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THE DEGREE

Drive economic transformation at a global scale

THE DEGREE

Drive economic transformation at a global scale

The Dual Degree in Economics and International Relations is a rigorous and challenging program where students obtain solid economic foundations combined with global geopolitics, powered by advanced analytical technologies and tools.

Students will explore innovative models linked to digital platforms, emerging technologies, and collaborative action to understand and generate change at a global scale. You will apply economics principles to fields including finance, politics, trade, economic diplomacy, social development, the environment, urban development or management, with a strategic global perspective that goes well beyond the technical or traditional economist role.

Five Reasons to pursue a dual degree

A sure path to success

1
Build a well-rounded profile

Our Dual Degree programs integrate two different yet converging fields. This allows you to learn about two areas that you’re passionate about and increase your potential in both fields. Holding this type of holistic degree means you will have a unique skill set and versatile training, equipping you to play an active role in the world.

Five Reasons to pursue a dual degree

A sure path to success

2
Expand your career possibilities

Studying a Dual Degree grows your career options. You will have a more competitive profile with broad knowledge and skills in multiple fields and will stand out with top companies and headhunters. You’ll have the flexibility to move between different fields, sectors and industries.

Five Reasons to pursue a dual degree

A sure path to success

3
Enhance networking opportunities

Pursuing two different degrees will help you broaden your professional network and make diverse connections. Developing professional relationships in two different fields will put you ahead of the game when starting your professional career in a world where the line between one profession and another is increasingly blurred and each depends on the other.

Five Reasons to pursue a dual degree

A sure path to success

4
Earn two fully accredited degrees

When completing a Dual Degree, you effectively graduate with two distinct undergraduate degrees, achieving a unique professional profile that few people possess. All of our Dual Degree programs are fully compliant with the Bologna Process and accredited by the Government of Spain and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

Five Reasons to pursue a dual degree

A sure path to success

5
Customize your curriculum

At IE University, education is student-centered. You will be able to personalize your study plan in order to reach your career goals. As a Dual Degree student, you will be able to build your own educational experience, deciding how to use your time. Our faculty will guide you, helping you complement core courses and create a holistic profile that is geared towards your future.

The Pillars of Economics & International Relations at IE University

Drive economic transformation at a global scale

Take advantage from our partnership with the UNSSC. In this program you will be taught by United Nations experts and practitioners and will gain cutting-edge insights into political, social, economic and environmental issues in order to create innovative solutions to tackle the world’s most complex challenges. You will be able to become part of many different UN initiatives such as international competitions, career workshops, simulations, UN conferences and webinars, internships, research projects and many more. At the end of the program, the students that demonstrate outstanding academic performance and commitment to making a difference will receive a special certificate from the United Nations System Staff College.

 

Apply economics with a strategic global perspective. Learn to approach global complex problems from a holistic point of view and prepare to face today’s international challenges as you explore the dynamics that underpin our economic reality. By fusing economics with international relations, you will be well positioned to understand the complex interconnections between geopolitics, human behavior, and economic policy and learn to respond to the key challenges impacting our world today. Joining classmates from around the world, you’ll become a global citizen with an in-demand worldview that will enable you to tackle problems on an international scale as you become an economist of tomorrow.

 

Adquire practical skills through our hands-on approach. Get to grips with real-life challenges through our practical methodology. Throughout the program, you will take part in mock debates and simulations, attend conferences and networking events, and participate in research programs. Additionally, you will gain expertise through selective internship placements in a variety of institutions. By bridging the gaps between theory and practice, you will acquire a broad perspective of how global issues and economic matters merge, and will be in the best position to fully address the impact of economics on our global society.

 

Learn to think analytically and harness the latest technologies. New economic models, cryptocurrencies, data banks, and digital trade are changing the way public and private organizations operate around the world. In order to adapt to this constantly innovating landscape, you will learn the fundamentals of big data, machine learning, programming, and emerging tech to take advantage of new economic opportunities. You’ll apply the latest technological platforms and tools to everything you learn, and leave the program as an established analytical, tech- proficient professional capable of harnessing the power of tech for global organizations.

Study Plan

The hunt for knowledge

Location

Location

You can study the Dual Degree in Economics + International Relations in Segovia and Madrid. You will spend the first two years at the campus in Madrid, before moving to Segovia for years three, four and five.

COMPONENTS CREDITS
Basic Courses 210
Core Courses 99
Elective Courses 24
Final Project 24
Credits needed to graduate 357

A global economist looks at the world of economics from a global perspective. They study economic trends and international relations affecting all countries and regions, rather than just their own county or region. In this first year, students will step into the shoes of global economists, learning the fundamentals of economics, programming, the history of International Relations,
and the basis of both disciplines.

