• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Master in Economics programme at ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon is recommended for students with a good technical background who wish to obtain a rigorous, in-depth education in economic theory and policy at the graduate level, to prepare a successful career in research or as professional economists. 


The Economics degree at  ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon consists of one year of full-time coursework, plus one year for research and writing a dissertation. 

Both semesters in the first year provide solid foundations in the core subjects (microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics) and equip you with the tools of economic analysis, while allowing you to choose four additional courses in the field. 

In the final two semesters, you will develop your dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member and will benefit from additional guidance in a seminar on economic research.  


MSc in Economics aims to prepare students for advanced professional work, in national or international institutions. Therefore the general objectives of the programme are:

  • To provide students with a deeper knowledge of theoretical and empirical constructs in the main fields within Economics at an international level;
  • To promote the development of modelling ability in economic theory and the use of advanced methods and techniques;
  • To stimulate analytical and critical thought on the different approaches to economic issues;
  • To stimulate the development of capabilities in autonomous and original work, promoting excellence in thought and action;
  • To develop the students’ ability to summarise and communicate their work;
  • To gain a level of economic knowledge enabling students to achieve high-quality performance suitable for various hierarchical levels and professional occupations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Econometric Methods
  • Games and Contract Theory
  • Economic Growth
  • History of Economic Thought

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Diploma/Transcript of Records from the bachelor's degree awarded by a university or institution of higher education;
  • ID card/Passport
  • Photo
  • Proficiency in the English language (optional);
  • The results of GMAT or GRE exam (optional)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2900 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

2nd Year (dissertation/project) tuition fees:

  • EEA: € 1.600 per year
  • International: € 2.800

Living costs for Lisbon

  • 630 - 1130 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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