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About Economics, MSc - at KU Leuven

The Master of Science in Economics is a one-year Master programme, oriented towards students with broad interests in social and scientific matters who are capable of critical and creative thinking.

What is the programme all about?

The Master of Economics programme offers you a theoretical framework, allowing you to provide well-grounded answers to economic questions. As an economist, you will observe the various players (individuals, companies, domestic and foreign governments) and their interactions within the global economy. You will be able to interpret the general economic situation in a wider social and legal context.


The programme consists of a common core of three courses and a Master's thesis. Students complete their study programme until at least 60 ECTS with electives out of different groups: general economics, financial economics, research in economics. A project or summer school can as well be chosen.


  • The Faculty of Economics and Business attaches great importance to high-quality education. The Department of Economics of KU Leuven is highly ranked in the QS World University Ranking and recently some professors won the renowned Francqui Prize!
  • The faculty receives valuable external assessments. Thanks to the EQUIS accreditation among others, the faculty can conclude exchange agreements with other renowned universities.
  • The Master of Economics will allow you to prepare for the research-oriented Master of Advanced Studies in Economics. Students with an interest in this advanced Master’s programme, are recommended to take the ‘advanced’ courses in their study programme.


After completing two semesters in Leuven you can follow an additional semester (‘Extended Master’) at one of the several top universities around the world we have close links with (as part of the Erasmus+ programme). More information on the various international experiences the faculty has to offer can be found on this website.

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