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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Full Time MSc Degrees

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Acquire an advanced understanding of the interaction between theory and practice as well as the qualifications necessary for solid placement in the field. Read more

Acquire an advanced understanding of the interaction between theory and practice as well as the qualifications necessary for solid placement in the field.

Program description

As competition policy becomes increasingly relevant in both the public and private sectors, there is a great need for professionals prepared to address market regulation issues. The highly practical focus of the Competition and Market Regulation Program ensures that graduates have both an advanced understanding of the interaction between theory and practice as well as the qualifications necessary for solid placement in the field.

The Barcelona GSE Competition and Market Regulation Program presents students with a learning progression, starting from the basic necessary conceptual frameworks and economic tools, and then introducing core issues in Competition Policy and Market Regulation with the help of leading specialists in each field.

Students themselves will examine real-world competition policy cases and demonstrate how regulation works across specific industries such as banking, energy, and telecommunications, and will design and conduct an independent master's project in their domain.

Students will have a wealth of opportunities to complement their coursework with conferences and seminars in various fields of specialization. Chief among these is the Regulation and Competition Seminar Series, organized by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) Department of Economics and Business, the Comisión del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones (CMT), and the Barcelona GSE. Seminars feature academics, regulators, and practitioners at the forefront of their fields discussing specific issues and presenting original research. In addition to providing a range of regulatory issue perspectives, seminars also give students the opportunity to network with top professionals in the industry.

Study with the experts

Teaching faculty include many industry experts teaching in the current edition of the program, as well as Massimo Motta, who has returned from his stint as Chief Competition Economist at the European Commission. Professor Motta has been involved with the master program since its foundation and brings many years of experience both in the classroom and in the practice of competition policy.

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 Competition Graduates?

  • Government and Authorities
  • Financial Services
  • International Organizations and Non-profits
  • Other Industries

Examples of recent professional placements:

  • Autorité de la Concurrence - Assistant Economist (Paris, France)
  • Charles River Associates (CRA) - Consulting Associate (London, UK)
  • Compass Lexecon - Analyst, Competition & Regulation (Madrid, Spain)
  • Ernst & Young (EY) - Senior Economist (Monterrey, Mexico)
  • Financial Conduct Authorities (CMA) - Senior Associate (London, UK)
  • Frontier Economics - Analyst (London, UK)
  • McKinsey & Company - Consultant (San Jose, Costa Rica)
  • Nera Economic Consulting - Research Officer (London, UK)
  • RBB Economics - Associate (Madrid, Spain)
  • World Bank - Consultant (Nairobi, Kenya)


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The Data Science Program will prepare you to design and build data-driven systems for decision-making in the private or public sector. Read more

The Data Science Program will prepare you to design and build data-driven systems for decision-making in the private or public sector.

Program description

The digital revolution brings with it an explosion of data that carries significant potential value for businesses, science, and society.

As data becomes easily available as never before, so too does its volume grow, and extracting useful quantitative insights becomes more and more challenging. 

The Barcelona GSE Master in Data Science prepares its graduates to design and build data-driven systems for decision-making in the private or public sector, offering a thorough training in predictive, descriptive, and prescriptive analytics.

The curriculum will guide students from modeling and theory to computational practice and cutting edge tools, teaching skills that are in growing global demand. 

Data Science students will be armed with a solid knowledge of statistical and machine learning methods, optimization and computing, and the ability to spot, assess, and seize the opportunity of data-driven value creation.

Students will learn how to apply classroom examples using real data and answering concrete business questions from the perspectives of different industries. Through an independent master's project and the opportunity for industrial practicum work conducted with local businesses, students can have the opportunity to solve actual analytics problems hands-on.

Our courses are taught by leading academics and researchers in the fields of Economics, Operations, and Statistics, as well as experienced professionals from the analytics industry.The program also invites guest speakers and entrepreneurs working at the frontiers of the Data Science.

Degree

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Data Science awarded jointly by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). 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 Data Science Graduates?

  • Consumer Goods, E-commerce, Entertainment, Pharmaceutical, and Telecommunications Industries
  • Logistics and Transportation Industries
  • Finance and Insurance Industry
  • Consulting and Research Organizations
  • Banking and Public Institutions

Examples of recent professional placements:

  • Accenture - Consultant (Barcelona)
  • Agoda - Data Scientist (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Criteo - Business Intelligence Analyst (Barcelona)
  • Kernel Analytics - Data Scientist (Barcelona)
  • King - Junior Data Scientist (Barcelona)
  • Morgan Stanley - Quantitative Model Developer (Budapest, Hungary)
  • Nine Connections - Machine Learning Developer (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab - Data Scientist (Providence, RI, USA)
  • Stratagem Technologies - Reinforcement Learning Research (London, UK)
  • UNICEF - Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (Kinshasa, Congo)




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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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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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This program will prepare you for the most demanding jobs in banking, consulting, and asset management. Program description. The complex financial times we live in demand greater modelling techniques and a deeper understanding of financial data. Read more

This program will prepare you for the most demanding jobs in banking, consulting, and asset management.

Program description

The complex financial times we live in demand greater modelling techniques and a deeper understanding of financial data. The Master in Finance at the Barcelona GSE is designed to meet these challenges, as it is a comprehensive program that covers all the important areas of finance and prepares you for the most demanding jobs in banking, consulting and asset management.

