The MSc International Economic Policy is a two-year programme over the course of which students accumulate 120 ECTS credits. The programme can be started in October (winter term) or in April (summer term). The application deadline is July 15th and January 15th, respectively.
Each course in the programme accounts for 5 ECTS credits and is typically taught four hours per week, with approximately half of the time devoted to the discussion of exercises and problem sets. A complete course list can be found here. As depicted in Figure 1 below, students have to select four courses from the Core area (i.e. 20 ECTS credits), eight courses from the Core Elective area (i.e. 40 ECTS credits) and four courses from the Elective area (i.e. 20 ECTS credits). In contrast to the narrowly defined Core area and Core Elective area, the Elective area includes a broad range of courses in economics and business, as well as courses taken at partner universities and specific project seminars. While some of the Core Elective and Elective courses are taught in German, the programme requirements can be entirely met with courses taught in English. The programme is completed with a policy-oriented or research-oriented seminar (10 ECTS credits) and the Master’s thesis (30 ECTS credits).
The programme offers its students a high degree of flexibility regarding the individual arrangement of the study plan. In general, students are advised to spread their workload evenly over the course of the programme. As depicted in Figure 1, this can be achieved by
- choosing courses from the Core area in the first and second semester,
- choosing courses from the Core Elective area in the first, second and third semester,
- choosing courses from the Elective area in the second and third semester,
- taking the seminar in the third semester,
- writing the Master thesis in the fourth semester.
Following this study plan, students are gradually guided towards writing their Master’s thesis, beginning with the basic building blocks of the Core area and ending with the discussion of more specific and up-to date policy or research questions in the seminar of their own choice. The Master’s thesis, as the final requirement to be completed prior to graduation, will be written under close supervision by one of the economics researchers in the selected field.