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Master's degree Applied Economics

Track :
  • Advanced Applied Economics

field(s) of training :
Law, Economics, Management
diploma level :
Grade de Master (Bac+5)
duration of the program :
2 years
location(s) :
University of Caen, Normandy, France(and University of Rouen, Normandy, for one day per week during the second year (M2))

Course units

The "Advanced Applied Economics" program is general and research-oriented, as the courses focus on applied economics subjets during the second year:

  • Industrial organization
  • Environment and energy
  • Social choice and public policy
  • Macroeconomics and international economics

The first year (M1) offers two transversal teaching units, each containing 3 courses in Economic Modeling on the one hand and in Econometrics and Data Processing on the other hand. These courses are transversal, as they teach techniques that apply to all fields of economics.

From the second semester onwards, the teaching progressively focuses on thematic areas (Firms and Market; Trade Policies; Information and Contracts; Public economics; Social choice; Economic policy): starting with specific issues, then use the suitable techniques to tackle them.

In the second year (M2), all courses are thematic (provisional list, beginning of M2 September 2023):

  • Advanced International Trade
  • Agricultural/Natural Ressources Economics with Social Choice Skills
  • Corporate Finance and Product market competition
  • Experimental Social Choice
  • Macroeconomic modeling for Fiscal, Monetary and Prudential Policies
  • Mechanism Design
  • Topics in Energy Economics
  • Topics in Applied MicroEconometrics
  • Topics in Health and Environnement
  • Topics in Intertemporal Choice: A life Cycle Perspective
  • Topics in Trade and Environnement
  • Topics in Intertemporal Macroeconomics

Supervised projects included in the curriculum:

  • M1:
    • Essay in bibliography
    • Project in economic modeling
    • Project in econometrics
  • M2:
    • Research Master Thesis
    • Research internship

Course overview

The Master degree in Advanced Applied Economics is fully taught in english.

The objective of this master's degree is to provide a general curriculum in applied economics at the research level, allowing for a continuation into a PhD programme.

Since this course is an applied course, it focuses on real economic issues taken in their context, relying heavily on data analysis, econometrics, and economic modeling.

However this course is also an advanced course: it will provide students with a deeper understanding of fundamental concepts and techniques used in economics, both at the theoretical and empirical levels, that will allow them to develop a critical approach of how to use them and propose original solutions to existing problems and test them.

Entry requirements

  • BA Economics
  • BS Mathematics

Candidates must have demonstrated certain abilities and interest in subjects related to modeling:

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Econometrics
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics...

Application process

Academic year 2024/2025

Applications for the first year of a master's degree are made on the national application platform monmaster.gouv.fr from February 26 to March 24, 2024 (main phase) and from June 25 to July 31, 2024 (complementary phase, in the event of vacancies).

Foreign students comming from Azerbaijan, Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United States, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam should apply vie the Etudes En France plateform

Students from other countries should apply via the Ecandidat plateform of Caen university.




Tuition fees

The tuition fees for international students are charged the same rate as French students (243 € + 92 € in 2021-2022)

Course structure

The courses are organized in face-to-face sessions (exceptionally, some courses may be given remotely).

Course arrangements for eligible students

The Relais Handicap Santé provides personalized support to people with disabilities throughout their training to facilitate their educational integration


English only

Learning outcome

  • Problematize an economic topic and contextualize it socially, historically and within an academic literature
  • Think in terms of models to reach a deeper understanding of an economic problem and evaluate potential solutions
  • Collect, treat and analyze multi-dimensional economic datasets at the research level
  • Communicate professionally on a research outcome and address diverse audiences
  • Behave professionally as an economist, individually and collectively, in various organizations and in society as a whole.

Further study

Interested students can also pursue a doctorate degree.


At the end of the master's programme, the students will have acquired the necessary skills to pursue careers requiring a high level of expertise in economics, in the private sector, international organizations, public institutions, and of course, academics.


Université de Caen Normandie

UFR SEGGAT · Sciences économiques, de gestion, de géographie et d’aménagement des territoires

Esplanade de la Paix · CS 14032 · 14032 Caen Cedex 5


Course leader

Pr Nicolas Drouhin · nicolas.drouhin@unicaen.fr

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