This program is unique because it offers better training on quantitative topics than most masters in finance, and has a broader focus than the typical master in quantitative finance.

Our graduates excel in the ability to design and implement complex financial models; understand the theory and bring it to the data. They outclass their peers with a more qualitative background (like an MBA), because they can work in a wider range of positions (risk management, derivatives trading, venture capital, wealth management, etc.). At the same time, our graduates are more versatile than students with a pure quantitative background, because they can reach beyond purely technical jobs.

The program offers interactive classes, intensive use of advanced statistical and mathematical software, in-depth case studies, presentations by finance professionals, and the support of an experienced team of career services officers.

A key advantage of our Master in Finance is that students can benefit from GSE top faculty teaching in a wide range of courses in their field of expertise. In particular, students with an interest in quantitative techniques can take electives in advanced econometric methods, optimization techniques, advanced programming, and machine learning, while students who are interested in economics topics can choose among the advanced economics courses in macroeconomics, monetary policy and exchange rates.

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 Finance Graduates?

  • Consulting
  • Financial Services
  • Research and Academic Institutions
  • Government and Authorities
  • Other Industries

Examples of recent Finance placements:

  • Accenture - Junior Consultant Finance and Risk Management (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Bain & Company - Associate Consultant (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Blackrock - Analyst (Edinburgh, UK)
  • Central Bank of Peru - Senior Investment Strategist (Lima)
  • Central Bank of Uruguay - Risk Analyst (Montevideo)
  • European Central Bank (ECB) - Financial Stability Expert (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • GCV Gaesco - Graduate Quantitative Analyst (Madrid, Spain)
  • KPMG - Junior Analyst Transfer Pricing (Barcelona)
  • Palladio Finanziaria S.P.A - M&A Intern-Investment banking (Milan, Italy)


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This program provides rigorous training in the economics of international finance, trade, and development for students interested in demanding professional careers and doctoral programs. Read more

This program provides rigorous training in the economics of international finance, trade, and development for students interested in demanding professional careers and doctoral programs.

Program description

What can be done to avoid financial crises? How can growth in the least developed countries be accelerated? How can wealth be distributed equitably and sustainably? This program will allow students to acquire a thorough knowledge of the conceptual and empirical tools of modern Economics applied to international trade, finance, and development.

Tailor your program to fit your interests and goals

The program starts in the first term with a set of courses on economic growth and development, international trade and finance, and quantitative methods. In the second and third terms, students can choose from a wide array of courses and tailor their learning experience to their interests. Some students chose to specialize in development, others in international trade and finance, while others opt instead for a more balanced approach that combines training in both areas.

Students complete an independent study project by the end of the academic year, allowing them to specialize in a policy topic of their choice. They also attend a series of policy lessons delivered by international experts.

Study with experts from academia and international organizations

The master's faculty consists of internationally renowned scholars who have previously held academic positions at MIT, NYU, Chicago, Berkeley, Stanford and Cambridge. They have also worked or held consulting appointments at international organizations, including the World Bank, the IMF, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the European Central Bank.

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 ITFD Graduates?

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

Examples of recent ITFD professional placements:

  • BNP Paribas - Global Trade Analyst (Luxembourg)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton - Senior Consultant (McLean, VA, USA)
  • Center for International Development at Harvard University - Research Assistant (Boston, MA, USA)
  • European Central Bank (ECB) - Trainee, Statistic Department (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • European Commission - Trainee in DG Trade, Evaluation Unit (Brussels, Belgium)
  • German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) - Consultant (Gaborone, Botswana)
  • Ministry of Business and Growth in Denmark - Financial Economic Affairs Analyst (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta - Senior Economic Research Analyst (Atlanta, GA, USA)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Project Assistant (New Delhi, India)
  • World Bank - Consultant in Macroeconomics and Growth (Washington, DC, USA)

Examples of recent ITFD PhD program placements:

  • Harvard University
  • Ifo Institute for Economic Research
  • Michigan State University
  • New York University
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
  • University of Rochester



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Acquire the skills demanded by consulting firms, investment banks, and government agencies. Program description. Policy-makers are often forced to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty, but the results of these decisions may directly influence a country’s overall economic performance. Read more

Acquire the skills demanded by consulting firms, investment banks, and government agencies.

Program description

Policy-makers are often forced to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty, but the results of these decisions may directly influence a country’s overall economic performance.

While a thorough understanding of aggregate economy dynamics is necessary for success, it is not entirely sufficient. Organizations must also be knowledgeable of the many sources of aggregate risk and uncertainty, and must rely on the analytical tools available to study the aggregate economy.

Students in the Barcelona GSE Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets Program will obtain relevant knowledge about the central issues in Macroeconomic and Financial Economics analysis, as well as the key tools, data, models, and techniques now being used by public and private institutions.

Financial and consulting firms increasingly utilize complex economic theories. Students will not only learn how to use these modeling and statistical techniques, but will conduct an independent master's project to learn how to apply these new skills to real empirical work. This program covers economic models such as the dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE), vector autoregression (VAR), and autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity (ARCH). Our graduates are prepared with an expert grasp of aggregate economy and financial function fundamentals, able to build macroeconomic and market forecasts - skills that consulting firms, investment banks, and government agencies are all in need of.

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 Competition Graduates?

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 their Master Director.



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