TrainingsMasterAMSE, Aix-Marseille School of EconomicsSp. Public economics

Master AMSE, Aix-Marseille School of EconomicsSpeciality Public economics

Academic content

The programme is aimed at providing a thorough and critical understanding of the economic principles at play in topical and social issues. Students will be trained in economic analysis in such a way as to be able to apply tools facilitating decision-making (public and private sector). There are two different tracks in this specialisation :

  • Environmental and Health Economics (EHE)
  • Public sector Policy Analysis (PPA)


Students taking this specialisation will find employment in the private sector, dealing with project evaluation, sustainable development or health (for example, in analysis and consulting firms or eco-industries), in the public sector (local authorities or international bodies) or in the voluntary sector. Possible career paths include posts in socio-economic analysis and forecasting (data analyst, statistician, econometrist, project officer), health or environmental economist or officer in charge of evaluating a public policy (research officer).

Further education

Doctoral studies can be undertaken following this Master’s ; candidates can apply to the school of doctoral studies Ecole Doctorale en Sciences Economiques et Gestion (ED 372) and write a thesis. Students are allowed to attend extra courses in another of the Master’s specialisations, with a view to acquiring additional skills in a particular field (quantitative tools, the environment, the evaluation of public policies).

Studies abroad

It is entirely possible to do the internship starting in April abroad.

Structure and organisation

This specialisation includes a core curriculum common to the whole Master’s, specific subjects related to Public Sector Economics, courses and input by professionals relative to each of the tracks. Overall, M2 is taught in English, with the possible exception of certain courses given by professionals.

The teaching is organised in such a way as to reinforce professional aspects, featuring in particular :

  • Oral presentations and/or case studies to be performed,
  • Contacts with professionals according to track.

Admission conditions

Admission to the second year of the Master’s (M2) is based on scholastic record, after examination by the Head of Studies. All students who have completed the first year of a Master in Economics (M1) or an equivalent qualification are eligible to apply. Special attention is paid to M1 results in the fundamental subjects that are a pre-requisite to the chosen programme. Students who completed their M1 at AMSE are thus particularly well placed to obtain admission to the second year of the AMSE Master’s.

Targeted students

This specialisation is aimed at students who have successfully completed an M1 containing the desirable and compulsory pre-requisites for the course and that has clearly provided them with solid skills in economics, econometrics, probabilities and statistics and mathematics.

Students with an M1 of this description, from French or foreign universities, will be recruited.


Students must have solid skills in quantitative techniques (statistics, econometrics, mathematics) as well as a thorough knowledge of a statistical software package (of the Stata, SAS or R type), for this specialisation as a whole. They must also meet basic pre-requisites in microeconomics or in health economics (for the “health” track). A good knowledge of English is generally required.

Other desirable skills

Knowledge of public sector economics is desirable for this specialisation as a whole, and familiarity with formal calculation software like Maple is a plus.

Labor market integration

The Head of Studies of each track will help students understand their options with respect either to pursuing further studies or to entering the job market, and will also support them in seeking an internship.

Evaluation and exams

Students’ knowledge will be assessed for each course by written or oral examination. Practical procedures for this examination will be as defined by the General Examining Regulations of the establishment. The means of assessment will be reviewed annually, following the recommendations of the management committee of the Master’s.