The EPOG Master’s course has been designed to address the objectives of the EPOG Master’s course and to enhance students’ employability and potential academic perspectives.
In particular, the EPOG Master’s Course aims to produce highly qualified professionals, able to define and assess economic policies, and evolve within different political, social and regional contexts, in particular in Europe and the emerging countries. EPOG Master’s graduates will be able to address the main problems of economic policies in the age of globalisation which will prepare them to respond to real life problems. They will be able to work – in Europe and in other (developing) countries – in companies, consultancy teams or public entities such as ministries, regulatory agencies and research centres, to improve their competitiveness and efficiency.
The knowledge, skills and competences of EPOG graduates includes (i) a state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise in one of the main fields of economic policy (related to options A, B and C) and within a common perspective (institutional and interdisciplinary approaches to globalisation), (ii) an in-depth understanding of the interactions among economic policies. Based on specific and internationally recognized skills embedded in each of the partners in the consortium, the proposed training includes microeconomics and macroeconomics, industrial economics, economics of innovation and culture, finance, and also interdisciplinary approaches including law and political sciences, geography, history, sociology and environmental science.
The learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences) are summarised in the following table:
Referring to the “European Qualification Framework”, the EPOG Master’s course corresponds to the learning outcomes for “EQF level 7”.
The specialised courses and the systemic approach to how economic policies interact will provide transferable skills that will be exploitable by third-country students to deal with economic policies in different types of institutions in their own countries.
Students will benefit from the networks and job opportunities of all partners‘ Masters’ courses on which the EPOG programme relies. According to a survey conducted by the French Ministry for Higher Education, University of Paris 13 is ranked second among French universities in terms of their graduates in law, economics and management finding employment. The other partners in the consortium also produce highly employable graduates. Because of the specificity of the EPOG programme, the excellence of the international students and the alumni network, EPOG graduates will benefit from numerous other opportunities at high levels in international careers and in a wide range of institutions (including international organisations and multinational firms). The programme should thus increase students’ “bargaining power”.
A range of academic and non-academic associated members (firms, trade unions, NGO…) also supports the EPOG Master’s course. They offer opportunities for placements and provide a better understanding of real life professional environments in firms and other institutions (through seminar presentations, provision of student internships, research activities, and participation in the EPOG’s Advisory board). The diversity of this network demonstrates the social relevance of the proposed Master’s programme and the strategic need for highly qualified education and research in the field of economic policy.
Some students will go on to study for a PhD degree. PhD grants will be available at most of the partners’ institutions, offering opportunities for embarking on PhD research. Students will also benefit from the large network of EPOG partners to find PhD study opportunities. The possibilities of firm financed PhDs will be considered depending on the fields of interest of the students.
Students will be able to choose an appropriate career and have the opportunity to confirm this choice by an internship and structured discussions with tutors. Guidance in preparing CVs and in interview techniques will be provided (especially at Paris 13).
Finally, employability of graduates will be increased by the English language and technical writing skills developed in the programme and the good knowledge of the French language (that each student acquires).