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Degree: Master of Science
Application required: access-restricted
Course start: winter semester only
Course duration: 4 semesters
Form of course: full-time only
Language requirements: good command of English (cf. admissions regulations §2)
Language of instruction: English
Other: postgraduate / consecutive

Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Course outline

The two-year programme is for students seeking to enhance their knowledge and fine-tune their methodological skills in Economics after successful completion of a B.Sc. degree course in the same subject. The Alfred Weber Institute of Economics (AWI) plans to increase the capacity of the course to admit about 80 students per year, while maintaining the same high-quality support.

A major concern of the course is to enable students to go about their academic work independently. Course structure is fully in line with the customary international standards and attaches particular importance to the relevance of economic research for financial and economic policy issues, not least with a view to qualifying graduates for professions involving political/public affairs consultancy. Students can acquaint themselves with economic research issues in the supplementary elective modules and seminars they attend. In keeping with the major research interests of the AWI, they will be concentrating their efforts largely on Behavioural Economics, Economic Growth and Development Policy, and Environmental Economics.

To prepare students for the international labour market for economists, classes are held in English, some of them taught by visiting international lecturers.

Course structure

The M.Sc. in Economics is a professionally organised course geared to international standards. Its main aim is to familiarise students with current academic methods and research findings, thus enabling them to engage independently with economic policy issues and comply with the academic standards required in publications on economic subjects. The Master of Science examination is designed to establish whether students fully understand the implications of their subject, are able to make appropriate use of sophisticated academic methods and findings, and are capable of independent research in accordance with academic principles.

After successful completion of the course, graduates are awarded the academic title Master of Science (M.Sc.).The M.Sc. degree course takes four semesters, including the final examination and the time required for the M.Sc. thesis.

Teaching extends over three semesters, the fourth semester is reserved for the thesis. A total of 120 CPs is required for the compulsory and elective modules taken. The course is modular in structure with 90 CPs for taught coursework and 30 CP for the thesis

Research priorities

The Alfred Weber Institute of Economics is internationally renowned for its research and enjoys a high degree of visibility on that score. Its main research interests centre on decision-making and games theory, experimental economic research and the new field of behavioural economics. See our homepage for the research interests of individual professors.

Formal requirements


Access to the course is restricted. The current Admission Regulations are available here.

Prospective students from Germany

Prospective students from Germany can enrol without prior application at the Central University Administration building by the beginning of the lecture period. To matriculate, they are required to show a written statement of admission issued by the representative of the Master’s programme they wish to attend, confirming that the requirements set out in the Admission Regulations have been met. Please apply to the Alfred Weber Institute of Economics for further information on how to proceed.

Prospective international students

Prospective students from other countries must apply in writing, so that their previous academic record can be verified. The deadline for international applicants is 15 June for the subsequent winter semester. Applications must be addressed directly to the International Relations Office. Please use the M.A. application form here and enclose the necessary documents.

Further Information

Current information on procedure

Study and examination regulations

Examination regulations (27 March 2009, 13 November 2018)
Examination regulations
(12 December 2013)
Examination regulations (27 March 2009, last amended 21 July 2016)

Guide to course progression

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook (see „Auf einen Blick“).

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.


Heidelberg University tuition fees payable at the beginning of each semester.

Academic advisors

Marcus Padberg
Alfred Weber Institute of Economics
Bergheimer Str. 58

69115 Heidelberg

Office 00.018

office hours: Tuesdays 1 – 3 pm and Thursdays 10.30 – 12.30 am

phone: +49 (0)6221 542904

fax: +49 (0)6221 542914



Fabian Pohl, B.Sc.

Alfred Weber Institute of Economics
Office 00.018b

Bergheimer Str. 58

69115 Heidelberg

office hours: Wednesdays 4. – 5.30 pm

phone: +49 (0)6221 542902



Alfred Weber Institute of Economics
Bergheimerstr. 58
D-69115 Heidelberg


Marcus Padberg

phone: +49 (0)6221 542904

fax: +49 (0)6221 542914


Student representation

Student representative body VWL (Economics) Heidelberg
Alfred Weber Institute
Office 014
Bergheimer Straße 58
D-69115 Heidelberg
phone: +49 (0)6221-54-2900


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