M.Sc. On Campus

Economic Policy and Quantitative Methods (EPQM)

University of Potsdam

24 months
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The Economic Policy and Quantitative Methods (EPQM) MSc course at the University of Potsdam is a four-semester English-language program that equips students with specialized knowledge in quantitative methods for evidence-based economic policy analysis. 


Course Details

The Economic Policy and Quantitative Methods (EPQM) MSc course at the University of Potsdam addresses current economic and socio-political topics related to labour markets, inequality, human behaviour, economic growth and sustainability and discusses instruments of economic policy to tackle these issues. An effective policy design in these areas should be based on rigorous theory and sound empirical evidence.

The program offers students the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge and skills in the economic analysis of policy instruments which are essential for evidence-based policy making. Besides a strong theoretical core in economics, the program has a particular focus on methods for quantitative empirical analysis, which can be applied to different economic policy topics at local, regional, national and international levels. Some courses also offer empirical/practical sessions in which students learn to use econometric and statistical software packages (Stata, R) to perform empirical analyses and to implement numerical methods. A command of these tools enables our students to write Master theses with genuine quantitative research results. Incorporating an internship module, the program offers the possibility to combine theoretical knowledge with practical experience in economic policy analysis and evidence-based policy making.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the M.Sc. in EPQM are well equipped to either pursue an academic career or an ambitious professional career. Students acquire knowledge about evidence-based policy analysis that is in demand in many fields. It prepares students for successful careers as professional economists and policy analysts in research, finance, business and policy advising as well as positions in the public sector or international institutions. The Master degree also paves the way for Ph.D. studies and an academic career. Students can participate in selected Ph.D. classes already at early stages.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconometrics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Economics of Climate Change
  • Entrepreneurship

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • BSc or equivalent academic degree in Economics or a related discipline.
  • At least 60 CP in economics (including at least 18 CP in statistics, econometrics and mathematics).
  • Good proficiency in English (at least C1 level); non-German applicants must also demonstrate sufficient
  • German language proficiency (level DSH 1)
  • Motivation letter (max. 2 pages)

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.
  • 280 Euros per semester administrative fee


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