Top Master's and PhD Programs in Economics 2021/2022

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Top Master's and PhD Programs in Economics 2021/2022

If you're just about to choose your economics Master's or PhD program, it's important that you consider options that match your research interests and personal style. Today we're listing a selection of the very best Master's and PhD programs in the economics field and offered by European universities, to help you find the postgraduate program, which is right for you.

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University of Luxembourg

University of Luxembourg, Kirchberg, Luxembourg

Programs available:

MSc in Quantitative Economics and Finance

The University of Luxembourg’s Master of Science in Quantitative Economics and Finance is a one-year programme that exposes highly talented students to fundamental research methods in the fields of Economics and Finance. The program offers advanced courses that familiarize students with fundamental research methods in the fields of Economics and Finance. A broad array of electives allows for a specialization in Economics or Finance. Throughout this demanding academic year, students benefit from the diverse research interests of the faculty and a highly international student body. They gain insights about the activities of research-related jobs within and outside of academia.

Application deadline: 31 July 2021

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MSc in Finance and Economics - Financial Economics track

The University of Luxembourg’s MSc in Finance and Economics - Financial Economics track is a one-year specialised programme in Financial Economics, for you to gain expertise in decision making combining economic and financial knowledge with statistical, econometric and data analytic methods. The curriculum offers the necessary skills for a successful start of a career in consulting and policy analysis in the financial and banking industry, or in the public sector including ministries, central banks, statistical offices or international organisations. During the second semester, you will take a step into the job market of one of the leading financial centres of Europe. Their traineeship programme will get you into the European and local institutions, ministries, and international companies that chose Luxembourg for their headquarters.

Application deadline: 30 April 2021

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University of Surrey

University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

Programs available:

Masters programmes at the School of Economics

Ranked in the top 10 for business and economics in the UK by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021, The School of Economics at Surrey offers a number of attractive options for masters study. On their masters programmes, you’ll learn from an international community of world-leading researchers. Students benefit from a dedicated computer lab, where you’ll have access to specialist software. And there is plenty of flexibility in what you study, with a wide range of module choices and research areas to suit your ambitions. As well as the Economics MRes, they offer the following postgraduate Economics programmes: Economics MA, Economics MSc, and Economics and Finance MSc.

Application deadline: 22 July 2021

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Doctoral programme in Economics (MRes+PhD)

The School of Economics at Surrey offers also an attractive doctoral programme, similar in structure to top US PhD programmes. Their MRes/PhD Economics is designed for candidates with an outstanding background in Economics, typically already holding an MSc in the subject, who wish to engage in leading doctoral research in Economics. The standard entry route to the PhD programme is through the MRes Economics programme. The MRes provides cutting-edge training in micro, macro, econometrics and research methods lasting one year and is, on successful completion, followed by the PhD programme, lasting three to four years during which students take advanced PhD field courses and work on their research. A small number of places with direct entry into the PhD programme is reserved for applicants that hold a degree similar to MRes. An attractive feature of the MRes/PhD programme at Surrey is the relatively small cohort size of the programme. This guarantees a first-rate match of the research interests of the students with leading academics as supervisors.

Application deadline: 22 July 2021

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Paris School of Economics

Paris School of Economics, Paris, France

Programs available:

Economic Decision and Cost Benefit Analysis - EDCBA Master of Science

EDCBA is a Master of Science (MSc) in economic calculation for investment decisions, applied to sectors of the economy currently in full expansion: planning, energy, environment, health, digital transformation. It is accredited by the École des Ponts ParisTech and certified by the PSE. EDCBA responds to a real need among firms and administrative organisations for economic assessment of investment projects. It puts together the academic excellence of degrees offered by the École des Ponts ParisTech with the innovative approach taken in courses accredited by the Paris School of Economics. This Master of Science programme, taught entirely in English, is open to students and young professionals who hold a 4-year Bachelor, Master 1 or 2 degree in economics, statistics or mathematics, from a University, a Grande école, an engineering school or a business school.

Application deadline: 7 July 2021

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University of Neuchâtel

University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Programs available:

Master of Science in Applied Economics

The MSc in Applied Economics (MScAPEC) provides students with a unique opportunity to learn how to use the tools of economics, and tackle real life questions. The core objective of the programme is to provide a rigorous training in modern economic methods: teach students how to apply abstract reasoning to concrete problems, and use a data-driven approach to inform market strategies or policy interventions. The program is a unique blend of courses taught by academic professors and practitioners, including PhD economists from the World Trade Organization, the Swiss National Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the Swiss Federal Office for Statistics, and the Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development.

Application deadline: 30 April 2021

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CERGE-EI

CERGE-EI, Prague, Czech Republic

Programs available:

Master in Economic Research and PhD in Economics

The MA in Economic Research is a top-quality graduate program, consisting of two years of coursework that equips students with the systematic knowledge of economic theory and empirical research techniques, and aims to prepare graduate students for further postgraduate education and a career in research. Similar to other top western courses, the program serves as an integrated Master program specifically aimed at exceptional BA graduates that wish to pursue a PhD degree. There is no tuition fee.

