February 22, 2011

Economics of Science and Innovation Program in Barcelona

The Economics of Science and Innovation Program examines the economic challenges faced by science and technology, the anticipated difficulties, and offers solutions while considering the timing of the foreseeable transfer process from basic research results to applications. Students will not only become aware of possibilities, but will also be able to make realistic assessments of the perspectives generated by each development, its potential economic impact, the obstacles it presents, and its sources of support. This master program aims to prepare students for management careers in research centers, innovative firms, public administrations and intermediate institutions geared toward promoting research and development activities. The Economics of Science and Innovation Program is located at the Bellaterra campus at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Skills acquired in this Master program:
  • Measure research results: expected output in a project and scientific impact
  • Assess the economic viability of research projects through cost-benefit analysis
  • Identify new business opportunities for R&D
  • Understand the patent system, advantages and disadvantages

Eligibible applicants:

  • Graduates in economics, business administration, engineering, life sciences
  • Junior scientists with a professional orientation in science management
  • Aspiring PhD students looking for a solid master program in economics of science and innovation
Program information

Language of instruction: English
Structure: 9 months (3 trimesters), full time
Campus: Bellaterra (UAB)
Degree awarded: Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis (awarded jointly with UPF and UAB)


In addition to the scholarships available for all Barcelona GSE master programs, there are two scholarship agreements specificially for students in the Economics of Science and Innovation (MESI) Program.

Internship-Scholarship Program: Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation
Number of scholarships: 1
Eligibility: All MESI students
Award amount: 15,000 € (full tuition plus paid internship)

Details: This unique scholarship combines full tuition coverage for the master program with a paid 6-month internship at the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI). The internship is to take place from January through June of the master year on a part-time basis and full-time in July after graduation. All MESI applicants will be automatically considered for this award.

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