M.Sc. International Economics and Business


Program Description

The M.Sc. International Economics and Business programme imparts in-depth expertise, skills and research methodology in micro- and macroeconomic theory as well as empirical economics with a focus on 'Global Economy, International Trade and Finance' and 'Governance, Institutions and Development'.
The methodological competences, while geared primarily to economic analysis, are enriched with business administration-specific elements. This degree programme comprises both German- and English-taught modules and can be completed entirely by attending only English-taught modules.


  • Focus on economics modules
  • Strong involvement of empirical research (laboratory and field experiments as well as secondary data analysis)
  • Includes selected modules on business administration and econometrics
  • Interdisciplinary modules count towards the degree
  • Excellent staff-student ratio due to small learning groups (about 20 to 30 students each year)
  • Combines theory and practice
  • Excellent reputation of the University's language courses
  • Numerous global university partnerships

Career prospects

Economists work in a wide variety of occupations. Our graduates have been offered top-tier posts in academia and in the business world: executive posts in the private sector, in policy consultancies as well as in public-sector organisations and federal and state ministries. Many decide in favour of an academic career and follow up with doctoral study.

Programme syllabus

The programme is divided into seven module groups and the master's thesis module:

A: Core Courses (20–30 ECTS credits)

The core econometrics, macroeconomics and microeconomics courses impart the central techniques required for the subsequent stages of your degree programme.

B: Advanced Methods (a minimum of 10 ECTS credits)

In this module group, you will be acquainted with advanced quantitative methods in in-depth econometrics and behaviour-oriented courses.

C: Global Economy, International Trade and Finance (a minimum of 10 ECTS credits)

This module group comprises courses on globalisation, trade and finance. You will learn about theories and apply empirical methods to understand human decision-making processes concerning investments, location, trade and finance as well as their respective systemic interactions and ways of influencing economic policy.

D: Governance, Institutions and Development (a minimum of 10 ECTS credits)

In this module group you will learn about theories and apply empirical methods to understand development theory and policy; institutional design; the fight against corruption; ethics; fiscal policy; and health economics.

E: Business Administration (a maximum of 20 ECTS credits)

Further suitable business administration modules complement the knowledge acquired in module groups A to D.

F: Foreign Language with a business and economics focus (a maximum of 10 ECTS credits)

You will gain 10 ECTS credits in one of the following foreign languages offered by the Language Centre: Chinese, Czech, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.

G: Interdisciplinary Modules (a maximum of 12 ECTS credits)

Give your degree profile its own interdisciplinary orientation whilst exploring the methodology and subject matters of other faculties' disciplines at an advanced level. You may study master's modules taught at the other faculties of the University of Passau and have them counted towards your degree.

Master's thesis

You will write your master's thesis on a topic from module group A, B, C or D. 20 ECTS credits are awarded when you pass the thesis module.

Academic entry requirements

To apply, you need a good undergraduate degree with at least 35 ECTS credits in economics (gained in subjects such as microeconomics, macroeconomics and/or economic policy) and at least 15 ECTS credits in mathematics and statistics. If you have not yet received your final transcript/student record and certificate at the time of application, you may apply using your Transcript of Records or other preliminary transcript. If you are successful in your application, you should then submit your final transcript and degree certificate by the end of the tenth week of lectures in the first semester. Beyond this, there are no specific requirements on the content of your first degree programme.

Following a positive review of your submitted documents, you will be invited to an aptitude interview, which will be conducted in person or by video conference.

Language requirements

You must submit an English language certificate at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), unless English is your native language or the language of instruction for your prior university or secondary education. This degree programme can be studied entirely in English; however, proof of basic, beginner's-level German at level A1 CEFR is required.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Since opening its doors to the public in 1978, the University of Passau has quickly developed into a first address in German academia. The University regularly attains top positions in academic rankin ... Read More

Since opening its doors to the public in 1978, the University of Passau has quickly developed into a first address in German academia. The University regularly attains top positions in academic rankings, most recently in the TImes Higher Education's 2019 World University Rankings, where it attained a place among the 20% best universities worldwide. Read less