M.Sc. On Campus

Economics and Public Policy

University of Basel

18 months
1538 EUR/year
1538 EUR/year
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The Master of Science in Economics and Public Policy from University of Basel focuses on the economic analysis of markets, political processes, institutions, and government interventions.


Public policy challenges are everywhere: How can we combat climate change and shape the economy towards a more sustainable future? Does the rise and dominance of new firms in the digital sector call for strict anti-trust measures? Does increasing concentration of incomes and wealth call for more redistribution or intervention on the labor market? How much government intervention is needed in a crisis like the 2020/21 Covid-19 pandemic?

The curriculum of the Master of Science in Economics and Public Policy from University of Basel provides you with the tools that you need to understand public policy challenges and to develop effective solutions. A series of core courses teach you fundamentals of economics and quantitative methods essential for the analysis of public policy using real-world applications. 

Moreover, you can specialize in one of three economic policy fields: Energy & the environment, competition & regulation, and health & labor markets. This will sharpen your profile and foster your skills directed towards problem solving in the manifold areas of economic policy. Your lecturers are internationally renowned scholars, dedicated researchers, and policy advisers active in these areas.

Career Opportunities

The Master of Economics and Public Policy prepares you for positions in private sector companies that are subject to public policy, in public administration that prepares and implements policy measures, in non-governmental organizations, international organizations and political parties that develop strategies for public policy, and in think tanks or policy consulting agencies that support all of the above actors. The program also serves as a preparation for a career in research and a possible academic track in the broad field of Economics and Public Policy.

By focusing on modern methods and gaining insight into several policy fields, you will be prepared to work in dynamic environments where priorities often change rapidly and where interfaces between policy fields become increasingly important.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theoretical Methods in Business and Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Numerical Methods and Optimization
  • Economics of Public Policy
  • Public Economics
  • Competition and Regulation or Environment and Energy or Health and Labor

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Holders of a bachelor’s degree from a Swiss university will be admitted without additional requirements/conditions provided they can prove the following:

  • At least 75 CP of undergraduate knowledge in business and economics, of which 50 CP in economics (microeconomics, macroeconomics, finance, applied economy and econometrics)
  • At least 6 CP of undergraduate knowledge in mathematics
  • At least 6 KP of undergraduate knowledge in statistics.
  • In the case of all other bachelor’s degrees from recognized higher education institutions, the examination committee will evaluate the equivalence of the required undergraduate knowledge, with the bachelor’s degree program in business and economics at the University of Basel being the reference.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1538 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 769 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    1538 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 769 EUR per semester during 18 months.

850 CHF/ semester

Living costs for Basel

1615 - 2332 CHF /month
Living costs

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


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