• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 9 months


How and why do particular public policies get implemented? How are they designed? How do we know if they work? Why are some policies more successful than others?

National-level finance and planning involves big numbers: pensions, health systems, income support, social programs, and so forth. Successful public policies can make all the difference for the lives of millions of individuals, with numbers and effects become much larger for developed countries and faster growing in developing ones.

Students will be drilled in commanding advanced empirical public policy evaluation tools, and will be ready to use these tools in practice.

Courses held at:

  • Fall and Spring Terms: Ciutadella (UPF)
  • Winter Term: Bellaterra (UAB)

Career opportunities

Who hires graduates of the  Economics of Public Policy programme at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics?

  • Consulting Firms
  • Financial Services
  • Government & Authorities
  • International Organizations / Non-profits
  • Research & Academic Institutions
  • Other Industries

Examples of recent professional placements:

  • Banco de España - Research assistant (Madrid, Spain)
  • Clinton Foundation - Regional Associate (Washington, USA)
  • HM Treasury - Senior Policy Advisor, Head of Agriculture (London, United Kingdom)

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Microeconomics (Markets, Strategies and Information)
  • Public Economics: Market Failures, Taxation and Social Insurance
  • Macroeconomics: Public Finance
  • Quantitative and Statistical Methods 
  • Public Policy: Health and Education
  • Foundations of Data Science
  • Labor Markets
  • Public Economics: Incentives and Equity

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 9 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • An Undergraduate/bachelor/grado/laurea or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university (for Bologna degrees, a minimum of 180 ECTS) is required.
  • A typical applicant would hold a University Diploma in Economics, Finance, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics or Business Administration. 
  • An advanced level of English language skills: TOEFL 90-100 and IELTS 6.5
  • The GRE General Test is optional but highly recommended for applicants to all programs.

 Candidates will also be evaluated on the following admission criteria:

  • Outstanding academic record
  • Quantitative skills
  • Reference letters

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16500 EUR per year and a duration of 9 months.
  • EU/EEA

    16500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16500 EUR per year and a duration of 9 months.
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Living costs for Barcelona

  • 770 - 1360 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


All financial aid is awarded based on academic merit in competition with all other candidates. Every applicant is considered for all available financial aid opportunities. Financial aid at the Barcelona GSE may consist of:

  • Full or partial tuition waivers
  • Scholarships
  • Teaching Assistantships (TA)

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.

Economics of Public Policy
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