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ISCTE Business School – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa MSc in Economics
ISCTE Business School – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

MSc in Economics

Lisbon, Portugal

2 Years


Full time

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Oct 2024

EUR 4,500 / per year



The MSc in Economics is a full-time, two-year Program, fully taught in English. It is designed for students who wish to obtain a rigorous, in-depth education in economic theory and policy at the graduate level, to prepare a successful career in research or as professional economists working for central banks, the banking industry, government institutions, and international organizations or as economic advisors and financial consultants. It also provides a rigorous preparation for students who wish to advance to a PhD program.

7 Reasons for Choosing the Master in Economics at Iscte Business School

1. Don’t miss the opportunity of being part of one of the most reputed Economics programs in Europe

  • Ranked 35th in its category, among the Top 200 Best Masters Programmes, in Western Europe in 2018/2019 (Eduniversal Ranking)

2. Learn from the best methodologies and software

  • Interact regularly with reputed practitioners who will offer their vision and experience in a series of workshops aimed at discussing and analyzing economics topics;
  • You will be challenged to understand complex current and future economic issues that affect everyone’s livelihood;
  • You will build the skills needed to contribute to economic debates and policy choices;
  • You will learn to handle advanced modeling techniques and use computational software which is integrated into regular classes (for example MATLAB, R, STATA);
  • You will have access to a comprehensive databases that will support you on your thesis and research.

3. Benefit from a reputed faculty, with a rigorous learning style

  • The faculty of Iscte Business School has authored more than 100 books in different management disciplines, many of which are now required reading at other Portuguese universities;
  • There is a close working relationship between students and faculty and students benefit from weekly contact hours, continual email contact and a sustained relationship with the faculty throughout their professional lives;
  • Both semesters in the first year provide solid foundations in the core subjects (microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics) and equip you with the tools of economic analysis while allowing the choice of 3 electives, either in the field, or in one of the following thematic areas: Computing and Modelling for Economics and Business; Banking, and Financial and Monetary Markets; and Regulation and Markets.

4. Thrive in a welcoming culture where personal development and creativity are encouraged

  • Participate on the personal development programme (PdP) that enables students to discover their leadership qualities and creativity;
  • The welcome week allows you to engage in networking, team-building and idea-sharing from day one of the course. This spirit is reinforced year-round with a host of other activities;
  • Mentoring program - with their mentors, students have the opportunity to discuss their academic progress and career prospects, and benefit from their recognized professional experience;

5. See your merit recognized and rewarded throughout the program

  • Award for the best MSc in Economics Student (sponsored by Ernst & Young)
  • Award for the best candidates

6. A truly international outlook

  • Study trip to Frankfurt, which encompasses an academic institution and the European Central Bank;
  • Possibility of doing a Double Degree - it allows students to graduate with two diplomas from two Universities (Iscte and a partner university). For the Msc in Economics, the partner universities are:
    • Southwestern University of Finance and Economics - China (EQUIS accredited)
    • Warsaw University in Poland (AMBA accredited).
  • Possibility of doing an exchange / Erasmus program with our partner universities.

7. Get excited with the program’s career prospects



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