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Master AMSE, Aix-Marseille School of Economics


AMSE (Aix-Marseille School of Economics) proposes a Master program providing a high-level education in economics. This program aims at enabling, students to deal with contemporary economic issues in both a theoretical and applied perspectives.

The AMSE Master program constitutes the “education” facet of « labex » AMSE, one of the 100 French academic research laboratories (covering all scientific fields) which were entitled by an international jury to receive specific funding by the French government because of their high quality research.

The Master is a two-year program in Economics organized by the Faculty of economics and management of Aix-Marseille University, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and Ecole Centrale de Marseille.

Targeted students

Candidates for the Master 1 (M1) must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management, or a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Informatics for the Social Sciences (ex MASS). The Master 2 (M2) is open to all students who have successfully completed the first year of a Master’s degree in Economics or of an equivalent degree. When selecting candidates for this second Master’s year, special consideration is given to students holding the AMSE M1.

Admission conditions

M1 : all students holding a Bachelor’s degree in a compatible field are entitled to admission, provided the degree is from a European Union university. These students must, nevertheless, complete a pre-enrolment pack that will allow the teaching staff to evaluate their suitability and ensure that students are on the right course. The other students must fill in an application. Citizens of certain countries must also register their application on the Campus France site. The list of compatible fields for each Master’s and the pre-enrolment and application forms are available from the Faculté d’Economie et de Gestion site during application periods.

M2 : there is no automatic entitlement to admission. All students must file an application, which will be examined by the admissions board for the Master’s, whatever their nationality or previous university. Applications from students holding degrees from non-European Union universities and/or in non-compatible fields will also be evaluated by the faculty board of the Faculté d’Economie et de Gestion. Citizens of certain countries must also register their application on the Campus France site.

Structure and organisation

The M1 programme is organised around a common core, with a pre-specialisation introduction to the various M2 tracks. 4 possible pre-specialisation are : Macroeconomics and Development, Econometrics, Public Sector Economics, and Finance.

The M2 programme offers less of a common core and 6 tracks of training for specific fields, as follows :

  • Macroeconomics and Development
  • Econometrics
  • Public sector Economics : Public Policy Analysis and philosophical foundations
  • Public sector Economics : Health and Environmental Economics
  • Finance : Finance and Insurance
  • Finance : Econometrics of banking and financial markets

* Note * : program content is subject to change over time.

Academic content

The Master’s degree at AMSE (Aix-Marseille School of Economics) provides the rigorous training in economics needed to approach contemporary issues from both a theoretical and an applied standpoint. M1 students acquire the fundamentals of economics theory and quantitative methods. The end-of-year pre-specialisation adds to this knowledge, looking more closely at macroeconomics and development, econometrics, public sector economics or finance. Apart from the two courses in applied economics that are common to all the tracks, the knowledge acquired in M2 is specific to the chosen track (see below).

Professional skills

The aim of M1 is to build a solid body of knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and finance, de-compartmentalizing these disciplines. The students are required to carry out an applied econometrics project, analysing a current economic or social issue through the combined use of tools for economic and/or financial analysis, for statistics and econometrics, and software tools. The objective is also to train the students in writing a dissertation or a report on the subject of their analysis, and presenting it orally.

M2 targets the same objectives, differing from M1 only in the fields of application. These are more specific than in M1, in line with the students’ choice of specialisation.


Master’s graduates will find work in France or abroad in major industrial or service sector companies, consulting firms, think tanks, NGOs, French or international public institutions, education and research. Fields or industries will vary according to the areas of specialisation chosen in M2.

Further education

Students wishing to continue their study at a PhD level may apply for a graduate research allocation in economics, join the Aix-Marseille University (ED 372) doctoral school in economics and management, and write a doctoral thesis under AMSE LABEX (laboratory of excellence).

Studies abroad

The Master’s maintains contacts with a wide range of international networks through the AMSE Labex’s international partners.

To facilitate international exchanges and enable students to pursue their studies abroad, this is the only Master’s in France offering bilingual teaching in M1 : all M1 courses are taught both in French and in English, so that students can follow any course in the language of their choice. Most of the M2 courses are taught in English.