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Economics (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

The Master of Science in Economics (MSE) is a modern, internationally oriented master's degree programme that provides students with a profound knowledge in economics. It is aimed to students with a strong interest in economics as well as with interest to perform independent scientific work. Students of this master’s programme gain a professional qualification as an economist and acquire the skills to pursue doctoral studies. Small groups of students enable a face-to-face economic exchange with professors and researchers in classes and seminars. Moreover, students can gain insights into the research work at the department through our mentoring programme, which connects students with junior scientists at the economics department.

MSE students can learn about future career opportunities either in research or with companies by participating in an economic excursion. This excursion takes place every year during the winter semester. Students visit a variety of different institutions and firms, allowing students to learn about job opportunities for economists and the work of professionals. Furthermore, the department offers a placement program into internships at renowned companies, economic research facilities or other (inter)national institutions (e.g. ZEW, DIW, IAB, Bundesbank, GiZ, GfK, ILO, EBRD). Participating students are credited with 5 ECTS.

We encourage and support students who want to study abroad for up to two semesters at a partner university offering a flexible accreditation of foreign credits. The MSE can be studied fully in English, no profound German skills are required for completion. The language of instruction of core subjects is English. Elective courses are taught both in English and German.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

Applicants should have an academic degree in economics, mathematics, social sciences, engineering or related disciplines.

Modules and degree programme structure

The programme consists of four semesters with a total of 120 ECTS. In the first semester students are given a basic grounding in economics with 6 mandatory courses taught in English. In the second and third semester students specialize by choosing individual options from a broad range of subjects. Students must choose 12 modules, including at least 10 elective economic modules within the five specialization fields: Labor Economics, Macroeconomics and Finance, Public Economics, Energy Markets and Health Economics. Students are also able to choose up to 2 modules from the overall faculty programme (e.g. language, Business Administration). The fourth semester is dedicated to the master’s thesis. For an overview of the modules in each specialization field and more detailed information on the structure of the MSE visit our website:

Potential challenges

Lack of skills in economic theory and quantitative methods.

Admission requirements

Applicants should have an academic degree (with above-average grades) in economics, mathematics, social sciences, engineering or related disciplines. A selection committee decides upon suitability for admission, considering the following criteria: First, applicants are evaluated with respect to their academic performance (Bachelor's degree) as well as regarding their qualifications, knowledge and skills in the field of economics (quantity and quality of courses with economic and quantitative content). Second, further accomplishments and qualifications (e.g. internships, language skills and international experience) are taken into account. Candidates for whom their qualification cannot be unambiguously established will be invited to an interview to assess their field-specific aptitude.

The required documents for application include:

  • Curriculum vitae (table form)
  • Qualification for university entrance (e.g. Abitur)
  • University degree and average grade (for candidates who have not completed their Bachelor studies at the time of application a minimum of 135 ECTS are required)
  • Evidence of sufficient English skills of at least B2 level of the CEFR
  • Proof of internships and semester abroad, if applicable Transcript of records
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Studienbeginn und Bewerbungsfristen

Für Masterstudiengänge gibt es unterschiedliche Bewerbungsfristen. Auf dem Merkblatt für die Masterstudiengänge (pdf) sind die Anmeldefristen und weitere Informationen hinterlegt. Hier gibt es weitere Informationen zur Anmeldung zum Masterstudium

Die Webseiten der FAU bieten eine Übersicht über die aktuellen Bewerbungsfristen sowie Informationen zum lokalen Auswahlverfahren und zur Bewerbung.

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Abschluss: Master of Science (MSc)
Studienart: Master
Standort: Nürnberg
Regelstudienzeit: 4 Semester
Studienbeginn: Wintersemester
Sprache: Deutsch, Englisch
Zugang: Zulassungsfrei
Frühstudium: nein
Teilzeitstudium: nein
Fakultät: Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

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