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The MEcon provides students with the necessary tools for economic fields of work and research in the digital age throughout their studies.

MEcon graduates develop five core competencies:

  • they develop a clear understanding of the central economic and social interrelationships,
  • they acquire in-depth knowledge of methods and theory for empirical economic research, 
  • they learn how to deal with data. And they get to know various tools for data preparation and they will be able to analyse and interpret the data from an economic perspective.
  • they apply the knowledge of economics to solve real economic policy and social problems.
  • they are trained in management and communication skills.

The MEcon curriculum consists of three parts: the core studies (64 ECTS credits), the contextual studies (18 ECTS credits) and the Master's Thesis (18 ECTS credits). While the core studies involves professional competences in economics, the contextual studies focuses on the development of social and cultural competences.  

The current curriculum MEcon (O19) can be found here.

The MEcon is designed as a full-time programme with a standard duration of three semesters. The study time can be extended up to eight semesters. In doing so, you will acquire a total of 90 ECTS credits. The study programme can be taken up exclusively in the fall semester.

Your core studies in MEcon consist of the compulsory area, the core electives area and the electives area. The compulsory area comprises a total of seven courses,  four in the core subjects of microeconomics and macroeconomics and three methods courses. The compulsory subjects give you a clear profile. In two semesters, you will gain a unique academic education in the core disciplines of economics. In addition, you will gain valuable insights into current economic topics and learn how to deal with large amounts of data.

The following courses are required courses and each includes contact and independent study. The compulsory courses are offered once a year and are taught in English.

Course ECTS Lecturer Language Semester
7,250 Advanced Macroeconomics I: Growth and Innovation 4 Prof. Dr. Reto Föllmi EN Autumn
7,252 Advanced Microeconomics I: Consumer, Firms, Markets 4 Prof. Dr. Christian Keuschnigg EN Autumn
7,254 Advanced Macroeconomics II: Asset Prices, Fluctuations and Unemployment 4 Prof. Dr. Winfried Koeniger EN Autumn
7,256 Advanced Microeconomics II: Incentive Theory 4 Prof. Dr. Dennis Gärtner EN Autumn
7,300 Mathematics 4 Prof. Ph.D. Enrico De Giorgio EN Autumn
7,310 Data Analytics I: Predictive Econometrics 4 Prof. Dr. Jana Mareckova EN Autumn
8,300 Data Analytics II: Causal Econometrics 4 Prof. Dr. Michael Lechner   Spring

 

This course offering corresponds to the current planning status. You can find the entire course offering in the official Course Catalogue Online.

Building on the strong foundation of the courses in the compulsory area, your study profile is further sharpened within the framework of the core electives area. You can pursue your individual interests in greater depth and thus broaden your economic perspective. Our students must complete 16-26 ECTS credits in the core electives area.

In addition, further courses can be selected from the wide range of courses from the MEcon and other programmes. In the electives area you can further sharpen your studies profile. Additional courses will be credited towards the other core electives and the independent electives respectively.

CORE COURSES (AT LEAST 3 COURSES)
Course Specialisation ECTS Lecturer Language Semester
7,260 Topics in Industrial Organisation Digitization and Data Analytics
Managerial Economics
4 Prof. Dr. Stefan Bühler EN Autumn
7,315 Theory of Finance Financial Economics 4 Prof. Ph.D. Paul Söderlind EN Autumn
9,268 Political Economics Global Economy
Public Policy
4 Prof. Dr. Roland Hodler EN Autumn
8,250 Advanced Macroeconomics III: Money and Prices Financial Economics
Global Economy
Managerial Economics
Public Policy
4 Ph.D. Martin Wolf EN Spring
8,252 Advanced Microeconomics III: Game Theory Global Economy
Public Policy
4 Prof. Dr. Stefan Bühler EN Spring
8,260 Public Economics - The Economics of Taxation Global Economy
Public Policy
4 Prof. Dr. Christian Keuschnigg EN Spring
8,262 Labor Economics - Theory and Applications
(not offered in Spring 2023)
Managerial Economics
Public Policy
4 Prof. Ph.D. Beatrix Eugster EN Spring
8,264 International Trade Global Economy 4 Prof. Dr. Reto Föllmi EN Spring
8,272 Big Data Analytics Digitization and Data Analytics Prof. Dr. Ulrich Matter EN Spring
9,266 The Economics of Strategy Managerial  Economics
Global Economy
Financial Economics
  Prof. Dr. Dennis Gärtner EN Spring
8,274 Corporate Finance, Banking and Venture Capital Financial Economics
Managerial Economics
4 Prof. Dr. Christian Keuschnigg EN Spring
8,278 Environmental Economics
(as of Spring 2023)
Public Policy 4 Prof. Dr. Christian Keuschnigg
Prof. Ph.D. Peyto Bonev
EN Spring

 

This course offering corresponds to the current planning status. You can find the entire course offering in the official Course Catalogue Online.

