At a glance

  • Field of study

  • Degree type

  • Degree

    Master of Science
  • Language of instruction

    English, German
  • Full/part-time

    full-time, part-time
  • Course start

    winter semester
  • Admission restriction

    national admission restriction
  • Standard period of study

    Four semesters

  • ECTS credits



  • A first academic degree with a focus on business and economics;
  • knowledge of English at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The Faculty will check whether the above requirements have been met and then issue an official notification. This serves as proof that the candidate meets the relevant admission requirements.


The Economics master’s programme (MSc) is run by Leipzig University’s Faculty of Economics and Management Science, where students can also study the subject at postgraduate and doctoral level.

It is designed to last four semesters. Students are required to complete compulsory, compulsory elective, and elective modules as well as a master’s thesis. A semester abroad is possible. Our master’s programme has both research-oriented and practical foci.

Against the backdrop of a sound methodological basis, in teaching and research students discuss policy-relevant issues of a national and international nature. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz’s motto of “theory with practice” is of central importance. The core subjects of the compulsory programme emphasise certain aspects of theory and economic policy, which are then explored in greater detail in the elective modules. As an introduction to research, students can use an elective module to undertake a research internship in cooperation with a chair.

The curriculum comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The first two semesters allow students to develop broad analytical competence in the core subjects of economics. In the following semesters, they can choose individual specialisms (e.g. in the areas of applied econometrics, development economics, environment and sustainability, economic policy and money, credit and banking). In addition to teaching subject-specific content, the techniques of scholarly work and presentation skills are an integral part of the programme.

Through interdisciplinary cooperation with other faculties and institutes (Sociology, Law, African Studies, Political Science and Chinese Studies), we are able to offer a comprehensive range of compulsory elective modules in German and English. Since all compulsory modules and numerous courses in the specialisation areas are taught in English, the master’s programme can be studied entirely in English. The master’s thesis is usually written in the third to fourth semester alongside other modules. Its workload is equivalent to 20 credits.

The Economics master’s programme (MSc) prepares students for work in private companies (e.g. banks, insurance companies, economics departments in large corporations), public institutions (e.g. ministries, central banks, the German Development Institute, the GIZ) and international organisations (e.g. the IMF, the World Bank) operating in the field of economic policy. Depending on the chosen specialisation, the master’s degree is also the basis for a career in academia and research. A good master’s degree is the prerequisite for starting a doctoral programme.


Course start: winter semester
Admission restriction (NCU): yes
Application period: 2 May–31 May
Application portal: AlmaWeb

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.

Options in the winter semester: 3rd semester – without restrictions on admission
Options in the summer semester: 2nd semester and 4th semester – each without restrictions on admission
Application period: 2 May–15 September for the winter semester; 1 December–15 March for the summer semester
Application portal: AlmaWeb
Special enrolment requirements: credits form (Anrechnungsbescheid)

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.


Compulsory curriculum in English