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About this degree

Skills acquired

Our students acquire the tools and skills required for cutting-edge economic analysis, including:

  • a core set of models for micro and macro policy analyses used in the economic profession;
  • state-of-the-art empirical methods, focusing on their application with the most widely used software (R and Stata); and
  • the ability to read and reflect on the scientific literature, applying these tools to real-world issues.

Structure of the programme

The programme officially starts with a one-week "maths camp," taking place just before the beginning of the autumn semester.

The programme includes a set of core courses, and students can specialise (or major) in one of three areas:

  • Public Finance and Regulation;
  • Energy and Environmental Policy; or
  • Trade and Migration Policy

To major in one of these, students must complete a pre-specified list of optional courses (see detailed curriculum). These specialisations allow students to acquire additional skills in their area of interest, and signal their interest and skills to potential employers; however, students can also opt for an MSc in Applied Economics without specialisation.  

The programme culminates in a dissertation on an applied topic, chosen by the candidate under the supervision of a faculty member, or in an internship (30 ECTS).