Master in Economics - Barcelona

Posted on: 
May 19, 2017
Start Date: 
Sep 24, 2017
Duration of the Program: 
24 months
Application Deadline: 
Jun 30, 2017

Master in Economics - Barcelona

Posted on: 
May 19, 2017
Start Date: 
Sep 24, 2017
Duration of the Program: 
24 months
Application Deadline: 
Jun 30, 2017

Program Details

Master's Programs
Title after Completion of Studies: 
Master in Economics
Study Options: 

Regular Fee: 
€2 790,00

International Student Fee : 
€3 952,20


*academic year 2015/2016

Funding Options Available: 
Students offered a place on the programme can be considered for a grant.
Av. Diagonal, 690-696
08034 Barcelona Barcelona

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.

International programme
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)


Student profile

Education background

71% Economics and finance
20% Management and business administration
7% Engineering
2% Social and human sciences

Geographic distribution

36% Europe
29% Spain
22% Asia-Africa-Oceania
13% America

Financial support

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.

Application requirements

  • 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


Language Requirements: 
Sufficient level of English.

Class Size: 
20 - 30 students

Average % of International Students: 
around 70%

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