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Masters Degrees in Microeconomics

We have 24 Masters Degrees in Microeconomics

Masters degrees in Microeconomics focus upon specific details of economic processes: the individual decisions, events and other driving causes that determine wider trends. Courses train students to assess supply and demand, the allocation (and value) of scarce resources and the success (or failure) of individual markets.

Most courses within this specialism award MSc degrees. Research qualifications and shorter PGCert or PGDip programmes are also available.

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You can start this MSc Economics degree in September or January. It can be tailored to two specialist fields. International Economics or Business and Financial Economics. On successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with one of the following degrees. Read more

You can start this MSc Economics degree in September or January. It can be tailored to two specialist fields: International Economics or Business and Financial Economics. On successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with one of the following degrees:

  • Master of Economics
  • Master of Economics (Business and Financial Economics)
  • Master of Economics (International Economics).

Graduate market

There is increasing demand for economics graduates in business and public sector decision making. This demand is evident in national and international institutions, including:

  • Central banks 
  • Ministries and governmental departments
  • International governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Commercial and investment banks
  • Rating agencies
  • Research institutes and think-tanks
  • Economics and business media
  • Business and civil society organisations. 

All these employers increasingly look for high-quality, evidence-based decision makers with an ability in applied economics and advanced data analysis. Our Master's degree will enable you to respond to this increasing demand. 

What you'll learn

The programme combines solid training in theory and method with stimulating exposure to economics and financial data sources. We will prepare you to contribute to an international global economy and to respond to its policy changes. 

Our courses weave a three-way linkage between alternative theories of economics and finance, data analysis, and application of theory and method to policy and strategy issues in the world of economics, business and finance.

Our Master's degree has a number of distinctive features to enable you to combine theory and real word examples to develop evidence-based answers to economic and business problems. 

Outcomes

The aims of this degree are:

  • Equip you with a sound knowledge of international economics, financial economics and business economics, improving your analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Enable you to tackle problems creatively by helping you to think outside conventional boundaries
  • Develop skills to seek deeper meaning of a theory or finding in a pluralistic fashion comparing theories and their policy implications
  • Equip you with methods to analyse economic issues relevant to the real world
  • Enable you to respond to the increasing demand for economics graduates by developing your skills and competence in economics.

Rankings

In 2015, Greenwich was named by The Economist as one of four institutions in the country leading the way on curriculum change.

We are proud to say that our economics subjects were ranked:

  • First in London for student satisfaction in both the Guardian University Guide 2016 and the Complete University Guide 2017.
  • Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017.

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

What you'll study

Full time

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

  • Introduction to Economic Analysis and Quantitative Methods (20 credits)
  • Applied Econometrics (30 credits)
  • Microeconomics 1 (15 credits)
  • Macroeconomics 1 (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits).

Option courses

Students are required to choose 4 courses from this list of options.

  • Microeconomics 2 (15 credits)
  • Macroeconomics 2 (15 credits)
  • Economics of International Development (15 credits)
  • Economics of European Integration and the UK (15 credits)
  • Economics of Finance and Investment (15 credits)
  • International Financial Markets (15 credits)
  • Microfinance in International Development (15 credits).

For a Business and Financial Economics specialisation, you study the following courses in addition to the compulsory courses listed above.

  • Microeconomics 2 (15 credits)
  • Economics of Finance and Investment (15 credits)
  • International Financial Markets (15 credits).

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

  • Microfinance in International Development (15 credits)
  • Economics of International Development (15 credits)
  • Macroeconomics 2 (15 credits)
  • Economics of European Integration and the UK (15 credits).

For an International Economics specialisation, you study the following courses in addition to the compulsory courses listed above.

  • Macroeconomics 2 (15 credits)
  • Economics of International Development (15 credits)
  • Economics of European Integration and the UK (15 credits).

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

  • Microfinance in International Development (15 credits)
  • Microeconomics 2 (15 credits)
  • Economics of Finance and Investment (15 credits)
  • International Financial Markets (15 credits).

Part time

The courses listed above will be split across two years.



