TrainingsMasterAMSE, Aix-Marseille School of EconomicsSp. Macroeconomics and Development

Master AMSE, Aix-Marseille School of EconomicsSpeciality Macroeconomics and Development

Academic content

Students will acquire solid skills in macroeconomics and in development economics, applying them both to issues of growth and economic policy and to the issues arising from development in the emerging economies.The aim of this programme is to train specialists in the fields of macroeconomic policy analysis, international economics and developing economies in the context of globalisation. Thorough training is provided in advanced macroeconomics and in development economics. Students are equipped to handle both the theory and the quantitative tools needed to explore most recent issues linked to economic growth and to the assessment of development policies. Their mastery of economic theory and of econometrics is sufficiently advanced to enable them either to enter the job market, following a long internship beginning in March in France or abroad, or to apply to pursue their studies towards a PhD.


Students taking this specialisation will find employment in banks, insurance companies, national and international financial institutions and government bodies, consulting firms that evaluate macroeconomic policies, as well as regional organisations and NGOs specialised in development. This track aims at careers in :

  • Banking and Insurance, in the company evaluation departments
  • Financial institutions, Economics Forecasting bodies, Central Banks (OFCE, Bank of France, ECB)
  • International Institutions (World Bank, European Commission, IMF, UN)
  • Embassy and Consular economics departments, economics analysis departments of Ministry of Foreign/European Affairs
  • Regional Banks (AfDB, ADB, IDB)
  • International NGOs, Think Tanks, Development Agencies (AFD)
  • NGO project management

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

Starting from the core curriculum common to the whole Master’s, this specialisation continues with a common core devoted to growth, development and international macroeconomics. Students subsequently choose from several modules, according to whether they intend to concentrate on development or on macroeconomics, and whether they intend to take a more academic-oriented or more work-oriented route. The modules on offer naturally include courses and input by professionals covering macroeconomic policies, growth and development economics. Overall, M2 is taught in English, with the possible exception of certain courses given by professionals.

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 the AMSE M1. Other potential candidates include any student holding an M1 in economics or an equivalent qualification from another university, whether national or international.

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.