What you want

  • To understand and analyse concrete economic and social questions;

  • To help devise new ways of organising companies, institutions or society as a whole;

  • To gain international experience;

  • To engage in teamwork with specialists in other disciplines.


Constructed from a wide range of options that you can choose from freely, provided at the sites of Namur and/or Louvain-la-Neuve (LLN), as part of a programme jointly organised by the University of Namur and UCL. This is done around three masters orientations.


  • Macroeconomics: economic cycles and the economic environment (in French/at LLN): analysing economic conditions and short-term fluctuations and understanding the role of macro-economic equilibria;
  • Macroeconomics: structural policies (in French/at Namur): assessing European, federal and regional structural economic policies;
  • Finance: markets (in English/at Namur): analysing the workings of the financial markets and financial institutions;
  • Finance: monetary economics (in French/at LLN): analysing the fundamentals of monetary policy, the role of currency, of the financial markets and of currency exchanges;
  • Development: poverty and institutions (in English/at Namur): studying issues of poverty, inequality, market imperfections; identifying the role of institutions and analysing environmental transformations;
  • Development: growth and globalization (in French and English/at LLN): studying the macroeconomics of developing nations, growth and identifying the obstacles to growth;
  • Economics of public intervention (in English/at Namur): studying the causes and consequences of state intervention in the economy;
  • Labour economics and human resources (in French and English/at LLN): understanding the workings of the labour market, unemployment and companies’ human resources policies;
  • Economics and society (in French/at LLN): performing an economic analysis in dialogue with other social sciences based on various themes: social policies, redistribution mechanisms, the non-commercial sector, etc.;
  • Firms’ strategies (in English/at LLN): understanding the details of innovation markets, the characteristics of network industries, integration and differentiation strategies, the aims of competition policy;
  • International economics (in English/at LLN): understanding commercial policy, the liberalisation of trade, economic integration; identifying the winners and losers in international trade; examining the factors that determine firms’ location decisions and the value of clusters.


    • Specialised
      Training for a career as an economist; at least three options must be taken;
    • Research
      Training focuses especially on research methods; you acquire an advanced knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics and some of their specific applications, and must choose two options. This version of the masters programme provides the best preparation for the doctoral programme;
    • Teaching
      Training to teach at upper secondary level; at least three options must be taken.


You can take the entire programme in Namur but, in order to cut down on travel if you choose an option at LLN, the three courses in each option are taught on the same day.