Upon successful completion of the first two years, students can directly enroll into our PhD in Economics program and continue developing their research proposal under close supervision and mentoring of our faculty members. There is no tuition fee. Financial support includes monthly stipends, conference support and funded research stays at prestigious universities around the world.

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Application deadline: 31 March 2021

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Master in Applied Economics

The MA in Applied Economics is a 1-year intensive tuition-based US program focusing on data science and real life-applications. The program combines practical hard skills, useful soft skills, and tailored personal development and career services. Students come from 22 countries worldwide and work in small groups on projects for business and institutional clients. Fast track to employment: 100% of alumni are employed within 6 months of graduation.

The program offers a wide range of fellowships.

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Application deadline: 31 March 2021

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CEMFI

CEMFI, Madrid, Spain

Programs available:

Master in Economics and Finance

Taught by internationally-recognized scholars, CEMFI’s Master in Economics and Finance will equip you with a solid foundation in Economics and Finance, state of the art quantitative tools, and frontier knowledge in the chosen fields of specialization. You will enjoy an active, cohesive and stimulating academic environment in which to lay the foundations for a productive career. A long trajectory of successful placements endorses the quality of this program. The graduates are pursuing careers in financial institutions, consulting companies, international organizations, and governmental agencies, as well as in top doctoral programs.

Application deadline: 31 May 2021

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PhD in Economics

The CEMFI PhD Program will prepare you for successful career in universities and academic centers as well as in central banks and public and private sector institutions. You will enjoy a stimulating academic environment with accessible and supportive faculty. The program comprises two stages: stage one, coursework; and stage two, research. The coursework stage will provide you with state of the art tools to successfully conduct research in an ample range of areas in Economics. The research stage fosters an international academic environment in which you will grow to develop an independent and productive career. The typical duration of studies is five to six years.

Application deadline: 31 May 2021

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Ruhr Graduate School in Economics

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ), Essen, Germany

Programs available:

PhD program in Economics

The program combines an excellent core education with a unique research environment, consisting of four Econ departments and a leading economic research institute. The program is relevant for students with interest in any area of economics - microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, and also finance and statistics- and provides clusters of expertise in policy analysis and applied micro (labor, health, environmental and resource economics, experimental and behavioral), macroeconomics and macroeconometrics, micro theory, and micro- as well as macro aspects of regional economics. RGS Econ and its affiliates facilitate access to comprehensive data resources and expertise in data analysis.

Application deadline: 31 March 2021

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Université catholique de Louvain - Economics School of Louvain (ESL)

Economics School of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Programs available:

Master's Programmes in Economics

The Economics School of Louvain (ESL) Masters programmes are taught by world leading academics and offer a wide range of advanced and interdisciplinary courses, that are mostly taught in English. ESL provides an outstanding preparation for PhD programmes and/or high-level professional careers. The ESL is recognized as a school that provides teaching and research excellence and its programmes are world-ranked 17th out of 17.000 programmes in 154 countries by Eduniversal. It has also developed a vast network of renowned partner universities for joint masters degree programs and international exchanges to further your horizon. Here at UCLouvain, you will be immersed in a multi-cultural environment - Louvain-la-Neuve is located 30 km south of Brussels, which is ideally located to travel across Europe. The city-campus counts 30,000+ inhabitants and it is a thriving and diverse community that offers a wide range of services and recreational opportunities. ESL offers a financial support scheme for international students involved in its Research masters. For more information, join our ESL WEBINAR on Wednesday 03/02/2021 (registration required).

Application deadline: 30 April 2021

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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Barcelona, Spain

Programs available:

Masters' in Economics, Finance and Data Science

The Master’s Degree in Economics and Finance provides an excellent grounding and deep understanding of the field’s foundations, applications, and policies covering theoretical and empirical approaches. It is a one-year master taught entirely in English from a distinguished faculty who are among the best teachers and researchers in their fields. Students will perform technically demanding analyses using powerful analytical and quantitative tools in an intensive and collaborative environment. After graduation, 94% of graduates placed within 6 months and become part of a community with more than 2000 alumni around the world.

Application deadline: 30 June 2021

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Department of Economics, University Carlos III of Madrid

University Carlos III of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Programs available:

Master in Industrial Economics and Markets

The objective of this Master is to produce experts through solid training in three key areas: Industrial Organization, Business Economics and Quantitative Economic Analysis. It is a two years program. The first year consists of courses on Microeconomics, Quantitative Economic Analysis, Finance, and Business Economics, which all the specialties have in common. The second year offers core courses in Industrial Organization (Regulation and Competition Economics), and three areas of specialization on the Economic Sectors of Energy, Transport, and Telecommunications, as well as a dissertation.

Application deadline: 31 May 2021

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Master in Economics

This Master will provide you with a working knowledge of the main tools of quantitative economics. It is directed to graduates in economics, mathematics, and engineering, as well as to graduates in social sciences with a taste for rigorous analysis. The program will prepare you to pursue a professional specialization in one of the different fields of economics, leading to a career in government agencies, international organizations, or the private sector. It serves as well as a first step to students who plan to pursue a research career by enrolling into a PhD program in Economics.

