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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. 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.


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

Visit the Economics MSc page on the KU Leuven website for more details!





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