IDEA, our Graduate Program in Economics, prepares students for academic careers as well as positions as experts in business, finance, government and research organizations. IDEA is a joint project between the Department of Economics of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica.  The IDEA Graduate Program offers both a Master of Research in Economics as well as a PhD. The IDEA Program is fully international:  our students come from all five continents, our faculty and campus are immersed in an English-speaking international academic community, and our graduates participate and are placed in the global job market. Degrees are awarded by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.


The IDEA Master of Research in Economics has a two-year structure with 120 ECTS, conforming to the Bologna Declaration directives. In the program, students acquire a solid grounding in Economics that emphasizes rigorous analytical thinking and advanced quantitative and computational methods. The program includes an ample range of fields of specialization, making the students competitive in the job market and also providing them with the frontier knowledge necessary to pursue a PhD. Some of our graduates take on careers in the private sector and governmental and non-governmental institutions, while others enroll in a PhD. To complement its offerings, IDEA also encompasses the IDEA-MIBF Double Degree Program with the Master of Science in International Banking and Finance (MIBF) of Lingnan University in Hong Kong. For more information, you may visit the IDEA-MIBF page.


The IDEA PhD program is jointly organized with the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. After completing the Master's program coursework, students can request admission to the PhD Program to pursue research in their field of study. In IDEA, students enjoy a high level of student-faculty interaction and a stimulating research environment. Our PhD graduates take on careers in academia, the private sector and governmental and non-governmental institutions. The IDEA Graduate Program is part of the ENTER network of European universities. 


If you are interested in applying to IDEA, please click here. You can also download our brochure and poster from here and here 

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