Top Master's and PhD Programs in Economics 2020/2021

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Top Master's and PhD Programs in Economics 2020/2021

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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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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: 15 May 2020

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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: 15 May 2020

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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

ESL’s Master programmes are taught by leading academic professors offering a wide range of advanced and interdisciplinary courses. ESL provides among the best preparations for PhD programmes and high-level professional careers. The ESL’s assets Teaching and Research Excellence and its programmes are world-ranked 17th out of 17.000 programmes in 154 countries by Eduniversal. ESL has also developed a network of renowned partner universities for joint degree programs and international exchanges. You will be immersed in a multi-cultural environment - Louvain-la-Neuve is located 30 km south of Brussels, ideally located to travel across Europe. The city-campus counts 30,000+ inhabitants and forms a thriving, growing agglomeration offering a wide range of services and recreational opportunities. ESL offers a financial support scheme for international students involved in its Research masters. For more info, join ESL WEBINAR on Thursday 20/02/2020.

Application deadline: 30 April 2020

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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: 25 June 2020

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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 2020

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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 2020

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Master/PhD Program in Economics 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 2020

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Master in Economic Development and Growth 

Organized jointly by the Department of Economics and the Department of Social Sciences, the Master in Economic Development and Growth will provide you with the required theoretical and quantitative tools to study the fascinating problem of economic development. While equipping you with the necessary theoretical and quantitative tools of the economist, the programme also provides a wide comparative, long-run take on economic development focussing on comparative economic development trajectories and the long-run evolution of institutions, markets, and states, paying particular attention at the institutional legacies of colonialism, feudalism or slavery or the impacts of industrialization, technological change and globalization.

Application deadline: 31 May 2020

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Vlerick Business School


Vlerick Business School, Ghent, Belgium

Programs available:

Master's in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Are you ready to challenge the status quo or start your own company? This Master's will provide you with the tools and skills to challenge those ideas and train you how to think and act like an innovative entrepreneur. The programme is the gateway to a career as an innovative leader in any kind of company - a large consultancy firm, a multinational, or your own business. During the disruption tour to Silicon Valley you'll get the chance to visit innovative companies, investors and incubators or join our start-up accelerator to launch your own start-up.

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University of Torino


Collegio Carlo Alberto, University of Torino, Turin, Italy

Programs available:

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: 31 March 2020

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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: 31 March 2020

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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: 24 February 2020

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Tilburg University


Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands

Programs available:

Master in Economics

Companies and governments are facing complex problems in the global economy. With your profound understanding of how integrated and turbulent markets function - and if they fail, how this affects market participants - you can help organizations and governments seize the opportunities available. The 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.

Application deadline: 1 April 2020

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Master in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

Become an expert economist, policy advisor or consultant with strong quantitative skills. Learn the newest modelling techniques in economics, econometrics, statistics, and big data methods to solve real-world challenges such as: choosing the best economic policy, designing labor markets and capital investments, regulating competition, and recommending strategic behavior for firms and consumers. With a Master of Science in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics you are awarded an internationally-recognized degree, qualified to pursue a career in a range of different organizations, such as government institutions, banks, insurance companies and research departments of large companies.

Application deadline: 1 April 2020

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Research Master in Economics

CentER's Research Master (RM) in Economics is an intensive two years program. It prepares you for academic research in economics with graduate level coursework and research training. After completing the RM program most students continue with PhD research in economics. RM graduates who performed well in their course work and have a strong research proposal supported by one or two supervisors will be admitted to CentER's three-year PhD program. The RM and PhD program together form an integrated graduate program in Economics.

Application deadline: 1 April 2020

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Master in International Business Tax Economics

Combine international business with taxation challenges. Advise national governments on how to attract large multinationals, or help businesses decide which countries provide the best taxation rules for achieving their strategic goals. International Business Tax Economics offers you outstanding career prospects. Expect to get a job soon after you graduate, finding positions in the private sector (internationally-operating companies, consulting firms) as well as in the public and non-profit sectors.

Application deadline: 1 April 2020

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Radboud University


Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Programs available:

Master’s in Economics

This Master's will challenge you to look at Economics differently and to discover that it is much more than money, markets and regulations. Economists also examine consumers’, businesses’ and governmental financial behaviour and decision-making. Decisions as to where and why to spend money are fundamental in economics. And because reasoning is not always rational, it’s important to have a clear understanding of thought processes. Having an eye for all these facets will give you a strong basis to tackle the complex economic issues in today’s fast-changing globalising world. Simply put, this Master’s programme in Economics will put you ahead of the game. You choose one of seven specialisations in Economics: Accounting and Control, Corporate Finance and Control, Economics, Behaviour and Policy, Financial Economics, International Business, International Economics and Development, International Political Economy.

Application deadline: 1 April 2020

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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 applications - Monday 16 March 2020

Second round of applications - Friday 1 June 2020

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Deakin University

Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Programs available:

Economics PhD Program

The Department of Economics at Deakin University offers a three year, full-time, on-campus PhD program designed to train students for careers in academic and non-academic research institutions, as well as in the private sector. The program includes a coursework component that provides a strong foundation in economic theory and econometrics. Generous scholarships are awarded each year on a competitive basis to the strongest applicants to the doctoral program. The Department of Economics ranks amongst the top 10 economics departments in Australia, and amongst the top 5 in economic theory, according to the Excellence in Research Australia rankings (2015). The Department's other areas of expertise include development, trade and applied microeconometrics. (Deakin University CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B)

Application deadline: 30 September 2020

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University of St. Gallen


University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Programs available:

Master's programme in Quantitative Economics and Finance (MiQE/F)

With its challenging curriculum, the Master's degree programme in Quantitative Economics and Finance offers high-quality education in economics, econometrics and quantitative methods with a strong focus on finance. The programme combines in-depth knowledge in the areas of economics and finance with state-of-the-art quantitative methods, which makes it unique in Switzerland. The MiQE/F trains students to analyse and solve challenging problems in economic policy, finance and the world of business. Small class sizes ensure inspiring discussions and close contact to the research-oriented faculty. The MiQE/F is an excellent basis for moving on to responsible positions in the private sector or policy institutions as well as for highly selective Ph.D. programmes worldwide.

Application deadline: 30 April 2020

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