The programme

Modules, classes, and study tracks

You can find the times and rooms of classes in the course catalogue and descriptions of the classes in the module handbook.


You do not have to register for classes beforehand.


The four-semester, 120 ECTS programme is divided into five modules. Each class belongs to a module.

  • Module 1: advanced skills in empirical methods
  • Module 2: foundational classes in Economics
  • Module 3: foundational classes in Political science
  • Module 4: advanced seminars in a variety of topics
  • Module 5: Master’s thesis

Structure of the programme

Research Design I

Advanced Microeconomics I or Advanced Macroeconomics I

International Relations and European Integration

Comparative Public Policy and Politics

Econometrics I

Research Design II (quantitative) or Applied Econometrics (taken during your third semester)

Political Economy

International Organizations and International Political Economy

One advanced seminar

Applied Econometrics, if you did not take Research Design II in Semester 2

Two advanced seminars

Track B students: Master’s colloquium

Track A students

Short Master’s thesis and two PhD seminars in the Graduate School of Decision Sciences

Track B students

Master's thesis

Study tracks

The programme offers two study tracks that allow you to customize your studies in accordance with your interests and career aspirations.

  • Track A is the fast track to a PhD at the Graduate School of Decision Sciences. If you have an outstanding performance record and strong interest in academic research, you can be admitted to the Graduate School and take courses towards your doctorate already in Semester 4.
  • Track B provides you with a general postgraduate education.
SemesterStudy Track A (Fast Track)ECTSStudy Track B (Generalization)ECTS