both the economics and the politics behind the key policy questions of the 21st century.
The focus on political economy reflects the view that evaluating and addressing global and local economic challenges also requires an understanding of the institutions and political settings in which such challenges arise.

The program aims at providing students with a balanced and attractive mix of solid theoretical knowledge and exposure to hands-on practice through the inclusion of both faculty and experts in the respective fields.

The courses in Brussels and in Washington D.C., two crucial centers of global decision-making, will expose:

- The specificities and differences between the approaches taken on each continent;
- Their impact at global level and in various geopolitically crucial regions in the world;
- The complexity of their relationships with other significant actors within the global governance framework.

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Are you attracted by a career in diplomacy or do you wish to further professionalize your diplomatic career? Then the Postgraduate in Economic Diplomacy is exactly what you are looking for. Read more
Are you attracted by a career in diplomacy or do you wish to further professionalize your diplomatic career? Then the Postgraduate in Economic Diplomacy is exactly what you are looking for. This academic postgraduate certificate offers you a specialized, comprehensive, and practically oriented programme that is unique in the world and designed to maximize your professional success.
The programme is organized by VUB's Brussels Diplomatic Academy http://www.vub.ac.be/en/brussels-diplomatic-academy

Aims

The postgraduate in International Trade and Investment is a comprehensive programme aiming at delivering graduates who are able to independently conduct international business practices like export, import, sourcing, investing, M&A and international alliance formation. Courses of high academic quality are enriched by hands-on input from practitioners. Skills workshops will guarantee an optimal functioning at professional level.

Target groups

- Bachelors or masters aspiring for a career in international business.
- Lawyers, legal advisors, consultants, civil servants and politicians who want to acquire knowledge about the various aspects of international trade and investment.
- Professionals who wish to broaden or reorient their career in the field of international trade and investment.
- Business people who wish to further professionalise their knowledge and skills.

Added value

The postgraduate in International Trade and Investment offers you:
- A worldwide unique and specialized curriculum of 66 ECTS.
- A versatile programme that deals with the various aspects of international trade and investment.
- Practical orientation in order to maximize the professional success of its graduates.
- A transcontinental programme in international business. Students have the option to study in Washington D.C. and/or Shanghai.
- Internship services: an internship tutor assists the students in writing application letters, preparing for the interviews and identifying internship placements.
- Career services.

Attainment targets

Graduates will be able to:
- understand the full picture of international trade and investment (legal, fiscal, insurance, VAT, required documents, finance, insurance,…)
- develop international business (export, import, international investment, M&A, international alliance formation)
- compete on the international project market (international tendering) and/or offering consultancy in this field
- understand international business strategy
- protect intellectual property rights
- conduct international negotiations
- lobby at national and international level
- deploy the necessary skills needed within international business
- deploy the proper attitudes required within international business
- operate within an international context
- understand the jargon of international business development
- detect business opportunities
- draft reports on a country’s various economic sectors (market reports or industry reports)
- discuss economic diplomacy and international business with business people, diplomats, bankers, consultants, legal advisers and lawyers.

International opportunities

International opportunities
The Postgraduate in Economic Diplomacy is the first and only transcontinental programme in economic diplomacy.

In the second semester, students have the following possibilities:

Following 18 ECTS in Washington D.C.
Following 18 ECTS in Shanghai
Following 9 ECTS in Washington D.C. and 9 ECTS in Shanghai

CUrriculum

http://www.vub.ac.be/en/study/economic-diplomacy/programme

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