Audun Gjerde from Norway
What is the programme like?
"The mandatory courses in the beginning of the programme give you a good knowledge base within both economics and econometrics, and through the choice of courses and thesis topics, you get the opportunity to specialise within your own field of interest. More importantly, you learn how to cope with a large workload and multiple deadlines, analyse and solve complex problems, and how to work together with different types of people. These are all skills that you will benefit from when entering working life.
Most courses are based on lectures, but also include computer labs and different assignments, and are usually concluded with a written exam. A lot of individual work is required in order to prepare for exams, but working in groups is both encouraged and expected, and a lot of the assignments are solved in groups of two or more students. The interaction between students and teachers is very informal, and students are encouraged to ask questions and be active during the lectures. The lecturers are in general also available and happy to answer questions and help you also outside of the lectures.
There is a nice mix of students from different nationalities, backgrounds and fields of interest. This means that, whatever topic you are struggling with, there is always someone who can help you out, and everyone is always happy to share their knowledge. It also gives you a large network all over the world within different industries."
What are you planning to do after your time in Lund?
"My goal is to work in the intersect between macroeconomics and public policy, and I am currently applying for jobs within the public sector. A Master’s in Economics from Lund gives you a lot of freedom and opportunities to pursue different career paths within economics, however."
Do you have any other comments about your overall experience?
"Lund is an amazing student city. The city and its activities are mainly built around the University and its students, and there is always something do outside the studies too."
“After finishing my Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Norway, I decided to pursue a Master’s in Economics, much due to my interest in macroeconomics. After doing a lot of research on potential universities through looking at different rankings and accreditations, I ended up applying to Lund. It was also highly recommended to me by my supervisor at the time.”