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Economics (Volkswirtschaftslehre)
Master of Science

Short description

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International focus

Economics used to be called national economics, but that was a long time ago. Globalisation means that business no longer stops at national borders – and the same goes for our academic work. The Düsseldorf Master of Economics has a clear international focus, both with respect to the content of the degree course and its interaction with other faculties around the world. We can offer you numerous opportunities to spend a semester abroad and, at the same time, we invite students from international Master's degree courses to come to Düsseldorf on exchange programmes. Some of our lectures are held in English – most of our literature is also in English. The University Language Centre (USZ) at the HHU also offers students a wide range of language courses, including many which focus in particular on the vocabulary required for business.

Intensive support

In our degree courses in Düsseldorf, we are committed to working with small groups and giving our students intensive support. Overcrowded mass lectures where you may even have to sit on the steps are not something you will find here. We guarantee intensive support. To promote direct communication, you will be assigned to one of our professors at the beginning of your course as your mentor; they will always be available to you to answer any questions you may have on your course or with regard to economics. We don't just want to help you, though. We want you to support us too – because we want to make constant improvements to our teaching, which is why we welcome your suggestions and feedback. In January 2011, we were able to start using our new building – the Oeconomicum. Its open architecture makes it easy for students and researchers to get to their destinations quickly and offers them a wide range of opportunities to get into conversation with one another. We have also set up a cutting edge research laboratory where we undertake experiments to investigate whether people in everyday situations in business really do behave in the way that economic theory suggests that they would. In Düsseldorf, you will find that the study conditions are similar to those at a private university, but you do not need to pay for them – because university fees have recently been abolished at all state-funded universities in North Rhine Westphalia.

Top level research

In the past few years, the faculty has managed to attract a committed team of top researchers to Düsseldorf. Nine professors teach Economics at the HHU, and, in addition to this, there are more than 30 junior researchers working for us who are working on post-doctoral qualifications or dissertations and who are involved in teaching.

With the founding of the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE), a unique academic centre for research into the effects of competition and questions of market regulation has been established at our university, which has also met with great interest in the media. "Market researchers for Merkel" (Rheinische Post, 30/9/2009), "Düsseldorf economists are steaming ahead" (Handelsblatt, 8/2/2010), "Competition in the west" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 7/6/2010).

We research at the cutting edge and analyse, for example, how we can promote competition in the energy, telecommunications and media markets or how we can make the healthcare system efficient and efficient for all social groups. Our studies are regularly published in the most well-known specialist journals in the world and presented at international conferences. And perhaps you too can make a contribution to driving our research ahead, once you have completed your degree.

Entry/Admission requirements

To enrol on the Master's degree course in Economics, students must demonstrate that they are particularly suitable for the course (see below). The student's particular suitability will be examined by a selection committee from the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics on the basis of the submitted application. These are the only criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree with a focus on economic science, social science or mathematical analysis, with at least 180 ECTS credits on completion of the degree course
  • Knowledge of mathematics and statistics (at least 18 ECTS credits)
  • Knowledge of subjects related to business administration or economics (at least 24 ECTS credits)
  • Final grade (at least 2.5)
  • Final dissertation (at least 10 ECTS credits)

If the course has not yet been completed, at least 75% of the ECTS for the entire Bachelor's programme must have been completed. The necessary specialist knowledge must already be proven at the time of application. It is not possible to make up for missing ECTS in the Master's programme in Business Administration at Heinrich Heine University. We reserve the right to make further changes.

Programme content

The course is centred on research relevant to economic policy and its practical application in policy and in company practice. The focus is on current findings and discourse on economic science and economic policy. Overall, the Master's programme consists of four in-depth compulsory courses in micro and macroeconomics, econometrics and the theory of business administration, as well as four electives which you can choose from a wide spectrum of courses. There are also projects and, at the end of the degree course, the Master's thesis.

Teaching language
German, individual events in English.

No compulsory internships.

Programme structure

During the Bachelor's programme, elective modules can be taken in various areas. Below you will find a short list – a complete and up-to-date overview can be found in the module handbook.

e.g. strategic competition analysis, empirical competition analysis, game theory, network economics, monetary economics, international finance markets, health economics and social policy, theory and practice of economic policy advice, advanced econometrics, advanced microeconomics, experimental and behavioural economics

Business Administration
e.g. marketing, personnel management, accounting

e.g. business psychology, tax legislation, arts and cultural management

Programme objectives/Career prospects

The training and education of our Master's students is closely dovetailed with that of our PhD students – this means that it is also possible for them to choose post-graduate courses in the electives where they will be able to learn about the latest findings in contemporary economic research.

Programme start:
Winter semester
Summer semester
Programme duration:
4 semesters
Language of instruction:
Application procedure:
Admission-free with aptitude assessment in the application portal
Closing date for applications:
from 01.02. until 28.02 | from 01.06 until 15.07
Closing date for enrolment:
16/07/2022 - 07/10/2022
Closing date for re-registration:
01/07/2022 - 15/08/2022
Relevant documents:

Examination regulations

Module guide

Available in German only.

Study programme contact:

Academic advisor - Economics

Muriel Bednarczyk, Marina Schmidt and Anil Mengüs

oeconomicum, 01.28

Phone: +49 211 81-10241


Study programme/Department
SSC contact:

Student Services Center (SSC)
Building: 21.02 / SSC
Phone +49 211 81‐12345


For questions regarding the course of studies and for examination issues:

Student and Examination Administration
Contact Examination Administration

Student Services Center (SSC)

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