Master in International Economics

The Master in International Economics provides students with a critical understanding of current debates in economics explicitly including heterodox approaches. The programme has a strongly international approach and aims to integrate an understanding of theoretical controversies, historical developments and contemporary policy disputes. It follows an interdisciplinary perspective reflecting the importance that social and political institutions play in shaping economic developments.

Key Facts

Faculty Faculty of Business and Economics
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Structure Full-time
Start Winter semester (1 October)
Duration 3 semesters (4 semesters for students required to complete a placement)
Accreditation Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA)
Programme Intake 35

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Career Prospects

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) awards successful students of this programme the internationally recognised Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. The International Economics programme provides the skills needed to pursue internationally oriented careers with government and non-government organisations as well as with international businesses, business organisations and trade unions, but also to apply for PhD programmes.


The degree is accredited by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA), and is recognised as qualifying graduates to apply for positions in the senior German civil service - in line with the joint guidelines agreed by the Standing Conference of the Interior Ministers of the Länder (Innenministerkonferenz) and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (Kultusministerkonferenz).

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The first semester is built around mandatory courses in, for example, international economics, macroeconomics and development economics. In the second semester students choose from a range of electives. In addition, all students participate in a project seminar focusing in detail on selected contemporary policy issues. The third semester is reserved for researching and preparing the thesis. Classes are conducted in a combined lecture/seminar format where students are expected to play an active part.

Language of Instruction English
Location Berlin
Placement Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree with less than 210 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) will be required to complete an internship in the third semester worth 30 ECTS. Students with a bachelor’s degree worth 210 ECTS who have already done an internship during their undergraduate programme, if they wish so, may also take a voluntary internship in the third semester.

Students who were not awarded with ECTS during their undergraduate programme (usually from outside the European Union), will not be asked to complete an internship.
International Cooperation The BSEL has close contacts to all over the world.


1. Semester
  • Module 1: International Economics
  • Module 2: Macroeconomics
  • Module 3: Development Economics
  • Module 4: Global Governance
  • Tutorial seminar
2. Semester
  • Two courses from the following options, e.g.:
    Distribution and Growth
    Political Economy of Modern Capitalism
    Recent Developments in European Law
    Gender and Globalisation
    Politics of Social Cohesion
  • Project:
    • Current Issues in International Economics
    • International Economic Policies
      (or another Master Pool Option)
  • Tutorial seminar
3. Semester
  • Colloquium
  • Master Thesis
  • Research Seminar


Applicants must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree
  • Excellent English skills equivalent at least to B2 on the CERF (Common European Reference Framework) e.g. TOEFL iBT 87, IELTS 6.0 and CAE.
  • Evidence specifically of having completed undergraduate courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and International Economics
  • Letter of motivation in English
  • Curriculum Vitae in English

Admission Restriction

If there are more applicants than places, the programme follows a NC (numerus clausus) procedure.

Application Deadlines

Summer Semester Winter Semester
Applicants with a degree from a German university - 15.04.–15.06.
Applicants with a degree from a university abroad - 15.04.–30.05.

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Fees and grants

Semester fee Please click for current semester fee information
Tuition fee None
Grants Students may be able to apply for BAföG (German citizens) or DAAD (non-EU citizens)

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Student Counselling
(for prospective students)



Coordination (for students)

Dagmar Hofmann
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1425



The Masters in International Economics is part of the EU Erasmus Mundus master’s programme Economic Policies in the Age of Globalisation