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Top 100 QS Ranking for Economics & Econometrics

BSE maintained its ranking in the Top 100 institutions worldwide for Economics and Econometrics. The ranking is based on institutional reputation and research impact in the subject area.

Master’s Degrees

Master Degree in Economics and Finance

Economics Program

Marta Reynal-Querol

Program Director

Eulàlia Nualart

Eulàlia Nualart

Deputy Director


students from 30 countries

Filippo Ippolito

Program Director

Xavier Freixas

Steering Commitee

José-Luis Peydró

Steering Commitee


students from 15 countries

Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis

Competition and Market Regulation Program

Rosa Ferrer

Program Director

Massimo Motta

Steering Commitee


students from 11 countries

Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell

Program Director

Joan Llull

Scientific Director


students from 8 countries

Jaume Ventura

Program Director

Fernando Broner

Scientific Director


students from 14 countries

Hugo Rodríguez- Mendizábal

Program Director

Albert Marcet

Scientific Director


students from 13 countries

Master Degree in Data Science

Data Science for Decision Making

Hannes Mueller

Program Director


students from 15 countries

Steering Committee

Christian Fons-Rosen

David Rossell

David Rossell

Program Director
David Rossell

David Rossell


students from 17 countries

Steering Committee

Christian Brownlees

Gábor Lugosi

Frederic Udina

Master’s class profile


Intake of students




Years old (average age)

Academic Background

Countries of Origin of Master’s Students 2021-22

Most represented countries:
Spain (40), Italy (26), Germany (20), United States (15), India (14), China (13), United Kingdom (11)

Class of 2021 Career Placement

The annual report includes results for the previous academic year’s cohort, six months after their graduation.

Distribution of Professional and Academic Placements

Professional Placements by Industry

94% of the Class of 2021 reported obtaining a job or entering a postgraduate program within 6 months of completing a Master’s at BSE

Examples of 2021 Professional Placements

Examples of employers hiring BSE graduates in the Class of 2021 (# of students hired)
Industry Example employers
Government & Authorities
European Central Bank (9), Banco de España (3), Airef (2), Central Bank of Iceland (2)
Consulting Firms
Deloitte (2),   Oxera (2)
Financial Services
Banc Sabadell (2)
Research & Academic Institutions
ifo - Institute for Economic Research, Imperial College Business School, University of Warwick (1 student each)
Intuit, Twaice Technology, Vmware (1 student each)
International Organizations / Non-profits
OECD (4)
Other Industries
BMW GroupNovartis, Shuangchen Information Consulting (1 student each)

Examples of 2021 PhD Placements

24 graduates who chose to continue their studies have entered the PhD programs organized jointly with BSE at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (23 students) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1 student). Other graduates in the Class of 2021 accepted places in PhD programs at institutions such as:

39 recruiting events and career development sessions for Master’s students

Recruitment talks 2020-21

  • Banco de España
  • BBVA Research
  • Bloomberg
  • CaixaBank Research
  • Competition Markets Authority (CMA)
  • European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD)
  • European Central Bank (ECB)
  • European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • European Stability Mechanism (ESM)
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • JPAL / IPA
  • KKS Advisors
  • Lisbon Council
  • Nestlé
  • ODI
  • Societe Generale
  • The World Bank

Career development sessions 2020-21

A total of 21 sessions on topics such as:

  • Market insights tailored for each Master’s program (7 sessions)
  • PhD info sessions
  • Networking and online etiquette
  • Communication skills
  • Cover letter writing
  • Economic case interview training
  • Impact of Covid-19 on your job search
  • Interview training
  • JobSearch Strategy
  • Info session on professional courses for career development
  • Training for online interviews
  • Women in Economics

Consulting Day is one of the recruiting events organized for Master’s students by Barcelona School of Economics Career Services team. This was the fifth edition of an event and for the second year in a row, was conducted entirely online.

Doctoral Programs

Graduate education at the Barcelona School of Economics rests upon the foundations of two renowned international doctoral programs: GPEFM at UPF and IDEA at UAB.

Graduate Program in Economics, Finance and Management (GPEFM)

International Doctorate in Economic Analysis (IDEA)

Doctoral Program Graduate Placements 2020

  • Banca d’Italia
  • Dartmouth College
  • Deloitte
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • ESADE Business School
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • Norges Bank
  • Université Paris Dauphine-PSL
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Hamburg
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Shanghai
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Stockholm School of Economics
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Master Program Scholarship Sponsors 2021-22

The support of prestigious companies and institutions enables BSE to offer tuition waivers based on academic merit to outstanding students applying to any of its master programs.
Thanks to these sponsorship agreements, students received either full- or partial-tuition scholarship awards.

36% of students across all of the master programs received some type of funding in 2021-22.

Continuing Education

The 2022 BSE Summer School attracts over 600 students

The Barcelona School of Economics organized the 2022 BSE Summer School from 20 June to 15 July. The Barcelona School of Economics Summer School is an annual event that offers a variety of one-week courses in Economics, Finance, Data Science and related fields. More than 600 students from 62 countries attended the 2022 BSE Summer School.

Professional Courses

The Energy Transition: Economics and Policy

Massimo Motta (ICREA-UPF and BSE), Director
Natalia Fabra (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), Director

The BSE course “The Energy Transition: Economics and Policy”, which took place on 19-20 May, addressed the previous considerations, aiming at helping the involved actors take the best decisions for attaining the energy transition goals.


participants (online 12) from 9 countries


Luca Gambetti (UAB and BSE), Director

In February 2022, the Barcelona School of Economics delivered two online intensive courses in Macroeconometrics, both with theoretical and practical sessions.


participants (online 61) from 27 countries


participants (online 18) from 11 countries

Competition in Digital Markets

Massimo Motta (ICREA-UPF and BSE), Director

This course ran from November 29th to December 3rd 2021 and covered how the digital economy works and under what conditions competition may not function as it should in this sector.


participants (online 29) from 24 countries

Quantitative Methods for Competition Analysis

Massimo Motta (ICREA-UPF and BSE), Director
Frank Verboven (University of Leuven), Director

The Barcelona School of Economics delivered an intensive online course in Quantitative Methods for Competition Analysis from May 24-28. This was the first time the course was delivered in an online format, due to the pandemic, and it allowed 107 participants from around the world to attend safely.


participants (online 8) from 15 countries

Barcelona School of Economics Annual Report 2021-2022. Connecting the evolving world of higher education with research