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Economics used to be called political economy, but that was a long time ago. Due to globalization, the economy no longer stops at national borders - and the same applies to our science. The Düsseldorf Economics Master is therefore clearly internationally oriented, both in terms of the course content and the exchange with other faculties around the world. We offer you numerous opportunities for semesters abroad and, at the same time, cordially invite students from international master’s courses to the exchange program in Düsseldorf. Some of our lectures - just like the vast majority of the literature - are given in English. The University Language Center (USZ) of the HHU also offers students a wide range of language courses,

Intensive care

We in Düsseldorf consistently focus on teaching in small groups and intensive supervision in our courses. You won't find crowded mass lectures with us that require you to sit on the stairs. We guarantee intensive support. In order to promote direct exchange, you will be assigned one of our professors as a mentor at the beginning of your studies, who will always have an open ear for your questions about studies and economics. But we don't just want to help you, you should also support us - because we want to constantly improve our teaching and we look forward to your suggestions. In January 2011 we were able to put our new building into operation - the Oeconomicum, whose open architecture offers students and researchers short distances and a wide range of opportunities to get into conversation. At the same time, we have set up a state-of-the-art research laboratory in which we conduct experiments to determine whether people actually behave as the theory assumes in everyday business life. In Düsseldorf you will find study conditions like at a private university, but you don't have to pay for them - because tuition fees have just been abolished at the state universities in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Cutting edge research

In recent years, the faculty has succeeded in bringing a committed team of top researchers to Düsseldorf. Nine professors teach economics at the HHU, and we have more than 30 other young researchers who are working on their habilitation or dissertations and who are also active in teaching.

With the establishment of the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE), an academic center unique in Germany for researching the effects of competition and questions of market regulation has emerged at our university, which is also met with great interest in the media: "Market researcher for Merkel" (Rheinische Post , September 30, 2009), “Düsseldorf economists step on the gas” (Handelsblatt, February 8, 2010), “Competition in the West” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, June 7, 2010).

We research at the cutting edge and analyze, for example, how we can promote competition in the energy, telecommunications and media markets or how we can make the health system efficient and efficient for all sections of the population. Many of our studies are regularly published in the world's most renowned specialist journals and presented at international conferences. And maybe after you graduate, you too can help advance our research.

The course is geared towards research relevant to economic policy and practical application in politics and companies. The focus is therefore on the latest findings and discourses in economics and economic policy. The master’s course consists of four in-depth compulsory courses in micro and macroeconomics, econometrics as well as economic policy and economic policy advice. You can also choose from a wide range of electives. In addition there is a project work and at the end of the course the master's thesis.


During the master’s degree, compulsory elective modules can be taken in various areas.

e.g. industrial economics , empirical competition economics , game theory, network economics, monetary economics, international financial markets, advanced econometrics, experimental economics and behavioral economics

Business administration
e.g. marketing, personnel management, accounting and sustainability management

e.g. business psychology, tax law, art and culture management


In order to be able to enroll for the master’s degree in economics, special aptitude must be proven. This is checked by a selection committee of the business and economics faculty on the basis of the documents included. This only includes the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree in an economics, social science or mathematical-analytical degree course with at least 180 ECTS after completing the degree
  • Knowledge of mathematics and statistics (at least 18 ECTS)
  • Knowledge of business administration or economics subjects (at least 24 ECTS)
  • Final grade (at least 2.5)
  • Final thesis (at least 10 ECTS)

If the course has not yet been completed, at least 75% of the ECTS of the entire Bachelor course must have been achieved. The required specialist knowledge must be proven when applying. It is not possible to make up for missing ECTS as part of the master’s degree in economics at Heinrich Heine University. We reserve the right to make further changes.


The training of our master’s students is closely linked to that of our doctoral students: It will also be possible to take graduate courses in the compulsory elective area in order to get to know the latest findings of modern economic research.

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