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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. Read more
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

YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED ON APPLYING IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR

‌•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):

‌•Mathematics
‌•Microeconomics
‌•Macroeconomics
‌•Econometrics

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

[[Fees]

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.

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Degree. MSc in Economics and Business Administration. ECTS credits. 120. Duration. two years. The programme will give you the skills to analyse markets and industries and the economic challenges facing private business, public institutions and the development in countries and regions. Read more
Degree: MSc in Economics and Business Administration
ECTS credits: 120
Duration: two years

The programme will give you the skills to analyse markets and industries and the economic challenges facing private business, public institutions and the development in countries and regions. It will provide you with important perspectives for understanding an increasingly globalised economy.

Understanding economic mechanisms is vital for the success of business and the design of public policy and this master’s programme offers a thorough and comprehensive education in economic theory and econometrics. You will be equipped to analyse core economic questions such as: What are the effects of the financial crisis? Why are some mergers not profitable? Is taxing wealth a good idea? How fast should oil resources be exploited?

You will learn what motivates and drives decisions for individuals, companies, competitors and authorities - and what determines prices, returns and economic conditions.

SPECIALIST AREAS

The programme provides students with basic analytical skills in macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics.

Macroeconomics: covers areas such as business cycles, inflation and economic growth in a national and global perspective, including monetary and fiscal policy. Microeconomics: focuses on consumer behaviour and strategic interaction between companies in markets with imperfect competition and on how information and uncertainty affect decision-making. Econometrics: applies statistical methods to economic data in order to analyse economic themes with a focus on regression analysis and extensive use of practical lab exercises.

The programme also offers also a range of courses that allow you to focus on subject areas you find particularly interesting, such as:
Behavioural Economics
Industrial Economics
Development Economics
Labour Economics
Resource and Environmental Economics

Research Distinction
In addition we offer methodological courses at advanced level for students who want to elaborate their analytical skills. The advanced courses will qualify for a master's with "Research Distinction". Students who are planning to pursue a PhD are encouraged to select at least two advanced courses.

NORWAY'S LEADING BUSINESS SCHOOL

It makes a difference where you study. NHH is one of the best business schools in Europe and is a member of the exclusive CEMS network (http://www.cems.org) – the strategic alliance of 30 leading business schools, 65 multinational companies and five NGO partners.

We welcome talented students from across the world to our master’s programmes and offer them a first-rate education – with no tuition fee.

NO FEES

NHH is a government funded university and therefore charges no application or tuition fees. As a student at NHH, the only fee you are required to pay is a small semester registration fee to the Student Welfare Organization in Bergen (SiB), allowing you to benefit from their services. The amount is currently approximately NOK 800 per semester. Some applicants are obliged to document financial ability in order to be granted a residence permit to study in Norway (citizens outside the EU/EEA area and Switzerland).

3 OUT OF 4 STUDENTS HAVE A JOB BEFORE GRADUATING

NHH graduates have relevant jobs waiting. According to our recent employment survey 3 out of 4 students have already landed a job before they graduate. The average salary for NHH graduates is approximately NOK 524 000 (approx. USD 63 000) including benefits.

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This programme is a springboard into a career as an Economist. Whether you are looking to work in the Civil Service, a leading bank, a multinational organisation or an insurance company, this programme can help you achieve your aims. Read more

This programme is a springboard into a career as an Economist. Whether you are looking to work in the Civil Service, a leading bank, a multinational organisation or an insurance company, this programme can help you achieve your aims. It is also an ideal choice for anybody who sees his or her future as an analyst for a major investment company.

The programme is designed to provide an understanding of economic and financial theory, together with specialist econometric and mathematical techniques. It provides a platform for economics students with a particular interest in finance and will also be of interest to applicants who are already practicing economists or have work experience in the financial sector.

Completion of the MSc in Financial Economics is an excellent foundation for progression onto a research degree. At the heart of the programme are core modules in financial theory, plus a choice of further options in Finance, Economics or Econometrics. Alongside the formal lecture programme, you will be able to participate in the Economics Seminar Series. The summer dissertation represents your chance to carry out original research in financial economics.

This programme forms part of the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre – a hub of world-class social sciences research. More information about SWDTC

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/

Programme structure

This programme is available for study 12 months full-time over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third term and most of the summer to research, write and submit your dissertation. The programme in its entirety runs from September to September.

