The Graduate Program in Economics is a full-time American-style program that is taught entirely in English. The program provides students with thorough theoretical and empirical training in the areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. In addition, advanced courses are offered in each of these subject areas.
The aim of the program is to prepare students for professional careers in universities, public and private research organizations, international institutions, consultancy, and business.
The first two years of the Graduate Program consist of course-work and the writing of a Master’s thesis, which together allow students to obtain a Master’s degree in Economics. After these two years, those students who have demonstrated strong academic abilities, and a high research potential, are admitted to the PhD Program. In their PhD doctoral thesis students produce original research, with the end of obtaining the degree of Doctor (PhD) in Economics.
In order to maintain a tight-knit relationship between students and faculty, the Department restricts the intake of students each year to a maximum of 25. Our graduate students come from a wide variety of different countries, which helps contribute to the international spirit of our program. Financial support is available to graduate students, in the form of research and teaching assistantships.
The QED Graduate program provides students with a thorough theoretical and practical background necessary for a success in their professional careers.
The Department of Economics is a research oriented department renowned for its high academic standards
Students are stimulated and they receive generous funding to attend international conferences and to visit other universities for a term.
The Master is a two-year academic program. Year One focuses on core courses in Mathematics Statistics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics
In Year Two students take elective courses, in which they explore topics in the frontier of research in the areas of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics.
By the end of the second year, students complete their Master’s theses under the direction of a faculty supervisor. In the thesis, students must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the literature in the research area that they have chosen to work in, along with the ability to make a novel research contribution.
Starting in Year Three, students work on their PhD thesis under the supervision of faculty members. Students are required to participate in the weekly Department seminars, in which leading visiting scholars present their research. In addition, students are expected to present their own original research in Department workshops.
In order to be considered for acceptance into the PhD program a student must have obtained an average grade of at least 70 percent in the Master’s Program.
The Graduate Program in Economics forms part of the QED (Quantitative Economics Doctorate) European network of PhD programs in Economics, together with University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), University of Bielefeld (Germany), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), University Nova of Lisbon (Portugal), University Paris 1 (France), University of Venice (Italy), University of Vienna (Austria). Students have the opportunity of spending part of their time in any of the departments in the network.