The Master of Science in International Economic Policy is an internationally oriented programme which aims at preparing students for applying rigorous theoretical and empirical economic analysis to a wide range of issues relevant for business and public policy. Students successfully completing this programme will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in International Economic Policy, which serves as a stepping stone for a professional career in the private or public sector or an academic career.
After completing advanced-level courses in the core areas of economics (microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics), students can self-select into elective courses in major economic policy areas (e.g., public finance, labour economics, monetary economics, international economics, competition policy), in theoretical fields (e.g., behavioural economics, game theory, contract theory), in research methods (e.g., microeconometrics, computational economics, experimental economics), or in economic journalism. The program will be finished with a policy- or research-oriented seminar which prepares for the Master thesis.
In the spirit of its international orientation, the program can be completely studied in English. Students are encouraged to spend an exchange semester at one of the partner universities abroad and courses taken there are accredited.
Furthermore, the program offers the opportunity to pursue a dual degree which integrates two semesters at the faculty of economics and business administration at the University of Ghent, Belgium (https://www.ugent.be/eb/en). Students successfully completing this dual degree programme will receive the Master’s degree in International Economic Policy from the University of Würzburg and the Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Ghent.
Prospective students are expected to display a strong interest in acquiring the academic skills necessary to address economic policy questions and to pursue scientific work. In this regard, a solid knowledge in mathematics and statistics is an essential prerequisite.