MSc in Economic History

Economic history is not only about the past - it is also a way to look at the present and the future in the context of accu­mulated experience. Lund University is renowned for its research in economic history. The pro­gramme takes full advantage of this thriving environment, giving our students an invaluable link to state-of-the-art research.

Core courses deal with population and living standards, institutions and economic growth, as well as the international economy and globalisation. Optional courses are offered on a broad range of topics. Method­ological issues are addressed in both qualitative and quan­titative terms and you will acquire the ability to carry out investigations and analyses concerning changes in social and economic conditions under different circumstances.

Compulsory courses includes:

  • Comparative Analysis of Economic Change
  • Population and Living Standards
  • Research Design
  • Econometrics
  • Institutions, Economic Growth and Equity
  • The Global Economy and Long-Term Economic Growth

Electives includes:

  • Economic Growth Over Time and Space
  • Causes of Demographic Change
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation, Energy and Sustainability
  • China and the Asia Pacific
  • Human Capital in a Historical Perspective
  • Consequences of Demographic Change
  • Advanced Time Series Analysis

The programme ends with a degree project.

Choose between one year or two years

The full programme comprises two years of full-time study, but there will be a provision to leave after one year with a Master of Science (60 credits).

A creative and innovative environment

At Lund University you will experience a unique atmosphere with informal relations between students and professors, where personal initiative and innovative and critical think­ing are not only encouraged but also expected. This aca­demic approach proves to be an asset when graduates later step out into the world of work, having grown both as pro­fessionals and individuals.

Career prospects

Graduates are particularly equipped for analytical work in the private and public sectors that requires intellectual judgement, evaluation and analysis of economic facts and ideas, and good communication skills.

Successful completion of the programme will enable graduates to apply to doctoral programmes in economic history.

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Programme quick facts

Duration: 2 years, full time, 120 credits
Arrival Day: 19 August 2014
Study period: 1 Sep 2014 – 3 June 2016
Degree awarded: MSc, 120 credits

Class profile 2012/13

61 applicants - 22 enrolled
Age range: 22-31
Male/female: 68% / 32%
19 nationalities

Programme contact details

Programme Director
Professor Jonas Ljungberg

Master's Programme Coordinator
Håkan Lobell, PhD