The core electives area consists of the core courses and the other compulsory elective courses. At least 12 ECTS credits must be completed in the core courses. Here you can see the current range of core courses:

Course Specialisation ECTS Lecturer Language Semester
7,260 Topics in Industrial Organisation

Digitization and Data Analytics

Managerial Economics

4 Prof. Dr. Stefan Bühler EN Autumn
7,315 Theory of Finance Financial Economics 4 Prof. Ph.D. Paul Söderlind EN Autumn
9,268 Political Economics

Global Economy

Public Policy

4 Prof. Dr. Roland Hodler EN Autumn
8,250 Advanced Microeconomics III: Game Theory

Financial Economics

Global Economics

Managerial Economics

Public Policy

4 Prof. Dr. Stefan Bühler EN Spring
8,252 Advanced Macroeconomics III: Money and Prices

Global Economy

Public Policy

4 Ph.D. Martin Wolf EN Spring
8,260 Public Economics - The Economics of Taxation

Global Economy

Public Policy

4 Prof. Dr. Christian Keuschnigg EN Spring
8,262 Labor Economics - Theory and Applications
(wird im Frühjahr 2023 nicht angeboten)

Managerial Economics

Public Policy

4 Prof. Ph.D. Beatrix Eugster EN Spring
8,264 International Trade Global Economy 4 Prof. Dr. Reto Föllmi EN Spring
8,272 Big Data Analytics Digitization and Data Analytics 4 Prof. Dr. Ulrich Matter EN Spring
9,266 The Economics of Strategy

Managerial Economics

Global Economy

Financial Economics

4 Prof. Dr. Dennis Gärtner EN Spring
8,274 Corporate Finance, Banking and Venture Capital

Financial Economics

Managerial Economics

4 Prof. Dr. Christian Keuschnigg EN Spring
8,278 Environmental Economics Public Policy 4

Prof. Dr. Christian Keuschnigg

Prof. Ph.D. Petyo Bonev

EN Spring

 

This course offering corresponds to the current planning status. You can find the entire course offering in the official Course Catalogue Online.

Do you want to give your studies a profile to communicate to future employers? In the MEcon you can voluntarily choose a specialisation which will be shown on the Master's degree transcript. The specialisation areas are geared towards different interests of the students and additionally sharpen the job market profile. A specialisation is possible in one of the following areas:

  • Public Policy
  • Global Economy
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Digitization and Data Analytics

 

The Contextual studies complements your specialized studies and is compensated with 18 ECTS credits.

The Contextual studies is another strong factor of the programmes' curriculum. It integrates knowledge across disciplinary boundaries and strengthens the social and cultural competencies of our students in a special way. They will holistically "think outside the box" and take courses in focus areas as well as in the skills area. The contextual studies also teaches skills such as presentation and negotiation techniques or programming languages. The cross-cultural and cross-social science programme courses offered in the focus areas are extremely diverse and can be tailored to the MiQE/F degree programme. In the skills area, you will learn complementary competencies and practical skills for success in the corporate world.

Many of our MEcon students are drawn to one of our partner universities around the world in their third semester. Abroad, you can also receive credit for courses and, most importantly, gain intercultural skills without having to pause your academic progress. In addition, you have the chance to complete a double degree at a partner university or a double degree in the particularly prestigious CEMS programme. Selected students can earn two Master's degrees in a short period of time with the double degree or the CEMS programme, giving them a further advantage in competing in the top circle of the global job market. After all, the CEMS is also world-class, having been ranked 9th in the global Financial Times rankings for years. You may find more information about the exchange possibilities here.

Der MEcon can be studied in German and English, with the compulsory courses only being offered in English. Our students are thus excellently prepared for a career in German and English-speaking companies and organisations worldwide.

Here you will find a compilation of the most important programme regulations.

