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Economic theory and its application in the real world


Economics Master's Programme

60 credits




This one-year Master’s in Economics provides you with deeper knowledge of economic theory and its application in the real world, providing skills that can benefit society in fields such as sustainable development or competition and regulation. You have the option to focus on an area of your choice.

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Analysis and problem-solving in the public or private sectors Economists work in both the public and private sectors. In the private sector this could include banks, insurance companies, consultancies and businesses. In the public sector, economists are needed at central banks, ministries of finance and think tanks as well as in local government. Non-governmental organisations and charities also employ economists. After graduating you will be able to provide specialist economic advice in many different settings. Thanks to your understanding of economic relationships, you will be able to contribute to economic decision-making, analysing data and statistics, forecasting or policy- making, among many other things. This could be done in fields as varied as poverty reduction, environmental advocacy, accounting and investor relations. Read about research in this subject
Theoretical and methodological skills for analysing real-world problems This Master’s degree comprises two semesters of full-time study. In the first semester there is a compulsory course in Mathematics for Economics, as well as three elective courses. All these courses are worth 7.5 credits. If you start in the autumn semester, these courses have a greater focus on environmental economics and macroeconomics, whereas if you start in the spring there is more of a focus on international economics and microeconomics. The second semester concentrates on writing your dissertation, which is worth 30 credits. A Master’s programme is different to studying an undergraduate degree, as it requires more independent work and self-motivation. It also has a clear focus on in-depth analysis and the problematisation of knowledge. You learn to use your theoretical and methodological skills as tools to identify, structure and analyse economic problems. This degree programme also provides you with insights into and in-depth knowledge of how companies and organisations develop and use their innovation capacity in global competition. Semester 1 Autumn: Mathematics for Economics at Master Level, Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development, Advanced Macroeconomics, Comparative Socio-Economic Systems Spring: Mathematics for Economics at Master Level Advanced Econometrics: Endogeneity and Panel Data Advanced International Macroeconomics Advanced Microeconomics Semester 2 Dissertation Course design You will study alongside 10-20 other students and are expected to study full-time. There are lectures, seminars and practical seminars in computer laboratories, and you will be awarded grades based on both written examinations and take- home examinations, as well as your Master’s dissertation. There is a great deal of independent study, although work on the dissertation also includes seminars, writing workshops and meetings with your supervisor.
Societally beneficial knowledge in theory and practice Are you interested in gaining a deeper understanding of specific areas of the economic system and in improving skills that are benefit society? Do you want to do this while studying in an international environment? Many societal issues have an economic dimension, so economic theory can be used to analyse them and look for possible solutions. This Master’s programme provides an in-depth examination of economic theory and its application in the real world, covering areas such as sustainable development, the environment, financial systems and international trade, and competition and regulation. Your studies will not only provide subject-specific knowledge, but you will also increase your skill set in areas such as making presentations, scholarly writing and programmes, enhancing your ability to work with and analyse complex materials. Södertörn University is one of the few higher education institutions that offer a one-year Master’s in Economics, and provides flexibility in also allowing students to transfer to a two-year Master’s degree. Class sizes are kept small, thus allowing more resources to be allocated to each student.