International Programmes 2022/2023

Master of Science in Economics Master of Science in Economics

Kiel University • Kiel

Master of Science (MSc) in Economics
Teaching language
  • English

In the compulsory section of the programme, all lectures and examinations will be held in English.

In the supplementary subject, some lectures and examinations may be held in German. However, it is always possible to choose subjects such that they are completely held in English as well. German as a foreign language is taught in German. No prior knowledge is needed.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

Application period with a Bachelor's degree obtained in Germany via Kiel University:

  • 1 June to 1 August for the following winter semester
  • 1 December to 1 February for the following summer semester

Application period with a Bachelor's degree obtained in other countries via uni-assist:

  • 1 March to 15 July for the following winter semester
  • 1 November to 15 January for the following summer semester

Effectively, formalities for foreign applicants normally require at least three additional months, e.g., visa application, application for scholarships from the DAAD or elsewhere, etc.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The Master's programme in Economics at Kiel University imparts methodical skills related to various fields of economics and a broad, sound and critical knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, plus a command of various sectors of applied economics. The main objective of the Master's course is to enable graduates to discuss and interpret the essential concepts and methods used in the economic sciences, evaluate the main research methods employed in the field, draw upon the knowledge they have acquired to deal independently with complex situations, and develop and implement ideas of their own. Graduates will have a sound command of advanced methods in both model-theoretical and empirical/quantitative analysis and will be able to analyse economic problems, assess economic arguments and conduct empirical investigations displaying a relatively high degree of complexity. In addition, they will possess a critical understanding of the economic concepts and methods they have learned.

Course organisation

The Master's programme is organised in six parts:

  1. Compulsory Section in Economics (30 ECTS CP)
  2. Compulsory Section in Econometrics (6 ECTS CP)
  3. Compulsory Elective Section in Econometrics (6 ECTS CP)
  4. Compulsory Elective Section in Economics (36 - 60 ECTS CP)
  5. Compulsory Elective Section Supplementary Subjects (0 - 12 ECTS CP)
  6. Master's thesis (18 or 30 ECTS CP)

During the first semester, the core courses in Economics and Econometrics, Advanced Microeconomics, Economics Dynamics and Econometric Methods are obligatory.

The second and third semesters focus on the specialisation courses in Economics. Students choose specialisation modules from various fields of Economics:

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics & Growth
  • Financial Economics
  • International Economics
  • Spatial Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Environmental & Resource Economics
  • Applied Empirical Methods (max. three modules of this group)

Furthermore, students can choose a supplementary subject from another discipline. This supplementary subject can be Business, Computational Sciences, Business Information Systems, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Agricultural Economics, German as a Foreign Language, or Mathematics. (At the moment, English as teaching language can only be guaranteed if additional Economic modules are chosen.)

The fourth semester is mainly reserved for completion of the Master's thesis. There are two versions for the completion of the Master's thesis:

  1. 30 ECTS: six months processing time, or
  2. 18 ECTS: 15 weeks processing time; two additional modules of the Compulsory Elective Section Economics need to be completed.

Examination regulations:

Modules and course descriptions:

A wide range of specialised courses offered on a regular basis gives students an insight into many areas of economic research arising through cooperation with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

For the study plan for the Master's programme in Economics, see below:

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements

Kiel University and the Department of Economics offer exchange programmes for spending a semester at a partner university abroad (ERASMUS and direct partnerships with universities worldwide). For students interested in such exchange programmes, we recommend going abroad in the third semester of the programme. The credits from the partner university can be transferred to the programme.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

An enrolment fee ("Einschreibgebühr") of 55 EUR is charged for the first enrolment at Kiel University. A semester contribution ("Semesterbeitrag") currently amounting to 264.50 EUR must be paid each semester at Kiel University. This covers free public transport ("landesweites Semesterticket") for trains and buses in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, reduced lunch prices, and other benefits for students.

Costs of living

Approx. 800 EUR per month to cover personal expenses

Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a Bachelor's degree or a comparable university degree (minimum grade 2.5) with a regular period of university education of three years or more and 180 ECTS credit points or more. 

In the 180 credit points, the following needs to be contained:

  • 35 credit points from courses on principles of economics (i.e., courses on microeconomic theory and courses on macroeconomic theory) with no overlapping in substance and from courses on quantitative methods with no overlapping in substance
    of which at least:
    • 15 credit points from courses on quantitative methods (mathematics, statistics, econometrics).

Applicants with a minimum overall grade of 3.0 may also be eligible to the Master's programme in Economics if the weighted average grade (weighted with the credit points) from courses in economics and on quantitative methods is at least 2.5.

With regards to content and comparability an official module manual has to be submitted. In case of unavailability of an official manual, module descriptions approved by the offering institution of higher education are accepted. To avoid unnecessary paper piles, it is also allowed, to provide a link to an official online handbook. The module manual needs to be provided either in German or English.

Admission requirements can be found here:
and here:

We also provide an optional entry-level self test for your own assessment of knowledge that is required in our Master's programmes. Further Information can be found here.

Recommended Literature

Please find a list of recommended literature here.

Language requirements

Proof of English language skills by

  • C1/CEFR
  • TOEFL (paper-based test): 550 points or an equivalent test e.g. IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL iBT 79
  • Bachelor's degree with English as the language of instruction
Application deadline

Application period with a Bachelor's degree obtained in Germany via Kiel University:

  • 1 June to 1 August for the following winter semester
  • 1 December to 1 February for the following summer semester

Application period with a Bachelor's degree obtained in other countries via uni-assist:

  • 1 March to 15 July for the following winter semester
  • 1 November to 15 January for the following summer semester

Effectively, formalities for foreign applicants normally require at least three additional months, e.g., visa application, application for scholarships from the DAAD or elsewhere, etc.

Submit application to

Bachelor's degree obtained in Germany: Kiel University

Bachelor's degree obtained in other countries: uni-assist

More Information: programme website


Possibility of finding part-time employment

The Department of Economics and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy offer jobs as student assistants. Students can apply for these jobs upon availability.


Please find information on accommodation in Kiel on the following website:

Career advisory service

Career coaching:

Career Center seminars:

Support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Tutors
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
Support programmes for international students

International students receive support by Kiel University's International Center in manifold ways:

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