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.
YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED ON APPLYING IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR
2. BSc 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. Bachelor’s project/thesis (optional)
6. Academic ability test: GRE (optional)
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:
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.
RESEARCH AND COMPLEMENTARY ACTIVITIES
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.
Second-year students have the opportunity to study part of their degree abroad. Current opportunities include 8 exchange agreements at world-class universities:
GUEST LECTURERS PROGRAMME
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)
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.
MANAGEMENT AND ORGANISATION
Director: Joan Calzada
Academic Committee: Joan Ramon Borrell, Daniel Montolio, Jorge Navas, Marc Prat, Vicente Royuela, Montse Vilalta and a student’s representative.
Programme coordinators (UB School of Economics Office): Jordi Roca
Administrative affairs (OMD Office): Eloisa Pérez and Angels Pascual
STUDENT OPINION SURVEY
Report of survey results about courses and professors – Academic year 2016-2017 (in Catalan)
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 Bank, CNMV, 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.
The MSc in Economics is a two years Master. Students need to obtain a total of 120 credits ECTS (60 per year) to be awarded the MSc in Economics.
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 2018-2019:
Pre-sessional introductory courses:
More information (in Catalan and Spanish): http://www.ub.edu/acad/es/matricula/precios.html
You can find information at the University of Barcelona’s website.
Erasmus+ Master Loan – Loans for postgraduate studies
BEI – Banco Santander – Loans for postgraduate studies
AGAUR (Generalitat de Catalunya) – Loans for postgraduate studies
AGAUR (Generalitat de Catalunya) – Loans for tuition fees
ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020
Applications for the MSc in Economics for the academic year 2019-2020 are open from November 1st 2018 until June 15th 2019.
(!) Only complete applications will be considered.
Step 1. Check that you meet the entry requirements (Who should apply?).
Step 2. Fill out the APPLICATION FORM and upload the required documents to be academically evaluated.
Step 3. Pay the APPLICATION FEE (‘Economia‘ option). The application fee is €30,21. Most major credit cards are acceptable.
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.
In case of being admitted, you will be required to provide us with the required documents in order to get the final approval and formalize the enrollment. More information will be provided to admitted students.
ADMISSION DEFERMENT POLICY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before September 1st. Each request is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Please note that deferments are not guaranteed.