The Master Programme in Economics constitutes 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 micro- econometrics.
The programme makes students well prepared for a
career in public administration or in the private sector, as well as for
the Ph.D. programme.
The structure of the programme is organised to offer a progression that suit most students. Currently, the standard structure of the programme is as follows.
You start the first semester with compulsory 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 the students a more profound knowledge of consumption and prod- uction 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 the
students with the necessary mathematical background for more advanced studies in microeconomics and econometrics.
The second part will introduce the students to 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.
The second semester is devoted to courses in statistics, econometric theory and applied econometrics. Each course amounts to 7.5 credits.
The first two courses of this semester consist of Probability Theory and Inference, and Econometrics. Both courses are given by the Department of Statistics. Probability Theory and Inference is a basic course in probability calculus and statistical inference. Econometrics is a basic course in econometrics with an emphasis on analysing real economic data.
The third course of this semester is Time Series Analysis, which is given by the Department of Statistics. Time Series Analysis is a basic course in econometrics with an emphasis on time-series analysis. The last course in the second semester is Applied Econometrics which is given by the Economics Department. The course includes a great deal of hands on exercises in applied econometrics.
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, Policy Evaluation, Political Economics and Labour Economics. You are encouraged to take courses also in
other subjects, such as political science and mathematics, during this semester.
The fourth semester is devoted to the writing of an essay amounting to 30 credits.
The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (120 credits), with Economics as the main field of study. The formal requirements for a degree are: 60 credits in economics on advanced level including a 30-credit thesis; 30 credits on advanced level in any subject and 30 credits on any level in any subject. Cooperations and exchanges
The Department is, scientifically and geographically, closely connected to the Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation (IFAU) and cooperates with IFAU in certain courses within the programme. Starting in 2012, the department cooperates with the University of Siena in Italy. A few students will be given the possibility to, during the second year, follow the masterprogramme in Siena.
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 programme aims to gradually develop a higher degree of intellectual maturity and to provide greater insight into the more complex issues within the subject. This, together with training in independently formulating and solving problems will make you prepared for the final degree project.
The programme presupposes that students have taken methodology courses previously covering basic quantitative methods. The Master Thesis course presupposes knowledge of quantitative skills at the advanced level.
The language of instruction is given in 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 organizations, large
firms etc. It also provides the prerequisites for applying to the Ph.D. programme in economics.
Autumn 2012 100%
Location for Studies: Uppsala
Application Deadline: 2012-01-16
Enrolment Code: UU-P2280 Application
Language of Instruction: English
Bachelor degree equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (3 years of full-time study), of which at least 90 credits should be in economics
and 15 credits should be in statistics.
Proficiency in English is also required. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, see link: entrance requirements.
Selection: Selection is based on the degree of success in previous studies, particularly in Economics and Statistics.
Application and tuition fees are required for students outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. Formal exchange students and doctoral students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 45000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 180000
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What is it like to study in Uppsala? Meet one our students.Read the interview
Name: Tong Zhou
Hometown: Tianjin in Northern China
Student Nation: Skåneland’s nation
Earlier studies: I studied the one year master programme in Statistics at Dalarna University College, but before that, I had a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Tianjin University of Finance and Economics.
Favourite place in Uppsala: The University Park in front of the main University building is one of the most beautiful places in Uppsala. That’s what I thought the first time I came to Uppsala.
About Uppsala University: I came to Sweden because my university had a joint master programme with Dalarna University College. But even as a girl, I have always liked Sweden. It’s got such beautiful nature, friendly people and it is so peaceful. During the holidays and weekends, people really take it easy and the town closes down. That never happens in China.
About Uppsala: In my opinion, Uppsala University is the most well known university of Northern Europe. Uppsala is also a typical student town. The town is filled with students and when they are off from school, they leave town! Uppsala is a cultural city filled with knowledge and cultural activities.
About the programme: The programme is very well-organized. After one course, you use the knowledge in the next one. We don’t just learn theories but also many examples and practical exercises. When the lecturers have described the theory, they also give a case example, which is helpful. After the lessons, we can visit the lecturers or send an e-mail. We get to ask however much we want and that really opens up the contact between the teaching staff and the students. In the class, there are students from Sweden and China. It is a nice mix, to communicate with each other we must speak only in English. That is good for improving our English language skills. It is fun to learn about the other cultures and about the different ways to see things.
About the difference: In Sweden, the student groups and classes are smaller than in China and the courses are more practical.
About the future: For me, there are two possibilities, either continue with a doctoral degree, if it is possible, or I will apply for a job. I want to work as an analyst, preferably in the technical sector. If it will be in Sweden, China or elsewhere in the world, that doesn’t matter, as long as I find a job that suits me.
Recommendations for future students: You must like what you are studying and think it is fun. If you hate the subject, it won’t go well. It is not enough to just read the books; you must think and use it with all your heart. Mathematics is very important, if you get a handle on the math - the rest will all fall into place.