Environmental and Food Economics

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Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-76 - SCIENZE ECONOMICHE PER L AMBIENTE E LA CULTURA
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
English

The relationship between the environment, natural resources, and the agri-food system plays a central role in the development of modern societies. The issues related to sustainable economic development, to the management of natural and energy resources, and to the sustainability of the agricultural and food system represent new economic and policy challenges.

The Master degree in Environmental and Food Economics provides advanced expertise in economic and management disciplines, quantitative methods, and specific theoretical and applied knowledge in environmental and natural resources economics and in the economics and management of the agri-food system.

The aim is to provide advanced knowledge and instruments for the promotion of sustainable development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, natural resources management (water, soil, energy), environmental, energy, and agri-food policy analyses, innovation in the agri-food sector, internationalisation of agri-food companies, food security and rural development.

The Master degree in Environmental and Food Economics is organized in two curricula: Environmental and Energy Economics; Economics and Management of the Agri-Food System.

The professional profiles that characterize the two curricula can be summarized as follows.

The Environmental and Energy Economics profile is more oriented to the world of private and public institutions, the green economy and consulting activities with job opportunities in national, EU, and international institutions, public administration, Energy Authorities, Energy company, FAO, OECD, European Commission, private research organisations, consulting firms and research department of large national and multinational companies.

The Economics and Management of the Agri-food System profile is more oriented to the world of private business with job opportunities in agri-food companies such as small and medium enterprises, multinationals, and global retailers, as well as national, EU, and international institutions that carry out research in agriculture and climate change, food security policies, like the FAO, World Bank, OECD, and European Institutions.

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Applications and admissions: free. Applicants will be invited to an interview.

To attend the Master programme in Environmental and Food Economics it is necessary to have adequate knowledge of mathematics, economics and statistics at undergraduate level. Applicants with an Italian degree (ex. DM 270/04 or equivalent ex. DM 509/99) from one of the following classes: economics and management; political and social science; agricultural, food and environmental science; geography, engineering; mathematics; life science and related subject. Students from undergraduate classes other than the above listed and students with foreign qualification can enrol to the course after positive judgement of the Collegio Didattico or its ad hoc committee.

Mathematics, Quantitative Methods and Economics background

The minimum requirements to be admitted to the course are:

  • at least 6 ects in the area of mathematics and statistics (MAT/01 – MAT/09 – SECS-S/06);
  • at least 6 ects in the area of economics and agricultural economics (AGR/01 - SECS-P/01 – SECS-P/06 – ING-IND/35);
  • at least 6 ects in the area of management (AGR/01 – SECS-P/07 - SECS-P/11 – ING-IND/35).

Students who do not fully satisfy the above prerequisites can fulfil them by attending crash courses in the above disciplines, which will be held starting from the end of August.

Foreign bachelor degree

Students with foreign qualification are expected to meet the substantive requirements equivalent to the minimum ones for students with an Italian title. The check of the prerequisites will be managed by a special committee of faculties appointed by the Collegio Didattico.

English language proficiency

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. be English mother tongue;
  2. have obtained a high-school diploma in English;
  3. have obtained a Bachelor's or other first-level university degree in English.

Students who do not meet any of the requirements listed in points 1, 2 and 3 must have a B2 level or higher in English, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). For an overview of CEFR levels, please see: https://www.unimi.it/en/study/language-proficiency/placement-tests-and-english-courses

All students who meet the above requirements are admitted and invited to an interview (in English language). The interview, which can be done remotely via electronic devices if needed, is aimed at verifying the motivation of the candidates, the above-mentioned skills and the knowledge of the English language.

Each applicant must submit the application for admission, a letter of motivation and at least one letter of recommendation (only for foreign students).

Erasmus+ Program

In line with the nature of the course, international mobility is very desirable.
Students enrolled on the course may spend a study period abroad under the ERASMUS+ program (take courses, take exams, prepare theses, carry out research) obtaining recognition for their academic career from the educational experience.

Erasmus+ also provides Placements, that is, the opportunity for a traineeship in companies and other organisations abroad. The new Erasmus+ program provides the following new study and placement opportunities: a) 12 months abroad (study periods and placements); b) placements, including for new graduates (within 12 months of completing a degree). Students who have already studied or had a placement abroad may apply to Erasmus+ nevertheless remembering that the possible total of 12 months for each Erasmus+ study cycle include the months previously spent abroad.

 

Strongly recommended

Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Advanced microeconomics 8 80 English SECS-P/01
Environmental accounting and management 12 104 English SECS-P/07 SECS-P/08
- Accounting6
- Environmental management6
Mathematics for economics 6 56 English MAT/06
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Economics and politics of the agrifood sector 14 112 English AGR/01
- Agrifood economics7
- International agrifood markets and policies7
Environmental and natural resource economics 8 64 English SECS-P/01
Statistics and econometrics 9 80 English SECS-P/05 SECS-S/01
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Energy economics 6 48 English SECS-P/01
Environmental and food law 6 48 English IUS/13
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Economic history 6 48 English SECS-P/12
Global and climate change economics 6 48 English SECS-P/01
Sustainable development 6 48 English SECS-P/01
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Stage 3 0 English
Final exam 21 0 English
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Food Industry Design Technology and Innovation 6 48 English AGR/15
Social Media for Environmental Communication 3 20 English SECS-P/08
Water resources sustainable economy 3 20 English ICAR/02
Study plan rules
- Open choice courses: 9 CFU
The student can employ part or all of the 9 CFU of freely chosen activities in attending one ore more of the following courses:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Food Industry Design Technology and Innovation 6 48 English Second semester AGR/15
Social Media for Environmental Communication 3 20 English Second semester SECS-P/08
Water resources sustainable economy 3 20 English Second semester ICAR/02
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Advanced microeconomics 8 80 English SECS-P/01
Environmental accounting and management 12 104 English SECS-P/07 SECS-P/08
- Accounting6
- Environmental management6
Mathematics for economics 6 56 English MAT/06
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Economics and politics of the agrifood sector 14 112 English AGR/01
- Agrifood economics7
- International agrifood markets and policies7
Environmental and natural resource economics 8 64 English SECS-P/01
Statistics and econometrics 9 80 English SECS-P/05 SECS-S/01
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Environmental and food law 6 48 English IUS/13
Food chain in the global market 6 48 English AGR/01
Food marketing and consumer behavior 6 48 English AGR/01
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Economic history 6 48 English SECS-P/12
Food security and rural development 6 48 English AGR/01
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Stage 3 0 English
Final exam 21 0 English
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Food Industry Design Technology and Innovation 6 48 English AGR/15
Social Media for Environmental Communication 3 20 English SECS-P/08
Water resources sustainable economy 3 20 English ICAR/02
Study plan rules
- Open choice courses: 9 CFU
The student can employ part or all of the 9 CFU of freely chosen activities in attending one ore more of the following courses:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Food Industry Design Technology and Innovation 6 48 English Second semester AGR/15
Social Media for Environmental Communication 3 20 English Second semester SECS-P/08
Water resources sustainable economy 3 20 English Second semester ICAR/02
Location
Milano
Course locations
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences - Via Celoria, 2 - 20133 MILAN
Head of study programme
Quality Assurance Delegate
Contacts
Fees, scholarships and benefits

University fees

For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:

  • the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students 
  • the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’-  that is variable.

Students can also be entitled for tuition fee reductions such as:

More info at: Fees - current academic year

Scholarships and benefits

The University also provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students), including: