Programs

Master's in Economics

The Program

Master’s in Economics

If you asked us to define our Master’s in Economics in three words, we would use: unique, hands-on and applicable. 

We make sure that we provide state-of-the-art theoretical and empirical techniques, but we also focus on the development and acquisition of the tools required for applied policy analysis. This means econometric and numerical software or modern econometric techniques for the evaluation of policy interventions, to name a few. 

Below you can find more information regarding the basic structure of the program, but remember — you can tailor-make the curriculum according to your interests. Please have a look at the electives (specialize in a specific field), areas of expertise (focus a part of your studies on a particular area of interest) and professional development modules (let’s talk about responsible leadership and creative thinking) sections as well, to make sure that you make this Master's your own. 

Master’s Programs 2021/2022

Master’s Applications Fall Intake 2021/22

The Master’s Fall Intake applications will open on January 2021.

For more information and to be notified about future intakes, please contact the Student Recruitment & Admissions Office at leadyourfuture@novasbe.pt or at +351 213 801 699.

Week 1

  • Discovery Week


1st Semester (30 ECTS)

  • STATA Module + Mandatory Courses
  • Electives (one full or two half courses)
  • Professional Development Modules
  • Study Trips
  • Career Development Program
  • Mastering Your Career
  • Nova Economics Club, Regular and Brownbag Seminars, Networking Events, Business Forum, Conferences


2nd Semester (30 ECTS)

  • STATA Module + Mandatory Courses
  • Electives (one full or two half courses)
  • Professional Development Modules
  • Study Trips
  • Career Development Program
  • Mentoring Program
  • Nova Economics Club, Regular and Brownbag Seminars, Networking Events, Business Forum, Conferences


3rd Semester (30 ECTS)

  • Work Project
  • Career Development Program
  • Nova Economics Club, Regular and Brownbag Seminars, Networking Events, Business Forum, Conferences

* Please note that for the academic year of 2020/2021 this information may be subject to changes.

  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Econometrics
  • Microeconometrics or Macroeconometrics
  • STATA Module

* Please note that for the academic year of 2020/2021 this information may be subject to changes.

Business and data analytics

The Business and Data Analytics area of expertise is designed for students who understand business problems and want to use technology to solve them. A strong background in mathematics and applied statistics is required, so that students will be able to analyse large data sets and translate them to support data grounded strategic decisions. This area of expertise is common to the Masters programmes in Management, Economics and Finance.

  • Computational Thinking and Data Science  
  • Data Curation 
  • Data Visualization
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Machine Learning   
  • Numerical Methods and MatLab

 

International development

Successful graduates will be well-equipped to work in international organizations, governmental and private institutions, and NGOs, with the objective of designing, evaluating and implementing policies related to international development, trade and migration policies.

  • Advanced Behavioral Economics and Finance 
  • Behavioral Economics and Finance
  • Development Economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Economics of Poverty
  • Environmental Policy
  • Global Energy Markets
  • International Migration
  • Labor Economics
  • Policy evaluation
  • Political Economy
  • Public Finance
Macroeconomics and financial markets

Successful graduates will be able to take up roles as policy analysts in central banks and other governmental national or supra-national institutions, private financial institutions and large multinational companies.

  • Advanced Behavioral Economics and Finance 
  • Asset Management
  • Auditing
  • Banking
  • Behavioral Economics and Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Derivatives
  • Empirical Macroeconomics
  • Empirical Methods for Finance
  • European Economy
  • Financial Crises in History
  • Financial Distress, Bankruptcy and Restructuring 
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Fixed Income
  • Futures and Options
  • Hedge Funds
  • Impact Investments
  • Investments
  • Macroeconomics of Financial Markets
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Restructuring
  • Numerical Methods and MatLab
  • Political Economy
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Sovereign Advisory
Public policy

Successful graduates will be able to take up roles as policy analysts in governmental national or supra-national institutions, consulting firms with departments dedicated to the public sector and public policies, medium and large companies working in sectors where government action is pervasive, and national and supra-national lobbying groups.

