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International study programme

Double Master's Programme in Economics

in cooperation with Keio University in Tokyo

Key facts

Partner: Keio University in Tokyo, Japan
Programme structure: First year at the University of Cologne, second year at Keio University
Degrees: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Economics from the University of Cologne
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Economics from Keio University
Duration: 4 semesters
Start: Fall term (October in Cologne)
Language: English



  • Get a better understanding of economic and social problems, such as the design of markets and their regulation, individual behavior, public and monetary policy, and taxation
  • Acquire knowledge of a variety of theoretical approaches
  • Receive state-of-the-art training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and data anaylsis tools
  • Learn how to apply these methods and tools to independently analyse and develop conceptual models to predict responses to changes in policy and market conditions
  • Develop ideas on how to solve complex economic problems in a globalised, interconnected world by considering cross-national connections and effects

Benefit from the expertise of two top-ranking universities. After successful studies, you will graduate with both master’s degrees: : a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Cologne and a Master of Arts in Economics from Keio University.

Partner: Keio University

Keio University is a leading university committed to excellence and innovation in education and research. It is located in central Tokyo. The Faculty of Economics of Keio University, has the mission that its graduate students obtain the highest level of economic knowledge and skills towards solving real world problems and to foster talented individuals with advanced professional skills, whether they continue on to research or to a career in business.


The courses available at the two universities complement each other very well, providing a wide range of topics. The double degree is integrated into the regular master's programmes and incorporates courses from both.

You will study the courses marked in dark green and dark blue. Through recognition of credit points, you can transfer the credits you do not study at the University of Cologne to Keio University and vice versa (marked in light green or light blue).

Part of the study programme is to write a master's thesis, which you will work on during your second year of studies.


Would you like to know more details about the programme? Get in touch with the Programme Manager by phone (Mon-Thu), email or schedule an in-person appointment on campus.

Xenia Elbrächter
Programme Manager
Phone: +49 (0)221 470-7702
Email: Contact form

Advising hour: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm. Please schedule an in-person appointment on campus here.