International Master and Doctorate in Economic Analysis - IDEA


The Department of Economics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UFAE), together with the Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (IAE), jointly organize IDEA, an international graduate program in Economics comprised of a Master's program and a PhD program. Both programs provide students with a solid training in Economics which emphasizes rigorous analytical thinking and advanced quantitative methods. Some Master's students take on careers in the private sector and in governmental and non-governmental institutions, while others, after two years of training (120 ECTS) go on to pursue a doctoral degree either with us or abroad.

Our students find in IDEA an active research environment that promotes the interaction between students and faculty. The IDEA PhD Program is jointly organized with the Barcelona GSE.

International Master and Doctorate in Economic Analysis - IDEA

Francesco Cerigioni ,
PhD : 2016
, Placement : Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Being part of IDEA has been one of the best decisions I made in my entire life. Since day 1 the program has challenged us and pushed us to our limits. Ideas and enthusiasm were always part of a normal day there. Joining IDEA is a no brainier for anyone that wants an economic knowledge comparable only to that given by top research institutions around the world and to live in a family that encourages students to be intellectuals, not only economists.

Alejandra Ramos ,
PhD : 2017
, Placement : Trinity College Dublin

IDEA is a terrific production function of knowledge. The program offered me a fantastic academic environment with active discussion in seminars, access to cutting edge researchers, and amazing supervisors. During my PhD, I most enjoyed the collegiality and collaborative competition for excellence. Plus, IDEA also gave me the opportunity to live in full-time-summer city such as Barcelona.

Andrii Parkhomenko ,
PhD : 2017
, Placement : USC Marshall

IDEA offers a challenging but, at the same time, friendly environment -- precisely the type of setting that an ambitious graduate student needs. As an IDEA graduate, I highly appreciated commitment on the part of professors to the advancement of the students, as well as support and friendship of classmates.  Being a part of Barcelona GSE, IDEA students have access to one of the leading communities of economists in Europe.

Tongbin Zhang ,
PhD : 2017
, Placement : Shangai University of Finance and Economics

Studying in IDEA is a fantastic experience, since it is like a big family where you can meet many good professors and colleagues and provides you with solid academic traning and excellent platform. The widely known secret to IDEA´s sucess is to hard work, open mind and great people.

We also offer a master program in Economics co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics - QEM program is designed by a Consortium of four Partner Universities from 4 European cities (Barcelona, Bielefeld, Paris, and Venice).

Additionally, some of our faculty is also involved with the following Graduate Programmes:

Master in the Economics of Public Policy (Barcelona GSE)

Master in Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets (Barcelona GSE)

Master in Health Economics and Policy (Barcelona GSE)

Master in Economics and Business Administration MEBA (UAB)