MSc in Economics

General

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Programme Description

The two-year master’s program in Economics at the University of Bayreuth seeks to familiarize students with advanced methods of economic analysis and their applications. Graduates of the program will have a sound understanding of current theoretical and empirical methods of economics as well as how these can be used to tackle specific problems.

Profile of the Master’s Programme

The courses are taught at a high academic level, most of them in English. Lecture and seminar materials are primarily in English. Students are familiarized with the reasoning and rigor of internationally recognized economic research. They learn to adequately comprehend and evaluate scientific economic discussions of the past, present, and future. Students are thus put in a position to act responsibly, recognizing the merits of and challenges to a free market-based, constitutional democratic state. They improve the ability to critically scrutinize and further develop models of purely economic as well as political-economic interaction. The program can be studied with an interdisciplinary focus. Options exist to link with the University of Bayreuth’s master’s programs in Business Administration and Health Economics. Moreover, the program leaves room for individual interests outside of economics. This allows for breadth and depth of thought – an important prerequisite for developing sustainable solutions to complex economic and social problems.

Fields of Employment

Students enrolled in the master’s program in Economics at the University of Bayreuth receive a sound research-based education with a range of options to focus on personal scientific interests. This prepares them for either a practical or scientific career. Typical employers include banks, insurance companies, and other businesses, research institutes, public service, chambers of commerce, think tanks, NGOs, and international organizations. The master’s program also provides an excellent basis for continuing one's education with a doctoral program at the University of Bayreuth or elsewhere. Globalization, the intensified application of information and communication technology, and the rapid progress of other technological developments have increased the demand for employees with a high level of expertise in economics. The master’s program in Economics at the University of Bayreuth is an excellent opportunity to achieve that level of expertise.

Admission Requirements

Admission procedure for applicants with a degree from a German university:

  • Applicants must have a university degree with a final grade of 2,5 or better in the University of Bayreuth's bachelor's programs "Economics", "Internationale Wirtschaft & Entwicklung", "Betriebswirtschaftslehre", "Philosophy & Economics" or "Gesundheitsökonomie", or a comparable program of study.

Admission procedure for applicants who did not graduate from a German university:

  • A bachelor's degree in Economics from a foreign university will be recognized if the applicant's chances of succeeding in this demanding master’s program are deemed to be at least as high as for a student with a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Bayreuth with a final grade of “gut” (2,5 or better according to the German grading system). For this reason, the completed curriculum must be sufficiently similar and the grades obtained must be sufficiently good. Whether the criteria for acceptance to the master's program are met or not will be reviewed on an individual basis prior to the enrolment process.
Last updated Apr. 2020

About the School

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As one of Germany’s youngest universities, we are able to operate in an unbiased, self-confident spirit of academic freedom, scientific progress, and social responsibility. In line with our vision, our top priorities are individual supervision, maintaining high academic standards, and creating programmes of study that take current research into account. Our interdisciplinary focus and the innovative collaboration between many of our disciplines are key features of Bayreuth’s research culture. Read Less