The MSc in Economics offered by the UB School of Economics is a high-quality master’s programme that prepares economists to undertake cutting-edge research at one of the world’s leading higher education institutions. This programme has recently been accredited with Excellence by the Universities Council recognising outstanding achievements and performance.
The MSc in Economics is the perfect programme for recent graduates looking to develop their research skills through a broad selection of courses entirely taught in English by our top researchers. Since this is a two-year master, students will have the chance to develop strong methodological skills and specialise in areas of particular interest to them.
On successfully completing the programme, students can expect to find employment in a broad range of sectors, including higher education and economic consulting, in institutions such as Stanford University, Inter-American Development Bank, Bloomberg and Deloitte. The strongest candidates are encouraged to undertake advanced research in the PhD Programme at the University of Barcelona or abroad (NOVA Lisboa, Lund University, University of Luxembourg…).
The University of Barcelona is the top Southern European University in the QS World University Rankings and the third-best Economics institution in Spain based on ISI and IDEAS rankings. The UB School of Economics boasts experts in many disciplines of both economics and econometrics and forms part of an internationally recognized hub of economics research in the Barcelona area.
Overview of the Course
The MSc in Economics is intended to equip students with the tools needed by a professional economist to conduct economic research and analysis.
In the 1st and 2nd terms, students attend the compulsory courses (40 credits) to acquire a solid foundation in economics and quantitative techniques.
In the 3rd, 4th and 5th terms, students have to choose two options from the list below according to their elective courses choice (60 credits), enabling them to specialise in areas of interest for their future profession or research:
- Public Economics
- Regional and Urban Economics
- Growth and Trade
- Government and Markets
- Games, Behaviour and Incentives
At the end of the course, in the 6th term, students must plan and write the Master thesis (20 credits), employing the concepts and methods acquired during the course.
Second-year students have the opportunity to study part of their degree abroad:
Toulouse School of Economics (France)
University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
University of Helsinki (Finland)
Aix-Marseille School of Economics (France)
University of Paris-Saclay (France)
71% Economics and finance
20% Management and business administration
2% Social and human sciences
Students offered a place on the programme can be considered for a grant. UB Economics publish on April/May a call for two Teaching Assistantships. Students will also be able to apply for funding opportunities offered by public institutions during the course (collaboration scholarships…).
All of them are awarded competitively, on the basis of academic merit. However, students are encouraged to apply for external support for which you are eligible.
- Undergraduate degree in Economics, Business or in other degree studies with solid math skills with a good scholastic average (GPA)
- Two letters of reference
- Motivation letter