Institutions and Political Economy, Master | University of Barcelona | Barcelona, Spain
Master On Campus

Institutions and Political Economy

24 months
82 EUR/credit 4920 EUR/year
27 EUR/credit 1620 EUR/year
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The Institutions and Political Economy programme at the University of Barcelona is an interdisciplinary research programme at the intersection of political science, economics and economic history. It offers advanced training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and combines solid theoretical foundations with empirical applications and an understanding of current social science debates.


Programme Description

This is a collaborative project by three research groups based at the University of Barcelona that have a strong international reputation. These groups focus on comparative politics (PI Carles Boix), political economy (PI Albert Solé-Ollé) and economic history (PI Alfonso Herranz-Loncán). They form the backbone of a vibrant network of social science research at UB and will give students access to a versatile group of teaching and research staff at the top of their fields.

The Institutions and Political Economy programme at the University of Barcelona responds to the gradual convergence between the fields of political science, political economy and economic history in research and policymaking. This convergence has been accompanied by a growing demand among social science postgraduate students for interdisciplinary programmes that overcome the limitations associated with the traditional boundaries between disciplines.

This program addresses many of the most relevant social science debates. What is the relationship between political institutions and economic outcomes? What determines the distribution of material and political resources? What is at the root of social cooperation and conflict? Why are some countries and regions less egalitarian and prosperous than others? What are the causes of increasing political polarization? What are the main economic and political challenges in the face of the global environmental crisis? It is only through a multidisciplinary approach to social science that we can properly address these questions, and it is the master’s main mission to try to meet this need.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Politics: Political Behavior
  • Political Economy of Public Policy
  • Economic History: Long-term economic growth, a global approach
  • Research design
  • Data science
  • Microeconomics

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

  • Special priority is given to those who have a bachelor's degree in political science and administration, economics, history, sociology or geography. However, other degrees will also be considered.
  • Those who hold equivalent qualifications issued by a higher education institution from another state in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that enables access to master’s degrees in that state, will also be eligible.
  • Likewise, graduates with equivalent qualifications obtained from educational systems outside the EHEA may also gain access without having to homologate their qualifications.
  • The master's degree is taught in English. Consequently, students must prove that they have a good knowledge of the language (level B2 or equivalent) through official certificates such as IELTS or TOEFL, or they must show that they have pursued higher education in English in the past.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4920 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 82 EUR per credit during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1620 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27 EUR per credit during 24 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.


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