Program Structure

The Master's program in International Economics and Economic Policy is structured in a modular fashion. It is composed of fundamental courses, specialization courses and the master's thesis. In order to be awarded a Master of Science in International Economics and Economic Policy, students have to accumulate a total of at least 120 credit points. It is recommended to distribute this workload evenly over the four semesters by alloting 30 credit points to each semester.

The master program starts in the winter semester with three fundamental courses, which provide all students the background knowledge in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics. Each fundamental course is alloted six credit points and is taught three hours a week, with roughly a third of the time devoted to in-class discussion of problem sets. In addition to these three fundamental courses (which represent 18 credit points), students are advised to select two additional courses during their first semester. These additional courses can be nearly any courses that are listed on QIS under the category “specialization courses” (except for supplementary courses) for MIEEP. In other words, courses listed as “International Economics”, “Public Policy”, “Seminars” or “Electives” could all be considered as Electives. Short descriptions of the content of the fundamental courses can be found here.

In their second and third semester, students have a variety of course choices in the fields of International Economics and Public Policy, as well as a choice of supplementary courses and seminars. These can be complemented with elective courses, which do not fall into one of the fields mentioned above.

The fourth semester is strongly research oriented. Students write their master's thesis (24 credit points), which is written over a period of four months, and take a research seminar (6 credit points), which is designed to provide exchange among students, and to get feedback during the students’ thesis writing process.

By the end of this program each student will have to complete:

  • the three fundamental courses (equalling a total of 18 CP)
  • seven specialization courses (equalling a total of 36 CP), consisting of:

           - two courses in International Economics
           - two courses in Public Policy
           - two supplementary modules
           - one seminar

  • both components of the research segment (equalling a total of 30 CP)

           - thesis seminar
           - master's thesis

  • additional courses equalling a total of 36 CP that can come from the course lists of International Economics, Public Policy, seminars or electives

Please note that this page only provides a broad overview of the program structure. The official rules and regulations of the master program are binding and should be taken into account; they can be found here (for students that began their studies before 2014) and here (for students that began their studies in 2014 or later, or students that succesfully requested to study according to the new rules).

The following study plan gives an overview of the structure of the program (click to enlarge):