Core Area: Economics and Econometrics
The Core Area: Economics and Econometrics is divided in a compulsory part which covers 30 ETCS and an elective part, from which 5 modules have to be selected with a total of 25 ETCS. In this core area, basic competences in the fields of Economics and Econometrics are obtained. Therefore, Students complete two economic courses (Advanced Macroeconomic Theory and Advanced Microeconomics) and two econometric courses (Evaluation Methods and Econometrics). Additionally two individual seminars (Seminar Special Economics and Seminar Economics) are to be absolved.
The core area Economics and Econometrics is supplemented by electives. Students are to complete five out of nine available economic modules. These courses serve to the further development of economic knowledge and includes subjects like Institutional Economics, Urban Economics or Environmental Economics.
The Specialisation is individually chosen by the students. They are designd to provide studends with in-depth knowledge in the respective field. There are six different specialisations available, which cover a broad range of political and economic science. The specialisation covers 15 ETCS, which are acquired by the successful completion of 3 courses in the particular field.
One particularity is the specialisation Empirical Economics with the module „workshops“. Workshops are a special kind of courses. Students get the opportunity to participate in a scientific event (e. g. a workshop or a conference) of the Halle Institute for Economic Research or another research organization and to intensively deal with an economic problem with a practical orientation.
The Elective Courses encompass 25 ETCS, which can be collected either by a study abroad or by attending elective courses. This area has an interdisciplinary character, it includes lectures of the areas of Political and Economic Sciences as well as Empirical Methods. The Elective Courses cover the entire range of courses of the Economics Department and can also be chosen from other University Departments.
Through the Elective Courses, students obtain competences in economic and political areas other than their specialization and, thereby, gain a thorough and broad understanding of the current economic and social phenomena and problems.
A special supplement is the Research Project. The Research Project is an internship of a minimum of six weeks that can be absolved either at one of the partners (e. g. IWH) or at another organization. During the internship/research project students apply their knowledge acquired through lectures and seminars in order to analyse specific economic problems. Students, thereby, work on a research topic of empirical economic research or applied policy advice and create a project report.
Besides, it is possible to completely cover the Elective Courses by a Study Abroad.
In their Master’s Thesis, students independently deal with an advanced scientific research question. They have a time frame of 16 weeks in which to complete the work. They’ll compose an individual elaboration of a scientific topic of the areas „Economics“ or „Empirical Economics and Policy Advice“ in form of a written scientific paper. The Master’s Thesis covers 25 ETCS of the degree / Students are allocated 25 ECTS for the Master’s Thesis.
For a complete list of the modules offered, please refer to the curriculum.
Course Overview_MSc EP 2016
Curriculum MSc EP 2016