The curriculum essentially consists of four components: three mandatory course units, major course units, the Master’s dissertation and an elective course unit.
The mandatory course units offer the foundations for methodological and empirical skills. This common part of the curriculum deepens your knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. You already covered the basics of these areas but here we provide a deeper focus on the formal analysis as well as the analytical and econometric tools that are essential for critical economic analysis.
microeconomics: you study behavioural economics under uncertainty and asymmetric information. You delve deeper into optimisation techniques;
macroeconomics: you master modern growth theory and modern business cycle analysis. You study theories and models, and apply them to topics and economic policies related to demographic change, inequality, climate change, productivity and innovation,…;
econometrics: we broaden your knowledge of econometric techniques for time series analysis.
The Master’s curriculum offers a choice of two majors allowing you to choose course units based on your area of interest, in which you will then apply the theoretical insights of the mandatory course units. The two majors are Financial Institutions and Markets, on the one hand, and Economic Policy on the other. The curriculum of both majors is infused with the solid knowledge and expertise present at our department, also in terms of research. Indeed, at Master’s level, research and education are closely intertwined. When enrolling in a major, you choose three course units from a list of five or six in that specific area.
The Financial Institutions and Markets major is aimed at students who aspire a job in the financial sector. You study financial assets and their risk-return characteristics. You investigate the interactions between financial markets (stocks, bonds, corporate securities, exchange rates, commodities, emerging markets) and the macroeconomic environment (growth, inflation, interest rates, government budget). You explore recent trends in the European banking sector and analyse the profit/risk profile of banks and the impact of regulation on bank intermediation. You study central bank policies, the ECB in particular, and their implications.
The Economic Policy major is aimed at students looking for a job in economic policy-making, in the broadest sense of the word (not only government, but also social partners, central banks, international institutions, financial institutions, NGOs,...). You study the role of the government in the economy: efficient allocation, government intervention and externalities, inequality and poverty, optimal taxation. Environmental and energy policy is covered extensively, with a main focus on the optimal use of scarce resources and concepts of cost-efficiency, cost-effectiveness and information problems. Finally, you discover the effects of fiscal policy on key macroeconomic variables such as economic growth and employment, and on (financial, social and ecological) sustainability.
You complete your Master’s degree by writing a Master’s dissertation. With it, you demonstrate that you are able to apply the acquired knowledge to address a problem independently. Master’s students of Economics typically use a combination of theory and empirical analysis to tackle relevant economic problems, under the guidance of a supervisor. This really is culmination of your training.
Finally, we offer the opportunity to tailor your curriculum by choosing an elective course unit. There are several options for doing so:
you choose another course unit from your major to specialise even more in this subject area;
you choose a course unit from the other major in order to broaden your horizon;
you choose an elective course unit from a list of economic course units
you embark on a work placement
If you want to combine your Master’s degree with a Teacher’s degree, then there is the option of taking a Master's Programme in Teaching (in Dutch: 'Educatieve master') instead of the above described master. The Master's Programme in Teaching, however, is a Dutch-taught programme. More information can be found on www.ugent.be/educatievemaster.
It is possible to participate in a double degree programme with the Julius Maximilians-Universität Würzburg. In a double degree programme students receive a degree of both the home and the host university. More information can be found on https://www.ugent.be/eb/en/degree-students/double_degree_programmes.