Specisliations in the MEcon

Innovation and globalization create new opportunities, but also threaten jobs and earnings of others. Inequality gets larger. Ageing challenges pension and health systems. Climate change threatens the quality of life. Education and public infrastructure must catch up to support new technologies, and governments must rethink their role in the economy. What is required more than ever are public policies based on sound theory and empirical evidence.

Jobs: Typical jobs requiring a public policy expertize are in government institutions, OECD, industry organizations, labour unions or independent think tanks. Research institutes specialized in public sector economics, social security, or related fields are key employers (e.g. Institute of Fiscal Studies in London, KOF in Zürich, Ifo in Munich, ZEW in Mannheim, IZA Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn, etc.).

In order to graduate as a Master in Economics with a declared specialisation in Public Policy, you need to gain at least 16 ECTS from the courses listed below and write your Master's Thesis in the area of Public Policy.

 

Course ECTS Language Semester
9,268 Political Economics 4 EN Autumn
9,272 Economics of Central Banking 4 EN Autumn
9,276 Debt and Fiscal Policy 4 EN Autumn
8,250 Advanced Microeconomic Theory III: Game Theory 4 EN Spring
8,252 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory III: Money and Prices 4 EN Spring
8,258 When Distribution Matters: Inequality, Mobility, Poverty and Welfare 4 EN Spring
8,260 Public Economics - The Economics of Taxation 4 EN Spring
8,262 Labor Economics - Theory and Applications 
(not offered in the Spring semester 2023)
4 EN Spring
8,268 Quantitative Economic Policy 4 EN Spring
8,278 Environmental Economics 4 EN Spring
8,280 Beyond Homo Oeconomicus: Decision making and Wellbeing in Economics 4 EN Spring
8,284 Development and Economics: Past and Present 4 EN Spring
8,286 Selected Topics in Swiss Public Finance 4 EN Spring

 

You can find out how to structure your studies in the specialisation Public Policy

here

Innovative firms go global and grow large. Consumers import what foreigners do better. Investment and jobs flow from declining to growing sectors, in which productivity is high and perspectives for jobs and wages are better. Specialization and trade help to become rich by focusing on what a country can do best. However, trade and innovation can also lead to inequality. How can we share the gains from trade widely? 

Jobs: Ambitious students aim for a job with reputable international organizations such as IMF, World Bank and WTO which source new talent from many good universities and require strong skills in theory and evidence based policy analysis. Economic research institutes (KOF, Ifo, DIW, ZEW etc.) are also on the agenda. Many alumni go to private sector firms and domestic policy institutions, who value their analytical and quantitative skills.

In order to graduate as a Master in Economics with a declared specialisation in Global Economy, you need to gain at least 16 ECTS from the courses listed below and write your Master's Thesis in the area of Global Economy.

 

Course ECTS Language Semester
9,264 Recent long-run Macroeconomic Trends 4 EN Autumn
9,268 Political Economics 4 EN Autumn
9,270/8,270 International Macroeconomics (MEcon)
(instead of Spring semester 2023, once offered in the Autumn semester 2022)
4 EN Autumn
8,250 Advanced Microeconomics III: Game Theory 4 EN Spring
8,252 Advanced Macroeconomic III: Money and Prices 4 EN Spring
8,260 Public Economics - The Economics of Taxation 4 EN Spring
8,264 International Trade 4 EN Spring
8,277 Macroeconomics, Development and Agriculture 4 EN Spring

 

You can find out how to structure your studies in the specialisation Global Economy

here

Managers and entrepreneurs can make a real difference if their incentives are right. Boards must design executive compensation and provide oversight and control. Personnel economics informs successful hiring and human resources development. Corporate finance analyses the best use of capital within and across firms. To stay ahead of rivals, firms need not only R&D but also clever strategic decision-making informed by game theory.

Jobs: Many MEcon alumni accept challenging jobs in consulting and in various management positions. Leading consulting firms are highly interested in well-trained economists who combine strong quantitative skills with good intuition and clever strategic thinking. A specialization in managerial economics also prepares for jobs offered by policy institutions such as competition authorities, industry organizations, government agen-cies dealing with innovation, digitization and other business related programs.

In order to graduate as a Master in Economics with a declared specialisation in Managerial Economics, you need to gain at least 16 ECTS from the courses listed below and write your Master's Thesis in the area of Managerial Economics.

