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Type of Programme Master Degree
Academic year2017/2018
Academic fields LM-62, SCIENZE DELLA POLITICA (Classe LM-62)
Type of degree awardedDottore magistrale
Active curricula
Length of the programme2 years
ECTS credits required for admission180
Activated years1st year, 2nd year
Entry requirementsThe programme is intended for top-level Italian and international students. A maximum of 55 students are admitted each year, which guarantees an optimal ratio between instructors and students.
Admission is based on academic excellence. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent; a strong interest and/or previous studies in economics, management, sociology, political sciences or related subjects; undergraduate or graduate training in mathematics and quantitative methods or a strong motivation to quickly fill their gaps in these fields; a sound knowledge of spoken and written English.
The evaluation process will consider the applicants’ prior academic record, their motivation, and performance in the test.

Eligible candidates must meet the following requirements:
a) Applicants who have obtained their bachelor’s degrees from Italian Universities are eligible for admission if they hold a “laurea” degree pertaining to any one of the “classi di laurea” (degree classes) listed below under the heading "Note 1".
Applicants who have completed their undergraduate studies at foreign universities are eligible for admission if they hold a bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, or other broadly related subjects (from history to industrial engineering, from management to mathematics, from philosophy to sociology, and so on), provided that their bachelor’s degree may be regarded as equivalent to one of the Italian “laurea” degrees listed below (Note 1).

b) All candidates holding a different bachelor’s degree must have earned at least 6 ECTS in economics and/ or mathematics/ statistics. The ECTS credit value of foreign applicants’ undergraduate studies will be assessed by the MLS admissions committee. Applicants holding an Italian bachelor’s degree must have earned the required credits within the set of admissible “settori scientifico-disciplinari” (disciplinary scientific sectors) listed below under the heading "Note 2".

Applicants who have completed their undergraduate studies at foreign universities should exhibit a comparable academic record or competence in logic, statistics and mathematics.

c) Non-native speakers of English must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of English either by showing they have at least one year of university studies at institutions where the language of instruction is English, or by providing evidence of possessing a IELTS score of at least 5.5 or an equivalent to level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference.

d) All candidates shall complete an online test to ascertain their knowledge. The test is composed of multiple choice questions. Candidates can prepare on the following textbooks:
1. Labour Economics
George Borjas, Labor economics, McGraw Hill 2012
2. Labour Law
A. S. Bronstein (2009), International and comparative labour law: current challenges, Palgrave Macmillan
3. Sociology of Work
R. Swedberg (2003), Principles of Economic Sociology, Princeton UP
C. Trigilia (2002), Economic sociology: State, Market and Society in Modern Capitalism, Wiley.
4. Social and Work Policies
Francis G. Castles, Stephan Leibfried, Jane Lewis, Herbert Obinger, and Christopher Pierson (Eds.) (2010), The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State, Oxford University Press, in particular parts V (Policies) and VII (Worlds of Welfare)
A. Hemerijck (2012), Changing Welfare States, Oxford University Press.

e) When entering their application, applicants shall upload:
A. a letter where they explain their motivation for joining the programme, and
B. (at least) one recommendation letter, which specifically describes past academic or professional accomplishments, identifies strengths and weaknesses, evaluates the candidate in terms of academic (or professional) performance, commitment, and teamwork.

f) Applicants might be required to take an online interview through Skype

Admissions will be continuous during the Admission window with the possibility of early admission decisions.
Final decisions will be communicated with the following calendar:
A. Max 10 candidates admitted within Apr 30th
B. Max 10 candidates admitted within May 31st
C. Max 20 candidates admitted within Jun 30th

Admitted candidates will have one month to formally enrol. Failure to do so will result in the candidate being excluded and the next available candidate being notified of admission.
* Note 1 (in Italian)
- L-05 Filosofia, - L-07 Ingegneria civile e ambientale, - L-08 - Ingegneria dell'Informazione, - L-09 Ingegneria industriale, - L-14 Scienze dei servizi giuridici-
L-16 Scienze dell'amministrazione e dell'organizzazione, - L-18 Scienze dell'economia e della gestione aziendale, - L-20 Scienze della comunicazione, - L-24 - Scienze e tecniche psicologiche, - L-31 Scienze e tecnologie informatiche
- L-33 Scienze economiche, - L-35 Scienze matematiche- L-36 Scienze politiche e delle relazioni internazionali, - L-37 Scienze sociali per la cooperazione, lo sviluppo e la pace, - L-40 Sociologia- L-41 - Statistica.

