Master in Economics


Director: Vicente Royuela

Duration: 2 years full-time (120 ECTS)

Fee level: One year EU €1,660.20; non-EU €3.952,2

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will open from December 1, 2022, to June 15, 2023

The MSc in Economics at the University of Barcelona (UB) is a high quality Master Programme intended to train and educate economists to undertake top research in one of the best places to study worldwide. This programme has been accredited with Excellence by the Universities Council which recognises outstanding achievements and performance. The programme has also achieved the Additional Dimension of Internationalisation with the maximum score of Quality-level Compliant.


The MSc in Economics at UB is the perfect program for new graduated students to develop their research skills through a broad selection of courses entirely taught in English by our top researchers. Since this is a two-year Master, you will have the chance to get very solid methodological foundations and get specialized in some areas of interest at the same time.


On successfully completing this course, students can expect to find employment in a broad range of sectors, including higher education and economic consultancy. The strongest candidates are encouraged to undertake advanced research on the PhD Programme.

Who should apply?


  • Solid foundations to initiate independent research in economics.
  • A wide range of advanced tools in the analysis and resolution of complex economic problems.
  • Improvement on your skills to evaluate the effects of economic policies.
  • Improvement on your decision making, leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Better understanding and research communication skills.
  • A programme that enables you to pursue a PhD programme.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business or a degree studies in other fields with solid maths foundations – such as mathematics, physics or engineering- with a satisfactory average grade.


  • Proof of proficiency in English. Unless you are a native English speaker or have undertaken a university study programme in English, you need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. Preferred certificates are the Cambridge, TOEFL (Code C085 for all UB School of Economics programmes) or IELTS (at a B2 level or above in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or its equivalent). Please upload a copy of it in the application form.
  • References. You need to indicate the name of two scholars that support your application. They will receive an automated email with general questions about your profile. Please, make sure they receive the email and answer the form within 10 days after your application.


Programme overview

The MSc in Economics is intended to equip you with the tools needed by a professional economist to conduct economic research and analysis.


In the 1st and 2nd terms, students attend the compulsory courses (40 credits) to acquire a solid foundation in economics and quantitative techniques. These courses include: Mathematical Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics.


In the 3rd, 4th and 5th terms, students have to choose two options from the list below according to their  elective courses choice (60 credits), enabling them to specialise in areas of interest for their future profession or research. The areas offered are:


  • Public Economics
  • Regional and Urban Economics
  • Growth and Trade
  • Government and Markets
  • Games, Behaviour and Incentives


At the end of the course, in the 6th term, students must plan and write the Master thesis (20 credits) in a subject of interest to them, employing the concepts and methods acquired during the course. Latest Master theses are available through the UB’s digital repository



Students may be required to attend the Introduction to Economics and/or the Math Refresher course to take up their place in the master’s programme.


The pre-sessional introductory courses take place in September during two weeks preceding the start of the master’s programme. There is a separate fee for these courses. Please check the ‘tuition fees’ section for more information.



The Faculty of Economics and Business, jointly with the UB School of Economics, offers an active and stimulating environment, organising weekly research seminars, PhD students’ seminars, workshops, courses, conferences and research activities in which MSc students are invited to participate.



The University of Barcelona annually publishes performance indicators for the MSc in Economics. These figures are linked to the Faculty’s internal quality assurance system and allow for accurate monitoring of the development of the programme, identification of areas for improvement and greater accountability. The data can be accessed through the following link.

International experience


Second-year students have the opportunity to study part of their degree abroad. Current opportunities include 8 exchange agreements at world-class universities:


The Academic Committee promotes the participation of distinguished professors from other institutions in the MSc in Economics programme. Guest lecturers for the academic year 2017-2018:  Richard Geddes (Cornell University) and Miren Lafourcade (Université Paris-Sud & Paris School of Economics)

Student guidance

The MSc in Economics is a master’s programme in which students and teaching staff work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and adherence to high standards of personal conduct. Both the teaching staff and the administrative staff at the UB School of Economics want every student to succeed; we work to help students improve their skills and prepare them to meet their academic and professional goals.


