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MSc in Economics

Course Description

The MSc in Economics at the University of Barcelona (UB) is a high quality Master Program intended to train and educate economists to undertake top research in one of the best places to study worldwide.

The MSc in Economics at UB is the perfect program for new graduated students to develop their research skills through a broad selection of courses entirely taught in English by our top researchers. Since this is a two-year Master, you will have the chance to get very solid methodological foundations and get specialized in some areas of interest at the same time.

On successfully completing this course, students can expect to find employment in a broad range of sectors, including higher education and economic consultancy. The strongest candidates are encouraged to undertake advanced research on the PhD Programme.

Who should apply


‌•Solid foundations to initiate independent research in economics.
‌•A wide range of advanced tools in the analysis and resolution of complex economic problems.
‌•Improvement on your skills to evaluate the effects of economic policies.
‌•Improvement on your decision making, leadership and teamwork skills.
‌•Better understanding and research communication skills.
‌•A programme that enables you to pursue a PhD programme.

Programme Overview

During the 1st and 2nd terms, students study a number of core subjects (40 credits) including Mathematical Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics.

In the 3rd, 4th and 5th terms, students have to choose two options from the list below according to their specialization subjects choice (60 credits), enabling them to specialise in areas of interest for their future profession or research. The areas offered are:

‌•Public Economics
‌•Regional and Urban Economics
‌•Growth and Trade
‌•Government and Markets
‌•Games, Behaviour and Incentives

At the end of the course, in the 6th term, students must plan and write a dissertation (20 credits) in a subject of interest to them, employing the concepts and methods acquired during the course.

Introductory/Complementary course:

‌•Introduction to Economics

FIRST QUARTER –Compulsory Courses (20 ECTS):


SECOND QUARTER – Compulsory Courses (20 ECTS):

‌•Mathematics II
‌•Microeconomics II
‌•Macroeconomics II
‌•Econometrics II

For a full syllabus outline and to view elective courses, please follow this link http://www.ub.edu/ubeconomics/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/MSc-in-Economics-Syllabus-Outline-2016-2017.pdf

Student Exchange

This Master in Economics degree offers to second-year students the chance to take up ERASMUS mobility placements at world-class universities:

‌•Toulouse School of Economics (France) http://www.ub.edu/ubeconomics/master-in-economics/%20http://www.tse-fr.eu
‌•University of Copenhagen (Denmark) http://www.ku.dk/english/
‌•University of Helsinki (Finland) https://www.helsinki.fi/en
‌•Aix-Marseille School of Economics (France) http://www.amse-aixmarseille.fr/en/teaching/graduate-studies


The MSc in Economics is a two years Master. Students need to obtain a total of 120 credits ECTS (60 per year) to be awarded the MSc in Economics.

The credit ECTS price (*) for academic year 2016/2017 is 46’50 eur/credit for European students (and 65,87 eur/credit for non-European students). It means that the total amount for the 2-year master degree (120 credits ECTS) will be: European students: 5.580 eur Non-European students: 7.904,4 eur.

On the first year enrolment, the student will only have to afford the first 60 credits payment (European students 2.790 eur and Non-European students 3.952,2 eur).

In addition, students with an international degree have to pay 218,15€ when they apply for admission in the programme.

(*) Student’s fees for university master’s degrees are decreed on an annual basis by the Catalan government and Universitat de Barcelona.

Visit the MSc in Economics page on the University of Barcelona website for more details!

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Fellowships provided by the Spanish government for students enrolled in second year of college, degree or master.

Value of Scholarship(s)

2,000 euros


Master students :
Not being in possession or legal provision to obtain an official Masters or Doctoal degree.
To be enrolled on the 2016-2017 course for all subjects or credits on the first year of a Masters course.
He has obtained in the corresponding previous university studies that give access to master academic record, the average grade set out in paragraph 1 of this Article according to the branch of knowledge of origin.

Application Procedure

The application must be completed using the form accessible electronically through the electronic office of the Department in the https://sede.educacion.gob.es to address in the "Procedures and Services" section.Once done this, you must download and print a PDF template that must be completed by the applicant (collaborative project outline) own and assessed by the department.To complete the application, you must go back to the application, attach the previous scanned documents and submit the application electronically.
Applicants are advised to initiate proceedings in sufficient time so that they are completed before the deadline for submission of applications.Applications, documents and communications may be submitted in any registration offices referred to in Article 38.4 of Law 30/1992 of 26 November on the Legal Regime of Public Administrations and Common Administrative Procedure. Consultation offices registry http://administracion.gob.es/pagFront/atencionCiudadana/oficinas/encuentraOficina.htm#.VkNuCNIve1t

Further Information


Entry Requirements

‌A Bachelor degree in Economics, Business or a degree studies in other fields with solid maths foundations – such as mathematics, physics or engineering- with a satisfactory scholastic average (GPA).Sufficient level of English language ability.

Course Fees

€2,790 for EU students / €3,952.20 for non-EU students

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