In the field of study Economics students attend a common core during their first semester with courses on Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics. Additionally, there is a preparatory math course the week before lectures start. Attendance is optional, but highly recommended due to the mathematical formalism of economic theory. These core courses are specifically taught for master students in economics and thus offer an introduction to economic theory on a graduate level in moderate class sizes.
During the second and third semester students may choose freely from electives offered at the department of economics. Exact courses offered are subject to changes from semester to semester, yet the department has been able to offer a wide variety of lectures and seminars. Current and previous course offering may be found on the website of the department . As teaching is conducted by postdoctoral researchers as well as junior and senior professors, there might be considerable fluctuation in course offerings. A list of researchers at the department may be useful and can be found here. Thanks to a cooperation students may also attend courses at the Department of Economics at University of Heidelberg.
The fourth and last semester is devoted to the writing of the thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.