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits.

Compulsory Modules

Some examples of the compulsory modules are listed here; Topics in Financial Economics Term 2; Fundamentals of Financial Management Term 1; Optimization Techniques for Economists Term 1; Research Design and Dissertation Term 3; Economics of Corporate Finance Term 2; Applied Econometrics Term 1; Applied Econometrics Term 2; Macroeconomics Term 1; Microeconomics Term 1.

Optional Modules

Banking and Financial Services Term 2; Domestic and International Portfolio Management Term 2; Economics of Banking Term 2; Experimental and Behavioural Economics Term 2; Industrial Economics and Strategy Term 2; International Trade and Regional Integration Term 2; Macroeconomics Term 2; Microeconomics Term 2.



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Gain a strong grounding in advanced economics, and take your knowledge an important step further by applying it to the field that most interests you. Read more

Gain a strong grounding in advanced economics, and take your knowledge an important step further by applying it to the field that most interests you.

Our MSc Applied Economics is a suite of taught courses that provides rigorous training in all the main aspects of economics.

Starting with a comprehensive refresher course in essential maths and economics skills, you will go on to receive advanced training in the analysis of problems in applied microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and strategic decision-making.

Most importantly, you will then have the opportunity to tailor the course to the area of business or policy you are most interested in, giving you additional expertise and a head start when seeking work in that field.

We are one of the only universities in the UK offering this level of specialisation on this type of master's. You can select from MSc Applied Economics as a standalone option or with one of four specialist pathways:

Whichever pathway you choose, you will develop your knowledge of quantitative methods beyond undergraduate level and gain the mathematical, statistical and econometric skills to carry out quantitative analyses of applied economics problems.

You will consolidate your research skills further during the dissertation, which you will work on over the summer under the supervision of one of our experienced lecturers. The research training you receive will prepare you well for going into research positions in a government or commercial context.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • analyse and interpret economic data and critically evaluate existing research
  • apply economic concepts to specific economic and policy questions, focusing in particular on the area of business or policy that most interests you
  • design and undertake independent research projects

Learning and teaching

Our teaching staff are all active researchers and regularly publish in the top economics journals, so you will be working with some of the UK’s leading thinkers in economics.

Graduate prospects

This course is ideal preparation for careers within government or industry that require a thorough knowledge of economics.

We expect graduates of the Banking and Financial Markets pathway to be particularly suited to jobs in banks and other financial institutions.

Graduates of the Public Policy or Environmental Policy pathways are especially well-placed to find jobs within government and non-governmental organisations.

Graduates of the Behavioural Science pathway will be ideally suited to work within government or large private sector firms.

Join our webinar

Join our webinar on Thursday 7 December 2017 at 12:00-13.00 GMT.

During the webinar you will be able to find about:

  • differences between the economics courses
  • course structure and content
  • teaching and assessment
  • employability and further study

There will also be an opportunity to put your questions to our staff.

Register for the webinar.

Course structure

This course lasts 1 year. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Units

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Applied microeconomics
  • Applied macroeconomics
  • Applied econometrics
  • Strategic decision making and games
  • Applied research methods

Semester 2

  • Five optional units

Summer

  • Dissertation

Optional course units

These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

  • Applied financial economics
  • Financial markets
  • Economics of financial institutions
  • International monetary policy and institutions
  • Public policy analysis
  • Economics of politics
  • Public finance
  • Environmental regulation
  • Environmental and resource economics
  • Applied behavioural economics
  • Experimental economics
  • Applied behavioural finance
  • Health economics

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars

Assessment

  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Online assessment
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Written examination


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This is a one year full-time programme. The course provides an accelerated route to the equivalent of an honours degree in Economics. Read more

Overview

This is a one year full-time programme. The course provides an accelerated route to the equivalent of an honours degree in Economics. A performance of 60% or better in the diploma guarantees a place on our Master’s programmes.

Course Structure

The programme covers Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and a range of applied courses such as Labour Economics, International Trade, Economics of Sport and Finance.