The student monitoring at the UB School of Economics graduate programme is fully personalised. During the academic year a number of monographic sessions are organised: enrolment guidance meetings, Erasmus information session, master’s thesis debriefing and research guidance sessions.




Director: Vicente Royuela

Academic Committee: Mikel Álvarez, Sergi Basco, Joan Ramon Borrell, Josep Lluis Carrión, Daniel Montolio, Marc Prat and a student’s representative.

Programme coordinators (UB School of Economics Office): Jordi Roca

Administrative affairs (OMD Office): Eloisa Pérez and Victoria Ortiz




Report of survey results about courses and professors – Academic year 2018-2019 (in Catalan)

Graduate destinations

This programme is designed to train researchers in the field of economics, so successful graduates are equipped to pursue research careers in universities, research centres, business schools, national and international economic institutions, consultancy firms and corporate training centres.

Our former students are employed in a wide range of public and private institutions: Ministry of the Economy and Finance (Generalitat de Catalunya), Inter-American Development BankCNMV, Bloomberg, Deloitte… Approximately half of students proceed to PhD programmes at UB or other leading institutions: NOVA School of Business and Economics, University of Chicago, University of Luxembourg, Lund University…


The Career Services Office organises a vast number of events, some of them specially designed for the master’s students in Economics.

  • Skills development workshops: job search strategies, professional value communication, CV writing…
  • Employer-led events: consulting firms, public institucions, finance companies… Services available to graduate students include job vacancy information and internship opportunities.
Fees and funding


The MSc in Economics is a two-year master’s degree programme (120 credits; 60 credits per academic year). Student’s fees for university master’s degrees are decreed on an annual basis by the Catalan government and Universitat de Barcelona. Please find below the public fees that correspond to the academic year 2021-2022:

  • 1,660.20 euros per academic year (60 credits | 27.67 euros/credit) for students who currently reside in Spain or are EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, China or Andorra nationals.
  • 3,952.2 euros per academic year (60 credits | 65.87 euros/credit) for students who do not currently reside in Spain and are not EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, China or Andorra nationals.

Pre-sessional introductory courses:

  • 83.01 euros each introductory course (3 credits | 27.67 euros/credit) for students who currently reside in Spain or are EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, China or Andorra nationals.
  • 197.61 euros each introductory course (3 credits | 65.87 euros/credit) for students who do not currently reside in Spain and are not EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, China or Andorra nationals.

More information (in Catalan and Spanish):


You can find information at the University of Barcelona’s website.


How to apply?


Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will open from December 1, 2022, to June 15, 2023.


(!) Only complete applications will be considered.

Step 1: Check that you meet the entry requirements (Who should apply?).

Step 2: Fill out the online application form and upload supporting documents:

1. ID/Passport
2. Bachelor’s degree transcript of grades (provisional or final version)*
3. One-page CV
4. Letter of motivation (description of your background; your motivation to pursue the MSc in Economics programme at the UB; your academic interests; your research and teaching experience; your professional goals)
5. Proof of English level (not compulsory if you are a native speaker or you hold a university degree taught in English)
6. Bachelor’s project/thesis (not compulsory)
7. Academic ability test: GRE (not compulsory)

*Applicants who have fully or partially completed the studies outside of the Spanish university system can submit their grade equivalency declarations issued by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training. Online platform | Instructions in English. Please note that this document is not compulsory.

Step 3: Pay the application fee. Please note that you will have to indicate the degree you are applying for. Choose the option “Economia”. After completing the form you will have to pay the €30.21 application fee. Most major credit cards are acceptable. Important note: The platform for the application fee payment will be available from January 2023. All the applications received so far will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee and payments will be required afterward.

The MSc in Economics programme typically receives over 200 applications and a maximum of 30 students can be accommodated. Consequently we encourage candidates to apply as early as possible.


Applicants will receive a decision by email within 6 weeks once the application is completed.

If you are admitted, you will be required to provide us with the required documents in order to get the final approval and formalize the enrolment. Students in possession of academic documents issued outside Spain will be required to pay a fee of €218.15 for the administrative review.  More information will be provided to admitted students.



Students admitted to the programme that are unable to attend may request a deferment of the admission to the following academic year (only once).


Requests must be send by email to before September 1st. Each request is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Please note that deferments are not guaranteed.