Faculty of Economics and Social SciencesEconomics – Master

Economic issues play a central role in our daily lives: economic growth, wage inequality and unemployment are featured just as frequently in the media as financial crises, emissions trading or the consequences of globalisation. At the same time, we must all make numerous economic decisions in our private and professional lives. Students in the economics programme focus on analysing and answering these and similar questions.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Science
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionEnglish
Fees and contributions171.80 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with access restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Can be completed entirely in EnglishYes

Course Content

The Master’s degree programme in economics is aimed at students who wish to increase their knowledge of and methodological skills in economics following successful completion of a respective Bachelor’s programme. 

The structure of the programme offers a professional economic education at the graduate level that is based on international standards and is aimed at students with sufficient mathematical and analytical prior knowledge. The main objective of the Master's programme is to enable students to independently conduct scientific work. The programme’s teaching focus is on current academic methods and research findings. After graduation, students have an overview of the interconnections within the subject as well as the ability to analyse scientific publications on economics and to independently apply scientific methods and findings to economic issues.  

The academic programme enables graduates to work in the public or private sector or to complete a doctorate. In order to prepare students for the international labor market for economists, all courses in the Master's degree programme are held exclusively in English.

Course Structure

The Master's degree programme in economics is a modular programme. The compulsory modules in the first semester comprise microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and mathematics. On the basis of complementary and interdisciplinary elective modules and seminars in economics, students learn methods and topics associated with current research. The elective modules in economics can be chosen from one or more of the following areas of specialisation: 

  •  Behavioral and Experimental Economics
  • Political and Development Economics
  • Environmental and Ressource Economics
  • Macroeconomics and Finance

In addition to these fields, courses in other main areas of economics are offered.
In addition, the third semester is intended as a mobility semester in which students can apply for a study abroad programme, for example through the ERASMUS programme, the mobility initiative of the European Union. The credits gained at the respective partner universities can be recognised for the Master’s degree programme in Economics. 

Students complete the Master’s thesis in the fourth semester. For further information on the academic programme, please consult the degree programme schedule or the module handbook.