English translation of programme syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Economics, Master's Programme (INT), 120 credits

(Masterprogram i nationalekonomi (INT), 120 högskolepoäng)

Programme code P1744
Academic school School of Social Sciences
Education cycle Second cycle
Language of instruction English
Valid from HT2020


This programme syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for the Faculty Board at Södertörn University on 2013-02-14 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance. This programme syllabus was revised by the Faculty Board for the Faculty Board at Södertörn University on 2019-12-04.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Economics as the main field of study, English B, Mathematics C or equivalent qualifications

Programme outcomes

On completion of the course, the student is able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • explain advanced theories and methods within a wide spectrum of applications
  • independently use a variety of social science methods

Competence and skills

  • independently develop and delineate a research problem and creatively conduct independent studies that contribute towards the development of knowledge
  • convey knowledge to an academic audience as well as to society at large
  • participate in academic discourse within the discipline and contribute qualified and creative viewpoints
  • apply the economic perspective to other professional fields, nationally as well as internationally
  • perform qualified tasks in the role of professional economist
  • conduct advanced econometric/statistical analysis
  • carry out standard studies based on methods from other disciplines within the social sciences

Judgement and approach

  • critically assess empirical and theoretical claims
  • understand how theoretical perspectives and methods impact on academic studies
  • assess weaknesses and strengths of alternative methods used in social sciences.


The Master’s programme provides the student with the qualifications required for positions in the financial sector, central government, academia and other public sectors as well as in private firms outside the financial sector, such as consultancies. The Master’s programme in economics prepares the student for PhD studies as well as providing a sound basis for a professional career outside the academic world.


Title of qualification:

Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) in Economics Masterexamen i huvudområdet nationalekonomi

Qualification stipulation:

To attain a Master’s degree, the student must have completed courses corresponding to 120 credits of which at least 60 credits must be from courses at an increasingly advanced level in the main field of study. The student must have written a dissertation (degree project) corresponding to at least 30 credits.

Programme design

Semester 1, focusing on advanced applications of economics and social science methods, consists of one compulsory and three optional courses. The courses are research based and their aim is to enable the student to independently write a dissertation and acquire the required skills within a field of application in economics where the wider social context is of particular relevance.

Semester 2 focuses primarily on advanced applications in the field of economics and consists of four optional courses.

Semester 3 contains advanced economic theory as well as courses that widen and deepen the student's knowledge of social science methods. It consists of two compulsory and two optional courses. The compulsory courses deepen the understanding of core economic theory, introducing the student to the theoretical foundations of research in economics and to its applications.

Semester 4 consists of a compulsory course that comprises the writing of a Master's dissertation (degree project).

The programme deepens as well as widens the student’s base of knowledge. The aim of the core theory courses and the independent dissertation is to provide greater depth, while the aim of the other courses is to deepen as well as widen the student's perspectives.

Compulsory courses

Semester 1

  • Mathematics for Economics at Master Level, 7,5 credits

Sesmester 3

  • Advanced Macroeconomics, 7,5 credits
  • Advanced Microeconomics, 7,5 credits

Semester 4

  • Master's Dissertation, 30 credits

A student on a study programme is guaranteed a place on the compulsory courses or on the specializations/courses within the programme. (For entry requirements, see, Other Stipulations.)

Optional courses

Recommended optional courses for semester 1 at Södertörn University:

  • Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development, 7,5 credits
  • Advanced Econometrics: Heterogeneity and Panel Data, 7,5 credits
  • Comparative Socio-Economic Systems, 7,5 credits
  • Comparative Research Methods, 7,5 credits (Political Science)

Recommended optional courses for semester 2 at Södertörn University:

  • Advanced International Trade Theory, 7,5 credits
  • Advanced Financial Economics, 7,5 credits
  • Advanced Econometrics: Time Series and Hypothesis Tests, 7,5 credits
  • Advanced Industrial Organisation: Competition and Regulation, 7,5 credits

Recommended optional courses for semester 3 at Södertörn University:

  • International Macroeconomics, 7,5 credits
  • Intersectional Analysis, 7,5 credits (Sociology)
  • Theory of Knowledge, 7,5 credits (Political Science)

In addition to the elective courses listed above, students may choose to study other courses at advanced level at Södertörn University or other national or international institution. To ensure that students who choose this option reads a sufficient number of courses within the main field of study, the courses must be approved by the Program Convenor.

A student is guaranteed a place on a range of courses equivalent to a full workload. There is no guarantee that a student is offered a place on his/her first choice of course. For entry requirements, see course syllabus.

Degree project

Master's Dissertation (30 credits)

Credit transfer for prior studies

A student has the right to have prior learning assessed for accreditation within the study programme.

Other stipulations

For entry requirements for courses within a study programme, see course syllabus.