MSc. Life Science Economics and Policy

The Master’s Program in Life Science Economics and Policy


Commencing for the first time in the winter semester of 2013, will be the newly launched Master’s program in Life Science Economics and Policy. Global challenges like food security, climate change, environmental degradation, and the growing demand for energy, food and raw materials are current topics requiring innovative solutions with appropriate regulatory frameworks and policies. Accordingly, this program integrates issues of economics and policy with the life sciences, and equips graduates with in-depth knowledge to work on, inter alia, these important societal challenges.

This master progran will be held in english. For more information please click here.

The program entails a core number of compulsory subjects. Students may choose electives from a wide range of subjects both in the social and natural sciences, are required to go on an excursion organised by the university, and to either do a research project or an internship. The program concludes with the writing of a thesis, and a colloquium. Students are required to pass subjects equivalent to at least 120 credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). The language of instruction is English, and students may also integrate studying abroad at a partner university to the program.

Program at a glance

Degree name Master of Science (M. Sc.)
Description Life Science Economics and Policy
Duration 4 semesters, full time study
Course structure 10 compulsory courses
6 elective courses
1 excursion
Research project or internship
Credits 120 ECTS-credits (ECTS: European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)
Language English
Campus Center of Life and Food Science Weihenstephan in Freising near Munich, Germany

The Program´s structure

The program runs for four consecutive semesters. It starts in the winter semester with courses covering a broad spectrum of topics that form the program’s foundation, culminating in the fourth semester with the colloquium and thesis. Apart from the compulsory courses, there is a wide choice of electives in both the social and natural sciences. The program’s basic structure is outlined below.

First semester 5 compulsory courses; 1 elective
Second semester 4 compulsory courses - 1 is the excursion - and 2 electives
Third semester 2 compulsory courses - 1 of which is either a research project or an internship - and 4 electives
Fourth semester thesis and colloquium

Subject combinations

In addition to the compulsory courses, students need to choose their electives bearing in mind that at least two must be form the natural sciences and at least two from the social sciences. For examples of possible subject combinations and further information, please refer to the next section called: Subject combinations.

Exchange Programs

Students have the opportunity of completing a semester at an international, partner university. The details of such a voluntary arrangement will be published on our website in due course.