Career prospects

The Master's Programme in Economics at the University of Helsinki prepares you for a career as an economist in business and the public sector. Economists are employed in administrative, planning and development duties requiring economic expertise in various national and international organisations. Examples include an analyst career involving risk management, asset pricing and investment strategy, jobs related to analysing the market, production and pricing in companies, assessment and planning of economic policy, and communication. Analytical skills and knowledge of quantitative methods will be of central importance in your work as an economist. In particular, economists find employment in government, financial institutions, central banks, national and international organisations, and business. 

The Research track prepares you for particularly demanding careers. It is also an excellent path to doctoral studies in economics. It is advisable to select the field courses and the topic for your Master's thesis in view of your interests and career goals. An internship is a good chance to acquire work experience in your area of interest.

Doctoral Studies

The Master of Social Sciences degree awarded upon completion of the programme enables you to apply for doctoral programmes in economics at the University of Helsinki and at international universities. 

If your ultimate goal is a doctoral degree in economics, the Research track is recommended. Because it contains the majority of the core courses of the doctoral degree requirements, you can complete the doctoral degree at accelerated pace. When selecting students for the Doctoral Programme in Economics at the University of Helsinki, precedence is given to graduates from the Research track, and it is also an asset if you are applying for doctoral programmes at foreign universities.