The four-semester,  interdisciplinary  Master of  Economics Engineering  at KIT aims for a qualification, both broad and research-focused, in the following four thematic core fields: Economics, Business Administration, Informatics, and Operations Research. A shared aspect of the core fields is that they put special emphasize on learning and applying quantitative methods; these are the mathematical techniques of theoretical and empirical analysis. The course offers a wide variety of elective and profile-building options. This means it’s possible to have a very strong focus on economics, or a double-specialisation on economics and one of the other core subjects, or a broad, interdisciplinary education alongside the economics core.

In order to ensure the quantitative focus of the course of study, special consideration is given to ensure that successful applicants have obtained a profound knowledge of mathematics and statistics as well as sufficient basic knowledge of most of the other core subjects in their preceding Bachelor's studies. The wide range of the qualification is ensured by the rule that at least one module worth 9 credit points (usually comprising two lectures with tutorials) must be completed for each of the four specified thematic core subjects. A second module must be completed for Economics. Another four additional modules can be selected from the subjects of Economics, Business Administration, Informatics, Operations Research, Engineering/Science and Statistics. The modules within one elective field must be from different subjects. The subjects Law or Sociology can also be studied for one of the two elective modules in elective field 2. Elective field 1 also comprises a seminar module of two seminars. At least two seminars and the Master's thesis develop the skills to compose and present independent pieces of research. The possibility of an international exchange is provided through ERASMUS+ programs and bilateral direct cooperation programs.

In Economics and  Business Administration,  a  variety  of  theoretical  approaches  are  applied as  well  as  all commonly applied methods of empirical analysis: from the collection and analysis of field data to laboratory experiments and computer-aided simulations. The Economics courses comprise microeconomic and macroeconomic theories, industrial economics and network economics, finance and economic policy, as well as political economy. The Business Administration courses comprise accounting, finance economy, business management, information engineering and management, industrial production, and marketing.

In Operations Research, the advanced methods and models of continuous, discrete, stochastic, and dynamic optimisation are taught and algorithmically applied. Informatics focuses on specialised theoretical fundamentals as well as on advanced practical methods for applying information and communication technologies in economy, management, and society. 

Furthermore, advanced engineering, science, law, or sociology subjects can be chosen as electives. This sound, scientific education provides graduates with the ability to describe and interpret characteristics, terminologies, doctrines, and limits in the thematic core subjects and electives, as well as reflect the current state of research and further develop it selectively.

They are prepared for applying complex mathematical and computer-based methods in practice. They are able to take a nuanced approach to a wide range of economic issues as well as analyse, compare, and evaluate them using suitable methods and concepts – also within a team. They can exchange views with expert representatives at a scientific level and take on responsibility, even within an international team. They are particularly qualified for jobs in industry, the service sector, or public administration, as well as for a research career (doctoral study).

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