Students take five compulsory modules and seven optional modules. All modules are 5 credits each. The compulsory modules are the same every year.

The optional modules taken vary greatly, depending on the background and interest of the individual student. Students discuss which modules would be best for them with the course co-ordinator at the start of the year, and are helped to devise the optimal programme of study for themselves.

The list of modules available varies slightly from year to year. Students who wish to take a module from another department may do so, subject to the permission of that department. Not all combinations of modules may be available, due to timetable considerations.

Career Options

Civil service or other policy-making institutions, graduate training programmes, banking, financial services.

Find out how to apply here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/economics-finance-and-accounting/our-courses/higher-diploma-economic-science#tabs-apply

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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Koç University is one of the best places to obtain a MA degree in economics. The Economics faculty at Koç University has a solid reputation as contributors to the frontiers of knowledge in Turkey and abroad. Read more
Koç University is one of the best places to obtain a MA degree in economics. The Economics faculty at Koç University has a solid reputation as contributors to the frontiers of knowledge in Turkey and abroad.
Recently, the department has been ranked number 1 in Turkey and continues to improve its ranking in Europe and the world (Rankings are available here) Students are supported by research and teaching assistantships. They will have the opportunity to participate in the research projects of faculty members and teach their own classes so that they can develop their teaching skills further.

Current faculty projects and research interests:

• Mathematical Foundations
• Mathematics for Economists
• Microeconomics
• Macroeceonomics
• Econometrics
• Game Theory
• Law and Economics
• Mechanism Design
• International Trade
• Financial Economics
• Experimental Economics
• Economics of Information and Contracts
• The Economics of Instıtutions

Entry Requirements

1. GPA: 3.0 minimum

2. GRE (foreign students) score with the following minimum scores.
GRE: 155 Quantitative section

3. English proficiency exam. Applicants need to have taken one of the following exams and have at least the minimum score listed below. Native English speakers do not need to take an English exam.
TOEFL IBT (80/120)
IELTS: 6.5

4. Statement of purpose: In addition to telling us about your academic background, try to be as specific as possible about which topics you would like to study and research while at Koç University.

5. Two letters of recommendation
Two recommendation letters are required for M.A. applications.

6. Interviews
A short list of candidates will be invited for an interview, either in person or through Skype.

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Located in the thriving entrepreneurial city of Shenzhen, China, and immediately adjacent to the financial hub of Hong Kong, Peking University HSBC Business school (PHBS) brings Peking University’s historical presence to the country’s south and lies at the very heart of one of the world's most promising and dynamic metropolitan areas. Read more

Located in the thriving entrepreneurial city of Shenzhen, China, and immediately adjacent to the financial hub of Hong Kong, Peking University HSBC Business school (PHBS) brings Peking University’s historical presence to the country’s south and lies at the very heart of one of the world's most promising and dynamic metropolitan areas. Few other regions in China offer a more suitable setting for an institution destined to become this country's foremost graduate business school. 

 PHBS Master of Economics is a two year and full-time program, culminating in a final thesis, which focuses on a core curriculum in economics theory and applications, and in which international students learn alongside Chinese peers in an environment of cross-cultural dialogue. 

The academic year consists of two semesters, with two modules each. Each module runs for nine weeks. In addition, the faculty members have earned their PhD degrees from top-ranked universities over the world, and all courses are instructed exclusively in English.

Program Objectives

It aims to equip students with a solid theoretical foundation in economics, teaching them to carry out research and analysis independently, and instructing them on the most pressing economic issues of today. The program prepares students for a career as economist in business, public sector, financial institutions, central banks, national and international organizations, as well as academic research.

Curriculum

This program provides specialist training in economics, modern theories, application and methodologies. The PHBS Master of Economics has been granted EPAS accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). The curriculum is very quantitative based and requires students to have a very high level of mathematical skills.

Courses include: Advanced Macroeconomics, Advanced Microeconomics, Applied Econometrics, General and Business Chinese, as well as elective courses.



