International Master in Public Finance

Offered by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Rennes 1, this 2nd year master level program teaches students the various activities of governments – expenditure policies, tax instruments, macroeconomic and regulatory policies – in an evolutionary, comparative, international perspective.

Graduates from the IMPF will be active and dynamic players in processes of management and reform of public sector activities and agencies, in a plurality of institutional contexts and countries. They can typically be employed in:

  1. International organizations (EU, IMF, OECD, etc),
  2. National administrations at the central and local levels,
  3. Banks and financial institutions, especially in the assessment of country specific risks and policy evaluation,
  4. Nonprofit organizations and think-tanks.

The IMPF offers double-degrees with 6 parner universities (Friburg, Switzerland, Tampere, Finland, Piemonte Orientale and Turin, Italy, Masaryk, Czech Republic and Mino, Portugal). The program also welcomes students from several Asian partner universities and institutions as well as individual applications from all over the world.

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Program taught in english

General coordination of the master program

Training

To help students making the most of their studies abroad, the European Commission has developed a European Credit Transfer System, (ECTS), which provides a way of measuring and transfering learning achievements from one university to another. One year of study in the European Union corresponds to 60 ECTS. One semester of study corresponds to 30 ETCS approximately.

Master 2: 60 ECTS – 380 h

Semester 1
UE 1.  QUANTITATIVE METHODS
  • Factorial analysis
  • Probability and statistics
UE 2. POLICY EVALUATION
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Data envelopment analysis
UE 3. COMPARATIVE WELFARE PROGRAM I
  • Comparative economics of education
  • Economics of social security and redistribution
UE 4. COMPARATIVE PUBLIC POLICIES I
  • Comparative environmental policies
UE 5. COMPARATIVE TAX POLICIES I
  • Advanced tax theory
UE 6. STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENTS I
  • Advanced public choice
UE 7. MACROECONOMIC POLICIES I
  • Fiscal macroeconomic policies
  • International financial and macroeconomic policies
Semester 2
UE 8. ADVANCED ECONOMETRICS
  • Panel data econometrics
  • Quasi experimental methods in econometrics
  • Spatial econometrics
UE 9. COMPARATIVE PUBLIC POLICIES II
  • Comparative health care systems
UE 10. COMPARATIVE PUBLIC POLICIES II
  • Comparative arts and cultural policies
  • Economics of defence
  • Economics of sports
UE 11. COMPARATIVE TAX POLICIES II
  • Taxation in comparative analysis/International taxation
UE 12. STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENTS II
  • Applied local public finance and land management
  • Multilevel government relations and policies
UE 13. MACROECONOMIC POLICIES II
  • Comparative labor market policies
UE 14. THESIS

During their training, IMPF students must complete either an Internship or a Master thesis:

  • Internship: the internship should last at least 4 months, from April, 1st to September 30th. The topic should be related to the production or supervision of economic and statistical studies in the field of public policies (in federal, national, regional or local governments, public services, or research centers).
  • Master thesis: the choice of the topic is made with the help of professors before the end of December. Theses are usually related to the subject matters of the courses. Students can choose to spend one or two semesters in a partner university.

The Condorcet Center

Students are also invited to participate in the activities of the Condorcet Center for Political Economy. The Condorcet Center is a Research Institute where international scholars and the University Faculty meet to pursue their joint and individual researches. The Condorcet Center promotes workshops, conferences, research projects, working papers, joint activities with other research institutes.

How to apply?

The application procedure is in French but students can submit documents in English (e.g., vita, letter of motivation, transcript of records). The application procedure depends on the country of origin of the students:

  • Students from Rennes 1: Application via ENT from  April 18th to  May 29th.
  • Students from other countries (France included): April 18th to  May 29th, via: http://candidatures.univ-rennes1.fr
  • Students from the following countries: Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Chili, China, Colombia, Congo Brazzaville,  Gabon, Guinea,  India, Ivory-Coast Japan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius,Mexico, Peru, Czech-Republic, Senegal, South-Corea, Syria, Russia, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Vietnam. Application before March 31 via Campus France: www.campusfrance.org

Tuition fees

  • Tuition fees: 250 €
  • Health insurance: 200 €
  • Campus rooms: 150-260 €

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