Economics - Master's Programme (Two Years)
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
The Master's programme in Economics (Nationalekonomi) brings you the quantitative skills and analytical mindset that are essential for a successful career in governmental organizations, international institutions, and private sector firms such as banks and economic consultancies.
The programme provides you with deep and thorough knowledge of modern economic theories, concepts, techniques, and their applications. You will acquire the necessary skills to undertake advanced economic analysis and become familiar with state-of-the-art research.
The rigorous and research-based education will enable you to undertake advanced economic analysis by applying modern economic theory and state-of-the-art tools for handling data and conducting econometric analysis (using, for example, STATA and MATLAB).
The programme offers a wide range of elective courses (60 credits in total) allowing you to specialise in your field of interest. You also have the opportunity to study one semester abroad at one of our international partner universities.
We offer a high-quality learning experience. The lecturers are dedicated to teaching but also research active, ensuring you access to the latest developments in their fields.
Taken together, the programme equips you with a comprehensive package of knowledge, skills, and tools crucial for understanding and analysing the key economic issues of today and tomorrow.
A unique feature of the Master’s programme in Economics is the ability to tailor your degree in a direction of your interest. You can choose from different specialisations:
- Financial Economics
- International and Development Economics
- Public Economics with Health and Labour Economics
There is a broad and extensive labour market for economists both nationally and internationally. The demand for the competence of economists with a master’s degree is relatively constant over time or even growing.
You will be qualified for advanced positions within the private and public sectors. There is a broad and extensive labour market for economists both nationally and internationally. The demand for the competence of economists with a master’s degree is relatively constant over time or even growing.
Graduates find employment in government authorities and public institutions, in large companies, in the financial sector, in private research centres, in the health sector and in a large number of international institutions such as central banks, government departments, OECD, EU, The World Bank, development agencies, economics consultants, financial organisations, international corporations etc. The programme also provides excellent preparation for PhD studies.
Open for applicationsApplication opportunities
This programme is open for applications from 16 October to 15 January.
Department of Economics
Tycho Brahes väg 1, 223 63 Lund
Box 7080, 220 07 Lund
+46 46 222 00 00
+46 46 222 86 75
marten [dot] wallette [at] nek [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
The general admission requirements are as follows.
- A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree (or equivalent) and at least 60 credits in economics. These must include courses in intermediate microeconomics and econometrics (quantitative methods), or equivalent knowledge obtained through other courses.
- A good command of the English language, both spoken and written, equivalent to English course B (advanced level) in the Swedish secondary system. Equivalence assessments will be made according to national guidelines.
The regulations in the general requirements concerning knowledge of the Swedish language are not applicable for international applicants.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
- Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
- Get all your documents ready:
- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
- official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
- passport/ID (all applicants) and
- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
* Svensk student?
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No programme-specific documents (such as a CV or letters of recommendation) are required when you apply for this programme.
We do not require a GMAT or GRE score, but a well-balanced score may strengthen your application to this particular programme. GMAT code, School of Economics and Management, Lund University: 8VR-PL-07. Lund University does not have a GRE code. You are welcome to submit a certified copy of your GRE test result directly to University Admissions in Sweden.
Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 270 000
First payment: SEK 67 500
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
- Paying your application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Exemptions from paying the application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Convert currency – xe.com
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.