Master’s programme in Economic Growth, Population and Development

MSc major Economic History | MSc major Economic Demography | MSc major Economic Development | 2 years | 120 credits

This programme aims to explore the general history of production and distribution, population and living standards, institutions and social organisation. The programme offers knowledge to carry out investigations and analyses concerning changes of social and economic conditions under different circumstances.

When applying to this programme you select one of three tracks:

  • Economic History Track
  • Economic Demography Track
  • Economic Development Track

Knowledge of the past is essential for understanding today’s world and shaping the future. In the Economic History track, you will develop advanced insights into the long-term development of societies. By combining analytical tools from economics and the social sciences with a contextual understanding of conditions in the past, you will become able to use the accumulated human experience to solve current-day problems. Central themes studied are growth, stagnation, crises and distribution of resources.

Changes in population have an impact on everything from taxes, school systems, labour markets and health care to marketing and sales of products and services. The Economic Demography track will provide you with theory, methods and skills necessary to explain a number of social and economic phenomena. Key topics include mortality and the demographic transition, the labour market, migration patterns and health issues. The programme enables you to better understand and tackle global issues tied to employment, welfare and public health.

Economic development essentially rests on three pillars: income per capita growth, distribution of the fruits of growth and structural change. The interaction of these elements constitutes the process of development. The Economic Development track will engage students in a variety of aspects and analyses of how and why the process of development in some places gets underway and in other places tends to stall. The programme will cover debates and theories on the reasons for economic backwardness and successful catching up, the institutional underpinnings of long term growth, as well as qualitative and quantitative techniques in managing and modelling empirical material. 

Application is closed

Next application period opens in October 2024. 

How to apply to Master's studies

Next programme start

28 August 2024

Arrival day

20 August 2024

Application deadline

15 January 2024


2 years, full time

Tuition fee

SEK 120.000 per year. EU/EAA citizens are not required to pay tuition fees.

One year option available

The full programme compromises of two years of full-time studies, but there will be a provision to leave after one year with a MSc (60 ECTS credits).

Contact for more information about the one year option.

Class profile 2022/23






Male students


Female students

21 - 39

Age range