The objective of the Helsinki GSE Research Master’s program is to provide a high value-added education to the students irrespective of whether they go on to work in the private of public sector, in applied or research-oriented jobs. This goal is achieved by being simultaneously rigorous and practically oriented, applying economic tools to real world problems instead of teaching them purely at a theoretical level.
Students are equipped with the main tools of a professional economist: a way of conceptualizing problems, thinking through the incentives of decision-makers, analyzing the impact of different decision-makers knowing different things, as well as solid tools for empirical analysis.
The primary objective of the Helsinki GSE Research Master’s program is the provision of in-depth understanding of the principles of economic analysis. Focus is on the key elements of economic theory and empirical methods related to social sciences. The curriculum consists of core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics, providing state-of-the art knowledge of methods and results in economics. Specialized courses in different subfields of economics complement the picture, integrating methodological insight with real world questions.
The specialised Research Master’s courses include:
- Economic theory
- Industrial organisation
- International economics
- Labor economics
- Public economics
- Development economics
The language of Helsinki GSE Master’s program is English. We encourage both Finnish and international students to apply.
In terms of future careers of the students, the program serves a dual goal. On the one hand, it provides a rigorous training for students whose ambition is to get into challenging and demanding expert positions in the private or the public sector. On the other hand, it is well suited for those who plan to continue their studies towards a PhD.
The curriculum of the program contains all the material required in the first year of PhD training and through thesis work a fast-track towards starting the PhD thesis research, thereby making the transition from Master’s to PhD level smooth and fast. It gives an excellent overview of contemporary economic research. All students with an intention to continue to PhD education in economics are encouraged to apply the Helsinki GSE Research Master’s progra
While the program is managed and run by the Helsinki GSE, a prospective student should formally apply to a Master’s program of one of the Helsinki GSE member institutions:
- Aalto University
- Hanken School of Economics (Research Master’s program will be offered starting as of August 2020, a link to the program will be added here later)
- University of Helsinki
Upon completion of the program, students receive their degrees from the institution at which they are enrolled.
Research Master’s core courses