Learning some economics can make that small decisive difference even if you’ve decided to major in something else. Economic concepts have proven useful in analyzing workplace relations, legal disputes, bargaining situations, and many more: economics is a surprisingly versatile tool that can be applied to almost any situation.

On top of such directly useful knowledge, economics provides you with the ability to understand how the economy works. Such a skill is an imperative for anyone in working life, not just those specializing in economics. It is therefore not surprising that economics is a popular minor for students majoring in, e.g., social sciences, business, and engineering.

Helsinki GSE serves the wider academic community by tailoring optional studies for students in other disciplines. Training is offered in economic theory at the intermediate level, through introductory courses in quantitative and empirical methods of economics, and via an opportunity for advanced work in a student’s particular area of interest.

Throughout these courses, the emphasis will be on concepts, applications, and demonstrating the usefulness of economic methods.

  • Intermediate Level Economics minor for all Aalto students

    Advanced Level Economics minor for all Aalto MSc students who have completed BSc or BSc level minor in Economics

  • Economics as a minor or elective

    Students should take at least 25 ECTS from the following courses:

    Mandatory courses:

    • 1135 Principles of economics, 6 ECTS, lectured in Swedish
    • 26032 Microeconomics – Competition, Welfare and Market Failures, 8 ECTS, lectured in Swedish
    • 2668 Intermediate Macroeconomics, 6 ECTS, lectured in Swedish

    Optional courses:

    • 26030 Empirical methods in economics, 5 ECTS, lectured in English
    • 2645 International Economics , 6 ECTS, lectured in English
    • 2646 Economics of Strategy, 6 ECTS, lectured in English
    • 2619 Economics of Organisation and Information, 6 ECTS, lectured in English
  • Optional studies module ECOK-200 (35 ECTS) for statistics study track students in BSc program in Mathematical Science (in Finnish only)

    Optinal studies module ECOK-300 (15-65 ECTS, in Finnish only)

According to the Helsinki GSE teaching cooperation agreement Master’s and PhD students at the Helsinki GSE partnering universities - Aalto University, Hanken School of Economics, and University of Helsinki - majoring in other disciplines than economicsare are allowed to take courses in economics at Master's and PhD level.

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