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Tilburg University's Master’s in Economics program equips you with the tools needed to understand and manage the complex problems facing companies and governments in the modern economy. Read more
Tilburg University's Master’s in Economics program equips you with the tools needed to understand and manage the complex problems facing companies and governments in the modern economy.
What defines the modern economy? Increasingly integrated and turbulent markets, opening up unprecedented opportunities for firms as well greater risks. With your deep understanding of how markets function, when they fail, and the implications of this for market participants, you will be optimally prepared to help organizations and governments seize the opportunities available in the global economy while avoiding potential market pitfalls.

Tilburg University is ranked as #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016). With its excellent quality and relatively low tuition fee, the program at Tilburg University is an excellent choice for those wanting to develop the skills, knowledge and attitude for a professional economic analyst.

The program is unique in its kind due to its flexible curriculum. Students can compose their own personalized curriculum by selecting courses from 13 different seminars and 5 methods courses. By selecting specific courses, they also have the opportunity to compose one of the specialized tracks:
-Competition and Regulation
-Public Policy
-Sustainability and Growth
-Pensions Aging and Retirement
-Money Banking and Financial Institutions
-Behavioral Economics.

Future jobs

Because of the excellent reputation of the Tilburg University Economics Department in both teaching and research, your Master's in Economics qualification gives you a competitive advantage in any career that requires sound economic knowledge, strong economic intuition, and sharp analytical and problem-solving skills.

Your degree will be an excellent launch pad for a career as consultant, analyst or policy advisor. Possible job opportunities include positions in:
•International companies
•Banks
•Management Consulting firms
•Research agencies
•Public sector
•Non-profit sector

Are you passionate about sharing your knowledge with others? After finishing your Master in Economics, Dutch graduates have the possibility to follow a one-year educational post-Master to become a teacher in General Economics.

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'Behavioral Economics' is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics. Tilburg University is ranked #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016). Read more

Master's specialization in Behavioral Economics

'Behavioral Economics' is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics.

Tilburg University is ranked #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016).

Address economic questions around behavior and behavioral change

Many economic questions ultimately revolve around behavior and behavioral change.
•How to encourage households to waste less food?
•How to prevent fraud in organizations?
•How to stimulate employees to cooperate efficiently?
•How to foster trust in online markets?

The track ‘Behavioral Economics’ will provide you with the knowledge and skills to effectively address such questions.

Integrate insights from economics and psychology

The specialization track integrates insights from economics and psychology. It builds on the principle that policy advice should be evidence-based and cannot rely on theory alone. The starting point is that individuals are not rational self-interested maximizers but that human behavior is based on a bounded capacity to process information and on preferences that include a regard for such social norms as fairness and reciprocity.

Learn how to affect behavior by policies and strategies

In recent years it has become increasingly clear to firms, organizations, and governments that policies and strategies should take account of both the economics and the psychology of behavior. There is an urgent need for economists who have been trained to take a broader view, who have a profound knowledge of all relevant aspects of behavior and the ways it can be affected by policies and strategies.

Key courses:

•Seminar Economics and Psychology of Risk and Time
•Seminar Economics and Psychology of Social Norms and Strategic Behavior
•Methods course Experiments and Surveys

Career perspectives

This track is recommended to students who want to work in consultancy, policy advice and project management. The insights from behavioral economics are in high demand at financial institutions, insurance companies, multinational enterprises, as well as in regional and national government.

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'Competition and Regulation' is one of the specialized tracks on the Master's program in Economics. Tilburg University is ranked #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016. Read more
'Competition and Regulation' is one of the specialized tracks on the Master's program in Economics.

Tilburg University is ranked #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016.

A specialized track about the tension between competition and regulation:
Fair competition is essential for the functioning of markets. Consumers can make better decisions if they are well informed about prices, service conditions, and product quality. Firms will be able to exploit their competencies if they are operating at a level playing field.

At the same time, firms benefit from shielding themselves from competition of their rivals in the market. And being successful may create a monopoly position. It is this tension between competition and regulation that makes a deep analysis of markets both intellectually interesting and practically relevant for corporate strategists and policy makers.

Apply Industrial Organization and Competition Law to business strategies and regulatory policies:
In the 'Competition and Regulation' track, you will learn how to apply insights from Industrial Organization and Competition Law, to business strategies and to regulatory policies. Cases deal with, for example, the lack of competition in certain markets (electricity, telecommunication services) and the response by national governments and the European Union.