* Note 2 (in Italian)

at least 6 ECTS: SECS-S/01 – Statistica; SECS-S/03 – Statistica economica; SECS-S/05 – Statistica sociale; SECS-S/06 – Metodi matematici dell’economia e delle scienze attuariali e finanziarie; SECS-P/05 – Econometria; MAT/01 – Logica matematica; MAT/05 – Analisi matematica; MAT/06 – Probabilità e statistica matematica
Admission without debts from the following Bachelor's Degrees

Educational and learning aims

The Msc in Management of Human Resources and Labour Studies (MLS) is an inspiring and challenging two-year programme that complements a business and management orientation with rigorous, interdisciplinary social science training, all from a comparative perspective.

The distinctive nature of the programme lies in its comparative approach, strong orientation toward analytics, and the adoption of a learning-by-doing teaching approach which is enriched by laboratories, guest speakers, and events.
The programme furnishes access to a network of practitioners, companies, and institutions to enlarge the breadth of learning by the students.

The course encourages students to extend their learning at the international level by joining the European Master in Labour Studies, and it provides opportunities for internships and Erasmus exchange programs
The programme offers two curricula entirely taught in English and which represent two interconnected aspects of the area of Management of Human Resources and Labour Studies:
1. The Human Resource Management and Employment Relations curriculum prepares students for a career in human resource management at the global level, with specific attention to a multidisciplinary set of competencies covering diverse topics like labour law, labour economics, industrial relations, organizational behaviour, as well as the different HR practices.

2. The Comparative Social Policy and Employment Relations curriculum prepares students for careers as social and labour policy analysts, project officers or policymakers, in the private and public sector, in applied research, social research institutions, public administrations, European and international institutions, NGOs. Its graduates are qualified to start an academic career at international academic institutions in the social science field.

Skills and competence

The MLS programme aims at providing its students with advanced and complete training in different disciplines with impacts in the broad domain of employment and labour.

Key features of the programme include:
• helping students to recognize and master the social science basis and inter-disciplinary nature of employment and labour regulation at both the systemic (policy-related) and organizational (HRM) level
• enabling students to analyse and evaluate decisions in the realm of employment and labour from different perspectives
• providing methodological support for decision analysis and decision-making
• by promoting critical and argumentative thinking
• comparing contexts and decisions in a comparative and global perspective

In addition, each of the two curricula has specific key features:
Human Resource Management and Employment Relations (HRMER): analysis and evaluation of HR policies and approaches, design of HR practices, and change management of HR practices by adopting advanced methodologies, analytical tools and quantitative and qualitative techniques
▪ Comparative Social Policy and Employment Relations (CSPER): identification of socio-economic change at the domestic, European and global level, analysis of the interdependence between States and markets in advanced economies from a political economy, economic sociology and law perspective, a focus on social innovation and the welfare mix in contemporary policy responses.
MLS students will master theoretical and applied knowledge and skills in each of the following fields:
• Organization and management
• Human resource management
• Organizational development
• Training and development
• Hiring and recruitment
• Employment relations
• Industrial relations
• Labour and welfare policies
• Market and State roles in labour and welfare policies
• Labour laws and regulations
• Organizational behaviour
• Behavioural impact of incentives


The programme is designed to prepare students for a range of careers in the fields of human resource management, management, human processes and relations consulting, labour policies, and international employment relations.
Upon graduation, students will be prepared for management and research positions requiring expertise in human resources, organisational behaviour, labour law, and labour and employment policy.