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Economics PhD Track

Barcelona School of Economics

9 months
16500 EUR/full
16500 EUR/full
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The PhD track of the Master's Degree in Economics in Finance is the first year of the PhD program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Launched in 1993 and currently organized jointly by the UPF Department of Economics and Business and Barcelona School of Economics , the UPF PhD Program attracts students of exceptional talent and provides a strong foundation, a stimulating environment, and worldwide placement in the most prestigious institutions, research centers, and universities. 

The PhD Track Program is Year 1 of the UPF PhD. Upon completion of the PhD Track Program, graduates are awarded the BSE Master's Degree in Economics and Finance and proceed to Year 2 of the PhD (detailed in the schedule below).

Study with accomplished research faculty

Courses in the PhD Track Program are designed and taught by Barcelona School of Economics Affiliated Professors at the UPF Department of Economics and Business and the Center for Research on International Economics (CREI), two of Europe's top research groups.

Among them are recipients of ERC Grants and other competitive international funding, authors of publications in top journals, and fellows of the Econometric Society and NBER, to name just a few of their accomplishments. They will be your teachers, your mentors, your thesis supervisors, and down the road, your colleagues.

Here is a brief profile of the classmates that a Master's student in the BSE Class of 2022 will meet this year:

  • Most students have undergraduate degrees in Economics or Finance. Others come from Engineering, Mathematics, or other backgrounds. 
  • Most of the students has work experience before joining BSE, but there are other students who were accepted to pursue the Master's programs immediately after obtaining their undergraduate degrees.
  • All continents are represented in the Class of 2022. This year, students come from 49 different countries, with 86% of students coming from outside of Spain and 44% of students coming from outside Europe.


All Barcelona School of Economics Master's degrees have been recognized by the Catalan and Spanish Education authorities and within the framework of the Bologna Process (in Spanish, “Master Universitario o Master Oficial”).

The Barcelona School of Economics has been distinguished as a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence in every edition of the program (2012-15; 2016-19; 2020-23)

Programme Structure


In the first term, students are required to take the following brush-up courses:

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Calculus and Linear Algebra or Advanced Mathematics

Students with little or no knowledge of STATA will be offered a brushup course on this topic.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate/bachelor/grado/laurea, or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university (for Bologna degrees, a minimum of 180 ECTS are required).
    • A typical applicant would hold a University Diploma in Economics, Finance, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics or Business Administration. See our Student Profile for more detailed information.
    • GRE General Test

      Candidates will also be evaluated on the following admission criteria:

    • Outstanding academic record
    • Quantitative skills
    • Reference letters

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16500 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16500 EUR for the full programme during 9 months.
  • National

    16500 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16500 EUR for the full programme during 9 months.

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.


Types of financial aid that may be offered to students include:

  • Waivers for 100%, 75%, 50% and 25% of tuition fees
  • A limited number of fully-funded scholarships

Financial aid will only be awarded to candidates who have an outstanding academic record. While applications are open every year until June 25, preference in funding will be given to candidates with completed applications who apply before January 15. 

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.

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