Course ECTS Language Semester
7,260 Topics in Industrial Organisation 4 English Autumn
9,334 Theoretical Behavioral Finance
(as of Autumn semester 2022)
4 English Autumn
8,250 Advanced Microeconomics III: Game Theory 4 English Spring
8,256 The Economics of Strategy
(as of Spring semester 2023)
4 English Spring
8,262 Labor Economics - Theory and Applications
(not offered in the Spring semester 2023)
4 English Spring
8,274 Corporate Finance, Banking and Venture Capital 4 English Spring
8,280 Beyond Homo Oeconomicus: Decision Making and Wellbeing in Economics 4 English Spring
8,288 Blockchain Markets
(as of Spring semester 2023)
4 English Spring

 

You can find out how to structure your studies in the specialisation Managerial Economics 

here

Households borrow to buy homes and choose portfolios to achieve the preferred trade-off between risk and return in savings. Firms need to raise equity and to draw on a credit to finance investment. Governments issue public debt. Insurance and pension funds diversify risks and invest to finance retirement income. When there is a financial crisis, the economy is in real trouble. Banking and capital market regulation must reduce individual and macroeco-nomic risk, thereby creating stability. 

Jobs: MEcon alumni often pick up jobs in banking and wealth management companies. Some join the insurance industry and others accept job offers by central banks such as the SNB or the ECB in Frankfurt. Analyst positions in big banks as well as treasury positions in large multinational firms are another opportunity. Finally, international organizations such as the IMF or from government and regulatory institutions (FINMA, BIS in Basel, the European ESM etc.) also offers jobs for graduates with a sound training in economics and finance.

In order to graduate as a Master in Economics with a declared specialisation in Financial Economics, you need to gain at least 16 ECTS from the courses listed below and write your Master's Thesis in the area of Financial Economics.

 

Course ECTS Language Semester
7,315 Theory of Finance 4 EN Autumn
7,320 Quantitative Risk Management 4 EN Autumn
7,322 Quantitative Asset Management 4 EN Autumn
9,272 Economics of Central Banking 4 EN Autumn
9,276 Debt and Fiscal Policy 4 EN Autumn
9,334 Theorectical Behavioural Finance 4 EN Autumn
8,252 Advanced Macroeconomics III: Money and Prices 4 EN Spring
8,274 Corporate Finance, Banking and Venture Capital 4 EN Spring
8,282 Asset-Liability Management für Schweizer Pensionskassen 4 DE Spring
8,288 Blockchain Markets
(as of Spring semester 2023)
4 EN Spring
8,310 Asset Pricing 4 EN Spring
8,318 Financial Volatility 4 EN Spring

 

You can find out how to structure your studies in the specialisation Financial Economics

here

 

Digitization and the abundance of data transform the world. Firms reinvent their business models, global trade shifts into the internet, and governments find new ways to interact with citizens. How can machine learning and econometrics make data more useful? How can firms and governments find individualized solutions? How does digital trade change competition? The data driven future requires new skills. MEcon students are in the lead. 

Jobs requiring extensive digital and data skills are on offer in all areas of the economy including private sector firms, consulting firms, financial industry, government institutions, research institutes and academics. The skilled analysis of large data sets and the digital transformation offer hot research topics for a PhD study as well.

In order to graduate as a Master in Economics with a declared specialisation in Digitization and Data Analytics, you need to gain at least 16 ECTS from the courses listed belwo and write your Master's Thesis in the of Digitization and Data Analytics.

 

Course ECTS Language Semester
7,260 Topics in Industrial Organisation 4 EN Autumn
7,264 Data Handling: Databases 4 EN Autumn
7,305 Statistics 4 EN Autumn
7,325 Smart Data Analytics 4 EN Autumn
9,332  Advanced Econometric Methods 4 EN Autumn
8,272 Big Data Analytics 4 EN Spring
8,273 Multivariate Statistical Analysis 
(not offered in the Spring semester 2023)
4 EN Spring
8,288 Blockchain Markets
(offered as of Spring semester 2023)
4 EN Spring
8,312 Microeconometrics 4 EN Spring
8,314 Time Series Econometrics 4 EN Spring
8,320 Methods for Data-Driven Optimal Policy 4 EN Spring
8,330 Machine Learning (MiQE/F) 4 EN Spring
8,338 Introduction to Web Mining for Social Scientists 
(two-year rhythm: Spring semester 2021, Spring semester 2023,...)
4 EN Spring

 

You can find out how to structure your studies in the specialisation Digitization and Data Analytics

here

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