Programme syllabus
Economics: Master's Programme, 120 credits
(Masterprogram i nationalekonomi, 120 högskolepoäng)
Programme code P4302
Academic school School of Social Sciences
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Language of instruction English
Valid from HT 2014 (autumn semester)
Valid to VT 2017 (spring semester)

1. Validation

This programme syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board at Södertörn University on 2013-02-14 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance. This programme was revised on 2013-11-13.

2. Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Economics as the main field of study, English B, Mathematics C or equivalent qualifications

3. Programme outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of the course, the student is able to:

- explain advanced theories and methods within a wide spectrum of applications

- independently use a variety of social science methods

Competence and skills

- independently develop and delineate a research problem and creatively conduct independent studies that contribute towards the development of knowledge

- convey knowledge to an academic audience as well as to society at large

- participate in academic discourse within the discipline and contribute with qualified and creative viewpoints

- apply the economic perspective to other professional fields, nationally as well as internationally

- perform qualified tasks in the role of professional economist

- conduct advanced econometric/statistical analysis

- carry out standard studies based on methods from other disciplines within the social sciences

Judgement and approach

- critically assess empirical and theoretical claims

- understand how theoretical perspectives and methods impact on academic studies

- assess weaknesses and strengths of alternative methods used in social sciences.

4. Applicability

The Master’s programme provides the student with the qualifications required for positions within the financial sector, central government, academia and other public sectors as well as in private firms outside the financial sector, such as consultancies. The Master’s programme in economics prepares the student for PhD studies as well as providing a sound basis for a professional career outside the academic world.

5. Qualification

Title of qualification

  • Masterexamen i huvudområdet nationalekonomi
  • Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) in Economics

    Qualification stipulation

  • To attain a Master’s degree the student must have completed courses corresponding to 120 credits of which at least 60 credits must be from courses at an increasingly advanced level in the main field of study. The student must have written a dissertation corresponding to at least 30 credits.

  • 6. Programme design

    Semester 1, focusing on advanced applications of economics and social science methods, consists of three compulsory and one optional course. The courses are research based and their aim is to enable the student to independently write a dissertation and acquire the required skills within a field of application in economics where the wider social context is of particular relevance.

    Semester 2 focuses primarily on advanced applications in the field of economics and consists of four compulsory courses, of which one (Advanced econometry: Panel data and microeconomics) is primarily a methodology course.

    Semester 3 contains advanced economic theory as well as courses that widen and deepen the student's knowledge of social science methods. It consists of two compulsory and two optional courses. The compulsory courses deepen the understanding of core economic theory, introducing the student to the theoretical foundations of research in economics and to its applications.

    Semester 4 consists of a compulsory course that comprises the writing of a Master's dissertation.

    The programme deepens as well as widens the student’s base of knowledge. The aim of the core theory courses and the independent dissertation is to provide greater depth, while the aim of the other course is to deepen as well as widen the student's perspectives.

    7. Compulsory courses

    Semester 1
    Advanced Economics, 22,5 credits
    Optional course, 7,5 credits

    Semester 2
    Advanced Applied Economics, 30 credits

    Semester 3
    Advanced Macro Economics, 7.5 credits
    Advanced Micro economics, 7.5 credits
    Optional courses 15 credits

    Semester 4
    Master's Dissertation, 30 credits
     A student on a study programme is guaranteed a place on the compulsory courses or on the specializations/courses within the programme. (For entry requirements, see 11, Other Stipulations.)

    8. Optional courses

    During the semesters 1 and 3 the student may choose between optional courses equivalent to 7,5 and 15 credits per term. It is recommended that the student chooses courses within the disciplines of business administration, sociology and political science that focus on social science methods. Listed below are examples of courses given at Södertörn University, some of which may not be given every semester. Information about which courses are to be held the following semester are published at the Economics Web Page no later than two weeks prior to the last day of the application period.

    If suitable methods courses are not available the student has the option of taking other advanced level courses within the social science field, including economics, at Södertörn University or at another university in Sweden or abroad. The choice of courses must be approved by the programme director before the course begins.

    Recommended optional course for semester 1 at Södertörns University:

    Comparative Research Methods, 7.5 credits (Political Science)

    Recommended optional courses for semester 3 at Södertörn University:

    Theory of Knowledge, 7.5 credits (Political Science)

    Intersectional Analysis, 7.5 credits (Sociology)

    Qualitative Research Methods, 7.5 credits (Political Science)
     A student is guaranteed a place on a range of courses equivalent to a full workload. There is no guarantee that a student is offered a place on his/her first choice of course. For entry requirements, see course syllabus.

    9. Degree project

    Master's dissertation (30 credits)

    10. Credit transfer for prior studies

    A student has the right to have prior learning assessed for accreditation within the study programme.

    11. Other stipulations

    For entry requirements for courses within a study programme, see course syllabus.