Master in Economic Analysis

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Program Description

Master in Economic Analysis

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

This master's degree has obtained the new distinction International Master's Programme (IMP) awarded by the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat). Recently the evaluation board of the Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Catalonia (AQU) recommended this master's degree for "Accreditation with Quality".

The Master's Degree in Economic Analysis (IDEA) is a research degree that prepares its students for academic careers and for positions in the private sector and in government and non-government organisations. The IDEA Programme is entirely international: its students are from all five continents, its teaching staff are part of an English-speaking international community and its graduates go on to join the global employment market.

This is a two-year master's degree with120 ECTS credits, in line with the guidelines of the Bologna Declaration. In the programme, students acquire a solid grounding in Economics, with the accent placed on rigorous analytic thinking and advanced quantitative and computational methods. The programme includes a wide range of specialisation options, making its students more competitive in the labour market and helping them to acquire the knowledge needed to proceed further into doctoral studies.

Key features

The UAB also offers a double degree with Lingnan University (Hong Kong), which could be of particular interest to students wishing to specialise in finance and banking and at the same time enhance their curriculum vitae with an internationally oriented education from this financial and economic capital. This programme allows students to combine the analytic training in Economics of the IDEA master's degree with the specialist preparation provided by the Master of Science in International Banking and Finance (MIBF).

The MIBF syllabus concentrates on banking and finance, while also encompassing compatibility and regulation, and it has close ties with the Hong Kong financial market. With this double-degree system, students obtain both master's degrees within two years and can make use of both universities' employability and career services.

Career options

IDEA students have two possible pathways open to them on graduating: continuing on to study for a PhD or joining the labour market. Many opt for the first pathway, applying to join either the IDEA PhD or a PhD based abroad. On the other hand, this master's degree also equips its students for high-quality occupations in finance companies, consultancy services, big-data companies, regulatory bodies and research centres. The occupation rate of IDEA graduates is 100%. There is also a 100% match-up rate between qualifications and occupation. Looking behind these statistics we find organisations and job offers of extreme prestige.

Recent occupations: Competition and Markets Authority (UK), Deloitte (Spain), Inter-American Development Bank (Washington DC), Office of Health Economics (UK), KPMG (Spain), IDEA PhD student, MIT PhD student, University of Minnesota PhD student.

Master description

The Master's degree in Economic Analysis comprises 120 credits to be taken over two years of two semesters each.

The master's degree is oriented towards research. The compulsory modules (70 credits) provide students with a good analytical and methodological grounding for research: The 40 optional credits allow students to shape their own learning profile by applying the analytical tools acquired in the first year to problems that lie on the frontiers of Economic knowledge. In the Master's dissertation students carry out their own research under the guidance of a tutor.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 6, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
80 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Spain Barcelona
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 80 EUR
per credit (non-EU citizens who do not hold a Spanish residence permit).