2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Economics

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8408
Degree Programme Class LM-56 - Economics
Years in which the programme is being held 1° e 2° year
Type of access Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Chiara Monfardini
Language English

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

1. Admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme in Economics is subject to the possession of appropriate knowledge of economic theory and quantitative analysis.

2. Admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme is also subject to the possession of the following curricular requirements:

- A 1st cycle degree in one of the following classes, or other suitable qualification obtained abroad:

ex Italian Ministerial Decree no. 270/04: L-33 Economic Sciences L-18 Economic and Business Management Sciences L-36 Political Sciences and International Relations L-41 Statistics L-9 Industrial Engineering L-30 Physical Sciences and Technologies L-31 Computer Sciences and Technologies L-35 Mathematical Sciences

ex. Italian Ministerial Decree no. 509/99: class 28 (Economic Sciences) class17 (Economic and Business Management Sciences) class 15

(Political Sciences and International Relations) class 37 (Statistical Sciences) class 10 (Industrial Engineering) class 25

(Physical Sciences and Technologies) class 26 (Computer Sciences and Technologies) class 32 (Mathematical Sciences)

Previous four-year degree programme system: Degree in Economic Policy, Economics and Trade, Business Economics and equivalent.

3. If no degree certificate is held by the candidate, admission to the 2nd Cycle Degree Programme is subject to assessment by a Board to ascertain the required skills and competencies through the assessment of the candidate's curriculum.

If the Board considers the level of the candidates' knowledge and skills to be satisfactory, they will be allowed to enrol in a test to assess their personal competencies and skills.

4. Admission to the degree programme is subject to the assessment of knowledge and skills in the English language to level B2, by the University Linguistic Centre.

Students holding a corresponding language certification may be exempted from sitting this exam.

5. Admission to the Second Cycle Degree Programme is in any case for all candidates subject to the possession of the established curricular requirements and to the assessment of personal competencies and skills by a Board appointed by the Degree Programme Board (which may be that indicated in paragraph 3). Personal competencies and skills will be assessed through the examination of the curriculum in line with the procedures indicated in the admission procedure.

6. Second Cycle Degree Programmes may include a specific session for international students, appointing a

Board to assess personal competences and skills, compatibly with the schedule laid down in the call for applications for study grants (the deadline of which is indicatively in May).

International students who pass the above-mentioned entrance exam are exempted from the following assessment of their personal competencies and skills required for students generally

Programme profile

The 2nd cycle degree programme in Economics trains economists with a solid grounding to the highest European and international standards, based on the competencies acquired in 1st cycle studies as required in Article 1 of the Degree Programme Regulation - Regulations.

The programme focuses on learning privileging research methods in the economic field, leading to a strong command of quantitative instruments.

These learning outcomes are achieved through a coordinated set of approaches including:

(i) study of the central core of micro and macro-economic theory and quantitative analysis techniques;

(ii) development of skills in specific survey fields, to apply the instruments acquired;

(iii) use of economic methods and the quantitative techniques of the various fields of application to analyse and understand current economic and social problems;

The 2nd cycle degree programme includes core course units in economics, mathematics, statistics, legal and business and econometrics. Developing on these fundamental areas, students then have the possibility to further study specific issues linked to labour economics, industrial economics, international economics, public economics, development economics and economic policy.

More information

BESAP Programme:

LMEC has been selected by the University of California - Berkeley as one of the few institutions worldwide to participate in the BESAP program. The program offers LMEC students the opportunity to spend a semester (spring term) at the Department of Economics of the University of California - Berkeley during their second year.

The call for application for departures in an academic year takes place in late spring-summer of the previous year and is published on the LMEC website.

Further opportunities for studying abroad as an exchange student:

The University of Bologna offers extensive opportunities for spending a period of study abroad in Europe and outside Europe. For information on all the available opportunities see http://www.unibo.it/en/international/Studying-abroad

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (PhD/Scuole di specializzazione) and second cycle master.

Career opportunities


function in a professional context:

2nd cycle graduates are experts of micro- and macroeconomic systems.

In a professional context, the economist performs the following functions:

a) Carries out research activity;

b) Provides economic and financial consulting services;

c) Performs operational tasks in financial institutions and banks;

d) Interacts with public administrations, regulatory authorities and international institutions;

e) Analyses macroeconomic developments and economic policy;

To acquire an appropriate level of responsibility and autonomy in economic research, the further competencies required can be obtained from continuing studies to PhD level in economics.

Competencies associated to the function:

The following specific knowledge is required:

a) Modern mathematical and statistical techniques applied to economic and financial markets to understand their operation and forecast future trends;

b) The main micro and macro-economic theories for analysing national and international economic phenomena and the behaviour of their stakeholders;

In addition to self-learning and lifelong learning skills, graduates will possess appropriate transversal skills:

- communication and interpersonal skills;

- organisational and management skills;

- programming skills;

in line with the assigned levels of autonomy and responsibility, the organisational and work methods adopted and the key stakeholders (colleagues, other professionals and public and/or private customers).

Career opportunities:

- Academics;

- International organisations;

- Public and private research bodies;

- Consulting firms;

- Private businesses;

- Financial institutes and banks;

- Non-profit organisations;

- Innovative areas of the public administration;

- Regulatory authorities;

- Economic press;