Educational plan

The Master degree is comprised of teaching and other educational activities for a total of 120 ECTS and it is entirely taught in English.

The core parts initially provide a series of teachings instrumental to the disciplines involved in the course (mathematics, statistics, econometrics, law, economic history) and then its organization is balanced between common core teaching in the following areas: business (Accounting, Environmental management), economics (Microeconomics, Environmental & natural resource economics), and the environment (Agri-food economics, International agri-food markets and policy).

From the end of the first year, students are invited to choose between two curricula:

  • Curriculum A – Environmental and Energy Economics – aimed to provide professional training in energy and environmental economics, and focused on sustainable economic development, evaluation of environmental assets, energy markets and policies, management of natural and environmental resources, environment policies, economic impacts of climate change, adaptation strategies and mitigation policies for climate change and and international climate change agreements.
  • Curriculum B – Economics and Management of the Agri-Food System – aimed to provide professional training in the managements and administration of national and international companies in the agri-food sector, focusing on the analysis of economic and policy problems of the agri- food system. Expertise and instruments are provided to analyze and manage problems caused by economic and trade integration, to deal with internationalization issues, to assess company strategies, to study and manage national and international value chains, consumer behavior, marketing strategies, food safety problems, and rural development.
study plan presentation
Programme structure

First year
Mandatory courses 57 ECTS

Second year
Mandatory courses 12 ECTS

Curricula
Environmental and Energy Economics 18 ECTS
Economics and Management of the Agri-Food System 18 ECTS

Elective + Stage (9 + 3 ECTS)

Master thesis 21 ECTS


Environmental and Food Economics (Classe LM-76)-Enrolled from 2022/23 Academic Year
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Advanced Microeconomics 8 64 English SECS-P/01
Environmental Accounting and Management 12 104 English 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
Global and Climate Change Economics 6 48 English SECS-P/01
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Economic History 6 48 English SECS-P/12
Sustainable Development 6 48 English SECS-P/01
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
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
Project Management for Sustainable Development 3 20 English SECS-P/08
Water Resources Sustainable Economy 3 20 English ICAR/02
Undefined
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Additional Language Skills: Italian (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
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 or 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
Project Management for Sustainable Development 3 20 English Second semester SECS-P/08
Water Resources Sustainable Economy 3 20 English Second semester ICAR/02
- Regarding elective activities, students who do not hold an Italian qualification (high school diploma or Bachelor's degree) can obtain 3 credits (CFU) for Additional language skills: Italian, demonstrating proficiency in Italian at level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Such level may be certified as follows:
- by submitting a language certificate, earned within 3 years prior to the date of submission, at a level equal or higher than A2 (for the list of language certificates recognised by this University please visit https://www.unimi.it/en/node/349/). The certificate will have to be sent to SLAM - University of Milan Language Centre via InformaStudenti, https://informastudenti.unimi.it/saw/ess?AUTH=SAML, choosing the Language Test category;
- by taking an entry test administered by SLAM, which can be sat only once.
Students who do not reach the A2 level will be enrolled in a 60-hour Italian language course requiring compulsory attendance, based on the level achieved in the test.
Those who do not sit the entry test or do not pass the end-of-course test within 6 attempts will have to submit one of the certificates recognised by the University in order to earn the 3 credits for Additional language skills: Italian. Alternatively, they can choose to change their study plan and opt for a different elective activity.
SUGGESTED PRE-REQUISITES:
1. "Mathematics for economics" is preparatory to "Statistics and econometrics";
2. "Statistics and Econometrics" is preparatory to "Economics and politics of the agrifood sector - International agri-food markets and policies".

Curriculum "Environmental and Energy Economics":
1. "Statistics and Econometrics" is preparatory to "Energy economics" and to "Global and climate change economics".
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Advanced Microeconomics 8 64 English SECS-P/01
Environmental Accounting and Management 12 104 English 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
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
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
Project Management for Sustainable Development 3 20 English SECS-P/08
Water Resources Sustainable Economy 3 20 English ICAR/02
Undefined
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Additional Language Skills: Italian (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
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 or 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
Project Management for Sustainable Development 3 20 English Second semester SECS-P/08
Water Resources Sustainable Economy 3 20 English Second semester ICAR/02
- Regarding elective activities, students who do not hold an Italian qualification (high school diploma or Bachelor's degree) can obtain 3 credits (CFU) for Additional language skills: Italian, demonstrating proficiency in Italian at level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Such level may be certified as follows:
- by submitting a language certificate, earned within 3 years prior to the date of submission, at a level equal or higher than A2 (for the list of language certificates recognised by this University please visit https://www.unimi.it/en/node/349/). The certificate will have to be sent to SLAM - University of Milan Language Centre via InformaStudenti, https://informastudenti.unimi.it/saw/ess?AUTH=SAML, choosing the Language Test category;
- by taking an entry test administered by SLAM, which can be sat only once.
Students who do not reach the A2 level will be enrolled in a 60-hour Italian language course requiring compulsory attendance, based on the level achieved in the test.
Those who do not sit the entry test or do not pass the end-of-course test within 6 attempts will have to submit one of the certificates recognised by the University in order to earn the 3 credits for Additional language skills: Italian. Alternatively, they can choose to change their study plan and opt for a different elective activity.
SUGGESTED PRE-REQUISITES:
1. "Mathematics for economics" is preparatory to "Statistics and econometrics";
2. "Statistics and Econometrics" is preparatory to "Economics and politics of the agrifood sector - International agri-food markets and policies".

Curriculum "Environmental and Energy Economics":
1. "Statistics and Econometrics" is preparatory to "Energy economics" and to "Global and climate change economics".