Panthéon Sorbonne Master in Economics (PSME)


Program Description

A program custom-made for international students wishing to study Economics at the Sorbonne.

The PSME program is the first year of Graduate Studies (Diplome Universitaire) which offers Economics courses taught in English, together with intensive courses of the French language.

The Economics courses correspond to a full program of courses taught in the first year of graduate studies, at what is known as the M1 level in the Bologna European Academic System. The thesis which has to be prepared for the end of the first year corresponds to an MSc. thesis.

French courses are intended to prepare PSME students to enroll in the 2nd year of Masters studies (M2 level, MPhil.) in French.

PSME may apply to the regular M2 programs offered by the University of Paris with classes in French and English. Hence, former PSME students who get to the 2nd year level can access one of most comprehensive M2 programs existing in France, which including more than 100 different courses, structures in about 20 specialized programs.


Created in 2007, The Panthéon Sorbonne Master in Economics is meeting a triple challenge:

  • Train international English-speakers in the field of Economics at the Master level and in French.
  • Prepare students for further specialization in the 2nd year master programs in France (Ex. Panthéon Sorbonne and Paris School of Economics, Toulouse School of Economics) or elsewhere in Europe (Ex. London School of Economics).
  • Build a worldwide network of highly educated, open-minded individuals with expertise in various fields of economics.

Main Career Opportunities

Most PSME students complete a specialized 2nd year of graduate studies offered at the University before beginning their career. Those that complete further studies in the 2nd year or go for further training in a Ph.D. hold high-level positions in the public or private sector.

Some students choose to find work directly after the PSME and hold positions such as Economic Advisor, Analyst, Associate, Officer, Consultant, or Manager in Government agencies, banks, or in the private or public sector.

The Selection Process

International English Speakers

1 November-1 May: CV, letter of motivation, 2 letters of recommendation, academic transcripts, bachelor’s degree, an English language certificate for non-native English speakers, a copy of passport, PSME Application form downloadable at

We accept applications through CEF and Campus France.

French Students

Licence in Economics + English language certificate , CV, motivation letter, 2 letters of recommendation, academic transcripts, PSME Application form.

  • All students should check for up to date procedures and accepted test scores.
  • Some students may be requested to pass an interview.
  • Application to be made electronically and by hard copy.

Academic Background

  • Students with a bachelor’s degree in the field of Economics or related field with substantial coursework and knowledge in Economics and Mathematics.
  • Professionals with at least 2 years experience striving to enhance their initial background or are interested in a career change.

Main Courses

Core Courses

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Economic Growth
  • Econometric Theory and Applications
  • Principles of Finance
  • Globalization and European Economics
  • Development and Transition Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Industrial Organization


  • French/Chinese


Main Partners

Fudan University (Shanghai, CN), University of International Business and Economics (Beijing, CN), Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne, Campus France

Companies and organizations where alumni work: OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), UNESCO, European Commission, European Parliament, European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Agricultural Bank of China, Total, BNP Paribas, HSBC, Education: Access.


A graduation ceremony and annual meeting with alumni takes place in the fall. Several networking and alumni events are held throughout the year, including an annual Charity Event in the Spring. As a student of the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne you have the opportunity to attend numerous high-level conferences and special events hosted at the University and other institutions in Paris.

The Dissertation

Students select a research topic in relation to their professional project and choose an advisor among the program’s professors.

The master thesis must be turned in by the end of the academic year.

Additional Information

  • Teaching staff: mainly academics and some professionals.
  • Course duration: 588 hours, 60 ECTS, September until June.
  • Optional Internship: 3 months min or 6 months max part-time, no credit.
  • Location of teaching: Maison des Sciences Economiques (Paris 13th), Sorbonne (Paris 5th), or Panthéon (Paris 5th).
Last updated Dec 2017

About the School

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