M.Sc. On Campus

Economic Research

University of Cologne

24 months
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Economic Research programme at University of Cologne is your first step towards a PhD in Economics. It is fully taught in English and is dedicated to prepare you for high-level research in Economics. 


During the final year of the Master studies, the Cologne Graduate School in Economics (CGS-E) strives to provide funding to successful students for the dissertation phase with appropriate guidance, a cooperative environment and an extensive research network around the unique Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute. In this second stage, PhD students work on research projects for their dissertation and interact with other PhD students and faculty members in workshops, seminars, and summer schools.

During the Economic Research programme at University of Cologne, you are able to complete the PhD course work, which allows you to spend more time on your research.


The degree programme includes many specialisation courses offered by our research areas of the cluster of excellence ECONtribute, among:

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Market Design
  • Organizational Design
  • Consumer Protection
  • Political Economy
  • Distribution and Financial Stability

Programme Structure

Some Examples of Questions you will look at:
  • What is the scope of behavioral interventions for public policy objectives? For instance, what is the role of environmental taxes, tradable emission certificates and nudges in addressing climate change?
  • What are effective ways of measuring and regulating systemic risk in financial markets? What is the role of monetary policy for the stability of financial markets?
  • What are causes of persistent economic inequalities? What policies foster social mobility? Why does inequality persist in modern welfare states?
  • Is there an efficiency rationale for policies that interfere with market prices such as measures of rent control or minimum wages? Is there also a fairness rationale?  

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

A Bachelor’s degree with 

  • overall grade of at least 2.5 (German grade)
  • at least 48 ECTS credits in Economics and at least 18 ECTS credits in Statistics/Mathematics 
  • or at least 48 ECTS in Statistics/Mathematics and at least 20 ETCS credits in Economics
  • English language skills C1 (CEFR)
  • To ensure you your personal PhD position we recommend you to apply for the corresponding graduate programme at our Cologne Graduate School of Economics along with applying for the master’s programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

The University of Cologne does not charge any tuition fees.

Each semester, all enrolled students of the University of Cologne have to pay a social fee ("Semesterbeitrag").


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Fresh content

Updated in the last 3 months

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Our partners

Economic Research
University of Cologne


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!