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Economics and Political Science

Scienze Politiche, Economiche e Sociali


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Scheda corso
Disciplinary Classification Economic sciences (LM-56) e Political science (LM-62)
Applications and admissions Free. Applicants will be invited to an interview.
Length of the programme 2 years (120 credits)
Attendance Strongly recommended
Location via Conservatorio, 7 - Milano[apre una nuova finestra]
For information e-mail: eps@unimi.it
Tutors Prof. Fabio Franchino
Prof. Francesco Guala
Programme coordinator In attesa di designazione
Website http://www.eps.unimi.it/apre in nuova finestra

Admission requirements

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The programme is intended for top level international students. About 40 students are expected to enrol each year, which will guarantee 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, political science 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 take into consideration the applicants’ prior academic record, their motivation and performance at the interview (see below). More specifically, applicants who obtained their bachelor’s degrees from Italian Universities are eligible for admission if they hold a “laurea” degree belonging to one of the following “classi di laurea” (degree classes): Filosofia (L-5), Ingegneria dell’informazione (L-8), Ingegneria industriale (L-9), Scienze dell’amministrazione e dell’organizzazione (L-16), Scienze dell’economia e della gestione aziendale (L-18), Scienze della comunicazione (L-20), 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 matematiche (L-35), Scienze politiche e delle relazioni internazionali (L-36), Scienze sociali per la cooperazione, lo sviluppo e la pace (L-37), Servizio sociale (L-39), Sociologia (L-40), Statistica (L-41), Storia (L-42).

Applicants who completed their undergraduate studies in 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 above.

Eligible candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. they must have earned a minimum number of 60 ECTS credits or equivalent in the following fields: business administration, computer science, economics, law, management, mathematics, philosophy, political science, sociology or statistics. The ects credit value for foreign applicants’ undergraduate studies will be assessed by the EPS admissions committee. Applicants holding an Italian Bachelor’s degree must have earned the required credits within the set of the following admissible disciplinary scientific sectors: INF/01- Informatica; ING-INF/05 - Sistemi di elaborazione delle informazioni; ING-IND/35 - Ingegneria economico-gestionale; IUS/01 - Diritto privato; IUS/04 - Diritto commerciale; IUS/05 - Diritto dell'economia; IUS/07 - Diritto del lavoro; IUS/08 - Diritto costituzionale; IUS/09 - Istituzioni di diritto pubblico; IUS/10 - Diritto amministrativo; IUS/13 - Diritto internazionale; IUS/21 - Diritto pubblico comparato; MAT/01 - Logica matematica; MAT/02 – Algebra; MAT/03 – Geometria; MAT/05 - Analisi matematica; MAT/06 - Probabilità e statistica matematica; MAT/08 - Analisi numerica; MAT/09 - Ricerca operativa; M-FIL/01 - Filosofia teoretica; M-FIL/02 - Logica e filosofia della scienza; M-FIL/03 - Filosofia morale; M-GGR/02 - Geografia economica-politica; SECS-P/01 - Economia politica; SECS-P/02 - Politica economica; SECS-P/03 - Scienza delle finanze; SECS-P/04 - Storia del pensiero economico; SECS-P/05 – Econometria; SECS-P/06 - Economia applicata; SECS-P/07 - Economia aziendale; SECS-P/08 - Economia e gestione delle imprese; SECS-P/09 - Finanza aziendale; SECS-P/10 - Organizzazione aziendale; SECS-P/11 - Economia degli intermediari finanziari; SECS-P/12 - Storia economica; SECS-S/01 – Statistica; SECS-S/03 - Statistica economica; SECS-S/04 – Demografia; SECS-S/05 - Statistica sociale; SECS-S/06 - Metodi matematici dell’economia e delle scienze attuariali e finanziarie; SPS/01 - Filosofia politica; SPS/02 - Storia delle dottrine politiche; SPS/03 - Storia delle istituzioni politiche; SPS/04 - Scienza politica; SPS/07 - Sociologia generale; SPS/08 - Sociologia dei processi culturali e comunicativi; SPS/09 - Sociologia dei processi economici e del lavoro; SPS/10 - Sociologia dell’ambiente e del territorio; SPS/11 - Sociologia dei fenomeni politici. Among these, at least 6 credits should have been earned within the following “settori-scientifico disciplinari (disciplinary scientific sectors): MAT/01 - Logica matematica ; MAT/02 – Algebra; MAT/03 – Geometria; MAT/05 - Analisi matematica; MAT/06 - Probabilità e statistica matematica; MAT/08 - Analisi numerica; MAT/09 - Ricerca operativa; SECS-S/06 - Metodi matematici dell'economia e delle scienze attuariali e finanziarie. Applicants who completed their undergraduate studies in foreign Universities should exhibit a comparable academic record or competence in logics, statistics and mathematics. Candidates who have not already earned 6 credits in these disciplines, should satisfy the admission requirements before being admitted to the EPS programme by following a preliminary course on mathematical and quantitative topics that will be held before the beginning of the normal courses.
  2. 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 during the interview. IELTS or TOEFL certificates will also be taken into account.
  3. A GRE or GMAT will be taken into account