1st Semester

  • Mathematics for Economists
  • Foundations of Microeconomics
  • Foundations of Macroeconomics
  • Impact Writing Lab
  • Programming for Economists I
  • History of International Relations up to 1945: History
    of International Relations/ Economic History
  • Unplugged I: The Economic Dimension of the Agenda 2030
  • Languages NI

2nd Semester

  • Probability & Statistics/ Research Methods in International Relations
  • Development and Growth Economics
  • Game Theory
  • Political Theory
  • History of International Relations since 1945: Contemporary Global Issues
  • Languages NII
  • Research Methods

International organizations and corporations require a financial economist to help them obtain the funds needed for short-and long-term investments, operational requirements, corporate reorganization initiatives, and expansion projects using data-driven solutions and technologies. This year, students will gain the tools needed to view the world from a financial perspective. They will explore how capital markets work and discover the current financial trends in cryptocurrency, fintech, and new digital platforms. Students will also analyze how finance plays a role in international relations. Lastly, students will acquire the practical skills to analyze, model, and visualize data and economics using the latest data analysis technologies.

1st Semester

  • Econometrics
  • Financial Economics & Accounting
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Languages NIII
  • International Trade and Monetary System/International Trade and Finance
  • Unplugged II: Sustainable Finance
  • Technology-IE Module

2nd Semester

  • Behavioral Economics, Finance & Decision-Making
  • Data Science for Economists/ Unplugged: Data Visualization
  • Market, Auction and Contract Design
  • Economic Reporting Lab
  • Languages NIV
  • Corporate Finance
  • Programing For Economists II
  • Econometrics II: Identification & Time-Series
  • Capital Markets
  • Entrepreneurship-IE Module

A global economist requires the knowledge and skills to engage in negotiations that define economic changes in society, both at the national and international level. To do that, in the third year of the program, students explore political theories, political economy, and international law, and learn how to negotiate conflicts, climate change agreements, and social and development projects. Students will gain confidence in discussing the political economy of international institutions like the European Union or the foreign policy of different countries.

1st Semester

  • International Relations Theory
  • Public Opinion and Political Communication
  • Public Economics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Languages NV
  • Unplugged III: Negotiation and Multilateral Diplomacy
  • IE Challenge

2nd Semester

  • Languages NVI
  • Climate Change and Environmental Politics
  • The European Union
  • Aid, Development and Social Entrepreneurship
  • International Law
  • International Political Economy
  • Economic Modeling & Simulation
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Human Rights & Social Inclusion

A global policy and digital economist should find data-driven solutions to public policy challenges based on robust evidence, expert insights, and data analysis. Students will learn not only the fundamentals of macroeconomics, fiscal and monetary policy, the economics of globalization, social insurance, and public investment, but also more advanced topics like labor economics, institutional economics, or the economics of wellbeing. Furthermore, students will learn about the new digital economy, ecosystems, and platforms, as well as the policies needed to incorporate new technological changes and innovation in the digital era. During the second semester, students will be able to take part in an exchange with various universities around the globe, taking the electives of their choice.

1st Semester

  • Economic Nudging and Policy Design
  • Economics of Wellbeing
  • New Economy: Digital, Ecosystems & Platforms /New Economics
  • Topics in Foreign Policy
  • Institutional Economics
  • Economics of Innovation and Technological Change
  • Labor Economics, Digitalization, and Artificial Intelligence
  • Unplugged IV: Policy Trends for Global Transformation

2nd Semester

  • IE Humanities- IE Module
  • Electives/Study Abroad/ Curricular Internship

Finally, a global economist is not only focused on research and analysis,
but also on managing international economic projects with multinational corporations, organizations, or development banks. Students will acquire the skills and knowledge to become efficient managers in these contexts and environments. They will become familiar with the latest technologies in machine learning, AI, programming, and economic analysis, ensuring they are fully prepared to hit the ground running in their future roles.

1st Semester

  • Machine Learning & Analytics for Economists
  • Industrial Organization and Strategy/Management of the Multinational Corporation
  • Experimental Economics
  • Global Governance and International Institutions
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
  • Economic Research: Consumers & Markets
  • Economic Research: Regions & Industries
  • Unplugged V: Partnership and Co-Creation

2nd Semester

  • Project Management
  • BIE & BIR Final Projects

Note: This information is subject to change. Please contact the Admissions Department for the updated curriculum.

 

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