This track is closely linked to the Tilburg Law and Economics research center TiLEC.

Key courses:

•Methods: Game Theory and Industrial Organization
•Seminar Competition and Innovation
•Seminar Competition Policy
•Seminar Competition and Regulation in Network Industries

In these courses, you analyze causes of imperfect competition and identify rules and regulations that ensure fair competition while mitigating possible negative effects on productivity and technological change. You will also learn about the legal aspects, including discussion of the relevant legal concepts and laws.

Career perspectives

This track is advised to students who wish to work for competition authorities (e.g. the Dutch ACM), regulatory bodies, Ministry of Economic Affairs, large consultancy firms (PricewaterhouseCoopers), specialized economic consultancies on competition and regulation (Lexecon, Nera, Oxera), international organizations such as EU and OECD, and economic departments of large firms.

Recent graduates in this track are working as:

•Director for Economic Research at the Turkish Competition Authority
•Economist at the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM)
•Management Consultant at Magnitude Consulting
•Economic Adviser at Confindustria
•Corporate Credit Risk Analyst at Essent N.V.
•Junior Business Analyst at Raven Consulting
•Senior Commercial Strategy Analyst at LAN Airlines
•Economic Analyst at Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association

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'Money, Banking & Financial Markets' (former name. International Economics and Finance) is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics. Read more
'Money, Banking & Financial Markets' (former name: International Economics and Finance) is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics.

Tilburg University is ranked #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016.

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The financial and international side of firm regulation and policy making:
This track will train you in two sub-disciplines: Finance as well as Economics. You will get the opportunity to combine practical financial management to economic analysis of the markets you invest in.

You will also learn:

•how international bodies function (e.g., the European Central Bank),
•why tax policies are designed the way they are,
•and what the consequences are for firms in Europe.

You will for example discuss problems in the Eurozone, International financial supervision, microfinance, bank-runs and systemic risk, and taxation of financial institutions.

The track is closely linked to the European Banking Center, a Tilburg based research network on banking and financial markets.

Career perspectives

This track is interesting for you if you aim for a career in banking (private but also central banks), in other private businesses that are regularly confronted with international policy making, or in (inter)national government.

Examples of functions of recent graduates of this track:
•Finance Trainee at the ABN AMRO Bank
•Jr Investment Strategist at AEGON
•Trading Risk Analyst at ING Group
•Corporate Management Trainee at Rabobank Nederland
•Consultant at IBM
•Junior Business Analyst at Deloitte
•Research Analyst at PT Panca Global Securities, Tbk
•Corporate Transaction Support at the Bank of Ireland
•Trade Finance Officer at ICBC

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'Pensions, Aging and Retirement' is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics. Tilburg University is ranked #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016). Read more
'Pensions, Aging and Retirement' is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics.

Tilburg University is ranked #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016).

Understand the economic aspects of pensions, aging and retirement:
Aging populations increasingly raise economic and policy questions on a firm and national level for every developed country - creating an urgent demand for professionals with the expertise to offer informed solutions.
The track 'Pensions, Aging and Retirement' will bring you a scientific understanding of the various aspects of aging.

Create solutions for financial institutions and government policy:
You will learn how economic theories and models can be applied to create solutions for financial institutions and government policy. The track is closely linked to research institute Netspar which is a renowned institute involved in the development of financial products and facilities for the ‘old age’ European citizens.

Career perspectives

This track offers you a qualification that leads to a host of different career options in the public and private sector as well as academia, thanks to the growing demand for specialists with in-depth knowledge of the issues pertaining to aging societies.

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The Economics of Public Policy Program will prepare you for analytical positions at public institutions, international organizations, consulting firms, research institutions, and think tanks. Read more

The Economics of Public Policy Program will prepare you for analytical positions at public institutions, international organizations, consulting firms, research institutions, and think tanks.

Program description

The Economics of Public Policy Program provides students with the theoretical and empirical fundamentals to answer questions that impact entire populations.

How and why do particular public policies get implemented? How are they designed? How do we know if they work? Why are some policies more successful than others?

