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Type of Programme Master Degree
Academic year2015/2016
Type of degree awardedDottore magistrale
Active curricula
Length of the programme2 years
ECTS credits required for admission180
Activated years1st year, 2nd year
Entry requirementsTo attend the Master programme in Environmental and Food Economics it is necessary to possess an adequate knowledge of mathematics, economics and statistics at the undergraduate level. The Master programme can be attended by Students with an Italian three-year undergraduate degree (ex. DM 270/04 or equivalent ex. DM 509/99) from one of the following classes:

Geografia (L-6),
Ingegneria civile e ambientale (L-7), Ingegneria dell’informazione (L-8), Ingegneria industriale (L-9), Scienze biologiche (L-13),
Scienze del turismo (L.15),
Scienze dell’amministrazione e dell’organizzazione (L-16), Scienze dell’economia e della gestione aziendale (L-18),
Scienze della pianificazione territoriale, urbanistica paesaggistica e ambientale (L-21), Scienze e tecnologie agrarie e forestali (L-25),
Scienze e tecnologie alimentari (L-26), Scienze e tecnologie chimiche (L-27), Scienze e tecnologie fisiche (L-30), Scienze e tecnologie informatiche (L-31),
Scienze e tecnologie per l’ambiente e la natura (L-32), Scienze economiche (L-33),
Scienze geologiche (L-34), Scienze matematiche (L-35),
Scienze politiche e delle relazioni internazionali (L-36),
Scienze sociali per la cooperazione, lo sviluppo e la pace (L-37), Sociologia (L-40),
Statistica (L-41), Storia (L-42),
Tecnologie per la conservazione e il restauro dei beni culturali (L-43).

Students having obtained an undergraduate degree in classes other than those listed above and students with foreign degrees are admitted to the programme subject to a favorable decision by the Didactic Committee or by an ad hoc committee named by it.

There are minimum requirements in order to be admitted to the programme:

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

Students who do not comply with the above prerequisites can fulfill them by attending crash courses in the above areas to be held starting at the end of August.

Students with foreign qualification are expected to meet the requirements equivalent to the minimum ones required to students with an Italian degree. The existence pre-requisites will be verified by a special committee appointed by the Didactic Committee.

Students meeting the above requirements are admitted to the programme and are invited to an interview for admission (in English). The interview, done remotely via electronic devices if necessary, is aimed at verifying the motivations of the candidates, the above mentioned skills and the knowledge of the English language.

Each applicant must submit his application for admission, a letter of motivation and at least one letter of recommendation (this apply only to foreign students).
Admission without debts from the following Bachelor's Degrees

Introductory overview

The Master degree in Environmental and Food Economics (EFE) is an internationally oriented high-quality programme designed to provide students with both an excellent academic background and a practical attitude. The degree guarantees a promising outlook for a future professional career in today's challenging fields of the economics of sustainability and of the management of the agricultural and food (agri-food for short) system.
The Master degree is comprised of teaching and other educational activities for a total of 120 ECTS and it is entirely taught in English.

Educational and learning aims

The relationship between the environment, natural resources, and the agri-food system plays a central role in the development of modern societies. The issues of sustainable economic development, the management of natural and energy resources, and the sustainability of the agri-food system represent new economic and policy challenges. The Master degree in Environmental and Food Economics provides the conceptual and analytical tools for participants to be able to address those challenges. Advanced expertise in economics and business administration and management, 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 is provided. The aim is to equip students with a solid understanding of the instruments to promote sustainable economic development, the management of natural resources (water, soil, energy), environmental and energy policies, working of the agri-food system, innovation in the agri-food sector, internationalization of agri-food companies, food safety and rural development. The Master degree in Environmental and Food Economics, for combining the economics of environment and of agri-food, for the choice and content of its courses, and for being taught entirely in English, represents a novelty in the Italian university system.

Skills and competence

In the spirit of harmonization of education within the European Union, graduates of this Master programme are expected to achieve the following standards according to the so-called Dublin Descriptors:

A. Knowledge and understanding

Graduates will gain advanced theoretical knowledge and expertise in the following fields: Economics, Accounting and Management, Mathematics and Statistics, and Environmental and Food Law.

As to Economics, the courses offered include: advanced microeconomics, environmental and natural resource economics, economics of growth and sustainability, energy economics, agri-food economics, international trade. The theories and the analytical tools learned will enable students to understand and apply economic principles to the complex phenomena characterizing the environment, natural resources, climate change and energy markets, and to the functioning of domestic and international agri-food markets and the related policies.

As to Accounting and Management, the courses offered include: accounting, environmental management, management of the international food chain, marketing and consumer behavior. The knowledge and skills acquired in this area will enable graduates to understand issues and problems of business management, with specific attention to green business and green marketing, internationalization strategies for the agri-food firms, and to the issues related to consumer behavior.

The courses offered in the area of Mathematics and Statistics include: mathematics for economics and statistics and econometrics. Students are expected to learn how to carry out quantitative analyses of business and economic problems, as well as of environmental, energy and agri-food policies.

In the Law area the main focus will be on environmental and food law. The lectures will provide the ability to understand the norms and laws that characterize the environment and agri-food sectors, as well as the legal aspects of international agreements on the environment and trade.

B. Applying knowledge and understanding

Graduates will be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the Master programme to: 1) the analysis and management of issues in the area of sustainable development and of natural resources, and in green and agri-food marketing; 2) the analysis of public policies for the environment, energy, and agri-food markets; 3) the economic analysis of climate change; 4) the study of energy and agri-food markets; 5) the evaluation of the sustainability of food consumption; 6) the study of agri-food firms behavior in international markets; 7) the analysis of food safety and nutrition policies.

C. Making judgments

The Master programme will grant graduates the ability to make judgments and to critically investigate the effects and effectiveness of the economic and policy decisions related to the environment, the energy and the agri-food sector, including the ethical implications of these decisions and actions. They will be able to critically evaluate the effectiveness and consequences of company strategies aimed to deal with problems of sustainability and internationalization. The multidisciplinary approach of this course is designed to foster the development of independent judgment and critical thinking capabilities by offering students the opportunity to compare methodological approaches in different disciplines.

D. Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to present and communicate effectively within companies and institutional bodies, at both national and international level, the results of their work (projects, reports, documents, analytical studies, research papers, etc.). They will be able to state and defend their positions and opinions and to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral forms, as well as to set up cooperative relationships and collaborative work within groups. The ability to communicate effectively in the workplace is primarily gained through presentation and discussion of case studies, a practice that is compulsory for some courses and during the final dissertation.

E. Learning skills

Graduates will learn how to develop and improve their learning skills through the access and consultation of the scientific literature, of databases and other online information, and by analyzing data using econometric and statistical techniques. The Master degree in Environmental and Food Economics also provides the methodological skills and the knowledge base that make it possible for graduates to continue their studies in doctoral programs. Master students have also the opportunity to attend the other activities organized by the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, such as seminars and workshops, so as to improve their ability to understand scientific challenges and develop new topics of research.


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). Two curricula start from the end of the first year.
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.