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Programme overview

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Economists are social scientists equipped with a specific set of tools, which include:

  • Models (or abstract simplifications) capturing salient aspects of social interactions in a given context, and
  • Empirical methods to quantify the relevance of causal mechanisms based on real-world data.

The application of these tools can provide an understanding of how the economy works, and shed light on a wide range of social issues, from decisions within the firm or the family to the design of public policy interventions.

The MSc in Applied Economics (MScAPEC) provides students with a unique opportunity to learn how to use the tools of economics, and tackle real life questions such as:

  • When do markets work and fail?
  • What are the trade-offs involved in regulating the banking sector?
  • How do we tackle climate change?
  • What are the costs and benefits of globalisation?

The core objective of the programme is to teach students how to apply abstract reasoning to real-world problems, and use a data-driven approach to identify likely outcomes of market strategies or policy interventions.

Key information

  • This is a full Master's degree worth 90 ECTS, which can be completed within 12 months.
  • The teaching language is English.
  • The official starting date is September each year, but it is also possible to start the programme in the spring semester (February).
  • Applications are reviewed year-round, and there is no application deadline.
  • On request, the programme can be followed on a part-time basis alongside employment.

For more information see the how to apply page.

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Degree awarded

Master of Science in Applied Economics

with an optional major in:

  • Public finance and regulation
  • Energy and environmental policy
  • Trade and migration policy