Master’s studies

Master Programme in Economics 2018/2019

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The Master Programme in Economics provides a solid basis in economic theory, statistics, econometrics and proficiency in analysing empirical data and evaluating public policy. The Department of Economics at Uppsala University is, by international standards, very strong in public economics, labour economics and applied microeconometrics.

Why this programme?

We offer a two-year international Master Programme in Economics. The programme is consistently ranked as one of the top programmes in Economics in Sweden. Our students come from all over the world and are trained to become professional economic analysts.

We focus on understanding and evaluating economic policy, providing students with state of the art training in analysing real world data. The programme is designed to help students achieve the skills needed in their future careers. There are ample opportunities to specialise in different fields, including public, labour, macro, political economics and more.

We collaborate with and visit potential employers such as ministries, research institutes, banks and other organisations. 

There are good opportunities to study abroad within the programme. This is primarily made possible by the fact that the programme contains no compulsory courses apart from the final Master's thesis. We also collaborate at the departmental level with a few European universities. However, students may also choose to study abroad through one of the university-level collaborations organised by the International Office.


The Master Programme in Economics leads to a Master of Social Science (120 credits) with Economics as the main field of study.


First semester
You start the first semester with standard courses in micro and macro theory and analytical methods. Each course consists of 7.5 credits. During the first part of the semester, the courses to be taken in parallel are Microeconomic Theory and Analytical Methods. Microeconomic Theory is an advanced micro course which gives you a more profound knowledge of consumption and production theory and general equilibrium analysis, among other things. Analytical Methods consists of two parts, mathematical analysis and game theory. The mathematical analysis aims at providing you with the necessary mathematical background for more advanced studies in microeconomics and econometrics. The second part will introduce you to the basic game theoretical concepts.

The courses taken during the second part of the semester are Topics in Microeconomics and Macroeconomic Theory. Topics in Microeconomics is an applied course where microeconomic theory is applied to different kinds of economic issues. The course Macroeconomic Theory gives an introduction to modern advanced macroeconomics and deals with subjects like economic growth, business cycles, consumption, investment, unemployment and macroeconomic policy.

Second semester
The second semester is devoted to courses in statistics, econometric theory and applied econometrics. Each course amounts to 7.5 credits.

Third semester
The aim of the courses of the third semester is to broaden the knowledge attained during the first two semesters. You can choose from a number of more applied courses at the department. The department offers the following elective courses: Financial Theory, Applied Macroeconomics, Public Economics, Political Economics and Labour Economics.

Fourth semester
The fourth semester is devoted to the writing of an essay amounting to 30 credits.

Learning experience

The education is given on a scientific basis and is anchored in research. You will gradually acquire professionally relevant and research-based knowledge and skills. The progression in the Master Programme in Economics aims at gradually developing a higher degree of intellectual maturity and greater insights into the more complex issues within the subject. This, together with training in independently formulating and solving problems will prepare you for the final degree project. At the beginning of the programme the content is mostly taught through ordinary lectures. But further into the programme, the proportion of more interactive seminars increases.

The Master Programme in Economics presupposes that you have taken methodology courses previously covering basic quantitative methods. The Master's thesis course requires knowledge of quantitative skills at the advanced level. The programme is offered in Uppsala. The language of instruction is English.


The Master Programme in Economics makes you well prepared for highly qualified analytical and investigational work at public authorities and in the public administration, at research institutes, banks and other financial firms, Swedish and international organisations, large firms etc. It also provides the prerequisites for applying to the PhD programme in Economics.


Master Programme in Economics

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M2280 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 60 credits in economics and 15 credits in statistics (or closely related subject).

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Exemptions for students from certain countries.

Selection: Students are selected based on a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies, particularly in economics and statistics.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

Contact and further resources

Department of Economics

Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsgatan 10

Box 513, 751 20 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 5108

Fax: 018-471 1478


Per Engström

Telephone: +46 18 471 76 34

Teodora Borota Milicevic

Telephone: +46 18 471 51 27

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