Applicants meeting the above mentioned requirements will be invited to an interview. Interviews may be held on-site or by videoconference.


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The Economics and political science Master’s programme aims at providing its students with advanced and complete training in both economics and political science. Such training can be comparable to that offered by any leading international master’s programme in each of the two disciplines separately taken. Specifically, the EPS Master’s programme aims at forming professional economists and political scientists. Not only will they be endowed with high-level analytical and operational skills, but they will also be characterized by such an open and critical vision of economic, political and social issues, and such a cultural depth that could hardly be achieved by attending a programme centred on a single or prevailing disciplinary field.

Career prospects

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The Economics and political science degree is designed to train students in advanced methodologies, analytical tools and quantitative and qualitatives techniques used in all fields of economics and political science. Economics and political science graduates will be ready to undertake a wide array of career paths in multinational companies, political institutions, public organizations, and other professions demanding high intellectual skills, robust technical competencies and versatile knowledge. They will also be well prepared to engage in further academic research in top PhD programmes.

Experience of study abroad as part of the training program

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The degree in Economics and Political Science offers the opportunity to study at several European universities, where students will be able to attend lectures and obtain credits for their degree. Our partners are selected among the most prestigious academic institutions in France (SciencesPo), Germany (University of Mannheim), Spain (Carlos III University), Norway (University of Oslo), and other European countries. A bilateral agreement with the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) allows a limited number of students to obtain a double degree in Sciences Economique and Economics and Political Science issued by both institutions. Moreover, an exchange with the HSBC Business School, Peking University Shenzhen (China) has been running since 2014. Finally, new Exchange programs with Plekhanov School of Economics (Moscow, Russian Federation), Singapore School of Management and Manipal University (Karnataka, India) will be run by a.y. 2016-17. The modules offered by our partners include core subjects and disciplines of Economics and Political Science such as Industrial Organization, Welfare Economics, European Law, Comparative and International Politics. The degree in Economics and Political Science also offers the opportunity to participate in internship programmes at institutions such as the European Social Observatory, European Trade Union Institute, and the European Anti-Poverty Network (Brussels), the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (Barcelona), and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Internships may also earn students credits to be included in their curriculum.
For more information http://www.unimi.it/studenti/erasmus/70801.htm


Degree syllabus

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I year

1st year Compulsory learning activities
Compulsory learning activities ECTS
Advanced macroeconomics 6
Advanced microeconomics 6
Comparative politics 9
Game theory 6
International economic law 6
Optimization 6
Positive political theory 6
Research methods 12

II year

Compulsory learning activities
Compulsory learning activities ECTS
Global firms and markets 12
9 ects to be earned by choosing between the following alternatives
- Comparative welfare states
- Empirical methods for economics and policy evaluation
6 ects to be earned by choosing between the following alternatives
- Governance of the European Union
- Social justice in a global world

Elective activities

  • 3 ects to be earned by choosing between the following alternatives: Foreign language advanced; Computer skills advanced; Orientation seminar; Internship and Laboratory ;
  • 9 ects for elective activities ;
  • Final exam (21 ects).