Studying at SE2


The programmes offered by the Saint-Étienne School of Economics (SE²), ranging from bachelor to PhD, comply with the highest international standards. Drawing on the reputation and specialised research carried out at the GATE CNRS research unit, the School offers courses in a number of related disciplines, including management, mathematics, computer science, data science, and political and legal sciences.

The Bachelor of Economics

The Bachelor of Economics is a demanding programme that will broaden your horizons and develop your general knowledge and reasoning skills, while providing a solid foundation in quantitative and qualitative analytical methods.

It is the ideal preparation for the Master of Economics course offered by SE² and other schools of economics. It is also a pathway to further study in related disciplines at business schools, institutes of political studies, statistics schools, business administration institutes, etc.

Masters of Data Science and Innovation Management, Regional Development, and Political Engineering

The three master’s programmes taught at the Saint-Étienne School of Economics train students for jobs in collective decision-making, local and regional development, data analysis and innovation management. Applications are welcome from students who have completed the Bachelor of Economics, as well as from students who have followed other programmes (such as management, engineering, mathematics and political science).

In the first year of the master’s programme, you will follow a core curriculum to acquire basic analytical skills and the fundamentals of economic policy (microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, policy analysis, data analysis, project management). You will be able to change track if appropriate. For the second year of the master’s programme, you will specialise in one of three options :

Data Science and Innovation Management, specialising in big data and innovation (data mining, financing innovation, information law and industrial property law, innovation economics and management, and strategic and technological monitoring).

Regional Development, specialising in local and regional economic development (policy management, public finances, environmental economics, urban and regional strategy and planning, geographic information systems, and local public economies).

Political Engineering, specialising in public decision-making and economic research (advanced microeconomics, game theory, advanced econometrics, network analysis, artificial intelligence, and economic philosophy).

The multidisciplinary nature of the master’s programmes is clear from the courses offered: computer science and data engineering for the Master of Data Science and Innovation Management, political science for the Master of Regional Development, and data engineering and political science for the Master of Political Engineering. Most of the programmes include courses in management sciences.

The Doctoral Programme

A PhD is a natural progression from a master’s for students who wish to pursue their studies at this level and who have the capacity to do so. It’s an essential qualification if you are aiming to pursue an international or academic career.

To help prepare you for this step, all our master’s programmes include training in research methodology from the first year onwards. Depending on which programme you choose, and your professional goals, various sources of funding are available (CIFRE theses, doctoral grants from the School, etc.). The doctoral programme is conducted in partnership with the GATE CNRS research unit.

The Political Science and Economics University Diploma

Offered in partnership with Sciences Po Lyon, the Political Science and Economics University Diploma enables you to follow a selection of courses given as part of Sciences Po Lyon’s undergraduate programme on the Saint-Étienne campus.

The team at the Saint-Étienne School of Economics