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Environmental and food economics

Scienze Agrarie e Alimentari


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The Master is organized by the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods in collaboration with Departments of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences.


Scheda corso
Disciplinary Classification Scienze economiche per l’ambiente e la cultura (LM-76)
Applications and admissions free. Applicants will be invited to an interview
Duration 2 years (120 Ects)
Curricula - Environment and energy economics
- Economics and Management of the agri-food system
Attendance Strongly recommended
Location via Celoria, 2 - Milano [apre una nuova finestra]
Tutors Prof. Alessandro Olper
Prof. Alessandro Banterle
Prof. Francesco Bosello
Prof. ssa Valentina Raimondi
Programme coordinator Prof. Alessandro Olper
Useful websites http://www.efe.unimi.it/[apre una nuova finestra]
For information efe@unimi.it


Admission requirements

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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.

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.

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. 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).


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The relationship between 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 agri-food system represent new economic and policy challenges. The Master degree in Environmental and Food Economics provides advanced expertise in economic and business 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 economic development, 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.

Career prospects

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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, 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 agricultural and food policies, like FAO, World Bank, OECD, and the European Commission.

Experience of study abroad as part of the training program

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In line with the nature of this Master program, international mobility is strongly recommended. Students enrolled in the program can spend a study period abroad under the ERASMUS+ agreement program, which allows them to take courses, take exams, write their thesis, carry out research. The ERASMUS+ program allows students to obtain full academic recognition of their formation period abroad. The Environmental and Food Economics Master program has agreements with leading Universities located in different European countries, including France, Germany, Greece, Netherland, Poland and Spain.
For more information http://www.unimi.it/studenti/erasmus/70801.htm

Degree syllabus

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I year

Insegnamenti e crediti
Compulsory learning activites Ects
Advanced microeconomics   8
Economics and politics of the agrifood sector
- Agrifood economics
- International agrifood markets and policies

Environmental accounting and management
- Accounting
- Environmental management

Environmental and natural resource economics   8
Mathematics for economics   6
Statistics and econometrics   9

II year

Insegnamenti e crediti
Compulsory learning activites Ects
Economic history 6
Environmental and food law 6
9 ects to be earned by choosing between the following alternatives:
- An introduction to Welfare economics
- Social media for Environmental communication

Curriculum: Enviromental and energy economics

Insegnamenti e crediti
Compulsory learning activites Ects
Energy economics 6
Economics of growth and sustainability 6
Global and climate change economics 6

Curriculum: Economics and management of the agri-food system

Insegnamenti e crediti
Compulsory learning activites Ects
Food chain in the global market 6
Food marketing and consumer behavior 6
Food security and rural development 6


Elective activities common to both curriculum

  • 3 ects for internship/stage;
  • Final exam (21 ects)