School of Management and Economics

Economics and Finance

MSc in Economics


This is a 120 credit based academic programme provides advanced training and education in economics. The knowledge and skills provided in the MSc in Economics programme will generate a valuable supply of skilled labour to the public and private sectors, where the candidates are expected to hold key positions in Kurdistan’s society. The particular objectives of economics are to provide experienced graduates for the reconstruction and economic development at all levels of Kurdish society. The programme offers insights in the economic development and in particular public economics, industrial policy, urban and rural sectors, investment in infrastructure, entrepreneurship, education, technology, corporate governance, institutions and organizations, joint ventures, national and international relations, spatial organization of production systems and markets, and the living conditions of Kurdistan. The applicant should be holding a BA or BSc in Economics and/or finance or any field that has no less than 60% of courses reflected in the sought degree. The minimum average mark accepted in the undergraduate level is 60%. Applicants need to submit an English language proficiency of PTE 50% or any equivalent exam score. The applicant must successfully pass an entrance exam of both, written and oral questions worth to 30%. The applicant must score at least 15% to be considered for interview. The remaining 70% is valued based on scores given to each mark above the graduation average in the previous degree (one score for extra mark), interview results and any outstanding achievements such as patents, publishing books/ editing and research related to the degree pursued.


Students have to successfully pass the preparation year of two semesters, normally four modules in each semester. Each module carries 15 credits which makes it in total 120 credits for each year followed by one year to write a 60 credit bearing substantial dissertation of 20, 000 words subject to viva. The minimum period for completing the programme is four semesters and the maximum is eight semesters. The courses are given once per year. Each course gives 10 credit points and is assessed through related assignments and exams.


The minimum passing mark is 60% in each of the 8 modules being studied over 3 semesters. The average for the 8 modules should be no less than 70% at the end of the semester. Different modules have different evaluation modes generally covering a coursework of no less than 40% and no more than 60% while the rest is deployed over the midterm exams, final written exam or projects. Coursework normally includes but not limited to case studies, reports, assignments and presentations.

Admission Criteria

Admission Requirements for Master’s Degree are:

Applicants for the program should have completed their undergraduate studies and have a quality Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Economics or equivalent degree in Economics and/or Finance. To comply with the Ministry of Higher Education rules and regulations, a special exam can be designed for candidates interested in studying MSc in Economics with different backgrounds than economics, including but not limited to BSc. in Management Sciences, Accounting and Industrial Engineering. 

1.    Minimum undergraduate average of 60%   

Note:  Equalized transcript is required for students who have graduated from international institutions.  

2.    Minimum English Language requirement is 50 in PTE6 in IELTS or 74 in ibt-TOEFL. 

3.    Personal Statement - Essay format with a minimum number of 300 words.

4.    2 Recommendation Letters

5.    Interview

Note: For AY 2021-22 applications, please email [email protected] or visit UKH's Registry Office.

Tuition Fee

$4,500 per programme

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