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Master of Science

Master Economics

Programme Structure and Organisation

Here you will find detailed information on the structure of the Master's programme and helpful links to the organisation of the Master's programme in Economics.

expand: Curriculum M.Sc. Economics

You can also find this tabular overview in the current Module Catalogue for the M.Sc. Economics.

The Path to your Personal Expertise

The master’s programme carries 120 ECTS credits and compromises a “Core Section”, a “Specialisation Section”, “Supplementary Sections” and the “Master Thesis”. It equips you with knowledge of the theoretical foundations and methods and the ability to conduct applied and theoretical economic analyses. Apart from the Core Section, you will be able to flexibly choose your course curriculum largely following your individual preferences.

The Core Section of the programme contains 24 credit points (four courses) and will introduce you to the central methods and insights of the main areas of modern economics: econometrics and statistics, macroeconomics and microeconomics.

In the Specialisation Section you choose courses from the main areas that reflect your substantive orientation in which you want to proceed with your studies.

In the specialisation on Empirical Methods and Data Analysis your focus is on the tools of empirical analysis. In Markets and Economic Policy your focus is largely on issues of public policy and the functioning of markets from a macroeconomic perspective. In Market Design and Behavior you focus on the microeconomic working of specific markets and how they should be regulated and the behavior of individuals in them.

The Supplementary Section in Economics offers both specialisation and generalisation. A particular concentration on energy markets and climate economics is possible in our specialised field Energy and Climate Change which builds on and deepens methods and insights from various areas of the specialisation section. You may also acquire particular skills of our interest by choosing further courses from any of the fields in the specialization section. You can also complement and deepen your studies with courses from our Master in Economic Research programme.

The Supplementary Section in Management and Social Science allows you venture into other fields within the Faculty, for example, complementing the study of labour markets with courses in Personnel Economics, deepening your understanding of public policy with expertise from political science, or of human behavior in Sociology.

With the master’s thesis, you show your ability to apply the skills you have acquired throughout the programme and conduct your very own research with an aim to contribute to scientific knowledge.

Further details on the structure of the degree programme, such as course of study recommendations and module descriptions, can be found in the module catalogue.

If you started your studies before 2021, please select the appropriate documents in the document overview.

Organising your Studies

Studying requires a high degree of self-organisation. Well-prepared and properly informed, you will manage your studies with ease. In the following, we have compiled links to helpful information, relevant tools and counselling centres for you.