National-level finance and planning involves big numbers: pensions, health systems, income support, social programs, and so forth. Successful public policies can make all the difference for the lives of millions of individuals, with numbers and effects become much larger for developed countries and faster growing in developing ones.

Students will be drilled in commanding advanced empirical public policy evaluation tools, and will be ready to use these tools in practice.

Students will be exposed to the views of experts from fields other than Economics in order to build an appreciation for the multidisciplinary nature of public policy design and evaluation. A master's advisor will guide each student in completing an independent master's project by the end of the program, allowing specialization in a policy topic of the student's choice.

Our graduates will be prepared to take on analytical positions at public institutions, international organizations, consulting firms, research institutions, and think tanks.

Graduates will also be well-prepared to pursue advanced post-graduate study of Policy or Economics.

Degree

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis awarded jointly with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The degree requires the successful completion of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits of graduate courses (6 credits are equivalent to a 40 hour course), some compulsory and some elective. The students' final program must be discussed with and approved by the Master Director.

Who hires EPP Graduates?

  • Research and Academic Institutions
  • Consulting Firms
  • International Organizations and Non-profits
  • Government and Authorities
  • Financial Services

Examples of recent professional placements:

  • Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) - Research Assistant (Maastricht, Netherlands)
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative - Regional Associate (Washington, DC, USA)
  • Ernst & Young (EY) - Senior Consultant (Dublin, Ireland)
  • HM Treasury - Senior Policy Advisor, Head of Agriculture (London, UK)
  • Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) - Research Associate (Manila, Philippines)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - Policy Unit Trainee (Paris, France)
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI) - ODI Fellowship (Zanzibar)
  • PIMCO - Account Analyst (London, UK)
  • Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab, Brown University - Economic Analyst (Providence, RI, USA)
  • US Department of Research - Economist (Washington, DC, USA)

Examples of recent PhD placements:

  • Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI)
  • German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Minnesota


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The Barcelona GSE Economics Program provides rigorous training for admission to top doctoral programs and for technically demanding careers. Read more

The Barcelona GSE Economics Program provides rigorous training for admission to top doctoral programs and for technically demanding careers.

Program description

Students who complete this program will acquire an excellent grounding and deep understanding of the field's foundations, applications, and policies covering theoretical and empirical approaches. 

Students will perform technically demanding analyses using powerful analytical and quantitative tools, and will design and conduct an independent master's project.

The Economics Program course listing is broad enough to offer students specialized training in a number of areas: 

  • Macroeconomics with a focus on monetary and fiscal policy
  • Labor and public economics
  • International economics
  • Development economics
  • Business and market organization
  • Behavioral and experimental economics
  • Financial economics

The Economics Program is the main gateway for admission to the PhD Track of the Graduate Program in Economics, Finance and Management (GPEFM) at UPF. 

More than half of our Economics alumni continue their education through GPEFM or in another PhD or graduate program at prestigious schools around the world. Alumni who choose a professional career path are regularly hired by governmental agencies, international banking, consulting and research firms.

Degree

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Economics and Finance awarded jointly with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The degree requires the successful completion of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits of graduate courses (6 credits are equivalent to a 40 hour course), some compulsory and some elective. The students' final program must be discussed with and approved by the Master Director.

Who hires Economics Graduates?

  • Research and Academic Institutions
  • Consulting Firms
  • Financial Services
  • International Organizations
  • Government and Authorities

Examples of recent Economics placements:

  • Columbia University - Research Assistant (New York, NY, USA)
  • European Central Bank (ECB) - Macro Department Trainee (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • European Investment Bank (EIB) - Graduate Program, Risk Managment (Luxembourg)
  • Federal Reserve Bank in Washington, DC - Research Associate (USA)
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO) - Regional Economic and Social Analysis Intern International (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • McKinsey & Company - Consultant (Berlin, Germany)
  • Morgan Stanley - Investment Banking Analyst (Hong Kong)
  • Nera Economic Consulting - Research Officer (London, UK)
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI) - ODI Fellowship (several locations world-wide)
  • World Bank - Financial Analyst, Finance and Markets Department (Washington, DC, USA)



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