Application deadline: 31 May 2021

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Master/PhD Program in Economic Analysis

The Economics Graduate Program of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid consists of a two-year Master in Economic Analysis, followed by a three year PhD in Economics. The Master in Economic Analysis is aimed at equipping students with the necessary skills to do high quality economic research. After following a core curriculum in the first year, students choose a number of specialized field courses during the second year. The courses bring students to the research frontier and provide them with quantitative and analytical tools to analyze relevant economic problems.

Application deadline: 31 May 2021

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Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Programs available:

MRes and PhD Research Programme in Economics

The 2 year MRes (Master in Research) programme is normally followed by the 3 year PhD stage. The University of Glasgow will fund up to six studentships covering tuition fees and a stipend for up to five years to enable students to receive comprehensive MRes (pre-PhD) training and to subsequently undertake research in a chosen field of economics, leading to a PhD. Students are admitted first into a 2-year programme of coursework consisting of core courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics, followed by elective field courses, which leads to the MRes degree. Candidates who complete the MRes at a sufficiently high level are given priority for admission into the 3-year PhD programme of supervised independent research. The Adam Smith Business School has a large group of research-active economists whose interests span a wide range of fields, allowing the school to offer supervision across most areas of economics and finance. The Economics group runs four seminar series and regularly hosts workshops and conferences.

Application deadline: 

First round of awards: Monday 15 March  2021. Final outcome will be notified by email by 12 April 2021.

Second round of awards: Tuesday 1 June 2021. Final outcome will be notified by email by 30 June 2021.

Candidates who apply after 1 June may be considered for a late award if it becomes available.

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University of Torino

Collegio Carlo Alberto, University of Torino, Turin, Italy

Programs available:

Master in Economics

The Master in Economics at Collegio Carlo Alberto endows its students with advanced training in modern economic theory and methods. Courses are taught in English by our faculty recruited from top schools on the international academic job market. In addition to their coursework, master's students interact with the faculty, fellows, and researchers of the Collegio. They have access to the Collegio's facilities and scientific activities, such as seminars, lectures, and doctoral courses.

Application deadline: 15 June 2021

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Master in Finance, Insurance, and Risk Management

The Master in Finance, Insurance, and Risk Management prepares you for a career in highly-skilled jobs in the financial industry. Graduates use their advanced quantitative finance and econometrics skills in asset management, banks, insurers, hedge funds, consulting firms and major corporations. Such skills also open up opportunities in institutions like central banks, regulators, sovereign wealth funds and sovereign organizations. The outstanding academic background provided by the program also allows graduate students fast-track access to PhD programs in finance.

Application deadline: 15 June 2021

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PhD in Economics (4-year)

The Vilfredo Pareto Doctorate in Economics allows you to structure your coursework and write your doctoral dissertation in a number of different areas of economics. After a common set of core courses that take place in the first term of the program (including review courses in mathematics and statistics and advanced courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics), you can further prepare for your dissertation work by choosing from a list of elective courses. The latter are organized in three curricula: 1) Economics 2) Economics and Complexity 3) Theoretical Economics, Finance, and Statistics. All activities take place in the brand new building of the Collegio Carlo Alberto in downtown Torino. You can benefit from a vibrant and international academic environment and participate in all scientific events. You will receive yearly research funds and have the possibility to spend part of your third or fourth year abroad as a visiting student. There is also the possibility to sign cotutelle agreements with other academic institutions and thus obtain a double doctoral degree.

Application deadline: 30 April 2021

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ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon

ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Programs available:

Msc in Economics

Ranked by Eduniversal among the best in Western Europe, the Msc in Economics (120 ECTS credits) is recommended for students with a good technical background who wish to obtain a rigorous, in-depth education in economic theory and policy at the graduate level, to prepare a successful career as professional economists working for central banks, the banking industry, government institutions, and international organizations or as economic advisors and financial consultants. It also provides a rigorous preparation for students who wish to advance to a PhD program and pursue a career in academia. Extensive preparation in Economics at the graduate level, in an AACSB-accredited and FT-ranked school such as IBS, opens up many career opportunities in areas within economics but also in finance and management. To be able to achieve this while living in the beautiful and welcoming city of Lisbon is one more reason to choose our programme.

Application deadline: 15 March 2021

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University of St. Gallen

University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Programs available:

Graduate Program in Economics and Finance (GPEF)

The GPEF offers a structured Ph.D. programme tailored towards a high-quality and internationally oriented education in economics, econometrics and financial research. It prepares students for an academic career or for applied research positions in policy and industry. Graduates are regularly selected for very reputable academic and non-academic positions. The University of St. Gallen is one of the most renowned universities in the fields of finance, economics, and business in Europe. Successful candidates have acquired (or are about to complete) a Master's degree in Economics, Econometrics, Finance or a related field with excellent grades, and have a strong motivation to conduct own research. They can choose to enrol either in the specialisations Economics / Econometrics (PhD programme in Economics & Econometrics, PEcon) or Finance (PhD Programme in Finance, PiF), starting fall semester 2021.

Application deadline: 15 February 2021

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