School of Economics

Dual Degree Options

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Double your professional expertise, your network, your international exposure, your opportunities and your visibility.

The School of Economics has professional links with the Department of Economics at the University of Konstanz and the School of Business and Economics at the University of Tübingen. This allows MSc students who have successfully completed the taught component of the Nottingham MSc to spend a second year in Germany thus earning two masters degrees, and completing them in less time than it would take to earn them separately.

Both Konstanz and Tübingen offer a carefully matched programme, taught in English, that consists of core modules providing you with advanced and rigorous training in analytic and quantitative methods. It is followed by a specialisation in sought-after economics fields, thus allowing access to challenging professional and academic jobs, as well as a PhD in Nottingham, Konstanz, Tübingen or anywhere else.

The University of Konstanz

The University of Konstanz is one of 11 universities in Germany with the status of "University of Excellence". Its first-rate infrastructure includes an excellent 24-hour library, a language institute offering German and other foreign language courses and a high-quality sports centre. The university is idyllically situated on a hill overlooking Lake Constance, with a view of the Swiss Alps in the distance.

The University of Tübingen

The University of Tübingen was founded in 1477 and also has the status in Germany as a “University of Excellence”. Founded 200 years ago the School of Business and Economics of Tübingen University is the oldest one in Germany, and the most distinguished department across Germany in terms of internationality. The school is particularly strong in the area of international economics.

Course details

This two-year full-time programme requires students to complete 135 credits of core and optional modules in Nottingham in their first year. In your second year you will complete further taught courses in Konstanz or Tübingen and a dissertation under the joint supervision of academics at Konstanz or Tübingen and Nottingham.

The Nottingham credits count towards your MSc in Germany, and the dissertation counts towards your MSc in Nottingham, so that on completion you can be awarded two MSc degrees in economics. The summer of the first year also provides a great opportunity to undertake an internship.


This dual degree is ideal for students who are thinking of applying for a PhD, but are not yet ready to write their research proposal; the additional year of study will help you write a stronger proposal.

An MSc in Economics helps you to enter a wide range of interesting and rewarding careers. Our former MSc students are spread around the globe, working in academia, government, and the private sector as economists, consultants and analysts. Find out more about our graduate career destinations.


Up to date fees information can be found on our student fees and finance website. The University of Konstanz and The University of Tübingen do not charge tuition fees, however, there may be administration fees.

Selection criteria

The dual degree is only available to those students taking the research-oriented MSc degrees (MSc Economics, MSc Development Economics, MSc International Economics, MSc Behavioural Economics and MSc Economics and Econometrics).

Places are limited, and the decision as to whether to allow students to spend their second year in Germany will be made on the basis of your exam performance in semester one.

Students who are accepted onto the dual degree must have successfully completed the semester one taught modules at Nottingham with an average grade of at least 60%. Students must also have obtained a passing grade in all semester one taught modules.

How to apply

You should apply for one of our MSc stream postgraduate degrees in the normal way as detailed on our individual course pages.

Once you are on the course, you have the option to apply for the dual degree at the end of semester one by contacting one of the Directors of Studies in the first instance, and filling out an application form:

Application form for Konstanz (PDF) Application form for Tübingen (PDF)

Students can also apply to the University of Konstanz or the University of Tübingen directly.



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