  • Advanced Behavioral Economics and Finance 
  • Behavioral Economics and Finance
  • Competition Policy
  • Development Economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Economics of Health and Health Care
  • Economics of Poverty
  • Environmental Policy
  • European Economy
  • Game Theory
  • Global Energy Markets
  • International Migration
  • Labor Economics
  • Policy evaluation
  • Political Economy
  • Public Finance
Banking, financial regulation, and supervision

Successful graduates will be able to take up jobs in financial institutions, and in central banks and other governmental or supra- national institutions with a concern for the supervision of the financial sector.

  • Auditing
  • Banking
  • Corporate Finance
  • Credit Risk
  • Empirical Methods for Finance
  • Financial Crises in History
  • Financial Distress, Bankruptcy and Restructuring 
  • Financial Intermediation
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Fixed Income
  • Futures and Options
  • Investments
  • Macroeconomics of Financial Markets
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Restructuring
  • Numerical Methods and MatLab
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Risk Management

 

*Please take note of the following:
— Students can qualify for only one area of expertise, however it isn’t mandatory for students to choose one. 
— Areas of Expertise and respective courses might be subject to change from one academic year to the next. 
— Some courses might not be offered every academic year. 
— Students may attend elective courses from other masters’ programs, which are subject to availability.
— Please note that for the academic year of 2020/2021 this information may be subject to changes.

  • Advanced Behavioral Economics and Finance 
    Auditing
    Banking
    Behavioral Economics and Finance
    Competition Policy
    Computational Thinking and Data Science (includes Applied Statistics) 
    Corporate Finance
    Data Curation 
    Data Visualization
    Development Economics
    Economics of Education
    Economics of Health and Health Care
    Economics of Poverty
    Empirical Macroeconomics
    Empirical Methods for Finance
    Environmental Policy
    European Economy
    Financial Management
    Financial Modeling
    Financial Reporting
    Financial Statement Analysis
    Futures and Options
    Game Theory
    Global Energy Markets
    Impact Investments
    Industrial Organization of Digital Markets
    International Migration
    Introduction to Programming
    Investments
    Labor Economics
    Machine Learning   
    Macroeconomics of Financial Markets
    Mergers, Acquisitions, Restructuring
    Nova Economics Special Project
    Numerical Methods and MatLab
    Operations Strategy
    Policy evaluation
    Political Economy
    Private Equity
    Public Finance
    Real Estate Finance
    Sovereign Advisory
    Strategy
    Sustainable Finance

* Please note that for the academic year of 2020/2021 this information may be subject to changes.

  • Quantitative skills

Learning to analyze data.
 

  • Ethics

Thinking about ethical challenges.
 

  • Corporate links/internationalization

Building knowledge about the business environment and international careers.
 

  • Communication and creativity

Thinking outside the box and improving communications skills.

* Please note that for the academic year of 2020/2021 this information may be subject to changes.

What’s at the finish line?

The Work Project

Students must complete a Master’s Work Project, which is equivalent to a Master’s Thesis. You can choose one of the following to finish your studies with flying colors.

Directed Research
An original piece of work on a topic proposed and supervised by a professor. This may also take the form of a case study.

Field Lab
A group project developed in collaboration with a public or private institution and under supervision by a professor.

Internship
An internship where students develop a project in a problem-solving format for a company, in response to a predefined question/problem raised by the host organization and under the supervision of a Nova SBE Professor. Students may apply for internships offered by Nova SBE or obtain one directly from a company through their own contacts.

ECTS this, ECTS that

How does the grading system work?

Grading is based upon the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), a grading scale developed to facilitate the understanding and comparison of grades, according to different national systems. 

We did the math for you, and the awarding of ECTS grades per curriculum component breaks down as follows:

30 ECTS
in Mandatory Courses including the Mastering Your Career Activities
(Bridging courses not included)

28 ECTS
in Elective Courses (minimum)

2 ECTS
in Professional Development Modules

0 ECTS
MS Excel Certification

30 ECTS
in the Work Project

You need a minimum of 90 ECTS to complete your Master’s, but if you need 120 ECTS to proceed with your studies, you can extend your Master’s by one semester with courses (28 ECTS) and modules (2 ECTS).