Alfred Romero Molina from Spain
“I chose to study economics because of the financial crisis that hit Spain in 2008. I was curious about why it happened, and what could be done to solve it. In the Master’s in Economics, we learn sound economic theories in microeconomics and macroeconomics, and how to critically assess and challenge them. Furthermore, the programme equips us with the quantitative skills in mathematics, statistical methods and econometrics required to test theories, carry out policy analysis and pursue original research at the PhD level. You also learn to work in a truly international environment, and adapt to the different cultures and ways of working.
The workload is high and the pace is incredibly fast. The relationship between professors and students is, unlike in many other countries, very warm and informal. The professors are always available to students, and participation during class is encouraged. It is also worth mentioning that the programme has six different specialisations and that it offers a vast array of courses in each subfield. A course typically consists of lectures, assignments and a final exam. Generally, assignments are done in groups of two to four students. I find the assignments diverse and challenging, which forces us to be creative.
When I first selected the Master’s in Economics, I was sure I would end up doing a PhD afterwards. However, the programme has introduced me to new areas within the field of economics. I ended up being very interested in finance and, in particular, risk management. Before graduation, I secured a job in Spain as a Financial Risk Management Consultant at Deloitte.”